Local History


Resources and programs to understand and appreciate local history


Resources, tools, and programs to explore and understand family histories


Online access to digitized local history collections  


Locally focused programs to understand the culture unique to Kalamazoo

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Discover Your Family Roots

Staff-selected resources, databases & websites

Digitized Newspapers
Digitized Newspapers

Historical & Regional Publications

Search the “Kalamazoo Telegraph” & more

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DNA Genealogy

DNA genealogy testing has become incredibly popular. According to MIT Technology Review, the number of people who have had their DNA analyzed for genealogy more than doubled in 2017. That statistic doesn’t surprise me. We have certainly noticed a dramatic increase in the number of questions from patrons on DNA genealogy in the past year. That’s why, when given the opportunity to learn more about it at a recent genealogy conference, I enthusiastically attended several sessions. ...

New Materials
New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

Browse the latest books in the collection

Local History Online
Local History Online

Catalogs, Newspapers, Photos and more

Digitized materials from the Local History collection