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Genealogy Resources
General Information
The genealogy collection is housed in the main portion of the Waltham Room, in front of the locked gates, and is available for use during all library working hours. Those needing assistance should make an appointment with our archivist.

The genealogy collection serves to help those researching their family histories. This collection of books aims to document Massachusetts families. The focus is on Waltham's early immigrants including the Irish, Italians, French-Canadians, English, and Scandinavians. The collection is now being developed to include our later immigrants. These groups include: Haitians, Latin Americans, Eastern Europeans, and Asians.


The genealogy collection includes:


  • The New England Historic and Genealogical Register
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
  • The American Genealogist
  • Everton's Genealogical Helper
Waltham Materials Databases Censuses
  • New England 1790 State Censuses
  • Massachusetts Census Indices to 1850
  • Massachusetts Town Censuses for 1855 and 1865
New England Materials
  • Collected biographies and genealogies for New England
  • Pre-1850 vital records for New England towns
  • Local histories
  • New England family genealogies
  • "How-to" books on genealogy
  • Ethnic genealogy resources
  • Passenger list indices
  • Books on surnames
  • Patriotic Society materials
  • Inventories for other libraries and archives
There are also materials in the Special Collections that may aid genealogists. The following materials are available by appointment only:
  • Small group of genealogies and biographies for Waltham families
  • Local History books pertaining to Waltham
  • The Waltham Rediscovered collection - a collection of transcripts, oral histories and other material related to the writing of the book
  • Yearbooks
  • Photographs

For a catalog of our genealogy books and periodicals please see the Minuteman Library Network.

Please contact Dana Hamlin at 781-314-3431 or email her to set up an appointment.