Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy eResources

Ancestry Library Edition

Access is only available from inside either HDL library facility.

The Holland Sentinel Collection

Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.

American Ancestors

More than 400 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond


Billions of historical documents, photos and other genealogical resources for researching family history Michigan eLibrary Resource

Genealogy 101

Family History

Getting Started with Genealogy Research

We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you make the most of our genealogy collection.

Genealogy How-to Books

Books that will help you start your search for your ancestors.

Websites for Genealogy Research

This is a list of websites that may be helpful for those doing genealogy research.

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

Learn through a 15-episode Great Course class about the basics of genealogy and where to start.

Family History

Genealogy & DNA

Books about DNA and your genealogy search.

Researching With Newspapers

Newspaper articles can be some of the richest resources for family research.

House History Research

Holland is filled with historic homes. Many with rich, hidden histories. Finding those stories can be a fun scavenger hunt.

Intro to AncestryLibrary Edition

Get a quick glimpse at what provided to you by the Herrick District Library through Ancestry Library Edition.

Get a Library CardGet a Library Card

Stop in at either library location to register for a full library card, or sign up online for a temporary digital card
Stop in at either library location to register for a full library card, or sign up online for a temporary digital card

Genealogy Resources at HDL

Genealogy Lists

Local History

Local History

Historic Holland Businesses

Holland has been a site of industry for most of its history. Many of those historic businesses have left papertrails for researchers follow.

Genealogical Records from Area Churches

Some of the books contain historical information, others contain genealogical information such as births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.

The Ottawa County Poor Farm

This summer, researchers from Hope under the supervision of Dr. Tan developed a website from their findings on the Ottawa County Poor Farm.

Hazel Hayes

Hazel Hayes, Holland's first professional librarian, helped create the Herrick District Library we know today. #womenshistory #readingmonth
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