Genealogy/ History

Helpful Links to Genealogy Resources

Boston Public Library Guides - for Genealogy.

Resources for researching your ancestors and your family history.


American Ancestors A New England Genealogical Society

Contains many databases of public records and other online reference material to aid those researching genealogical information in the New England region. - In Library Access Only

It has coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection.

Dictionary of American Family Names  (Print Publication in Library Reference)


CastleGarden- A free database of information on 11 million immigrants who made their way through Manhattan's Castle Garden immigration station between 1820 and 1892. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Chronicling America- Historic American Newspapers

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S.. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Cyndi's List-   A portal to contains roughly 332,000 links to genealogy resources in more than 200 categories.

Digital Commonwealth - Massahusetts Collections Online

Digitized photographs, manuscripts, books and other material of local and historical interest from the South Hadley Public Library and other libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in Massachusetts.

Ellis Island -The Statue of Liberty Foundation  -  Search through passenger manifests and ships. A website containing over five billion searchable records from dozens of countries. Access is free. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. While the site is free, you need to sign in with your email address and create a password.

Genealogy Bank

Climb beyond the names and dates on your family tree to the recorded details of their daily lives. Find the facts in over 3,600 fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents.