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, January 10, 2018

Chelmsford, MA Library and Historical Society Have a Lot to Offer Genealogists

Chelmsford Library aka Adams Library
Chelmsford Public Library 
25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA USA 01824
Telephone: (978) 256-5521

If you live near a library where your ancestors might have lived, and haven't visited it lately, you might be in for a nice surprise. I have been in perhaps 70 or more libraries in my lifetime, but this local library is the one I used when I was in high school, and is the go-to-library I use now for some genealogy research. I began this post with the intention of writing just about the Genealogy offerings of the Library. Then I went on to another topic, that of on-line yearbooks from 1920, then on to the last topic, that being the Chelmsford Historical Society, which has a fabulous page for everybody who has old, really old ancestors. Check it out. Makes me wish I had ancestors from this town. Oh, the top page of my blog, the header, is a photo of a cemetery in Chelmsford, I've used this photo for about five years.

Local History Room

Back to the Library. Want to see what they offer? Go to their website and click on the Services tab, then select History Library, which opens up to Genealogy and Obituaries.

The first section are the featured online resources.
Researchers may use American Ancestors, Ancestry Library edition, Heritage Quest, for obituary searches.

Other topics include:
. Local History Room Circulating genealogy collection
. Chelmsford Newspapers Obituary Search Obituary Index to the . Chelmsford Newsweekly and Chelmsford Independent, (502 pages,      beginning June 1940)
. Microfilm Periodicals
. Note: I couldn't get the Chelmsford Cemetery Archive feature to work.


On July 26, 2017, I received the following facebook message:

"Chelmsford Public Library is collaborating with the Historical Society to make past CHS yearbooks available for free online, but we need your help! We're missing the following years:
1926, 1927, 1933, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000
If you have a CHS yearbook from one of these years you'd like to donate to the library, just drop it off at the reference desk. If you'd like to help us out by allowing us to scan it, but would like the yearbook returned to you, just leave a note on it with your contact information and we'll let you know when the scanning is complete. Thank you all!
For those interested in the yearbooks online, they're located on the library's website and the Historical Society's page. Here are the links:

Downloadable PDF scans of CHS yearbooks. Thanks to the Historical Society for scanning and sharing their collection with the library. Please contact us if you have a yearbook not listed below and would like it scanned and added to the collection."

I noticed my yearbook wasn't included, so I brought it to the Library to be scanned. Click on the Select a yearbook to view tab to search the year you want. Look at 1925, for a look into the past.

The third section is a page the Genealogy tab of Chelmsford Historical Society webpage, shown below, extra large because I want you to see some features, three are below

Births and Baptisms to 1699
(PDF, 17 pages)

Cemetery Records to 2007
(PDF, 189 pages)

Vital Records to 1849
(Surname index page)
Mass. Vital Records Project

The Library tab offers Chelmsford Town Directories in searchable PDF format:

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