North Adams Community Memorial Library

Local History & Genealogy

Links to items of local historical significance and research links.

Local History

Maxine Kline Randall

North Adams is the hometown of Maxine Kline who played with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 1951-1954. The League Players Association has her baseball card and statistics.

Maxine Kline

James E. Williams

From The Hillsdale Daily News, Tuesday, December 2, 1969. Page 2, column 1

Japanese People Honor Williams

NORTH ADAMS – James E. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Williams of 307 N. Main St. [sic], North Adams, has been awarded the Good Deed Commendation Medal by the Zenkokai Association of the Japanese government for his outstanding assistance to the Japanese people.

Mr. Williams, 47, is a United States citizen and a parasitologist at the department of medical zoology, 406th Medical Laboratory of the U.S. Army medical command in Japan. He has been in Japan since Jan. 22, 1952. He has devoted the better part of his life to research, control and eradication of two serious diseases which have plagued Japan for centuries, tosomiasis and paragonimiasis. [sic]

[There is much more to this article, including a photograph. At the time of the above award, he had been in living in Japan, working on this problem, for 17 years. The park on East Main Street here in North Adams, is named for him.]

More info can be found here:

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In Memorium - Hillsdale County Heroes

This link will take you to scanned images of a scrapbook that is in our library. It is a collection of news clippings from World War II. Local men who sacrificed their lives and one who made it back. This is an extremely large file. It will take time to download and view. (29 pages) To access the index, click here.

 Genealogical Research Links

Ancestry Library Edition

The Ancestry link will only work if you are inside the library.

MEL Links

including My Heritage (you are able to use these and all following links at home)

 (Seeking Michigan) has changed its name to Michiganology

including Michigan Death Records 1897-1920, 1921-1947, and 1948-1952; Michigan Civil War databases; Governors of Michigan; Oral Histories and WPA Property Inventories for Hillsdale County

Chronicling America (Library of Congress)

Newspapers from across America

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

county histories from Michigan counties and plat atlases, including Hillsdale County 1872. Searchable.

Adams Township Plat Map - 1872

plat map of Adams Township in 1872

Adams Township Plat Map - 1894

plat map of Adams Township in 1894

Ancestor Blog

This link takes you a list of some Michigan newspapers at Chronicling America

Family Search

many databases of original images of records, including many pertaining to Michigan.

Michigan Pioneer Collection & Index

in the late 1800s the Michigan Historical Society collected information from every county and published an annual volume

 1940 Census Images

Browse images of the 1940 census, just released 2 April 2012

"...the entire 1940 census will be indexed by a community of volunteers and made available for free. The free index of the 1940 US census records and corresponding images will be available to the public for perpetuity."

The indexing is complete for the 1940 census!

Mitchell Research Center (in Hillsdale)


Library Catalog

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The link above will take you to Mango Languages where you can take lessons in over 70 languages. Also, look in the Play Store on your device for the app. You will have to create an account. Don't worry, it's free!


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The Library of Michigan provides a wide variety of databases for the use of all Michigan residents.

Search for information to build your family tree here. If you need assistance with your genealogy, please come in.

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