Genealogy Resources

Printed Reference Resources

  • Massachusetts Soldier, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War - Similar 9-volume listing for Civil War vets from Massachusetts; REF 974.4 M38
  • Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War - 27-volume listing, by company and unit, giving dates of enlistment and of death or discharge and other related information; REF 973.3 M38
  • Shrewsbury: Annual Town Reports - 1851 - Present - Often contain lists of births, marriages, deaths and burials, and other information useful for genealogists

Local History Resources

  • History of the Town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, from Its Settlement in 1717 to 1829 - Ward, Andrew Henshaw. Published in 1847; REF 974.43 W21
  • Old Times in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts - Ward, Elizabeth. Published in 1892; REF 974.43 W21
  • Ward Family: Descendants of William Ward Who Settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1639 - Ward, Andrew Henshaw. Published in 1851; REF 929.2 W21

Circulating Printed Resources

  • Books on using online resources (in Non-Fiction at 929.1)
  • Books on writing family history (in Non-Fiction at 929.1)
  • Many circulating "how to" resources, such as beginner's helps (in Non-Fiction at 929.1)
  • Specific books for African-American, Canadian, English, French, Germanic, Irish, Norman Anglo-French, Scottish, etc., genealogy (in Non-Fiction at 929.1)
Online Resources

Shrewsbury Genealogy Club logo with tree and family names inside circle


  • - Access to:
    • New York and San Francisco passenger lists
    • New York petitions for naturalization
    • Social Security Death Index
    • U.S. birth, marriage and death collection
    • U.S. federal census records
    • World War I draft registration cards
    No remote access; must be searched on a library computer
  • Cyndi's List - One of the most comprehensive listings of online genealogical websites, including tutorials for beginners
  • HeritageQuest Online - Web access to:
    • Birth, marriage and death records
    • City directories
    • Family genealogies
    • Genealogical and local history serials
    • Land and probate records
    • Local histories
    • Tax lists
    • U.S. federal census records
  • Immigration records through the port of New York:
    • Castle Garden (1820-1890)
    • Ellis Island (1892-1924)
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston ­- Society information, meeting schedule
  • Massachusetts National Guard Museum -­ 44 Salisbury Street in Worcester
  • Massachusetts State Archives ­- Directions to the Columbia Point location, hours, regulations
  • Mormon Databases - The largest genealogical database in the world, created and maintained by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
  • National Archives - The official U.S. government repository for:
    • Land records
    • Passenger ship lists
    • U.S. Census records
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society - The oldest such organization in the country, founded in 1845; a vast collection of records back to Colonial times
  • Shrewsbury Genealogy Club - Our own genealogical organization, meets monthly at the Shrewsbury Public Library, from September through June
  • Shrewsbury Historical Society - Has many documents and artifacts pertaining to Shrewsbury history and families
  • TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association)­ - An excellent website for Irish genealogical research, with numerous related links
  • Waltham Archives - Includes complete U.S. Census records, 1790-1930, for the entire country, as well as other New England records and resources
  • Worcester Public Library

Ward Room Resources

Our local history and rare books room contains many useful resources of a historical or genealogical nature, such as histories of many Massachusetts towns and counties, and books by area authors. Named after the family of General Artemas Ward, the collection is located on the second floor of the 1903 building, and can be accessed by request at the circulation desk.