Collection & Lists

Profile of the Collection

The Local History and Genealogy Collection (LHG) was created as a central repository and library of Saginaw local history in 1960, and has become one of the premier local historical and genealogical collections in the midwest. It serves students and specialists equally well with an array of materials in the fields of genealogy, Saginaw history and the history of Michigan. The Collection features many unique and valuable resources on the history of Saginaw, the Saginaw Valley and the people and families who settled the region. This includes original source materials as well as diaries, scrapbooks, business ledgers and photographs as well as over 18,000 books, microforms and periodicals. The Collection also includes extensive genealogical resources for those researching their family history. Click here for a Local History and Genealogy Collection Guide to Materials and Services Located in the Hoyt Library.

Resource Guides

The LHG Collection has special research guides for getting started in genealogy, book lists for various ethnic groups, and lists of new resources that have been added to our extensive collection. Click on the links below to view a research guide or book list and call or visit the library at your convenience. Our staff will be available to help you locate the materials that are highlighted in our research guides and lists.

African American Guide

Getting Started in Genealogy

Hispanic Guide

Jewish Guide

Mudd Collection

Native American Guide

Local History & Genealogy Collection Guidelines

The LHG Collection is available to the public during the hours that the Hoyt Public Library is open. Inquiries are accepted by telephone, email, in person, or in writing. Staff will not be able to conduct extensive genealogical or historical research on behalf of library users. The library staff can make referrals to local professional researchers, if needed.

All materials in the LHG Collection are restricted to library use only. They may not be borrowed, nor are they available for interlibrary loan. Most materials may be photocopied, but due to the fragile nature of some materials, permission is given on a case-by-case basis.

Family History Research Information

If you are beginning to research your family tree, our knowledgeable staff will give you expert advice to get you started. The more experienced genealogist will find an extensive array of resources. Our Collection focuses on Saginaw County and Michigan records and those areas from which most of Michigan’s early settlers came. This includes the New England states, the Great Lakes states, the eastern Canadian provinces and some southern states.