Western Massachusetts History and Genealogy

A repository for interesting reproductions of text and images about subjects and places relating to the history and genealogy of Western Massachusetts. It also provides a forum for discussion.

Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts

The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts was founded to promote interest in preparing a family tree, assist research, unite researches, sponsor educational programs and publications, and preserve historical materials.

The following links are from Forbes Library Genealogy Subject Guide.

Library Databases

*Note: Heritage Quest Online and are available for FREE use at Forbes Library!!!

HeritageQuest Online Use your Forbes Library card to access HeritageQuest's Online searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMIĀ® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.
Available on the library computers only. Ask reference librarian for help logging on.

New England Historical Geneological Society
Please see reference librarian to log you in. Library use only.

MassCat is a library catalog of holdings from school, medical, law, special, historical society, museum and a few public libraries. Of particular interest to local history and genealogy research are the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in Springfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library in Deerfiel

Web Sites

Cyndi's List
Directory of more than 90,000 genealogy sites. After using the subscription databases, this site is a great next step.

This free site contains family trees that individuals have submitted, surname lists and message boards to help you connect with other researchers.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
See the Genealogists/Family Historians page for information on what genealogical records can be found in NARA Regional offices.

Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Archives
This is the NARA branch in Pittsfield and houses over 75,000 reels of NARA microfilm.

American Family Immigration History Center
Search for Ellis Island records.



Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures

Association of Professional Genealogists
Board for Certification of Genealogists
Both these sites have searchable lists of professionals you can hire to help with your research or files.


Bridge Street and Spring Grove Cemeteries
For information on locating a gravestone in these Northampton Cemeteries, contact Northampton Department of Public Works Foreman Rich at 413-587-1577

St. Mary's Cemetery
For information on finding a gravestone in this cemetery, contact Dennis at 413-584-3257

Find A Grave
Over 15 million graves searchable by surname and location including some famous/celebrity graves. Free to use and add your own family or photos. Over 300 graves from Bridge Street, Park Street and Spring Grove Cemeteries in Northampton and Florence are included.

Political Graveyard
Grave site locations and biographies of U.S. politicans.
Similiar to Find A Grave, this is a free site featuring cemetery transcrptions for over 3 million people from over 8,000 cemteries. You can also submit your ancestor's information to this site.

Deed Records
This is the Registry of Deeds for the state of Massachusetts. Search by name or address for modern (Hampshire County post 1974) deed records.

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