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Genealogical and Historical Information

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Lateral Files

Our lateral files contain information from various sources on many subjects, such as Agriculture, Business, Churches, Events, Government, Hospitals, Industry, Military, Organizations, Parks, Police & Fire Departments, and more.

Donated Family Genealogies / Stories

  • ADAMS, Family history of Christopher & Mary Barbara Reff-Adams
  • ALVESTEFFER, Family history of Bernard & Edith Brunk Alvesteffer
  • ALVESTEFFER, Joseph & Florence Alvesteffer family
  • ANDERSON, Story of the the Oliver – Anderson family
  • ARROL – ARROLL – ARRELL families
  • ATHERTON COLLECTION – 25 Volumes – contains Many Shelby area family genealogies
  • BARBER, LEWIS, JOHNSON & McREA FAMILIES
  • BARRETT, Fredrick Barret & his descendants
  • BARRETT, Fredrick Barrett & Hazel Edna (Somers) Barrett and their descendants
  • BARTON FAMILY
  • BATCHELDER GENEALOGY
  • BAXTER GENEALOGY
  • BENDER, Bender Book of Memories
  • BERRY, Descendants of Joseph & Sarah (Shaffer) Berry & James & Sarah (Crume) Hasty
  • BEVINS, Shepherd the Love of Emeline
  • BLADES, The family Register
  • BOWDEN HISTORY
  • BRIMMER FAMILY
  • BUCHANAN, The life of Alexander Buchanan, Q.C.
  • BURMEISTER-BEHRENWALDE, The Burmeisters-Behrenwalde to Benona
  • BURR-HOBBY-GILLAN FAMILY TREE
  • CARPENTER, Nine of the 13 children of Robert Carpenter & Phebe McNair Carpenter
  • COMPTON FAMILY
  • DAVISON, Descendants of William Dean Davison & Matila Power
  • DEPUY-DEPUE
  • DICKINSON, Descendants of William
  • DOANE-EMMONS,LINDER,RONEY-& STOUT FAMILIES
  • DOTY-CONVERSE & PUTNEY FAMILIES
  • EBY, History of the Eby Family
  • EISENLOHR,Genealogy of the descendants of Heinrich (Henry) Eisenlohr
  • ESTABROOK, Excerpts from the Autobiography of Harvey Estabrook
  • FICK, History & genealogy of August & Anna Fick, A pioneer family
  • FLEMING FAMILY
  • FLORY FAMILY 1842 – 1962 – 34 Volumes covering genealogy & family events
  • FRANCE, Clememt Ashton France – Josetta Ann Green France Family, Genealogy & Memory book
  • FREELAND FAMILY HISTORY
  • FREELAND FAMILY HISTORY – FREY, Ancestry & Posterity of Gottfried Frey Books I & II
  • FULLER, Descendants of Elijah Fuller
  • FULLER, Family history & genealogy Vol. I & II
  • FULLERS, Family record of the Fullers beginning with Elijah Fuller
  • GILLAN FAMILY TREE
  • GILLAN FAMILY TREE
  • GILLAN, Charles Westly Gillan family genealogy
  • GODFREY, Family of Leander B. Godfrey
  • GOFF, Family genealogy of Dewitt Clinton Goff
  • GREINER, John & wife-Margaret Smith Greiner
  • GREINER, Guide to Greiner ancestry in America
  • GRIFFIS, Records of the ancestors of Betsy Carpenter & Thomas Griffis
  • GROVER, Our Thomas Grover Family Vol. I
  • GROVER, Directory compiled by Paul & Freda Grover of Benona Vol.II
  • HALL, Family history & genealogy
  • HARRIS, James of New London & his descendants
  • HAWLEY, Descendants of Henry Charles Hawley
  • HAWLEY FAMILY TREE
  • HENDERSON FAMILY
