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Histories, directories, biographies and gazetteers.

This is a list of the history, genealogy, biography and geography books relating to Grand Rapids and Kent County that have at least some part available online. It is not a complete bibliography of Kent County history books. The books below are listed in order of publication. Each entry includes the bibliographic data for the book, a description or other explanatory material, links to the material online and note of who has put the resources online. Especially useful resources for genealogists have been placed in bold print, but all are worth a look. For a complete bibliography of Kent County history and genealogy books, visit the Clarke Historical Library website.

Michigan History Books Online - placed there by the University of Michigan.  They have filmed and are continuing to film the county histories and other histories of Michigan.  The indexes and every page are online and can be downloaded.
  this will take you directly to the Michigan County Histories.

Click - "Browse Michigan County Histories"
Click - Author, then click the first letter of the author's surname, such as: "B" for Bowen, etc.
Type the author's name: Bowen, A. W. or whatever the name
Click - BROWSE the list of county histories written/published by that author.
Click on the one you are interested in.

Blois, John T. Gazetteer of the State of Michigan, Detroit: S. L. Rood & Co., 1856.
Clark, C.F., Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory, Detroit: C. F. Clark, 1863-1864.
Dillenback & Leavitt, County History, Directory and Map Publishers,History and Directory of Kent County, Michigan, Containing a History of Each Township and the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids: Daily Eagle Steam Printing House, 1870.
Tuttle, Charles R., General history of the state of Michigan: with biographical sketches, portrait engravings, and numerous illustrations, Detroit: R.D.S. Tyler & Co., 1873.
Tuttle, Charles R., History of Grand Rapids with Biographical Sketches, Grand Rapids: Tuttle & Cooney, 1874.
Everett, Franklin, A.M., Memorials of the Grand River Valley, Chicago: The Chicago Legal News Company, 1878.
History of Kent County, Michigan, Illustrated, Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman & Co, 1881.

Online publishers: Kent County Michigan GenWeb Project, Christopher Penning, Jana Wellman Ulrich.

Baxter, Albert, History of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Munsell & Co., 1891.
The City of Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan, Illustrated, A.W. Bowen & Co., 1900.


Pen sketches in black and white of our Michigan friends, "as we see 'em, Newspaper Cartoonists' Association of Michigan, W. Graham Printing Co., Detroit, 1905.
Fisher, Ernest B., Ed., Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan: Historical Account of their Progress from First Settlement to the Present Time, Robert O. Law Co., 1918.
This history is in two volumes, the first being a general history of Grand Rapids and Kent County, the second being a series of biographies of area leaders.

White, Arthur S., Ed., A third volume devoted to Kent County, Dayton, Ohio: National Historical Assoc., 1924.
Etten, William J., A Citizens' History of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Published by A. P. Johnson for the Campau Centennial Committee, 1926.
Centennial Celebration and Homecoming Historical and Program Book, Rockford, Michigan, 1839-1939, Centennial Executive Committee, Rockford, Michigan, 1939.
Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections - Various years.
The various Old Settlers' Associations of the counties of Michigan often published articles, histories and reminiscences relating to the early days of the state. Some of the Kent County records have been placed online.

History of Newspapers and Editors from Grand Rapids


URL: http://kent.migenweb.net/books/index.html 
Compiled by Jennifer Godwin
Created: 2 April 2000[an error occurred while processing this directive]

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