Local History/Genealogy

We have Dartmouth Town Reports back to the 1890’s; the “Chronicle”, a local weekly newspaper, on microfilm back to the 1960’s; books on Dartmouth and surrounding communities’ history; works by local authors, many of them donated to the Library by their civic-minded writers; the Paskamansett Bird Club Files; and many other items of local interest including the History of the Dartmouth Public Libraries by Elsie Haskell (pdf).

Local History – Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches
These sketches include minutes of early meetings of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society and papers presented to the Society covering a wide range of local history topics. We own many of these in the Southworth Library but they do not circulate. Visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum website to read some of the sketches in PDF form complete with associated images and captions, while sketches hyperlinked in blue consist of keyword searchable text.

Ancestry.com Library Edition
Use for genealogy research in the library on our public computers. Ancestry Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. It brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

Use this genealogy database:

In the library

From home with a Dartmouth library card.

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. HeritageQuest contains ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History Online, a collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and genealogical-data content from HeritageQuest, such as the complete set of U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1930.

Helpful Free Links for Genealogy Research

Genealogy Resources from the National Archives – a branch of the United States government.

Free resources provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Find a Grave
Search graves in cemeteries across the country – divided into famous and non-famous.

USGenWeb Project
This site is run by volunteers dedicated to providing free genealogy information.

A repository of original historical documents combined with social networking.

Vital Records
Locate vital records such as birth certificates, death records and marriage licenses.