My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Library List -- Photos and Write-up of 58 New England Libraries

During the past three years I've visited quite a few libraries, all were in either Maine, Massachusetts or New Hampshire. There is quite a difference from the first ones I visited to the most recent. Initially, I just took photos of the genealogy room or area, and didn't do much writing. The most recent posts contain more writing, many more photos and I tried to showcase the entire library. In the beginning, I would secretly take my pictures, but during the past two years, I made it a point to talk to all the librarians...they had a wealth of information. Even if they didn't know much about genealogy, they knew where the books, maps and local cemeteries were. Of course, the best librarians were the ones interested in genealogy.

I hope this list makes it easier to see the libraries I've been to and you can get an idea of what their collections are like. Enjoy some favorite photos of is hard to believe they are libraries.

MAINE (12)

Patten Free Library, Bath, Maine

Freeport Community Library, Freeport, Maine

Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, Maine

York Public Library, York, Maine

Wiscasset Public Library, Wiscasset, Maine

Topsham Public Library, Topsham, Maine

Rice Public Library, Kittery, Maine

Kennebuck Free Library, Kennebuck, Maine

Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit, Maine

Jesup Memorial Library / Bar Harbor Library, Bar Harbor, Maine

Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine

Maine Historical Society and Library, Portland, Maine


Lawrence Library, Pepperell, Massachusetts

Billerica Public Library, Billerica, Massachusetts

Wilmington Memorial Library, Wilmington, Massachusetts

Medford Public Library, Medford, Massachusetts

Winchester Public Library, Winchester, Massachusetts

The Forbush Library, Westminster, Massachusetts

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield Massachusetts

Leominster Public Library, Leominster, Massachusetts

Robbins Library / Arlington Library, Arlington, Massachusetts

Bolton Public Library, Bolton, Massachusetts

Salem Public Library, Salem, Massachusetts

Bigelow Free Public Library, Clinton, Massachusetts

Bedford Free Public Library, Bedford, Massachusetts

Randall Library, Stow, Massachusetts

Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, Massachusetts

Harvard Public Library, Harvard, Massachusetts

Sargent Memorial Library, Boxboro, Massachusetts

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, Massachusetts

Reading Public Library, Reading, Massachusetts

Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, Massachusetts

J.V. Fletcher Library, Westford, Massachusetts

Groton Public Library, Groton, Massachusetts

Waltham Library, Waltham, Massachusetts

Haverhill,Massachusetts Library, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Ipswich Library, Ipswich, Massachusetts

Acton Memorial Library, Acton, Massachusetts

Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, Massachusetts

Watertown Free Library, Watertown, Massachusetts

Tewksbury Public Library, Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Concord Free Library, Concord, Massachusetts

Parker Memorial Library, Dracut, Massachusetts

Reuben Hoar Library, Littleton, Massachusetts

Lynnfield Public Library, Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Woburn Public Library / Winn Memorial Library, Woburn, Massachusetts

Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Library, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Public Library. Boston, Massachusetts

Lowell's Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, Massachusetts

Goodnow Library, Sudbury, Massachusetts

Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, Massachusetts

Adams Library, Chelmsford, Massachusetts


Keene Public Library, Keene, New Hampshire

Peterborough Public Library, Peterborough, New Hampshire

Gilmanton Library, Gilmanton, New Hampshire

Nashua Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire


New York City Public  Library, New York

Photos and write-up about the DAR Library, Washington, DC are below.

Watertown Library

Wakefield Library

Methuen Library