Genealogy: A Pathfinder
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.
On this page:
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.
|929.1 Best||Best, Laura.||Genealogy for the first time: Research your family history.|
|929.1 Smolenyak||Smolenyak, Megan.||Who do you think you are? : the essential guide to tracing your family history|
|929.1 Hinckley||Hinckley, Kathleen W.||Locating lost family members & friends: Modern genealogical research techniques for locating the people of your past and present.|
|929.1 2000 Melnyk||Melnyk, Marcia.||The weekend genealogist: Timesaving techniques for effective research.|
|929.1 Rising||Rising, Marsha Hoffman||The family tree problem solver : proven methods for scaling the inevitable brick wall|
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.|
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.|
|929.1028 Helm 2008||Helm, Matthew.||Genealogy online for dummies|
Matrilineal Kinship or Finding Female Relatives
|929.1082 Carmack||Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo.||A genealogist's guide to discovering your female ancestors: Special strategies for uncovering hard-to-find information about your female lineage.|
|929.1082 Schaefer||Schaefer, Christina K.||The hidden half of the family: A sourcebook for women's genealogy.|
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!
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.
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.
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.