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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!

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.

Last updated 3/14/2019. Jeremy Robichaud




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.




Town Clerk

The Town Clerk is the official record keeper for the Town of Maynard. 


The Town Clerk can be found in Town Hall on 195 Main Street or reached at 978-897-1300. For more information on services provided by the Town Clerk's office, visit their website. 




Web Resources


Cyndi's List

The largest and most comprehensive list of online genealogical resources.


Claims to be the "oldest and largest free online community for genealogists." This site has many interactive guides and research tools.

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. 

Family Search's Free Online Courses

Here you will find a list of all their online classes, including classes for beginners. They usually include both an online presentation and handouts you can print. It is invaluable to have a printout when you are trying to follow an online presentation. 


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.


National Obituary Archive

The world's largest repository of obituaries and death records with more than 55 million individual entries on file. Visitors may search the archive freely to learn more about the deaths of friends or family or to explore relationships when building family trees or doing genealogy research.


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.

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.

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