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Lateral Files
Our lateral files contain information from various sources on many subjects, such as:

Agriculture, Business, Churches, Events, Government, Hospitals, Industry, Military, Organizations, Parks, Police & Fire Departments, and more.

Donated Family Genealogies / Stories

ADAMS, Family history of Christopher & Mary Barbara Reff-Adams
ALVESTEFFER, Family history of Bernard & Edith Brunk Alvesteffer
ALVESTEFFER, Joseph & Florence Alvesteffer family
ANDERSON, Story of the the Oliver - Anderson family
ARROL - ARROLL - ARRELL families
ATHERTON COLLECTION - 25 Volumes - contains Many Shelby area family genealogies
BARBER, LEWIS, JOHNSON & McREA  FAMILIES
BARRETT, Fredrick Barret & his descendants
BARRETT, Fredrick Barrett & Hazel Edna (Somers) Barrett and their descendants
BARTON FAMILY
BATCHELDER GENEALOGY
BAXTER GENEALOGY
BENDER, Bender Book of Memories
BERRY, Descendants of Joseph & Sarah (Shaffer) Berry & James & Sarah (Crume) Hasty
BEVINS, Shepherd the Love of Emeline
BLADES, The family Register
BOWDEN HISTORY
BRIMMER FAMILY
BUCHANAN, The life of Alexander Buchanan, Q.C.
BURMEISTER-BEHRENWALDE, The Burmeisters-Behrenwalde to Benona
BURR-HOBBY-GILLAN FAMILY TREE
CARPENTER, Nine of the 13 children of Robert Carpenter & Phebe McNair Carpenter
COMPTON FAMILY
DAVISON, Descendants of William Dean Davison & Matila Power
DEPUY-DEPUE
DICKINSON, Descendants of William
DOANE-EMMONS,LINDER,RONEY-& STOUT FAMILIES
DOTY-CONVERSE & PUTNEY FAMILIES
 EBY, History of the Eby Family
EISENLOHR,Genealogy of the descendants of Heinrich (Henry) Eisenlohr
ESTABROOK, Excerpts from the Autobiography of Harvey Estabrook
FICK, History & genealogy of August & Anna Fick, A pioneer family
FLEMING FAMILY
FLORY FAMILY    1842 - 1962 - 34 Volumes covering genealogy & family events
FRANCE, Clememt Ashton France - Josetta Ann Green France Family, Genealogy & Memory book
FREELAND FAMILY HISTORY
FREELAND FAMILY HISTORY - FREY, Ancestry & Posterity of Gottfried Frey  Books I & II
FULLER, Descendants of Elijah Fuller
FULLER, Family history & genealogy Vol. I & II
FULLERS, Family record of the Fullers beginning with Elijah Fuller
GILLAN FAMILY TREE
GILLAN FAMILY TREE
GILLAN, Charles Westly Gillan family genealogy
GODFREY, Family of Leander B. Godfrey
GOFF, Family genealogy of Dewitt Clinton Goff
GREINER, John & wife-Margaret Smith Greiner
GREINER, Guide to Greiner ancestry in America
GRIFFIS, Records of the ancestors of Betsy Carpenter & Thomas Griffis
GROVER, Our Thomas Grover Family Vol. I
GROVER, Directory compiled by Paul & Freda Grover of Benona Vol.II
HALL, Family history & genealogy
HARRIS, James of New London & his descendants
HAWLEY, Descendants of Henry Charles Hawley
HAWLEY FAMILY TREE
HENDERSON FAMILY
HOBBY-GILLAN FAMILY TREE   1ST Ed.
HOBBY FAMILY   1st & 2nd edition
HOBBY FAMILY TREE, 3rd edition
HOEKERT FAMILY
 HOUGHTALING, William Henry history
HUBBARD FAMILY
JACOBS, Moses Mordeci Jacobs history
JENSEN, Jensen family register
JOHNSON, Supplement for genealogy
KEEN FAMILY RECORD
LACEY-LACY FAMILY
LaFEVER, History of John & Mary Belle LaFever
LAMPHIER FAMILY TREE
LATHERS-MacMULLAN HISTORY
LATTIN, Family history, photos & documents
LATTIN, Ancestors & descendants of the Lattin-Gilbert & Sherman families
LAUBER,   Mennonite family history
LEWIS ROOTS
LOHROFF-KOKX & ALVESTEFFER
LOHROFF, August, James, Frank, Augusta-Shaner
LOHROFF-JOST
LOHROFF, Joseph & Wilhemina (Winser) Family history
LOWNDS-TAYLOR-CARD also Edwards-Milton-Vanduzen, Van Hoosen
LUTHER, Early pioneer history of Hart
LYDENS GENEALOGY
LYTTLE, Alfred.   WWI Veteran died in Russia
MAY-FOX FAMILIES
McCRELESS FAMILY
MILLE, Yost Y family
MOORE, John Jacob Moore & Catherine Bickle family
MORLAN FAMILY
MORAVEC FAMILY
MUNGER FAMILY HISTORY
NORBERG History of the Norberg family
OSBORN, William Osborn family
 PAQUIN, Genealogy of Cecelia Paquin (1877-19946) & Edgar Eugene Squire (1861-1945)
PETERSON FAMILY
PETERSONS, Family record beginning with Francis Peterson
PONTIUS FAMILY TREE
POPIOLEKS FAMILY TREE
POSTEMA, Genealogical record & descendants of Ano & Marie Postema
POWERS FAMILY
PRANGER, Genealogical record & descendants of Gilbert & Catherine Pranger
PURDY, Ancestors & descendants of Willis Purdy by Stella Purdy
PUTNEY,   First known ancestors of the Putney family in America
RECKLEY, Family descendants & history
RECKLEY, The ROECKLE known as Reckley family tree
REFF-ADAMS FAMILY
RICHMOND, Notes of Richmond-Huston-& Linscott families
RICKETSON GENEALOGY
RIGGS, The Heart of the Matter
RIGGS, Family yearly newsletter
ROTH GENEALOGY
SCHILLER FAMILY TREE
SCHMIEDEKNECHT FAMILY
SCHMIEDEKNECHT, I Remember When  by Ruth G. Bean
SETTLER-COLE FAMILY HISTORY
SHAFER, Descendants of John Shafer
SHINN FAMILY HISTORY
SHOGREN FAMILY HISTORY
SIBLEY, Genealogical tree of Jonathon Oscar Sibley (1817-1875) & Louise E. Hatch (1823-1875)
SIBLEY, Leonard Sibley family ancestry
SNELLENBERGER FAMILY HISTORY
SQUIRES, Genealogical Tree of Joseph Wilcox Squires (1826-1864) & Phoebe Olmsted (1830-1866)
SUNDELL FAMILY HISTORY Sundell roots
TAYLOR FAMILY TREE
 TRUE, Some descendants of Thomas True & wife Mary Elizabeth Mercer True
WARTENBE GENEALOGY
WIEGAND'S
WIJBENGA, JanJansWijbenga-Willemke Klazes Vlasma genealogy
WILCOX-CALEB,JOHN O. ROOKE & JAMES G. BLOWERS    

