Databases at the Library

The NEHGS Library subscribes to a number of databases to aid in your genealogical research. These are available to members and visitors working within the building at our location in Boston. Links to the databases listed below can be found on the welcome screen of each computer in the library. NEHGS members who are logged in can also access some of these databases from home. Learn more.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

Full text and images from hundreds of newspapers across the U.S. throughout the 1800s. Includes birth, death, and marriage notices. Available remotely to NEHGS members through the Library Databases at Home page.

NEHGS databases — including vital, probate, cemetery, church, and other records for New England, New York, and beyond; the New England Historical & Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, The Virginia Genealogist, and other periodicals. Available remotely to NEHGS members at

Census, vital, military, immigration, family-tree, newspaper, city-directory, and court records, primarily for the U.S., Canada, and U.K. Also includes Swedish church records.

Boston Globe (1872-present)

Access to full text of the Boston Globe from 1872. Includes a simple obituary search.

Cape Breton Genealogy & Historical Association

Parish, census, cemetery, military, school, funeral-home, ship, obituary, and land records for Cape Breton and other regions of Nova Scotia. (Login required; please ask librarian for assistance.)

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

Sanborn fire insurance maps for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Digital Collections at NEHGS

Contains digitized collections from the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives (Jewish Heritage Center) and the Library and R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The digital collections include letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers, business records, organizational records, and other materials for historians and genealogists. Explore Digital Collections at NEHGS.

Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876

Over one million pages of fully-searchable early newspapers, such as the Boston Gazette, New-York Evening Post, and many more. Includes marriage, death, and court records.

Records from countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Ireland, and many more. Available for free to anyone, anywhere at


This new world edition of FindMyPast contains historical records covering England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the world. Includes UK census, vital and parish records, Griffith’s valuation for Ireland, National Wills index and PERSI index of periodicals.


U.S. military records from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam eras.

Gale Databases

Includes Biography in Context, Massachusetts History Online, and general interest and academic databases.

Heritage Quest Online

U.S. census, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank records; over 24,000 family and local history books; and the PERSI index of periodical articles.

Interactive maps and data on original landowners from Public Land States and Texas. Also includes a collection of historical maps

The Jewish Advocate (1905-1990)

The primary newspaper for the Jewish communities of Greater Boston and New England.

Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS Digital Collections

The Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society is a resource for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond. The Digital Collections includes more than 1.2 million documents from the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives, including the Jewish Community Relations Council, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Y.M.H.A.-Hecht House, and various family papers.

Marquis Biographies Online

Profiles of over 1.4 million individuals from all fields of endeavor. Includes biographies from Who’s Who in America,Who’s Who in the East,Who’s Who in the Midwest, and other titles. Available remotely to NEHGS members through the Library Databases at Home page.

NEHGS Library Catalog

Catalog of books, periodicals, manuscripts, microfilm, CDs, and other resources held by the NEHGS library. Also includes the Digital Library and Archive, which contains online versions of items from the NEHGS collections. Search here (member login required to view digital images).

New York Times (1980-present)

Search the full text of the New York Times.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

A reference work on family names of the UK, covering over 45,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. Each entry contains current and 1881 frequencies of the name, variant spellings of the name, and an explanation of its origins. Available remotely to NEHGS members through the Library Databases at Home page.

Parchemin Notarial Database

Contains hundreds of thousands of records from Notarial minutes recorded in early Quebec between 1626 and 1799.


Québec records for the 17th and 18th centuries, including parish registers, census records, genealogies, and more.


ScotlandsPlaces allows users to search across different national databases using geographic place names. Data comes from The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, The National Records of Scotland and The National Library of Scotland.