  • HOBBY-GILLAN FAMILY TREE 1ST Ed.
  • HOBBY FAMILY 1st & 2nd edition
  • HOBBY FAMILY TREE, 3rd edition
  • HOEKERT FAMILY
  • HOUGHTALING, William Henry history
  • HUBBARD FAMILY
  • JACOBS, Moses Mordeci Jacobs history
  • JENSEN, Jensen family register
  • JOHNSON, Supplement for genealogy
  • KEEN FAMILY RECORD
  • LACEY-LACY FAMILY
  • LaFEVER, History of John & Mary Belle LaFever
  • LAMPHIER FAMILY TREE
  • LATHERS-MacMULLAN HISTORY
  • LATTIN, Family history, photos & documents
  • LATTIN, Ancestors & descendants of the Lattin-Gilbert & Sherman families
  • LAUBER, Mennonite family history
  • LEWIS ROOTS
  • LOHROFF-KOKX & ALVESTEFFER
  • LOHROFF, August, James, Frank, Augusta-Shaner
  • LOHROFF-JOST
  • LOHROFF, Joseph & Wilhemina (Winser) Family history
  • LOWNDS-TAYLOR-CARD also Edwards-Milton-Vanduzen, Van Hoosen
  • LUTHER, Early pioneer history of Hart
  • LYDENS GENEALOGY
  • LYTTLE, Alfred. WWI Veteran died in Russia
  • MAY-FOX FAMILIES
  • McCRELESS FAMILY
  • MILLE, Yost Y family
  • MOORE, John Jacob Moore & Catherine Bickle family
  • MORLAN FAMILY
  • MORAVEC FAMILY
  • MUNGER FAMILY HISTORY
  • NORBERG History of the Norberg family
  • OSBORN, William Osborn family
  • PAQUIN, Genealogy of Cecelia Paquin (1877-19946) & Edgar Eugene Squire (1861-1945)
  • PETERSON FAMILY
  • PETERSONS, Family record beginning with Francis Peterson
  • PONTIUS FAMILY TREE
  • POPIOLEKS FAMILY TREE
  • POSTEMA, Genealogical record & descendants of Ano & Marie Postema
  • POWERS FAMILY
  • PRANGER, Genealogical record & descendants of Gilbert & Catherine Pranger
  • PURDY, Ancestors & descendants of Willis Purdy by Stella Purdy
  • PUTNEY, First known ancestors of the Putney family in America
  • RECKLEY, Family descendants & history
  • RECKLEY, The ROECKLE known as Reckley family tree
  • REFF-ADAMS FAMILY
  • RICHMOND, Notes of Richmond-Huston-& Linscott families
  • RICKETSON GENEALOGY
  • RIGGS, The Heart of the Matter
  • RIGGS, Family yearly newsletter
  • ROTH GENEALOGY
  • SCHILLER FAMILY TREE
  • SCHMIEDEKNECHT FAMILY
  • SCHMIEDEKNECHT, I Remember When by Ruth G. Bean
  • SETTLER-COLE FAMILY HISTORY
  • SHAFER, Descendants of John Shafer
  • SHINN FAMILY HISTORY
  • SHOGREN FAMILY HISTORY
  • SIBLEY, Genealogical tree of Jonathon Oscar Sibley (1817-1875) & Louise E. Hatch (1823-1875)
  • SIBLEY, Leonard Sibley family ancestry
  • SNELLENBERGER FAMILY HISTORY
  • SQUIRES, Genealogical Tree of Joseph Wilcox Squires (1826-1864) & Phoebe Olmsted (1830-1866)
  • SUNDELL FAMILY HISTORY Sundell roots
  • TAYLOR FAMILY TREE
  • TRUE, Some descendants of Thomas True & wife Mary Elizabeth Mercer True
  • WARTENBE GENEALOGY
  • WIEGAND’S
  • WIJBENGA, JanJansWijbenga-Willemke Klazes Vlasma genealogy
  • WILCOX-CALEB, JOHN O. ROOKE & JAMES G. BLOWERS, Early settlers of Newaygo & Oceana Counties, MI
  • WILDER, Descendants of Harvey Wilder
  • WILDERS The Book of Wilders
  • WILLIAMS, The family of Richard Williams & Cynthis Parks
  • WOODHOUSE, One Woodhouse family
  • WOODHOUSE DESCENDANTS
  • YARROW FAMILY HISTORY

