Tracing your family history can be a fascinating but daunting dive into the past. We’re here to help! Check the tabs below for books, databases, and websites that can help you track your roots.


You can also visit the Framingham Room in the Main library to find local genealogical information, including gravesite listings for some Framingham cemeteries and vital records from most Massachusetts communities.


Last updated July 2018


Library 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.

Federal Databases (all free to access)


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.