  Early settlers of Newaygo & Oceana Counties, MI
WILDER, Descendants of Harvey Wilder
WILDERS   The Book of Wilders
WILLIAMS, The family of Richard Williams & Cynthis Parks
WOODHOUSE, One Woodhouse family
WOODHOUSE DESCENDANTS
YARROW FAMILY HISTORY

IN THE LIBRARY   
AVAILABLE FOR IN-HOUSE RESEARCH

Items marked with * are available for purchase - see our list of publications for prices

BIRTHS *
Oceana County Courthouse Records  1867 -1889  (select records) 
CAMP HOUK  - CIVIL WAR 
GAR Encampment 1882 - 1917  (Pub. 1984) *
CHADWICK - MUNGER HOUSE *
Story of  (1892 - 1986) 
CEMETERY CARDS / BOOKS
CLAYBANKS TOWNSHIP
Flower Creek Cemetery - Peace Lutheran Cemetery - St. john's Catholic Cemetery  
Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP
Indian Cemetery
ELBRIDGE TOWNSHIP
Indian Cemetery - Methodist Indian Cemetery - St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery
FERRY
North Ferry Cemetery - Otto Cemetery - Raul Burying Ground - South Ferry Cemetery
HART
Lever Cemetery - Mt. Malissa Cemetery 

