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Local History Collection

Local History Room at Scituate Town Library

The Local History Collection contains a vast wealth of material on local history and genealogy of Scituate and the region.

The collection in the Local History Room consists of print, microfilm and computer sources. In general, the materials must be used in the library. However, some materials are in the library’s general collection.

Here is the Local History Room Policy:  Local History Room Policy - PDF

Here is History Room Researcher Registration Form:  Researcher Registration Form - PDF


Suggested Genealogy Research Websites

Massachusetts Genealogy Resources



Our print collection consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Vital Records for 164 Massachusetts towns and cities
  • Cemetery Records
  • Family Histories
  • Military Information
  • Histories of Massachusetts Counties, Cities and Towns
  • Vertical File Materials
  • Scituate Town Reports 1873 – present
  • School Yearbooks 1924 – present
  • New England Historical Register 1965 – present
  • New England Ancestors magazine
  • local authors


Scituate Herald (incomplete holdings):
         September 1929 – May 1946
         January 1950 – December 1959
         January 1963 - February 1967

South of Boston Mirror:
         May 22, 1974 – September 1975

South Shore Mirror:
         October 1955 – December 1981

Scituate Mariner:
         January 1955 – December 1963 (incomplete)
         January – December 1979
         January 1985 to present


Online Genealogy Research Tools
         Ancestry Library Edition - in library access
         HeritageQuest Online –  From Home | From the Library

Computers in the library with Internet access

Suggested Genealogy Research Websites

Cyndi’s List  (URL www.cyndislist.com)

Ellis Island Records  (URL www.ellisislandrecords.org)

Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York  (URL docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/nhtopos.htm)

Latter Day Saints Online Searches  (URL www.familysearch.org)

Rootsweb  (URL www.rootsweb.com)


Massachusetts Genealogy Resources

Scituate Town Archives (URL www.town.scituate.ma.us/archives/index.html)

Scituate Historical Society ( URL www.scituatehistoricalsociety.org)

Scituate Historical Commission ( URL www.town.scituate.ma.us/historical/index.html)

Massachusetts State Archives ( URL http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ARC/arcidx.htm)

Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records & Statistics  (URL mass.gov/dph/rvrs)

Massachusetts Registry of Deeds  (URL www.sec.state.ma.us/rod/rodidx.htm)

Massachusetts State Library  (URL www.mass.gov/lib)

National Archives Northeast Region  (URL www.archives.gov/northeast)



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