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Genealogy Research Guide

This reseach guide contains access to free reseach resources online and in print.  There are also links to subscription resources that may only be accessed in house at Memorial Hall Library or by logging in with either a Memorial Hall Library card or a Boston Public Library e-card.*
Scope of the guide
This guide is an evolving selection of useful resources for locating vital records, historical documents and secondary sources.  There is a focus on regional archives and research resources. For more information about Memorial Hall Library's genealogical collections and services email the Memorial Hall Library Local History LIbrarian

American Ancestors library use only New Eng Historic Genealogical Society database with records for over 110 million names library use only over 4 billion vital records
CDC Where to Write for Vital Records - national list of vital record registries
Family Search world's largest data set of vital records, free accounts
FindAGrave crowd sourced international cemetery data
Fold 3 remote access with MHL card US military records also servicemembers'   stories, photos, and personal documents
Heritage Quest Online - remote access wtih MHL card street lists, census records,vital records
JewishGen online access to Jewish records and historical documents
Social Security Death Index
Ellis Island Passenger Search image database of ship manifests

Andover Advertiser & Townsman 1853 - 1925 online; later years on microform
Boston Globe (BPL e-card*
Boston Post 1831-1922 (BPL e-card*) 
Chronicling America/Library of Congress - free national repository of digital papers
Elephind - free online aggregator of papers worldwide
Google News Archive 
Irish Times 1859 2015 (BPLe-card*)
Jewish Advocate 1905-1990 (BPL e-card*)
Lawrence Eagle Tribune 1853- 1925 online; later years on microform
New York Times 1851- 2013 (BPL e-card*) largest for profit genealogy company in the world, operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites focused on the United States and nine foreign countries.
Evernote a free app for citing, downloading organizing and archiving
GooglePhotoScan  App --mobile scanning app optimized to correct photo glare. 
Fan Chart Template
Ancestral Chart 

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries 
BPL Levanthal Map Center
Bureau of Land Management Land Records
David Rumsey Map Collection
Massachusetts State Archives Maps Online
History Pin -Geocoded maps overlaid with historical maps and/or images
Library of Congress Map Collection
Meyer's Gazetteer Online every place name in the Second German Empire (1871-1918). Interactive maps of village locations are linked to basic geographic and government information like jurisdictions, streets and office locations.
NYPL Map Warper - overlays historical maps with current geospatial info
What Was There


As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is committed to serve residents throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One state-wide service that any Massachusetts resident (including students who live here temporarily) is eligible for, is the BPL e-card.  A BPL e-card will enable you to access many of the library's digital collections remotely.  Sign up is quick and  easy.