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Library Collection

These library collections have been digitized for viewing online.

Morse Institute Library on Internet Archives
Historic books and documents from the archives of the Morse Institute Library, digitized through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Public Library.

Natick Veterans Oral History Project
A library project that collects and preserves the personal recollections of those who have served their country in the armed forces past and present.

Library Resources

Access these resources with your library card.

American AncestorsIn-library use only
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.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices – Natick cardholders only
Easily search a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. Updated daily, it incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Ancestry LibraryIn-library use only
Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!

HeritageQuest – Natick cardholders only
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.

Historical Boston GlobeIn-library use only
Quick and accurate Web access to rich newspaper coverage of the Northeast. Every issue includes the complete paper – cover to cover – with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF. Complete coverage from 1872-1982, with an additional year of content added annually.

Historical New York Times – Natick cardholders only
Provides the full text of articles published in the New York Times from its first issue in 1851. It is searchable by keyword, subject, author, and article title, and includes all illustrations and advertisements. Complete coverage from 1851-2010.

Massachusetts History Online
Use this collection for full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.

Recommended Websites

Natick History

Historical eBooks
Access historical eBooks related to the history of Natick and surrounding communities.

Historic Natick Slideshow
Nineteenth-century photographs taken by Horace H. Potter.

Mass Memories Road Show: Natick

Natick Historical Society

Natick Town Reconnaissance History Report [PDF]
Overview of Natick history and development.

Praying Indians of Natick and Ponkapoag
History and perspectives from descendants of Natick “Praying Indians.”

Massachusetts History

Digital Commonwealth
An online collection of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives.

Historic New England

Massachusetts Historical Society

Massachusetts Genealogy

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.

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.

Family Tree Magazine: Best Websites for Genealogy

Find a Grave
Search cemetery records.

Genealogy Research Guides, Tips, and Online Records

National Archives: Resources for Genealogists

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

Research the History of Your Home

Internet Public Library: Research the History of Your House

Historic US Geological Survey Maps of New England

MA Historical Commission

MA Land Records

Middlesex South Registry of Deeds

U.S. Bureau of Interior Land Records
Great way to trace parcels of land, their cost, and who purchased them.