The library has a local history/genealogy collection covering Marlborough history, genealogies of some prominent local families, and the Marlborough Enterprise on microfilm from 1889 to the present.
Please contact our reference department at 508-624-6992 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to access our archives or to gain assistance in your search.
Below is a list of just some of the items of interest that we have in our archives collection. Please contact the reference department if you would like to view any of these materials or to see what else we might have in our collection.
- Charles Hudson was a Marlborough native, a writer, and a United States Representative from Massachusetts.
- Provides information about the people and places of early Marlborough.
- The original book did not have an index, but one was compiled by Marlborough Historical Society member Gene Schneider an is available in the archive collection.
- Vol. 1, Marlborough: Brigham, Old Common, Robin Hill, Rock Lawn, Spring Hill, Weeks and Wilson
- Vol. 2, Sudbury, Wayland: 1st Cemetery, Revolutionary, Mt. Pleasant, Old Town, North Sudbury Old, North Sudbury New, Wayland South, Natick, Wadsworth
- Vol. 3, Hudson: Hudson Main Cemetary
- Published 1908
- Provides birth, death and marriage data for area town including Marlborough, Framingham, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sudbuty, and Westborough.
- Provides information about a number of local families.
- Provides a list of inhabitants and businesses. Cover 1867 to 1961 with some missing volumes.
- Organized by Ward address.
- Organized alphabetically by last name.
- Marlborough High School ARC 974.44 MAR
- Assabet Regional Vocational High School ARC 974.44 ASS
- This local paper is an excellent source of regional news and obituaries.
- On microfilm: December 1889 to the present
- Online: August 2005 to the present
Books & Print Resources
Below you will find just a few of the other print resources the library has in its regular circulating collection.
Family Chronicle magazine – Current year, plus two previous years in the Periodicals Room
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls 929.1072 Ros
New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians by Diane Rapaport 929.374 Rap
A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack 929.1072 Car
Below are just some of the online services that can help you get started with your family history.
- Ancestry is a great way to discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of names inside the more than 7,000 available databases of Ancestry® Library Edition, including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank Records, and African American and Native American Records. *ONLY AVAILABLE AT MARLBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY*
- A categorized list of online genealogical resources. A great place to start!
- Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Digital Commonwealth currently has over 130 member institutions from across the state.
- Offers free access to billions of records including birth, marriage, death, probate, and more.
- This site also provides guidance for genealogical searching. Click on “Learn” at the top of the home page to access the Research Wiki
- Offers a variety of tools, resources and software to support your historical research.
- The National Archives provides access to a variety of information online. The local headquarters in Waltham is a great place to visit for more information and classes.
- A free account here provides access to some very useful databases. For a fee, you can join the Society, and have access to hundreds of additional resources.