Marlborough Genealogy Research and Marlborough Cemeteries
The Peter Rice Homestead is also open by appointment for tours.
June 27, 203 update
These journals were donated recently and are now are available to you when you visit:
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: Oct 1987-Jul 2007
- The New England Historical and Genealogical NEXUS: Jun 1987-Dec 1999
- New England Ancestors: 2000 -2006
- New Hampshire Genealogical Record: Apr 1992-Oct 2006
- New Brunswick Genealogical Society Generations: Jun 1983 – 1998
- The Mayflower Quarterly: Nov 1981 – Feb 2006
Conducting research and requesting photos
Research and research assistance is done by volunteers. Rather than pricing by the hour or photo, we simply ask for donations. The Society is an all-volunteer, member-supported organization and is the only organization responsible for maintaining a growing archive of Marlborough history. The Society receives no support of any kind from the city, state, or Federal government.
Donations can be made by check payable to "The Marlborough Historical Society" and presented in-person or mailed to The Marlborough Historical Society, 377 Elm Street, Marlborough, MA 01752. Donations are usually in the range of $20 - $25/hour. All donations are used to purchase preservation supplies and improve the physical care of the materials. If a monetary donation is not possible, we encourage you to volunteer to help respond to other research requests.
The Society's archivist, Dick Cochrane, is at the Homestead most Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact Dick in advance to confirm if you wish to book a time to use the archives.
If you are interested in volunteering to help respond to research requests and to catalog the collection, please contact Dick.
Dick holds a Genealogy Workshop on the last Thursday of each month from 6 pm - 8 pm. (See the Programs and Events page for upcoming dates.) Everyone is welcome to come use the archives, discuss genealogy and genealogy software and online tools and resources, and share ideas with one another. There is no formal program, but if there are topics of particular interest, we may create a presentation around that topic. Contact Dick for more information.
- The Society's archives contain records from many early Marlborough families, as well as information from churches, schools, and other organizations, and can be used for research by appointment.
- Information on securing a copy of your birth certificate is on the city's site.
- Examine these histories of Marlborough, which include mentions of many early families.
- See the section on cemeteries below.
- The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the nation's oldest genealogical organization. Founded in 1845, it has a wealth of resources, including free online courses and database lookup.
- The Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.
- Various Middlesex County resources from Kindred Trails.
- Middlesex County information within the US Gen Web project.
- There are many other excellent resources that cover genealogy--Marlborough and beyond. The ones noted below have been recommended by our members.
- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter--Free daily newsletter with contents posted online in a blog.
- The 1908 book Marlborough, Massachusetts, Burial Ground Inscriptions: Old Common, Spring Hill, and Brigham Cemeteries can be read and searched online or downloaded from Google Books as a PDF is here. Recent photos of Spring Hill are immediately below. A preservation plan for Spring Hill Cemetery is on pages 103 - 110 of the state publication, Preservation Guidelines for Municipally-Owned Historic Burial Grounds and Cemeteries (Third edition).
- This report was prepared for the City of Marlborough in August 2002 detailing important repairs for Marlborough's historic cemeteries, including Spring Hill. Pictures of Spring Hill Cemetery taken in 2012 are below. (It appears that no action was taken by the city to implement the recommendations for Spring Hill. This may be the case for the recommendations for the other cemeteries, too.)
- A detailed inventory of Weeks Cemetery, including a picture and transcription of every marker, was conducted in the fall of 2008 by Peter B. Snyder and is included in the FindAGrave records for Weeks Cemetery (below).
- To view information on specific graves, FindAGrave is an excellent resource:
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