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Welcome to the Local History Page!

Hours:

9-5pm Monday-Friday as long as we have someone on staff to assist you in the room, so please call ahead of your visit at 861-4565.

Mission:

Preserving local history and making that information accessible is an important goal of the Shelby Area District Library. Our Local History Committee meets monthly to discuss special topics and plan programs.

Committee members are looking for area residents who will share historical documents, photographs, postcards, personal histories, and other memorabilia to be displayed at the library.

Genealogy Resources:

The Local History Room offers multiple resources for your genealogical research.  We have family histories, obituaries, cemetery records, historical photographs, Shelby High School yearbooks, and more.  If your genealogical research needs to be searched beyond our building's walls, we offer two great online search websites Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library.

HERITAGE QUEST
Heritage Quest is a great online source for genealogical research.  You may enter Heritage Quest online anywhere there is internet by clicking on the above link. You will need your library card number when prompted for a barcode.

ANCESTRY LIBRARY

Ancestry Library is a part of the popular site ancestry.com that is available free of charge through the library.   Ancestry Library can be accessed only at the library, not at home.  It allows patrons the opprotunity to access the great resources of Ancestry.com like census records, marriage records, military records, family trees that people have added to the website, etc.  However you cannot create your own family tree and there is limited access to certain records.

OCEANA COUNTY HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Oceana County Cemeteries

(Use this link to look up cemetery records of Oceana County)

 

Local History Room Collection

Benona Families Genealogies--Paul and Freda Grover
Collection of Shelby Postcards and Pictures
Shelby and surrounding area Family Histories
Heritage Quest and Ancestry Online
Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society Collection--34 volumes
Oceana County Atlases 1895 and 1913
Oceana County Cemetery Records and Obituaries
Oceana County Census Records 1840-1930
Oceana County Pioneers
Oceana Herald on Microfilm May 1888 to June 2005
Oceana Independent on Microfilm 1880 to 1884
Platbooks
Rails to Trails Scrapbook
Samuel Atherton Genealogy Collections
Scrapbooks
Shelby High School Yearbooks
Surname File

     Local History Photos on Facebook

     

      Check out these Facebook pages that local people  have made to showcase

      history and photos of Shelby and the surrounding area. You must have a

      Facebook account, once you do, click on the links below and sign in when

      prompted.

      Shelby, Michigan In Pictures

      This page has photos from Shelby past and present.

      You Know You're From Shelby If...

      This page full of photos of Shelby's past.  It also contains current events

      happening in Shelby.

      Stony Lake Recollections

      This page contains photos from the Stony Lake area.