Local History & Genealogy
Upcoming Programs in November:
November 18, 2013
10- 12 pm in Couper Room
Irish Genealogy 101 with Tom Toohey.
Houghton Historical Room
The library's Houghton Historical Room is available for research whenever the library is open. All books are cataloged in the MVLC catalog. A card file of Littleton vital records taken from Town Reports is available.
The library has a collection of Littleton Town Reports, including copies that you may borrow. We also have historical works on Littleton and other Massachusetts towns. Search our catalog for "Littleton History Massachusetts". Some of the books may only be used in the Houghton Historical Room.
The Littleton Independent, a weekly newspaper, is available on microfilm for 1968 to date. A CD of The Turner Public Spirit, an Ayer-based newspaper, for 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.
You will find genealogies of Littleton families, titles like Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War and The Great Migration in our 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.
The library is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. You may use their web site from library computers. Search their library catalog before your research visit to their Boston headquarters.
Some sites you might want to look at:
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