The collection is located on the second floor of the library. It was established to encourage interest in genealogy and as a center for the study of family history. The collection holdings consist of books and research materials of genealogical interest.

Scope of the Collection

  • "How To" books for genealogical research tracing English, Irish, French, Canadian, Jewish ancestry
  • Early Families in New England and America
  • Mayflower ancestors
  • Federal Census Index 1790-1850 for New England & New York
  • Indexes to Genealogical Societies and family association addresses
  • New England Historic Genealogical Register 1963-1996
  • Irish immigration advertisements in Boston 1831-1876
  • Family genealogical listings

Complementary Collections

  • Vital Records to 1850 for over 215 Massachusetts towns
  • Massachusetts Revolutionary and Civil War Military Records
  • Massachusetts Town Census 1855 & 1865
  • Old maps of Boston area counties and cities/towns


Genealogical Web Sites - The Boyden Library has a subscription to the database. Patrons are welcome to come in and reserve an Internet computer and search this site.

Family Search - Enter description here.

Cyndi's List - Enter description here.

US Gen Web Project - Enter description here.

USA People Search - Enter description here. - Enter description here.