IN THE LIBRARY AVAILABLE FOR IN-HOUSE RESEARCH

Many of these are available – see our list of publications for prices

BIRTHS

Oceana County Courthouse Records 1867 -1889 (select records)

CAMP HOUK – CIVIL WAR

GAR Encampment 1882 – 1917 (Pub. 1984)

CHADWICK – MUNGER HOUSE *  Story of (1892 – 1986)

CEMETERY CARDS / BOOKS

  • BENONA TOWNSHIP
    • Gardner Cemetery
    • Little Point Sable Cemetery
    • St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery
    • Evergreen Cemetery  aka Stony Lake Cemetery
  • CLAYBANKS TOWNSHIP
    • Flower Creek Cemetery
    • Peace Cemetery
    • Pine Grove Cemetery
    • St. John’s Catholic Cemetery
    • Trinity Lutheran Cemetery aka Bradyville Cemetery
  • COLFAX TOWNSHIP
    • Colfax Cemetery
  • CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP
    • Mt. Ulysses Cemetery aka Mt. Malissa Cemetery, Crystal Valley Cemetery
  • ELBRIDGE TOWNSHIP
    • Elbridge Cemetery
    • Papahmee Indian Cemetery
    • Genereau Methodist Indian Cemetery
    • St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery
  • FERRY TOWNSHIP
    • North Ferry Cemetery aka Rathbone Cemetery
    • South Ferry Cemetery
  • GOLDEN TOWNSHIP
    • Mears Cemetery
    • Round Lake Cemetery
  • GRANT TOWNSHIP
    • Cranston Cemetery
    • Eagles Cemetery
    • Oak Grove Cemetery
    • Assumption Cemetery aka St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Rothbury Cemetery
  • GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP
    • Greenwood Cemetery aka Cushman Burial Grounds
    • Woodward Cemetery
  • HART TOWNSHIP
    • Hart Cemetery
    • Lever Cemetery aka Potter’s Field, County Farm Cemetery
    • North Hart Cemetery
    • Randall Cemetery aka Huftile Cemetery, Cargill Cemetery
    • Prospect Hill Cemetery aka South Hart Cemetery, Starhill Cemetery
  • LEAVITT TOWNSHIP
    • Abson Cemetery
    • Carpenter Cemetery aka Bird Cemetery, Pioneer Cemetery
    • Goodrich Cemetery
    • Fairlawn Cemetery aka Walkerville Cemetery
  • NEWFIELD TOWNSHIP
    • Christ the King Catholic Cemetery
    • Gale Cemetery
    • West Hesperia Cemetery
  • OTTO TOWNSHIP
    • Otto Cemetery
  • PENTWATER TOWNSHIP
    • Pentwater Cemetery
  • SHELBY TOWNSHIP
    • Shelby Township’s First Cemetery
    • Mennonite Cemetery
    • Mt. Hope Cemetery
    • New Era Cemetery
    • Oceana Center Cemetery
  • WEARE TOWNSHIP
    • Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    • North Weare Cemetery aka Harding Cemetery
    • South Weare Cemetery  aka Smith’s Corners Cemetery

CEMETERY HEADSTONE READINGS (Available for the following Cemeteries)

  • Eagles Cemetery – read 1983
  • Ferry Township Cemeteries
  • Hart Cemetery – read 2002 (Disk only)
  • Mt. Hope Cemetery – read 2001 (Disk only)
  • New Era Cemetery – read 1983
  • Otto Township Cemetery
  • Round Lake Cemetery – read 2003 Book
  • Round Lake Cemetery – 2003

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Ferry Township Census 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
  • 1870 Michigan Census Index Vol. 1 thru 10

CIVIL WAR SOURCES Vol. I & II

Oceana County Civil War Sources

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP HISTORY 1855 – 1970

DEATH RECORDS VOLUME I 

FUNERAL HOME RECORDS

  • Shelby Funeral Home Records 1902-1904, 1905-1907
  • Shelby Funeral Home Records 1915 – 1916
  • Shelby Funeral Home Records 1919 – 1920
  • Shelby Funeral Home Records 1925 – 1926
  • Shelby Funeral Home Records 1915 – 1929

BOOKS 

  • HART – 100 YEARS
  • HART FLOOD – The flood of 1986 when the Hart Dam broke
  • HART LANDMARK TOUR BOOK
  • HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS – A great source for pictures – (list schools & dates)
  • HISTORY OF MANISTEE, MASON, OCEANA COUNTIES Indexed – Illustrations & Biographies. (70+ pages on Oceana County)
  • LITTLE SABLE POINT LIGHT STATION
  • JUNIPER BEACH REMEMBERED
  • MASTER INDEX OF NAMES (CD ONLY)  – Over 250,000 names listed
  • MEARS FIRST CENTURY OF PICTURES
  • 100 YEARS ARE RIPE IN THE LAND OF MEARS
  • MEARS 125 YEARS OF HISTORY
  • MEARS, CHARLES-STATE PARK HISTORY
  • MEARS NEWZ  (World’s smallest news paper)  We have a complete collection of original copies of the Mears Newz

