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Morse Institute Library Archives Online
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 Databases

Access these databases with your library card.

American Ancestors (In-library use only)
New England Historic Genealogical Society online records.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
Obituaries and death records from newspapers and the Social Security Death Index

Ancestry.com (In-library use only)
Premium collection of worldwide genealogy records.

HeritageQuest – Natick cardholders only
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

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
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.