The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Hudson, New Hampshire Public Library (Resources for Genealogists)

George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Rd., Hudson, NH 03051

I was quite surprised several years ago to learn that the old stone building called Hills Memorial Library was not a library anymore. In fact, Hudson, NH had a new one, called Rodgers Memorial Library, not too far from the original 1909 building (pictures shown below the new library). Genealogy information is at the end of this post.
A side view of the library, above
The entrance is in back, shown below.

There are plenty of parking spaces in the back. I loved being amongst all the trees.
The Checkout counter is on the right and the Reference Librarian's desk is to the left, not seen here.
A very large meeting room is shown above. Throughout the library, some of the desks and stacks are below.

The three photos below were taken by the Reference Librarian. They are the only reference books on genealogy on the main floor. The shelves were too high for me, so that's why he took them. The current library opened in 2009 and is simply beautiful and large, as you'll see from my pictures. So I don't capture people in my shots, I often take pictures quickly to avoid them. 

The above and below photos are of the genealogy books available to check out.

A short bio of each of the three former Hudson residents above.
Pictures left to right
Hiram March (1800 - 1879)
Col. Joseph Greeley (1756 - 1840)
Olivia Butler Goodspeed March (1810 - 1899)

The four photos below were taken by Mark StaweckiReference Librarian/Library Services Coordinator. They are in the archives located in the basement and closed to visitors. Mark knew I was disappointed that I couldn't see their holdings, so he surprised me with these photos yesterday!


The Hills Memorial Library (now closed as a library, but is used by the town for other purposes).
64 E Broadway #2414, Derry, NH 03038
  This was built in 1909. Detailed Wikipedia article about the Hills Memorial Library.
Side view. I took the two above pictures in May 2020.


The Rodgers Library Genealogy Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month. As of April 2020, the meeting is virtual and registration is required. To register for upcoming Club meetings, click here.

The library has Hudson's vital statistics, baptismal records from some local churches, and a variety of publications and record books.  Some items are available for check-out while others must be used inside the library. Certain records are available online courtesy of our archives.  We also have access to genealogical databases:

American Ancestors [In Library only] New England Historical Genealogy Society allows you to search for ancestors who lived in the New England Area. Search vital records, two records, tax/census lists, church, court records, and much more.

Ancestry Library [In Library only] Access the full World version of through Ancestry Library Edition. Thousands of census, probate, and other historical records are available.

GenealogyBank (Heritage Hub) [Outside the library you will be asked to enter your library card number on the NewsBank site. Scroll down and select America's GenealogyBank.] Find old newspaper articles, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photographs, and more in 300 years of fully searchable historical newspapers. Included are 11,700 books and other printed items, as well as historical documents.

HeritageQuest Online [Outside the library you will be asked to enter your library card number on the HeritageQuest site] With over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI, and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online provides access to one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country. This collection of research materials helps in tracing family history and studying American culture.

New to genealogy?  We have beginner packets available at the Reference desk as well as other resources to help the novice. You may also join our genealogy club which meets on a monthly basis.   Email for more information. NOTE: I was given several years of a listing of monthly topics for this group. In addition, I was shown many of the handouts.

Here are a few links to get started:

Genealogy: the Complete Resource Guide

Getting Started: Tips to Help You on Your Way

Creating a Family Tree