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Rowley Public Library’s Local History Room houses excellent local history resources, including Vital Records books for most the cities & towns in Massachusetts, Rowley Town Reports, volumes of the Essex Genealogist, and a variety of published genealogies and local histories.

We also have a Genealogy Club that meets on the 2nd Monday every month.  Click here for more information.

In addition to the various resources available in the Library’s Local History Room, the following resources should prove helpful in your research and recording of family history.

Ancestry Library Edition:

Ancestry® Library Edition,ancestry-library-edition-icon distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. For use in library only.

HeritageQuest Online:

HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

Free Genealogy Resource Websites:

Frequently Recommended Genealogy Books:

  • Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, by Emily Ann Croom
  • Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America, by Holly T. Hansen
  • The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds.
  • Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, by Alice Eichholz
  • A to Zax: A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists & Historians, by Barbara Jean Evans and James Dent Walker
  • Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace Your Roots, Share Your History, and Create Your Family Tree, by Kimberly Powell
  • Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • International Vital Records Handbook, by Thomas Jay Kemp
  • Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
  • Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, by Val D. Greenwood
  • A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Ancestors, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
  • Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasure, by Christine Rose
  • Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors, by Marsha Hoffman Rising
  • Genealogist’s Address Book: State and Local Resources, by Elizabeth Petty Bentley
  • Genealogy Sourcebook, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
  • How to Do Everything Genealogy, by George G. Morgan
  • Land & Property Research in the United States, by E. Wade Hone
  • Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1920, by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide
  • Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History, by Megan Smolenyak

Books Online:

Recommended searches:

__________ Vital Records (fill in name of city/town or state)

__________ Registry of Deeds OR Land Records (fill in name of state)

Maps of ________ (fill in name of location)

Historical society of ________ (fill in name of location)

Newspapers _________ (fill in name of location)

Probate records ________ (fill in name of location)


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