MPL Genealogy

The genealogy department is open for use during regular library hours. Before using any materials in the department, patrons must first read the department rules and sign in. The materials can be accessed in the genealogy department any time the library is open. None of the materials are available for checkout.

Genealogy Research Help

There is staff available to help you with your research needs. Staff can assist patrons in locating information on Ottawa County and other related information. All microfilm look-ups will be performed by staff only.


Barbara Becker


Genealogy Assistant:

Cyaira Harvey


Genealogist available Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Genealogy is an adventure into your family history.  We share our life stories for many reasons – to relive cherished memories and make sense of the past, to document relationships and values that have shaped our lives.

The “Keys to the Past” workshops are a beginner’s class into the world of genealogy. Barbara Becker leads the workshops which cover a variety of topics ranging from how to organize your family research to how to use census records to trace ancestors. To ask about classes contact Barbara Becker.

Search census records, city directories, military records, wills and probates, and much more using your library card! Don’t have a card but still want to search? That’s fine! The site is available for searching without a library card as long as you’re using a library computer!

Logging In:
Patron ID is “P” plus your six digit library card number
Example: P123456
If your library card is fewer than six digits, add the appropriate number of zeros at the end to make it six digits.
Example: P123400

Heritage Quest is funded by the Friends of the Miami Public Library.

Preservica is a server where all the library photos and videos are housed! Click the button below to begin exploring the library’s collection!

Know someone in one of the photos and want to identify them? Download the photo and send it in an email to with the name and description of that person!