Genealogical Databases:


The Whipple Free Library and the New Boston Historical Society have now pooled their resources to make Ancestry, a valuable genealogical database, available for our patrons. This can be accessed from any of the Library computers in the Library building itself by going to:

Information available free includes:

U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.

Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada; and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec.

U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and more.

Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.

Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.

Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.

All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, makes Ancestry Library Edition an indispensable resource for any library serving genealogists and historians. Come in and see what you can find our about your ancestors!

HeritageQuest Online


The Whipple Free Library and the New Boston Historical Society are pleased to collaborate and bring you a new genealogical database that can be used from home! HeritageQuest Online is now powered by and has many fantastic features. You may now search the entire US Federal Census Collection by location with expanded coverage in the Revolutionary War Collection and Freedman’s Bank Records. Log in HERE: then scroll down to Databases and click on HeritageQuest. You will be asked for your library card number and password to access. Please call the library if you need any assistance.

Using HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry

Dan Rothman of the New Boston Historical Society presented a program on 5/13/15 that compared and contrasted HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry. Please click the link below to open and print his very informative PDF handouts.