NATIVE AMERICAN RECORDS (Material collected & researched by Ruth Ann Kelley)

Mason County Birth – Marriage – Death Indexes/LDS

Oceana County Birth – Marriage – Death Index/Courthouse Records

NEWS PAPERS ON MICRO-FILM

  • Oceana County Journal – 29 April 1869 to 25 Dec 1884
  • Hart Journal – 8 January 1885 to Feb 2 1981
  • Oceana Herald Journal – 21 Feb 1981 to 1995
  • The Courier Tribune – 26 Dec 1916 to Jan 10 1919
  • The Hart Courier – 30 Jan 1920 to Nov 24 1921
  • The Hart Courier – 9 Dec 1921 to May 29 1952
  • Hesperia Union – 1896 to June 15 1917
  • Oceana Times – 20 April 1861 to Nov 4 1870
  • East Shore News – 20 Jan 1871 to Dec 26 1873 (Pentwater)
  • Pentwater News – 2 Dec 1874 to Feb 23 1961
  • Oceana Herald – 16 May 1888 to Nov 29 1981
  • The Argus – Hart 5 Jan 1887 to Jan 1 1892
  • Walkerville News 1892 to 1924
  • Shelby Independent – 19 April 1880 to Feb 9 1884, and Feb 25 1887
  • Miscellaneous Muskegon Newspapers – June 1857 to Jan 1941

OBITUARY FILES

OCEANA COUNTY SCHOOL YEARBOOKS (Some editions missing)

  • Hart High School, 1915 thru 2004
  • Hesperia High School, 1949 thru 1982
  • Ludington High School, starting in 1921
  • New Era High School, starting in 1956
  • Pentwater High School 1940 thru 1997
  • Shelby High School 1925 thru 1997
  • Walkerville High School, starting in 1926

OCEANA COUNTY HISTORY VOL. I – (published1990)

  • Includes histories, genealogies, family photos, memorials & tributes, businesses, clubs,
    organizations, villages, libraries, newspapers, & churches.
  • The history of our county & its 16 townships are included, plus hospitals, railroads, parks, camps, & cemeteries. It contains 636 pages with a complete index.
  • Hard-bound with a gold-embossed cover.

OCEANA COUNTY HISTORY VOL. II  (published 1992)

  • Includes Oceana County miscellaneous histories, anecdotes, photos, 15 pages of early pictures from all over the county. Histories of all one-room schools and early high schools, more family histories, memorials & tributes.
  • 374 pages, completely indexed, and features the same hard binding with gold embossed cover as Volume I

OCEANA COUNTY HISTORY VOL. III (published 2006)

  • Special SESQUICENTENNIAL edition commemorating Oceana County’s 150 years of existence.
  • It features a large photo section, business histories, family histories, memorials and tributes.
  • 404 pages, fully indexed with identical binding and gold embossed cover as Volumes I and II

OCEANA COUNTY PIONEERS & BUSINESSMEN OF TODAY Pub. 1890 – Aticles & pictures

PIONEERS OF FERRY TOWNSHIP 

POST CARDS

OCEANA COUNTY POST OFFICES – “THE EARLY YEARS” 

  • Lists all the Post Offices that ever existed in Oceana County, dates opened and closed, name changes,
    names of postmasters, many pictures

SCHOOLS  (see also, Oceana County School Yearbooks)

  • Crystal Township Schools
  • Girdle Road School
  • Golden Twp. Bicentennial Schools
  • Golden Twp. School Records
  • Hart High School Graduates
  • Hesperia High School Graduates Index (updated yearly)
  • Lakeshore Public Academy Graduates Index (2001-2002)
  • Oceana County Normal 1894-1943
  • Oceana High Graduates Index 1988-2002
  • Pentwater High School Graduates Index (updated yearly)
  • Shelby High School Graduates Index (updated yearly)
  • Walkerville High School Graduates Index (updated yearly)

SURNAME FILE

TAX RECORDS

  • Claybanks Township 1855-1881
  • Grant Township Tax Rolls 1867-1885
  • Otto Township Tax Rolls 1862-1910

VETERANS OF VARIOUS WARS – 5,660 names & growing. Compilation of veterans with ties to Oceana County. When & where they served, rank, etc. Source of information

VOTER RECORDS

  • Ferry Township 1898
  • Weare Township 1882-1895

WALKERVILLE AREA CENTENNIAL 1976  (Colfax, Elbridge & Leavitt Twps)