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Muskegon, Michigan 


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Torrent House

Historical Site

(The local history and genealogy dept.)

This thirty-one room mansion, built for $250,000 in 1891-92, was the home of John Torrent (1833-1915), pioneering lumberman, alderman, justice of the peace and Muskegon mayor for three terms. A successful entrepreneur, Torrent owned shingle, saw and lumber mills in Muskegon, Manistee, Ludington, Whitehall, Traverse City and Sault Ste. Marie, equipping them all with the most modern machinery. Over the years, this structure also housed a mortuary, hospital and the local Red Cross headquarters. In 1972, the city purchased the house to prevent it demolition.

Basic research in the Muskegon area is conducted by members of our Society who volunteer their time for a donation of $15.00 (for members) or $20.00 (for non-members) per hour to our Society.

When making your request, please complete the form at the bottom of the page. Research will be done when payment is received.

If you are seeking a copy of an obituary from the local newspaper or a transcribed copy of a marriage or death certificate, they can be obtained for $6.00 (for members) or $8.00 (for non-members) each, there is no additional cost.

If you need a “certified copy” of a marriage or death certificate - contact Muskegon County Clerk, 990 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49442, or at

Research request - fill out your research request form and please make your check/money order payable to MCGS and mail to:


Attn: Research Committee
C/O Hackley Public Library

Torrent House
315 W. Webster Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440-1209




Pay for Research Services Here:

Don't forget to email your form.

Funds raised from research go toward the purchase of books, documents, maps and supplies to expand the holdings of the Local History & Genealogy Room at the Hackley Public Library - Torrent House.

Upon completion of your research request, copies of our findings are placed on file in the Local History & Genealogy Dept. of the Hackley Public Library - Torrent House.

Research is conducted in the order requests/payments are received so please allow 6-8 weeks for a response.

Thank You!

Muskegon County Genealogy Research Committee

Research Request Form


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