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Herrick District Library
300 S. River Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
616.355.3100
www.herrickdl.org

Hours:
M-Tu: 9am-9pm
W-Sa: 9am-6pm
Su: Closed


North Side Branch
155 Riley St.
Holland, MI 49424
616.738.4360
www.herrickdl.org

Hours:
M-Tu: 10am-7pm
W-F: 10am-6pm
Sa-Su: Closed


Herrick's Genealogy Collection has a wide variety of materials, including an extensive collection of Dutch Genealogy items. 
 
Please Note: All of the materials in the Genealogy Department are non-circulating.
 
 
  
Atlases & Maps
The Genealogy Department has maps for The Netherlands and for many counties in Michigan focusing mainly on the City of Holland, Ottawa County, and Allegan County.  Some of the maps are found in atlases and plat books, while others are individual maps. 
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Cemetery Records
Holland area cemetery records can be found in books on the Pilgrim Home, Graafschaap and Restlawn cemeteries.  It is also possible to search for Pilgrim Home Cemetery burial records online.  To view the records online click here.  The department also has cemetery books for many of the Ottawa and Allegan county cemeteries, as well as some on other Michigan county cemeteries.
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Census Information
The complete Michigan Census from 1850-1920 is available on microfilm.  Michigan Soundex is available for the following years: 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920.  The Federal census is also available online on the following databases:  Ancestry Library Edition (available at the library) and Heritage Quest (available at the library and remotely).
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Church Records & Histories
Herrick has church histories for many of the churches in the area.  Some additional church records are available for the Dutch Reformed denomination and other churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
 
Herrick also has a collection of church and school anniversary items published by churches of various denominations (Christian Reformed, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed Church of America, etc) from churches in Michigan.  Please Note:  The contents of these folders vary.  One may contain a single bulletin, another an anniversary booklet, and another several pages of church history.
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City Directories
This collection includes approximately 150 city directories for the Holland/Zeeland (1892-Present), Muskegon (1922-1991) Muskegon Bresser's Criss Cross Directory (1993-2007) and Grand Rapids (1926-1994), Grand Rapids Bresser's Criss Cross Directory (1995-2010).  Directories are NOT inclusive. 
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Family Files
Herrick's Family File contains individual pieces of genealogical information about person(s) and/or families from the Holland Area.   Please note:  while some of the files contain a large amount of information, others may contain only one or two pages. 
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Genealogies
Herrick District Library has many family genealogies which have been donated by individuals throughout the years.  Most of them, but not all, are concentrated on the Holland area.  Many originate in the Netherlands, and some are written in Dutch or German.  To view Herrick's collection of family genealogies and family files click here
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Many people are interested in the history of their house. If you own a home in the Holland area, this History of a House brochure may include some helpful information for your search.
 
 
How-To Guides
Herrick has many genealogical "how to" books in the non-fiction sectin of the library (under 929.1).  Patrons may check out these items.
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Newspaper Index
Herrick District Library began indexing the Holland Sentinel in 2002.  This index covers news pertaining to Ottawa and Allegan Counties.  Since 2004, births, weddings, anniversaries and obituaries are also indexed.  This Holland Sentinel Announcements Index is available online also.  The library also has a partial index to the Holland Sentinel and Holland City News covering the years 1880-1990 which was compiled by Donald Van Reken, a local historian, and covers local news in the Holland Area.  It is also possible to access this index online through the Joint Archives of Holland using the Van Reken Newspaper Index. 
 
For information on historical newspapers and magazines of the Holland area, including some of the surrounding areas, you can check the following publication "Historical Newspapers and Periodicals of Holland, Michigan and Surrounding Areas."
 
Local obituary and anniversary announcements that have been clipped (or copied) from the area newspapers, such as the Holland Sentinel, Holland City News, and the Grand Rapids Press are also part of the Genealogy Collection.  These items are filed on index cards under the following subjects:  Obituaries (approx. 1940's - 2003), Anniversaries (1980's - 2009) and Veteran Obituaries.  The Obituary Collection from 1940's-2003 is also available on microfilm.  Please note that this information is not inclusive.
 
Herrick has binders with copies of published birth announcements for individuals born at Holland Hospital and Zeeland Hospital (1989 and February 1993-2004).
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Newspapers
The following newspapers are available on microfilm:
    Allegan Gazette

May 5, 1883 - Dec. 10, 1892 &
Jul. 21, 1954 - Dec. 31, 1954

    Allegan Journal1856 - 1897, Not Inclusive
    Allegan NewsJan. 4, 1901 - Dec. 15, 1955, Not Inclusive - many years missing
    Holland City News1872-1977
    Holland SentinelJan. 9, 1912 - present
    Grand Haven News

Dec. 22, 1858 - Jul. 17, 1867, 
Not Inclusive

    Grand River TimesJul. 2, 1851 - Oct. 28, 1857,
Not Inclusive
    Ottawa County Times1892 - 1905
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Obituaries
As previously mentioned, Obituaries from the Holland area (1940 - 2003) are available in two formats: on microfilm and as newspaper clippings.
 
The Index of Obituaries from the Holland Evening Sentinel, 1912 - 1974, a publication of the Herrick District Library, is available to assist patrons in locating obituaries in the Holland Sentinel.  There is also another index to Holland Sentinel Obituaries from 1960 - 2012).  Holland Sentinel obituraries are now being indexed by the Herrick District Library staff.
 
For an index of Holland Sentinel Obituaries from 1910-1997 online you can go to MiGenWeb Archives.  This index also includes some weddings and anniversaries.   If you would like an obituary sent to you from the Herrick District Library you may call the Genealogy Department at 616-355-3709 or the Reference Department at 616-355-3720 or email  Genealogy@herrickdl.org with any questions. 
 
Passenger Lists
The Genealogy Department has passenger list information available in book format and on CD-ROM.  Some of the books available are:
Dutch Immigrants in U.S. Ship Passenger Lists 1820-1897 by Robert P. Swierenga
Germans to America Series - January 1850 - June 1897, Vols. 1-67
Germans to America Series II - January 1840 - October 1848, Vols. 1-6
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index with Supplements, edited by P. William Filby
 
Also available on microfilm is Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York (1845-1870) not inclusive.
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Periodicals
The library has subscriptions to several genealogy magazines including Family Chronicle, Family Tree and Internet Genealogy.  The genealogy area also has historical magazines of Michigan, including Michigan History Magazine.
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Pioneer Certificates
The Pioneer Certificates were created for individuals/families that have been proven to have lived in Holland, Michigan as the first settlers of the town.  The Pioneer Certificate File contains the genealogical records submitted to the Genealogy Department during the certification process.    
 
 
Vertical File
The vertical file includes information on Holland history, Holland businesses, and Michigan history. 
 
Veteran File
The Veteran Files contain clippings of local veterans of World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.  There are also a few Civil War veterans.  Most of the clippings are from the Holland Sentinel and they are current through 2009.  They are not inclusive.
 
 
Yearbooks
The Michigan Collection has yearbooks from the following local schools (not inclusive):

    E.E. Fell Junior High

Echo (1970's only)
 

    Holland Christian High School

Footprints

    Holland High School

Boomerang

    Hope College

Milestone

    West Ottawa High School

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