Subject Guides » Genealogy
- HeritageQuest Online
Use your Forbes Library card to access HeritageQuest's Online searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.
Available on the library computers only. Ask reference librarian for help logging on.
- New England Historical Geneological Society
Please see reference librarian to log you in. Library use only.
MassCat is a library catalog of holdings from school, medical, law, special, historical society, museum and a few public libraries. Of particular interest to local history and genealogy research are the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in Springfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library in Deerfield.
- Cyndi's List
Directory of more than 90,000 genealogy sites. After using the subscription databases, this site is a great next step. Newly redesigned June 2011.
This free site contains family trees that individuals have submitted, surname lists and message boards to help you connect with other researchers.
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
See the Genealogists/Family Historians page for information on what genealogical records can be found in NARA Regional offices. (The nearest Regional offices is the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Archives in Pittsfield and houses over 75,000 reels of NARA microfilm.)
- Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
Search for Ellis Island records.
- Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures
- Massachusetts Archives
Databases for the following:
Massachusetts Archives Collection Database (1629-1799)
Index to Passenger Manifests (1848-1891)
Index to Vital Records (1841-1910)
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
Great site for looking at historic or modern locations or locating counties.\\\
- Deed Records
This is the Registry of Deeds for the state of Massachusetts. Search by name or address for modern (Hampshire County post 1974) deed records.
See also our Northampton Cemeteries subject guide.
- Find A Grave
Over 15 million graves searchable by surname and location including some famous/celebrity graves. Free to use and add your own family or photos. Over 300 graves from Bridge Street, Park Street and Spring Grove Cemeteries in Northampton and Florence are included.
- Political Graveyard
Grave site locations and biographies of U.S. politicians.
Similiar to Find A Grave, this is a free site featuring cemetery transcrptions for over 3 million people from over 8,000 cemteries. You can also submit your ancestor's information to this site.
- Billion Graves
Similar to Find a Grave, user's submit photographs and transcriptions of tombstones.
- If you live in the Northampton area or are researching your Northampton area ancestors you can make an appointment with a librarian who can assist you with your genealogy research. Please call 413-587-1014 or email us at email@example.com to make an appointment. If you are out of the area and would like a list of local researchers for hire, call or email the local history department.