Many of our great-grandmothers came to this country from other lands. Some may have lived right here in Watertown. Maybe you have a famous person in your family’s past? Would you like to find out more about your family history? We have many wonderful resources to help you on your way!
First of all, we have databases! From the library website (www.watertownlib.org) you can access the following:
Dozens of genealogical databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including full text of the New England Historical and Genealogical Record, The Search for Missing Friends, and Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910.
Ancestry Library (in library use only)
Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!
Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
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.
Massachusetts History Online
Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to MA history.
In addition to our databases, we have a wonderful local history collection, and we’ve been working diligently to get some of the most popular resources digitized so you can access this treasure trove of information from the comfort of your own home! Take a moment to visit the local history page on our website and browse through the amazing materials we have on Watertown’s history: http://www.watertownlib.org/local-history.
Here you’ll find popular genealogies, town directories, Watertown High School yearbooks dating back to 1925, cemetery records, maps, photographs, and more! And, of course, we have a full-time Local History Librarian available to help guide you to a successful search!