North Hart Cemetery - Randall Cemetery - South Hart Cemetery - Star Hill Cemetery
HESPERIA
Gale Cemetery - Greenwood Cemetery - West Hesperia Cemetery
MEARS
Mears Cemetery - Round Lake Cemetery
NEW ERA
Cranston Cemetery - Eagle Cemetery - New Era Cemetery
PENTWATER
North Weare Cemetery - Pentwater Township Cemetery
SHELBY
Garderner Cemetery - Mennonite Cemetery - Mt. Hope Cemetery 

 Oceana Center Cemetery - St. Steven's Lutheran Cemetery
Stony Lake Cemetery
ROTHBURY
Oak Grove Cemetery - St, Mary's Catholic Cemetery
WALKERVILLE
Abson Cemetery - Carpenter Cemetery - Colfax Cemetery 

Goodrich Cemetery - Walkerville Cemetery
WEARE TOWNSHIP
Mt. Calvary Cemetery

CEMETERY HEADSTONE READINGS
Available for the following Cemeteries

Eagles Cemetery - read 1983 * - Ferry Township Cemeteries * 

  Hart Cemetery - read 2002 (Disk only) *
Mt. Hope Cemetery - read  2001  (Disk only) * - New Era Cemetery - read 1983 * 
Otto Township Cemetery * - Round Lake Cemetery - read 2003 Book* - Round Lake Cemetery - 2003*
CENSUS RECORDS
Ferry Township Census 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 - 1870 Michigan Census Index Vol. 1 thru 10
CIVIL WAR SOURCES Vol. I & II
Oceana County Civil War Sources
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP HISTORY  1855 - 1970 *
  
DEATH RECORDS VOLUME I *
FUNERAL HOME RECORDS
Shelby Funeral Home Records    12-1904 - 5-1907 - Shelby Funeral Home Records    1915 - 1916
Shelby Funeral Home Records    1919 - 1920 - Shelby Funeral Home Records    1925 - 1926  
Shelby Funeral Home Records    1915 - Shelby Funeral Home Records     1915 - 1929  

(this book covers mostly 1920 - 1929)
BOOKS

 HART - 100 YEARS *
HART FLOOD  - The flood of 1986 when the Hart Dam broke
HART LANDMARK TOUR BOOK* 
HIGH  SCHOOL  YEARBOOKS - A great source for pictures - (list schools & dates)
HISTORY OF MANISTEE, MASON, OCEANA COUNTIES   Indexed - Illustrations & Biographies.  
70+ pages on Oceana County
LITTLE SABLE POINT LIGHT STATION*
JUNIPER BEACH REMEMBERED *
MASTER INDEX OF NAMES  (CD ONLY) * - Over  250,000  names listed
MEARS FIRST CENTURY OF PICTURES *
100 YEARS ARE RIPE IN THE LAND OF MEARS *
MEARS 125 YEARS OF HISTORY *
MEARS, CHARLES-STATE PARK HISTORY *
MEARS NEWZ *
World's smallest news paper    

We have a complete collection of original copies of the Mears Newz
NATIVE AMERICAN RECORDS
Material collected & researched by Ruth Ann Kelley
Mason County Birth - Marriage - Death Indexes/LDS * 

Oceana County Birth - Marriage - Death Index/Courthouse Records
NEWS PAPERS ON MICRO-FILM
Oceana County Journal - 29 April 1869 to "Dec 25 1884

  Hart Journal - 8 January 1885 to Feb 2 1981

  Oceana Herald Journal - 21 Feb 1981 to 1995The Courier Tribune - 26 Dec 1916 to Jan 10 1919
The Hart Courier - 30 Jan 1920 to Nov 24 1921Hart Courier - 9 Dec 1921 to May 29 1952

