Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy Post

The Holland Sentinel Collection

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

Digital Genealogy Resources

Genealogy eResources

Intro to AncestryLibrary Edition

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

Ancestry Library Edition

Access is only available from inside either HDL library facility.

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Billions of historical documents, photos and other genealogical resources for researching family history Michigan eLibrary Resource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

Family History

Writing Your Family History

Books to help you organize, write, and edit your family history.

Genealogy & DNA

Unravel the past with these genetic genealogy reads.

Memories to Memoirs

Would you like to write your memoir? Here are some books that might help you put your memories on paper.

Building Your Family Tree

Are you interested in researching the history of your family? Herrick has resources to help you get started.

Records Search



Obituaries for the Holland area

Vital Records

Vital Records

Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority related to birth, marriage, separation, divorce, and death.

Census Blog

Federal Census Records

If you are doing genealogical research, the Federal Census is a great place to look.

Church Records Blog

Churches and Church Records

Get to know Herrick's resources for genealogical and local history research.

Cemetary Blog


The Genealogy Department at the Herrick District Library has a large collection of cemetery-related books and materials.

Local History

Local History

Holland Businesses - Past and Present

Are you looking for historical information on a Holland businesses? Herrick is a great place to start.

Holland Area Newspapers

Search Holland's historical newspapers at the Herrick District Library.

House History

Do you own an older home in the Holland Area? Are you trying to search the history of your home? Herrick has some resources to help you.

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.

Military Genealogy

Military Genealogy Blog

Military Genealogy Lists

Civil War

These books will help get your genealogical research into the American Civil War started.

Revolutionary War

Use these books to research the soldiers, sailors, deserters, and dischargees of the American Revolutionary War.

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

Global Genealogy

Dutch Genealogy Research

Many of the sources for research at Herrick pertain to the Dutch who immigrated to Michigan in the mid-19th century.

Ethnic Genealogy

More Global Genealogy

State Genealogy


Emigration and Immigration

Emigration and immigration from Europe to America.

State Genealogy Lists

More State Genealogy

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