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Materials in the Local History & Genealogy Collection do not circulate, and some more specialized items require an appointment to view.

If you would like to request access to a specific item(s) in the Local History & Genealogy Room please fill out the form below.

Clubs and Classes

Genealogy Club is about members helping members. Our members have a range of experience, from rank beginners to certified genealogists. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month (with the exception of August) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Genealogy classes are typically held once a month on a variety of topics to get you started on your genealogy journey or assist you with your research. Upcoming genealogy classes can be found on our Calendar of Events. For more information, contact Ginny Audet at NewtonGenealogyClub@gmail.com. The group is currently not accepting new members.


Some great books recommended by our librarians for getting started with your genealogy research.


All genealogy-related magazines are located in the Special Collections room.

American Ancestors


Everton’s Genealogical Helper

Family Tree

Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Internet Genealogy

New England Historical & Genealogical Register


American Ancestors (NEHGS)
Genealogy databases, articles and other resources. This database is in-library use only.

Ancestry Library Edition
Includes U.S. Census Records from 1790-1940, the Immigration Collection of NY, San Francisco Passenger Lists, and more. Tips on Using Ancestry can be found here. Access outside the Newton Free Library graciously permitted by the vendor until December 31, 2021.

HeritageQuest Online
Genealogical sources and research aids, including city directories, family and local histories, U.S. Census records from 1790-1940, and military records from the Revolutionary War and other conflicts. A guide to using heritage can be found here.