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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I have great news for genealogists! We are now able to offer the MyHeritage database for your use, both in the library and remotely (using your library card number). This is an excellent resource and provides access to more than 6 billion historical records from the US, Europe, Latin America and other regions. The full US federal census is available as is the census of England and Wales, 1841-1901. Military records such as WWII enlistment and selected Civil War records for both Union and Confederate soldiers can be found. It also contains over 2 billion family trees!...

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