River Rapids District Library
227 E. Broad St.
Chesaning, MI 48616


Local Genealogy

  • Newspapers / Yearbooks (External Link)
  • Chesaning Civil War Soldiers <pdf>
    • A list of Chesaning area residents that served in the Civil War.
  • Death Certificates - Walker-Martin Funeral Home 1916-1947 <pdf>
    • This file contains a list of the death certificates that the library holds copies of in its collection. These were generously provided to us by Walker-Martin Funeral Home. The decedents passed away between 1916 & 1947.
  • Local History Vertical File Subject Headings <pdf>
    • This file lists the subject headings in our local history vertical files.
  • Family History Name Files <pdf>
    • This is a list of the family names that we keep files on here at the library. Items included in the file may include: birth notices, wedding announcements, obituaries, pictures, family history sheets, genealogical charts, local newspaper announcements, correspondence or other ephemera. You are welcome to come browse the family files any time we are open. You can also obtain the information in a specific file by contacting the library.
  • River Rapids District Library online genealogy files <Google Drive Link>
    • In Progress.  This link gives you shared access to view pdf files scanned from our genealogy file drawers.  It is an in progress work so it only contains about a 1/3 of our physical copies.
    • The Files are organized according to our file drawers with multiple documents per folder titled by family name.
    • If you have a gmail account it will show up as shared folders in your google drive and can be searched using the standard google drive search bar.
  • Oral History Audio & Transcripts (Link)

Local Cemeteries

Mt. Calvary & Resurrection Cemeteries files

Wildwood Cemetery files

Genealogy Resources

Genealogy/Family History


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