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Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records, and much more!
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.
List of births (1884-1999), deaths (1884-1927), and marriages (1884-1927) in Maynard from Town Reports in PDF files by decade.
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.
From records acquired from the Town of Maynard on July 6, 2016. Includes name, lot and section, age at death, and date of death.
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 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.
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.
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.
The largest and most comprehensive list of online genealogical resources.
Volunteers working to provide non-commercial, free access to Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state.
Has the ability to search 151 million grave records, many including photos of gravesites.
Helpful for confirming dates of death.
Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962.
Portal to government-sponsored websites addressing state genealogy resources.
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.
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.
A free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world, for historical and genealogy research.
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.
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.
An annotated list of links to various sites offering free templates, charts, and blank forms.
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 5/17/2023. J.J.R