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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Books | Websites | Library Information Resources




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. 

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.
Internet Resources, Including Software And Databases 
929.1 Crume Crume, Rick. Plugging into your past: How to find real family history records online /
929.1 Kemp Kemp, Thomas Jay. Virtual roots 2.0: A guide to genealogy and local history on the World Wide Web.
Forms And Genealogical Project Management Methodology
FRAMRM 929.1 Dollarhide Dollarhide, William Managing a Genealogical Project.
929.1 Fleming Fleming, Ann. The organized family historian: How to file, manage, and protect your genealogical research and heirlooms.
929.1028 2000 Christian Christian, Peter. Web publishing for genealogy.

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 2000 Christian Christian, Peter. Web publishing for genealogy.

At call number 929.1082:

At call number 929.2:

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


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

More information?

See these guides to Framingham's local history resources.

Family Genealogies

Framingham Genealogy Resources

Framingham History

Oral Histories on Video










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