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Resources Outside the Library
Somerville City Hall
The City Clerk's Office maintains records of Somerville births, deaths, and marriages. The Library has microfilm copies of records from 1842-1911 (effective September 2003)
Somerville Museum and Historical Society
The Somerville Museum houses and displays artifacts from Somerville's exciting past. They have a sizable collection of photographs illustrating the town's early history, important municipal sites and some historic homes. The Museum is open limited hours so please call before visiting.
National Archives and Records Administration - Northeast Region
The NARA facility in Waltham has extensive microfilm holdings, and some original records, of value for genealogy research, among them: Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930 (including indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920); Revolutionary War military service records, and pension and bounty land warrant applications; Passenger arrival records for the port of Boston, 1820-74 and 1883-1936, and for other New England ports, 1820-1943; Canadian border entry records, 1895-1954; Records relating to appointments of certain Federal officials; World War I draft registration records (New England states only) and Naturalization records (New England states only).
England Historic Genealogical Society
Largest genealogical library in New England. Strengths are colonial America, New England, Quebec and the Maritimes, and good collections for Irish and French-Canadian research. There is a small fee to use their facilities.
Massachusetts State Archives
Archives holdings date from the beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 and document the settlement of lands in Maine and Massachusetts, the arrival of immigrants, and the development of state government. Public records are not in the holdings of the Archives strictly because of inherent genealogical value, but since they often include references to so many Massachusetts people, these documents are a major resource for people engaged in the study of family history. The Archive has birth, marriage and death records prior to 1910. Vital records after 1910 may be found at the municipal clerks' offices or the Department of Public Health, Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (150 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125). Indices of the DPH registration volumes through 1971 are available at the Archives, but there are no copies of the actual records.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
This is a branch of the large genealogical library located in Salt Lake City, and contains microfilm copies of records stored at the main branch.
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records
The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains birth, death and marriage records that occur in Massachusetts from 1911 to the present. The Registry also maintains an index of divorces from 1952 to the present. Copies of the divorce records are available from the probate court where the divorce was obtained. There are fees for the registry's Vital Record Services, please see website for an up-to-date fee schedule.
Massachusetts Registry of Deeds - Southern Middlesex County