Need help with local history or genealogy research? Ask a librarian!
Our local history collection is on the second floor of the library. Fragile and one-of-a-kind items are kept in our archive and can be viewed by appointment.
- American Ancestors – New England Historic Genealogical Society online records
- Ancestry.com – Premium collection of worldwide genealogy records
- Books, resources, and article clippings relevant to Natick history and genealogy
- Directories of local businesses
- Maps and atlases
- Natick High School Sassamon Yearbooks
- Natick Veterans Oral History DVD Collection (on first floor)
- Town documents such as vital records, annual reports, resident lists, school information, committee reports, and business filings
Access these local history and genealogy resources anywhere with your Natick library card!
- America's Obituaries & Death Notices – Obituaries and death records from newspapers and the Social Security Death Index
- HeritageQuest – Census data and documents for genealogy research
- Historical Boston Globe – Articles from 1872 - 1927
- Massachusetts History Online – Magazine and newspaper articles about Massachusetts history
Recommended Websites & Free EBooks
- Historic Natick Slideshow – Nineteenth-century photographs taken by Horace H. Potter.
- Mass Memories Road Show: Natick
- Natick Historical Society
- Natick Town Reconnaissance History Report – Overview of Natick history and development.
- Natick Veterans Oral History Project
- Praying Indians of Natick and Ponkapoag – History and perspectives from descendants of Natick "Praying Indians."
Research the History of Your Home
- Internet Public Library: Research the History of Your House
- Historic US Geological Survey Maps of New England
- MakeUseOf: 7 Online Resources to Trace the History of Your House
- MA Historical Commission
- MA Land Records
- Middlesex South Registry of Deeds
- Public Records in Massachusetts
- U.S. Bureau of Interior Land Records – Great way to trace parcels of land, their cost, and who purchased them.
Genealogy: Getting Started
- About.com: Genealogy Learning & Guidance
- Family Tree Magazine: Best Websites for Genealogy
- Genealogy Research Guides, Tips, and Online Records
- National Archives: Resources for Genealogists
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Websites: Massachusetts
- FamilySearch.org: Massachusetts Historical Records
- MA Archives
- MA Registry of Vital Records
- National Archives at Boston
- Pittsfield Federal Records Center
US & International Genealogy
- Center for Jewish History – Searchable online records.
- Family Tree Websites: Best State Genealogical Websites
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Websites
- Ellis Island – Search Ellis Island passenger records.
- FamilySearch – Worldwide genealogical records compiled by the Church of Latter-day Saints.
- Find a Grave
- Macavo – Search for genealogy resources. Requires signing up for a free account.
- USA.gov Family History and Genealogical Resources
- USGenWeb:Genealogical Resources by State
- National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
- Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing in Action Database
- Vietnam War Memorial Wall Names
- Epitaphs From Graveyards in Wellesley (Formerly West Needham), North Natick and Saint Mary's Churchyard in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts - By George Kuhn Clarke, 1900
- The Genealogical History of Dover, Massachusetts - By Frank Smith, 1854
- A Genealogical Register of the Inhabitants and History of the Towns of Sherborn and Holliston - By Abner Morse, 1856
- Historic Natick Photograph Slide Show - Natick photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s.
- History of Framingham, Massachusetts - By J.H. Temple, 1887
- A History of Natick, Volume 1 - By Oliver Bacon, 1856
- A History of Natick, Volume 2 - By Oliver Bacon, 1856
- History of the Town of Natick, Mass - By William Biglow, 1830
- Natick Dictionary - By James Hammond Trumbull, 1903
- National Archives Military Records
- Nonantum and Natick - By Sarah S. Jacobs, 1853
- The Pioneers of Massachusetts - By Charles Henry Pope, 1900
- Addresses Delivered at the Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Dedication of the First Unitarian Church - By J.P Sheafe & Horatio Alger, 1879