Genealogy

genealogy photosThe Rodgers Library Genealogy Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month. As of April 2020, the meeting is virtual and registration is required. To register for upcoming Club meetings, click here.

The library has Hudson vital statistics, baptismal records from some local churches, and a variety of publications and record books.  Some items are available for check-out while others must be used inside the library. Certain records are available online courtesy of our archives.  We also have access to genealogical databases:

American Ancestors [In Library only] New England Historical Genealogy Society allows you to search for ancestors who lived in the New England Area. Search vital records, tow records, tax/census lists, church, court records and much more.

Ancestry Library [In Library only] Access the full World version of Ancestry.com through Ancestry Library edition. Thousands of census, probate and other historical records are available.

GenealogyBank [Outside the library you will be asked to enter your library card number on the NewsBank site. Scroll down and select America's GenealogyBank.] Find old newspaper articles, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photographs and more in 300 years of fully searchable historical newspapers. Included are 11,700 books and other printed items, as well as historical documents.

HeritageQuest Online [Outside the library you will be asked to enter your library card number on the HeritageQuest site] With over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online provides access to one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country. This collection of research materials helps in tracing family history and studying American culture.

New to genealogy?  We have beginner packets available at the Reference desk as well as other resources to help the novice. You may also join our genealogy club which meets on a monthly basis.   Email askus@rodgerslibrary.org for more information.

Here's a few links to get started:

Genealogy: the Complete Resource Guide

Getting Started: Tips to Help You on your Way

Creating a Family Tree



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