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Hastings Public Library

Michigan Room - Genealogy & Local History


April 15, 2021: The Michigan Room is now open to public use.

The Michigan Room houses resources for local history and genealogy research, hosts the monthly Genealogy Club and Barry County Historical Society meetings and serves as a quiet place to read.

Patrons are always welcome to use this space for small meetings, to read quietly or hold tutoring sessions.

A list of resources including room layout is available.

Note: the room is not reserveable except for library sponsored events.

MI Room


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07/13/2021: Ancestry Library Edition is currently available for FREE with remote access during the COVID-19 pandemic. You must access it via our website by clicking the above image. Ancestry is available remotely through December 31, 2021.

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MyHeritage Library Edition - Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers.

Family Search Image is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here anyone can get assistance in finding their ancestors and preserving their family histories. For over 100 years the Church has been actively gathering and preserving genealogical records worldwide thus making it possible to provide this service today. Image

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Genealogy Club

Genealogy Club members volunteer their time to answer research questions sent to the Library about family history or other genealogical information. Club members maintain Barry County records and other local materials at the Library and actively seek to enrich these holdings through contributions, original indexing work, and purchases. Cemetery records and newspaper indexes are a key part of these holdings.

Genealogy Research Request

To get assistance with genealogy research, please fill out the Genealogy Research Request.

Local History

The Michigan Room houses many resources for local history research including:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Platt Books
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Newspapers (physical and microfilm back to the mid-1800s)
  • Historical documents and records

All materials must stay in the library but patrons are free to make photocopies or save images to portable USB drives when possible.

To submit a Local History Research Request please fill out the Local History Research Request Form.

Online Resources

Filed under: local history, genealogy

ReOpening Status: Phase 4

- Masks are encouraged for all patrons

Location & Hours

Main Branch
Hastings Public Library
227 E. State St., Hastings, MI 49058

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Phone: 269-945-4263
Fax: 269-948-3874

Library & Drive-thru Hours (effective June 14, 2021):

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 3pm

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