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We do genealogy for many reasons. First is our curiosity about our ancestors – who were they, what were they like, what experiences did they live through. Our love of history is another reason we do genealogy. Also, our desire to solve mysteries is a huge part of our passion for genealogy. Finally, we do genealogy because we want our children, grandchildren and future generations to know and recognize the individuals over the centuries whose lives helped make us who we are today. OUR PURPOSE is to to gather people interested in genealogy and family history, with an emphasis on Muskegon County, to promote genealogical research and public access to genealogical records, to compile and publish Muskegon County genealogical data and to contribute genealogical materials and other aid to Hackley Public Library – Local History and Genealogy Department.


NEW BOOK, “Footprints in History” of Muskegon County, Michigan

by the Muskegon County Genealogical Society

Available April 1, 2024, on Amazon.

Book Bundle available only at Torrent House beginning May 1, 2024.




Muskegon County Genealogical Society announces the release of their second, long-awaited book, titled "Footprints in History” of Muskegon County, Michigan, April 1, 2024. Pages of stories seen through the eyes of its residents as told by family members and research compiled by the Society fill this 394-page book including over 400 photos of people and places of times gone by, military histories dating back to the Civil War, African American Pioneers, Slovak and Polish churches, clubs, and businesses and so much more. It is printed in soft or hard cover and is available only on Amazon Link.





Did you happen to miss the first publication, History of Muskegon County, MI, “A Proud Legacy Vol I”, published in 2009? When you purchase the new book at The Torrent House in Downtown Muskegon, you can add on “A Proud Legacy Vol I” for just $10 (while supplies last). Just visit the Torrent House at 315 W. Webster and ask for the Muskegon County Genealogical Society Book Bundle.

Proceeds will benefit the projects of Muskegon County Genealogical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please contact the Society at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



NEW BOOK: “Footprints in History”, by MCGS

Publication date: April 1, 2024

8 ½” by 11” Softcover, $40; Hardcover, $50

394 pages

History of Muskegon County, Michigan “A Proud Legacy Vol I”

Publication date: 2009

9” by 13” Hardcover, $20 (or $10 in Book Bundle)

336 pages




August Program

Saturday, August 17, 2024 @ 10:30 AM

"Wills, Thrills, and Chills: Digging into Probate Records”

Speaker, Kris Rzepczynski


This session will provide an overview of probate records, the different types of records created, including wills, inventories, and calendars, the family history content to be discovered, and where to find them online and onsite.

A Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history and Michigan research, Kris has worked in the genealogical community for more than 23 years. He holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in History from Western Michigan University.