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Library E-Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

Note: This resource is for in-library use only. Please see a Reference librarian if you need assistance.


Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records, and much more!


American Ancestors

Note: This resource is for in-library use only. Please see a Reference librarian if you need assistance.

Multiple collections of genealogical and public records from around the world, focusing primarily on the U.S. and New England. Includes access to publications of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.


Family Search

Note: This resource is for in-library use only. Please see a Reference librarian if you need assistance.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources at home or here at the library where they’ll gain access to 350 plus million restricted images and name indexes as part of the FamilySearch Affiliate Library Program. Get started by creating a free account.

Local History Collection


The library has the entire collection of Maynard Town Reports from 1871 to present. Included in town reports until somewhat recently, were the names of all births, marriages, and deaths of Maynard residents. Town Reports are found in the library's Local History Collection.




Local Resources

Maynard Vital Records

List of births (1884-1999), deaths (1884-1927), and marriages (1884-1927) in Maynard from Town Reports in PDF files by decade.

Glenwood Cemetery Listing (lists until 2001)

Compiled from existing records and headstone readings by Maynard resident Peggy Brown, this page lists every person buried in Maynard's Glenwood Cemetery up until 2001 along with their date of death, lot number, and section number.

Glenwood Cemetery Listing (Includes more recent listings)

From records acquired from the Town of Maynard on July 6, 2016. Includes name, lot and section, age at death, and date of death. Listings

Glenwood Cemetery

St. Bridget's Cemetery

Find details about cemeteries and individual memorials for many people buried in those cemeteries. Memorials generally include birth, death and burial information and may include pictures, biographies, family information and more.

Boston Public Library E-Resources

Massachusetts residents are eligible to use the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) online databases at no charge. You will need a BPL card to access these resources. If you do not already have a BPL e-card, you can register for one by clicking here. 

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is the marriage of ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Online, a collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and genealogical-data content from HeritageQuest, such as the complete set of U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1930.

Boston Public Library Obituary Database

The Obituary Database is an index of obituaries that appeared in the Boston Evening Transcript (BET), Boston Globe (BG) and theBoston Herald/Herald American (BH). Currently, this database includes obituaries published between 1932 and 1941 and between 1953 and 2010.

Dictionary of American Family Names

When it was compiled in 2003, most of the names looked up were present, so this three-volume dictionary cannot be far off its claim to contain information on eighty-five percent of American surnames. Entries provide frequency of occurrence in the population, an explanation or definition of the name, language of origin, original spelling, region, typology.

Web Resources

Cyndi's List

The largest and most comprehensive list of online genealogical resources.

U.S. GenWeb Project

Volunteers working to provide non-commercial, free access to Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state.

Find a Grave

Has the ability to search 151 million grave records, many including photos of gravesites.

Social Security Death Index

Helpful for confirming dates of death.


Family Search

Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. 


Genealogy Records by State

Portal to government-sponsored websites addressing state genealogy resources.


Where to Write for Vital Records

Sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics, tells you where to send (and how much to pay) for birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates in every state.


Ellis Island Records

Excellent genealogy resource for finding anyone that might have passed through Ellis Island to reach America. Provides passenger search by name, ship, or date along with information about Ellis Island's history and plenty of genealogy resources to continue your search.


Interment Cemetery Records Online

A free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world, for historical and genealogy research.

National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives contains a treasure trove of records for the genealogist. The major categories of records held include US census records (1790-1940), immigration and naturalization records such as ship passenger lists and naturalization records, land records, and military records. The Boston branch of NARA, located in Waltham, also has copies of many of the same records. This page also has excellent tutorials and starting guides.

New England Genealogical Society

This site provides family historians access to more than 1 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths in their content include English, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

10 Places to Find the Free Genealogy Printables You Need 

An annotated list of links to various sites offering free templates, charts, and blank forms.

What Does That Mean? 300+ Family History Abbreviations Explained 

A list of abbreviations you may see while researching your family history, and what they mean.

Consult a Professional!

Association of Professional Genealogists
You may want to hire a certified genealogist to help you research your family tree, help you organize your documents and photos, or compile your family's history. Try the APG directory to find certified genealogists by state, specialty, and services offered.

Massachusetts Genealogical Council
Founded in 1980 and is the umbrella organization representing Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog and provides a reality check for the Massachusetts legislature regarding access issues. Thanks in large part to efforts by MGC, genealogists are able to access all Massachusetts vital records.


Please note that while our website does contain a small number of outside curated links (primarily to local, governmental, and non-profit sites covering subjects of interest to our patrons), we regret that we are unable to spend the time to fully evaluate unsolicited links that are sent to us for inclusion on our site; therefore we do not act on these recommendations.

Last updated 5/16/2024.    J.J.R




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