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Genealogy Research Resources

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Ancestry Library – *In-Library use only.
Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!


heritagequestHeritageQuest Online
Digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 28,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.


The Source : A Guidebook to American Genealogy
Genealogists and other historical researchers value the first two editions of this work, often referred to as “the genealogist’s bible.” Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary resource. The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers. (Ref 929.1072073 Source)

Vital Records (Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society)
Containing records of Massachusetts towns to the year 1850, this resource alphabetically lists births, deaths, and marriages, with separate volumes for each category. (Ref 929.3)

Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
A genealogical dictionary showing three generations of those who came to New England before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register. (Ref 929.3 Savage)

Your Guide to Cemetery Research
A comprehensive, in-depth resource perfect for genealogists, researchers and historians. Coverage includes cemetery and death-related terminology, clues offered by headstone art, and cemeteries’ role in our culture and history. (One copy Ref 929.5072 Carmack and one copy Nonfiction 929.5072 Carmack)

The Sourcebook to Public Record Information
A comprehensive guide to public records sources, including how to retrieve public records at the county, state, and federal levels. For persons new to searching public records, the introductory information provides invaluable information. The Public Record Primer provides a very complete overview of how records become public domain, search strategies, finding records online, and how to use a vendor to obtain public records. (Ref 352.387 Sourcebook)

Town Reports (from 1880)
Report of the Advisory Committee to the Annual Town Meeting. Some issues are bound with the Registrars’ List of Residents. These are shelved in the Local History Bookcases on the second floor of the Main Library. (Ref 974.4 Wellesley)

Wellesley High School Yearbooks
The Wellesleyan is shelved in the Local History Room on the second floor of the Main Library. The oldest yearbook is that of the class of 1869 and they continue through the present. Some years are missing. Check the catalog to confirm the year you seek is available. (Reference Wellesley 373 Wellesley)

Assessors’ List of Residents 1933-Present
Pre-1933 lists may be bound with Town Reports. They are also known as the Registrars’ List of Residents. They are shelved in the Local History Bookcases on the second floor of the Main Library. (Reference 974.4 Wellesley)

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (52 vols)
Reports from both the Union and Confederate armies of the Civil War, including correspondence, orders, and prisoners of war. (973.7 United States)

Newspapers (on MICROFILM)

The Townsman (1906-present)
Boston Globe (1964-present)
New York Times (1857-present)

Useful Websites

Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR Genealogical Research System includes free online databases containing information on Revolutionary patriot ancestors, descendants of those patriots, as well as the vast array of genealogical resources from the DAR library.

Ellis Island
Click on tabs for Passenger Searches, Ellis Island, and Genealogy. Link to a step by step guide of how to get started with your search under the Genealogy tab, as well as links to charts, forms, and family history. Information about the history of Ellis Island is also included.

Family Search
The Genealogy website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A wonderful website with lots of help for beginners. Also they have a Family History Center at the church in Weston 150 Brown St. 781 235-2164

JewishGen features thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

Massachusetts Archives
Search for vital records as far back as 1841 and archives starting from 1628. Also search family history and passenger lists.

National Archives and Federal Records Center – New England
This website provides links to Casualty Lists for WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam Wars; Chinese Exclusion Act Files and Exclusion Lists; Passenger Lists into the Port of New York, 1846-1851, and the “Famine Irish Data Files”. Visit the Waltham center in person for access to microfilms of Census, Military, Immigration, Naturalization, and Land Records, but phone first:  (781) 663-0130  Address: 380 Trapelo Rd., Waltham MA 02452

New England Historic Genealogic Society
If your ancestor entered the United States from the Eastern seaboard then this group has the records.  Joining a group like this is great for classes, publications and most other information for your research.

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
The Registry land records from the founding of Norfolk County in 1793 are available for online viewing. The Registry’s online Land Records Index by name is currently available from 1900 and over time will continue to expand to include earlier years.

Social Security Death Index
Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Current as of February 28, 2014.