Archive for the ‘Libraries’ Category

Check the listed web page or telephone before going to any of these libraries or organizations. Details of operation such as hours, cost, and even location can change at any time.

Name: American Antiquarian Society
Internet address:  http://www.americanantiquarian.org
Phone:  508-755-5221
Location: 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Holdings: Especially important for genealogists is this extraordinary collection of 18th and 19th century newspapers from the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.  The collection includes over 15,000 titles. The library also includes over 10,000 items in its map collection.

Name: Boston Public Library
Internet address: http://www.bpl.org
Phone: 617-536-5400
Location: 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Holdings: Various departments of the library have materials on New England history, heraldry, published genealogies of New England families, old newspapers on microfilm, and passenger lists on microfilm.

Name: Massachusetts Archives
Internet address: http://www.state.ma.us/sec/arc/arcidx.htm
Phone: 617-727-2816
Location: 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125
Holdings: Vital records 1841-1910; military records; federal census schedules 1790 1880, 1900; passenger lists 1848-1891; abstracts of naturalization records 1885-1931; and early Massachusetts court records.

Name: Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
Internet address: http://www.massachusettssocietyofgenealogists.org
Phone: 508-892-1225
Location: P.O. Box 215, Ashland, MA 01721-0215
Publications: Past Times (monthly newsletter) and MASSOG (three per year).
Annual Membership Dues: $25 (individual), $30 (family).
Activities: Speakers, workshops, and meetings.  Society library transferred to the Worcester Public Library.
Chapters: Bristol, Hampden, Middlesex, and Worcester
Purpose: To promote the study of genealogy in Massachusetts

Name: National Archives and Records Administration
Internet address: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston
Phone: (781) 663-0130
Location: 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452-6399
Holdings: Immigration and naturalization records, census records, revolutionary war pensions, bounty land warrants, and military service records.

Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
Internet address: http://www.newenglandancestors.org
The Newton Free Library subscribes to the NEHGS member’s website.  Check with librarian for access (available only in library.
Phone:  617-536-5740
Location: 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007
Fees: $15 per day or $10 after 5 PM for non-members
Annual membership fee $75.00
Holdings: The most complete genealogical library on the East Coast. Check website for catalog.

Name: Newton City Hall
Internet address: http://www.ci.newton.ma.us
Phone: 617-796-1200
Location: 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
Holdings: City Clerk’s office has both birth and death records for Newton residents.  You must have a specific person’s name before any records can be checked.

Name: Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead
Internet address: http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/jackson
Phone: 617-796-1450
Location: 527 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458
Holdings: Historical information on Newton, its older homes, and some of its families.

Name: Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
Internet address: http://www.mass.gov/dph/rvrs
Phone: 617-740-2600
Location: 150 Mt. Vernon St., 1st floor, Dorchester, MA 02125
Holdings: Vital records from 1916-present. (Earlier records [1841-1915] at the Massachusetts Archives or at the city or town of origin.)
Fees: Check on current fees for obtaining copies of vital records at their Internet site.  Fees vary from those ordered in person (least expensive) to those ordered over the Internet (most expensive.) I have heard different reviews re: doing research here. You might want to check the New England Historic Genealogical Society catalog and  go there if they have what you need.

Name: TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association)
Internet address: http://www.tiara.ie
Mailing Address:  2120 Commonwealth Ave., Auburndale, MA 02466-1909
Publication: quarterly newsletter
Annual Membership Dues: $20 (individual), $30 (family)
Purpose: To promote the study of Irish genealogy and history.
Activities: Monthly meetings, speakers, surname exchange database, query exchange, and group prices on selected books.

23 April 2010 (revised)/vea
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com


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