Genealogy: A Pathfinder

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Genealogy: a record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree. To find local genealogical information, including vital records of most Massachusetts communities, use the Framingham Room. For researchers whose families hale from other areas of the country and the world, we suggest the following books and websites. 

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Genealogy handbooks and manuals are located under the call number 929.1. Here you will find: 

Books of information about specific countries and ethnic groups such as Asian Americans, Canada and French Canadians, Chinese Americans, England, Europe and European Americans, France, Germany and German Americans, Great Britain, Hispanic Americans, Ireland, Italy, Japanese Americans, Jews, Latin America, Native Americans, Polish Americans, Portugal, Prague, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Wales. 

Using Print Resources 
FRAMRM 016.9291 2001 Kemp  Kemp, Thomas Jay. The American Census Handbook
929.1 1998 Szucs Szucs, Loretto Dennis. They became Americans: Research in U.S. naturalization records.
Using Online Resources 
Dunn, Michael 929.10285 Dunn  A beginner's guide to online genealogy
Helm, Matthew  929.1028 Helm  Genealogy online for dummies 
Forms And Genealogical Project Management Methodology
FRAMRM 929.1 Dollarhide Dollarhide, William Managing a Genealogical Project.

At call number 929.1028:

Digitizing and Preservation of Family Documents and Photographs 
929.1028 McClure McClure, Rhonda R. Digitizing your family history: Easy methods for preserving your heirloom documents, photos, home movies and more in a digital format.
Web Publishing 
929.1028 Helm 2008 Helm, Matthew. Genealogy online for dummies

At call number 929.1082:

At call number 929.1:

Resources for African Americans
929.1 1999 Howell Howell, Barbara. How to trace your African-American roots: Discovering your unique history.



Minuteman Library Network databases:

Ancestry Library- In Library Use Only
Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!

Heritage Quest
HeritageQuest Online is a digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.



Useful Websites

Ellis Island 
Records of passenger ships arriving at Ellis Island, New York.

Connecting people and resources for genealogical research. 

A website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, world leaders in genealogical research.

The National Archives Genealogy Page 
Records to search for building your family's history, and ideas about how to start, from the National Archives. 

Websites change! Please email us if you have difficulty with a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.



We Can Help!

For professional assistance locating the information you need:

  • Telephone the Main Library Reference Department at 508-532-5570, extension 4361. 

  • Email your questions through our "Ask A Librarian" page.

  • Visit the Main Library or the McAuliffe Branch for free access to the Internet and databases, and for assistance with research. 


June 2005
Updated July 2015

More information?

See these guides to Framingham's local history resources.

Family Genealogies

Framingham Genealogy Resources

Framingham History

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