Local History & Genealogy

Houghton Historical Room

The library's Houghton Historical Room is available for research whenever the library is open.  All books are cataloged in the online catalog.  A card file of Littleton vital records taken from Town Reports is also available.


Town History

The library has a collection of Littleton Town Reports, including copies that you may borrow.  The library also has historical works on Littleton and other Massachusetts towns.  Search our catalog for "Littleton History Massachusetts".  Many of our historical/genealogical resources may be used only in the Houghton Historical Room.

The Littleton Independent, a weekly newspaper, is available on microfilm from 1968 to the present.  A CD-ROM of The Turner Public Spirit, an Ayer-based newspaper from 1908 to 1921 may be used on library computers.

For documentation on Littleton homes look for The Survey of Historic Resources for 1997-1998 and a similarly titled work covering the 2003 -2005 survey.

Littleton Historical Society is an excellent resource for  town history. 



Genealogy Club

Littleton Genealogy Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:00AM in the Couper Room.


Local Genealogy

You will find genealogies of Littleton families, titles like Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War  and The Great Migration in the Houghton Historical Room.

A member of the Littleton Historical Society has prepared a database of Littleton families that is available both at the library and the society.

Littleton Cemeteries and Burials are listed on the Littleton Cemetery website. Obituaries are being added daily.


Library Genealogy Databases


Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.



Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online [For in-library use only]


Other genealogy websites you might wish to visit:

New England Historic Genealogical Society - the country’s leading resource for family history research.

Live Roots– works best for less common surnames, may have costs involved, but it can put you on the right track for additional works to look for in Google books or HeritageQuest

Genealogy Search Help for Google – a favorite made even better because of the number of  full text books Google has added.

US GenWeb – completely reorganized, be sure to look by state and read the hints

Cyndi's List - more links than you can ever follow; and excellent place to begin