Free Databases for February

Celebrate Black history month

As part of our Black History Month promotion, guest users of will have free access to the following databases:

To help your research efforts, we have created a guide to two of these databases, both focused on African American families in Massachusetts: Hampden County, MA: Black Families in Hampden County, 1650-1865 and People of Color in the Massachusetts State Census, 1855-1865.

These resources provide users with the ability to trace families throughout this period of history. We’ll walk you through a case study of using both of these databases, and we’ll talk about other database collections available to research African American families. Search Spotlight: African American Records