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Andover Historical Newspaper Digitization Project

Memorial Hall Library is making history more accessible!

The Library has just completed the first phase of a multi-year project to digitize old Andover newspapers.  This endeavor gives researchers online access to a searchable database of town newspapers dating from 1853 to 1925.  Visit http://www.mhl...

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Have you had a DNA test done yet?

DNA testing for genealogy research is all the rage, but how do you start?  

Watch these great videos to learn more:

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Finding Obituaries & Death Notices

Obituaries and death notices are very important sources for genealogists, but what's the difference? Obituaries are usually longer than death notices and are often written by a family member. Obituaries primarily developed after the Civil War. They became more common for longtime members of the...

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#GenealogySelfie Day February 1, 2016

#GenealogySelfie Day is February 1, 2016

GeneaBloggers is a site dedicated to gathering and promoting genealogy related blogs and encouraging others to start their own. Conference Keeper is a site that calls itself "the...

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Journeys Home

Looking for help or inspiration? Take a look at these new genealogy books.

Lots of people think about online resources like or for genealogy research and inspiration.  That's great (and we're happy to be able to provide access to...

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Punchard High Yearbook, 1916

Andover Yearbooks Available Online

Memorial Hall Library has been working with the Digital Commonwealth for the past 3 years to digitize books and other items in the public domain.  Our collection of ...

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Flag of Ireland

Struggling to Find Your Irish Ancestors? Come to about our Irish Genealogy Series

Trying to find ancestors from Ireland is notoriously difficult.  The Library has some great books in the collection to help you.  Now, we have some great speakers scheduled! 

Tracing Your Irish-American Catholic Genealogy with Michael Brophy

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Fold3 database

Attention Genealogists! Fold3 is now available through Memorial Hall Library!

Fold3 is a subscription database that provides access to a wide variety of records, many of which are directly related to or created by the US Military.  Dating from the Revolutionary War, search:

  • Casualty lists
  • Draft records
  • Enlistment/Muster records
  • ...
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Summer is the perfect time for genealogy!

Summer is a great time to get back to your genealogy research.  The days seem longer and hopefully you have some free time!  The big question is where to start – or, where to start again.

Our suggestion is to pull out your research and organize it.  It can be difficult to remember where...

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Pot of gold

Searching for obituaries using free sites

Obituaries can be gold mines to genealogists.  They may list birth and death dates, cause of death, maiden names, grandparents, children, spouses, in-laws and stories!  Unfortunately, not everyone has an obituary, and if one does exist, it may not be easy to find. Sites like...

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