Marlborough Genealogy Research and Marlborough Cemeteries

Research requests

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.  

Monthly workshops

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.

Resources for Marlborough genealogy research
  • 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
  • See the section on cemeteries below.
  • There are many other excellent resources that cover genealogy--Marlborough and beyond.  The ones noted below have been recommended by our members.
Search Massachusetts naturalization records here.

This list is a work in progress. Please send us links to resources that have helped you research your Marlborough ancestry and we'll add them here.  We're also looking for specific tips and suggestions based on your research of Marlborough ancestors that may help others in their research.

Marlborough cemeteries

  • 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.  

  • 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).

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