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White Cloud Community Library

Local History

Our Local History Department provides research assistance for our patrons as well as many non-residents. We complete genealogy research for Newaygo County from it's formation to the present date.
  • Hours and Contact Info

    Hours and contact information for the Local History Department ONLY.


    Monday - Not Staffed

    Tuesday - 9:30am to 4:00pm

    Wednesday - 9:30am to 4:30pm

    Thursday - Not Staffed

    Friday - 9:30am to 4:00pm


    PHONE: 231-689-6631 ext. 106
    FAX: 231-689-6699 ATTN: Pamela Miller

    Please send all mailed requests to:

    White Cloud Community Library
    ATTN: Pamela Miller
    PO Box 995
    White Cloud, MI 49349

    Please call us to verify that the Local History Department is staffed. Research cannot be completed unless our Local History Librarian or a volunteer is present.

    Inquires can be sent to the above email address. If you are sending an email requesting that research be completed, please add "Research" as your subject heading. We also request that you limit your genealogy searches to 3 names at a time and that your requests are as specific as possible. This allows us to assist you in the best manner available to us. 

  • Genealogy Databases

    Check out these great online databases and informational sites which will aid you in researching your family history.

    Ancestry Library Edition:

    A great resource to research your ancestors. Please be aware that this site can only be accessed from the White Cloud Community Library.

    Birth Calculator: 

    Use this web resource to determine your ancestor's date of birth. Enter in the known date of death as well as age upon death and receive the calculated birth date.

    Castle Garden Through Family Search:

    Castle Garden is an educational project of the Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of over 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island was opened. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this period of immigration. 

    DNA Testing Guides:

    This guide helps you through the process of DNA testing, from determining which kit is best for you, to understanding your results. If you are planning on trying a DNA test, this is the right resource for you!

    Find a Grave Card Catalog:

    This database will assist you in finding the location of a gravestone of who you are searching, and may also include a picture of the stone.

    German Roots: 

    In addition to being a terrific starting point for pursuing your German ancestors, this handy site includes lists of links to I.S. military records and death records of interest to all genealogists. 


     Explore Michigan's past and present by seeking family histories, discovering something new, and looking at Michigan's stories!


    We know genealogy research is popular across the state and are excited to offer MyHeritage, which has some great content, including…

    o    Enlistment records for WWII

    o    Integrated search across all resources, similar in functionality to Ancestry

    o    Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions.

    o    Full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

    National Archives: Genealogy Section

    A collection of genealogical information in one place. This database has information for when you first start your genealogy search as well as detailed information to help find exactly what you are looking for.

    Newaygo County Museum and heritage center:

    Click here to find articles about the rich and vibrant history of Newaygo County!

    Newaygo County History (MiGenWeb Project):

    This website is a clearinghouse of genealogical and historical information that is all related to Newaygo County!

    The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Genealogy:

    Here is a great resource for anyone who is considering starting genealogy research or for anyone who wants a refresher. This guide is 10,000 words and all of the information has been scientifically researched so that you can feel confident in the information.

    United Kingdom and Ireland Genealogy: 

    A large collection of genealogical information for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. 

    Where to Write for Vital Records: 

     This must-bookmark site gives instructions on obtaining copies of your ancestor's vital records. 

    Zaba People Search: 

    The #1 free people search as well as public information search engine.
  • Local History Requests

    Inquires can be sent to our Local History Librarian using the following form. We request that you limit your genealogy searches to 3 names at a time and that your requests are as specific as possible. This allows us to assist you in the best manner available to us.

    Local History Requests - Read More…

  • White Cloud Chieftain and Times Indicator

    WCCL has digitized all copies of the White Cloud High School Chieftain Yearbooks and past issues of the Times Indicator newspapers for free access.