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vea/28 June 2017
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide:  


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American Ancestors NEHGS logo

Do NOT mistake this site for Ancestry.  American Ancestors is the web site of one of the premier genealogy societies in the country.  The New England Historic Genealogical Society (Newbury Street, Boston) has resources  that are unique. The NEHGS is opening up its website, American Ancestors, to everyone  for free for one week. From today, Wednesday, April 6th to April 13th, you can go to http://www.americanancestors.org/Free-Billion and hunt for your ancestors.  Though obviously an extraordinary site for New England research, check this out even if you have (as far as you know) no New England ancestors.  There is a reason why they changed the name of their website from New England Ancestors to American Ancestors. Check it out.

vea/6 April 2016
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide:  http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy

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A member of our local genealogy club just emailed  to tell me about an offer from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. They are offering free access to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont vital records (birth, marriage, and death records) until the end of January. They are promoting their free guest memberships. It’s worth checking out if you have ancestors in these three states, even if you’ve already found information in places like Ancestry or FamilySearch.  NEHGS has materials and collections you will find nowhere else.

To find more details about their guest (free) memberships, check out their American Ancestors website.

Below is the information posted about the offer on the American Ancestors website.

Good to Meet You, 2016!

Register free as a Guest User to get access to three of our most popular vital records databases for the month of January 2016.

Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of AmericanAncestors.org databases and access content such as making purchases from the online store. To receive unlimited access to all 250+ million records and other benefits, become a member of NEHGS.

In addition to the standard suite of databases available to guest users, other new databases may be available to guest user for a limited time. To see the complete list of databases currently available to guest users, visit the advanced search page and use the “free” check box.

vea/22 January 2016
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass
Library website:  http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net
Genealogy blog:  https://thecuriousgenealogist.wordpress.com
Genealogy LibGuide:  http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/genealogy

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First, a Word Regarding Databases


What is the difference between a website and a database?  There are more technical and precise definitions of each term, but for our purposes a website is free to everyone.  A database must be paid for either by the individual or the institution wishing to use it.  The library provides access for its patrons to some subscription databases. Depending on the provisions of individual database providers, a patron who lives in Newton may be able to access the database from home.  Others can be used by anyone using the library, but must be used at the library only, not off site.  For a complete list of all databases, click  here. Those provided by the state of Massachusetts can be accessed from anywhere within the state. The list of genealogical databases provided through the library follows.

Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Only)

Ancestry Library Edition allows you access to more than three billion names using a number of different records that it provides online.  Once you find a transcribed record through Ancestry’s “Search” function, the database often allows you to click onto a photographic copy of the original record. Never rely on a transcription when you have access to an original record.  There can be major discrepancies between the original and the transcription.  Another Ancestry tip: their section on federal census records allows a search for neighbors. This is often very useful for finding additional family members.  If you are looking for recent immigrants, it also helps you find other people from the town or village of origin. People coming to a strange country often settled around other people they knew or who shared the same culture. Ancestry does not allow the library to provide remote access, so it must be searched here at the Newton Free Library.

American Ancestors:  Member Website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (In Library Only)

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), founded in 1845, is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society with a research library of over 200,000 volumes. Even if you do not have New England ancestors, you will find that NEHGS is an important resource for helping you to track information about your family history.  If you do have New England ancestors, it is a treasure trove that you must check.

This database provides most of what is available to its members online to anyone using one of the library’s computers. Here you will find extensive family resources, including databases, how-to articles, research columns, bibliographies, free queries, and discussion groups. You may also browse through the online book catalog for New England, New York, and other regions.  This site is not limited to the New England area as its new title suggests.  Non-members can access some sections of the American Ancestors site from home.  Anyone working within the library can access the database as though you were a member.  Check with a librarian if you need help.

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices (Home Access Available for Newton Residents Only)

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices database contains the largest and most comprehensive online collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices published from 1980 to the present.  Each obituary or death notice is indexed by the name of the deceased person. In addition, the text of each obituary or death notice is searchable, making it easy to find other categories or leads such as a place of residence, occupation, names of family members, or other personal information.   There are over 29 million listings.  Not all newspapers are included.  For a list of newspapers and the dates covered by each, click here.

vea/4 January 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.

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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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