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Shining city on a hill

Once Upon A Time In Boston - A Gritty City Literary Timeline

Consider Boston, a shining "city on a hill." John Winthrop, the Puritan Bay Colony Governor, set the bar high quoting the New Testament to ascribe grand aspirations to a small peninsula sourounded by swampland.  Nineteenth century engineers that filled in what we now call the Back Bay...

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Edna Brown, 1922

Special Exhibit: Edna Brown, our second Head Librarian

Stop by the 1st floor exhibit case to see our spring display about the life and work of Edna Adelaide Brown.  Miss Brown, as she was affectionately known, served as Memorial Hall Library's second Head Librarian from 1906 until 1939.  Born in Providence, R.I. to a prominent merchant family with...

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N. Andover Hometown Sox Pitcher Robbie Robinson

"To Be Like Sandy Koufax" Researching Rookie Ball Players for Ancestry or Just for Fun!

Do you have a baseball player in your family history? Or, are you just a baseball history fanatic? A new record set available through our Ancestry Library Edition subscription is ...

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Great Migration Parish Mapping App

Map Your Early American Ancestors

Tracking the lives of your early-American ancestors is easier and more meaningful than ever thanks to a new dynamic map from the New England Historic Genealogical Societ...

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Tracing Love & Marriage in Your Family Tree

Marriage Records for Genealogy

The February 14th meeting of the Discover Your Past Genealogy Club focused on researching marriages.  What follows is an excerpt from the talk.  
For genealogists, marriage records are often the most important building blocks...

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Newly Digitized Baptism and Confirmation Records From Saint Augustine's Parish

Saint Augustine's Parish Historical Baptism and Confirmation Records Digitized

Andover genealogists and historical researchers can celebrate a new digital collection of Saint Augustine's Parish Baptism and Confirmation records available through the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). The...

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Introduction to Family Tree Maker

Introduction to Family Tree Maker February 11th at 7 p.m.

Join Andover resident and avid genealogist Bruce Earnley on Monday February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Activity Room to learn about the popular Family Tree Maker software program.  Bruce will explain the main features of the program and give a real-time demonstration. Learn to find, upload, cite...

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Genealogy Resources from the Jewish Heritage Center

Jewish Heritage Center Digital Archives at NEHGS

Many patrons who are reseaching genealogy at the library are looking for information about the lives of their Jewish immigrant ancestors.  Among other resources, MHL patrons can access the Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) Collections through our subscription to the New England Historic Genealogical...

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WWI records and other genealogy news

Thanks very much to Horace Waters for leading a great talk about WWI Records at the Andover Center for History and Culture. And thanks to everyone who turned out for our "field trip" downtown. ​

If you weren't able to make it to the WWI meeting last Thursday,...

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Nely Digitized Records Available

St. Mary's Church Lawrence Records Available On American Ancestors

This week, the New England Historic Genealogical Society database, American Ancestors introduced a new browsable image record set from the Roman Catholic Parishes...

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