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Memorial Hall Library

Resources for Genealogy Research

While most of the resources in this guide are free, some can only be accessed in Memorial Hall Library or by logging in with either a Memorial Hall Library card or a Boston Public Library eCard.*

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This guide is an evolving selection of useful resources for locating vital records, historical documents and secondary sources.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, please email the Memorial Hall Library Local History Librarian.

Genealogical Records
major repositories of vital records

Historical Newspapers
& repositories of other secondary sources

Software & Templates
organize & publish your family tree

Atlases, Maps, Gazetteers
location-based tools


Boston Public Library eCard
for anyone who lives, works, or owns property in Massachusetts

As the Library for the Commonwealth, the Boston Public Library (BPL) is committed to serving residents throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One statewide service available to anyone aged 13 or older who lives, works, or owns property in Massachuetts is the BPL eCard. A BPL eCard enables you to access many of the library's digital collections remotely.

Signup is quick and easy. Visit to get started.

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