Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library

The Library Genealogy Section

The Library offers a vast collection of genealogy and local history resources. Stop by the library to use ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION, or to browse our large collection of local history books.

Here's a sample of what the Belding Library has to offer:


Visit the genealogy collection on the main floor to use a variety of family history and local history resources that are specific to Ionia, Kent, and Montcalm Counties.

Available on Microfilm
Newspaper Clipping One

●Belding Newspapers 1879 to 1974 (ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE)

●Greenville Daily News 1979 to present (ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE)

●Ionia County cemetery records to 1976, indexed

●Index to marriage records for Ionia County, 1837 - 1974

●Index to death records for Ionia County, 1867 to early 1974

●New York ships passenger lists, Index 1849-1859


Books Available in the Genealogy 
Reference Section

THE GENEALOGY SHELVES ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY OFFER A WIDE SELECTION OF FAMILY HISTORY AND HOW-TO RESOURCES INCLUDING:

  • VITAL RECORDS INDEXES
  • CEMETERY INDEXES
  • CENSUS INDEXES
  • FUNERAL HOME RECORDS
  • LOCAL SCRAPBOOKS

Other Available resources

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION NOW AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY!

  • Obituary notices from local newspapers to 1879 (Belding Residents and Non-Belding Residents)
  • Over 150 city directories and phone books, back to 1872
  • Local History and picture files (Old newspaper clippings, articles, pictures!)
  • Plat maps of Ionia County for 1875,1891,1906
  • Plat maps of Kent County for 1876,1894 and 1907
  • Family Histories
  • Belding Certificates of Death 1921 - 1966, indexed
  • List of Soldiers buried in area Michigan Cemeteries
  • Service men in the Civil War - Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ohio

And our big collection of Yearbooks
dating back to 1884!!!
Yearbooks

For additional research:  The Flat River Community Library
(Greenville, Michigan) offers even MORE to explore! Flat River provides a local history room, digitized vital records, censuses, newspapers, and Ancestry Library Edition (in-house use). Check out their Genealogy and Local History page.

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