Hesperia Union - 1896 to June 15 1917Oceana Times - 20 April 1861 to Nov 4 1870

East Shore News - 20 Jan 1871 to Dec 26 1873 (Pentwater)
Pentwater News - 2 Dec 1874 to Feb 23 1961Oceana Herald - 16 May 1888 to Nov 29 1981
 
Also The Argus - Hart 5 Jan 1887 to Jan 1 1892Walkerville News 1892 to 1924

Shelby Independent - 19 April 1880 to Feb 9 1884, and Feb 25 1887

Miscellaneous Muskegon Newspapers - June 1857 to Jan 1941

Filming of the Mears Newz is scheduled


OBITUARY FILES

OCEANA COUNTY SCHOOL  YEARBOOKS

Hart High School    1915 thru 2004  
except 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1924, 1932, 1976, 1979,

1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Hesperia High School    1949 thru 1982
except 1953, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1972
1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 1979, 1980, 1981
Ludington High School   1928, 1921, 1923, 1926, 1964, 1962
New Era High School    1956, 1958, 1959
Pentwater High School   1940 thru 1997
except 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945,1946, 1947, 1948, 1949,
1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965,
1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Shelby High School   1925 thru 1997
except 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1950,
1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972,
1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983,1989, 1995, 1996
	
	Walkerville High School    1926, 1957, 1988, 1990, 1991
OCEANA COUNTY HISTORY VOL. I* - (published1990)
Includes histories, genealogies, family photos, memorials & tributes, businesses, clubs, 
organizations, villages, libraries, newspapers, & churches.    

The history of our county & its 16 townships are included, plus hospitals, railroads, parks, 
camps, & cemeteries.   It contains 636 pages with a complete index. 

It is hard-bound with a gold-embossed cover.
OCEANA COUNTY HISTORY VOL. II *   (published  1992)
Includes Oceana County miscellaneous histories, anecdotes, photos, 15 pages of early pictures 
from all over the county.   Histories of all one room schools and early high schools, 
more family histories, memorials & tributes. It has 374 pages, is completely indexed, and 
features the same hard binding with gold embossed cover as Volume I
OCEANA COUNTY HISTORY VOL. III*  (published 2006)
Special SESQUICENTENNIAL edition commemorating Oceana County's 150 years of existence. 
It features a large photo section, business histories, 
family histories, memorials and tributes.   

It has 404 pages, is fully indexed with identical binding and 
gold embossed cover as Volumes I and II
OCEANA COUNTY PIONEERS & BUSINESSMEN OF TODAY Pub. 1890 - Aticles & pictures 
 PIONEERS OF FERRY TOWNSHIP *
POST CARDS
OCEANA COUNTY POST OFFICES - "THE EARLY YEARS" *
Lists all the Post Offices that ever existed in Oceana County.
Dates, opened and closed, name changes, 
names of post masters, many pictures
SCHOOLS   
(see also, Oceana County  School Yearbooks)
Crystal Township Schools* - Girdle Road School* - Golden Twp. Bicentennial Schools* 
Golden Twp. School Records* - Hart High School Graduates*  
Hesperia High School Graduates* -   (index 1891-2003) 
Lakeshore Public Academy Graduates*  - (Index  2001-2002) - Oceana County Normal  1894-1943*
Oceana High Graduates Index 1988-2002* - Pentwater High School Graduates Index* - (1880-2003)
Shelby High School Graduates Index * - 1890-2002)

Walkerville High School Graduates Index* - (1916-2002)
SURNAME  FILE
TAX RECORDS
Claybanks Township 1855-1881 * - Grant Township Tax Rolls  1867-1885 *  
Otto Township Tax Rolls 1862-1910 *
VETERANS OF VARIOUS WARS
5,660 names & growing..   Compilation of veterans with ties to Oceana County.   
When & where they served, rank, etc.   Source of information
VOTER RECORDS
Ferry Township  1898 * - Weare Township  1882-1895 *
WALKERVILLE AREA CENTENNIAL  1976 
(Colfax, Elbridge & Leavitt Twps) *

 


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Hart, Michigan 49420
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