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Local History & Genealogy

Dedication of the Cary Memorial Library building

In addition to hundreds of books about the Battle of Lexington, Cary Memorial Library has a substantial collection of materials on life in Lexington from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods to the present day. These materials are found in the Lexington Collection and the Edwin B. Worthen Collection.

The Lexington Collection

Materials in the Lexington Collection include published histories, Town reports, planning and zoning studies, Lexington High School yearbooks, family histories, newspapers, vital records, voting lists, street directories and vertical file materials, as well as histories of surrounding towns. These may be found by searching for specific topics in the Minuteman Library Network’s catalog or by browsing through a detailed listing of local history materials and resources.

 

Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, from the Edwin B. Worthen CollectionThe Edwin B. Worthen Collection

Donated to Cary Library in 1976, the Edwin B. Worthen Collection documents life in Lexington from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. In addition to approximately 500 books, the Worthen Collection includes:

manuscripts maps   correspondence
pamphlets scrapbooks   research notes
photographs drawings   memorabilia
lantern slides sketches   vertical file materials

These materials may be explored in the Edwin B. Worthen Collection “Virtual Exhibit” and detailed Finding Aid (description of the collection).

Other Important Lexington Resources

Additional history-related resources in Lexington include the following:

Other Genealogy Resources at Cary Library

Logo of American Ancestors genealogy databaseAmerican Ancestors database (in library use only)
Dozens of genealogical databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including full text of the New England Historical and Genealogical Record, The Search for Missing Friends, and Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910.

Logo of Ancestry Library genealogy databaseAncestry.com database (in library use only)
Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!

Logo of HeritageQuest genealogy databaseHeritageQuest database
A digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

Logo of FamilySearch genealogy databaseFamilySearch Access in Lexington (in library use only)
Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.

 

Need additional information or research assistance? Ask a Librarian! Call the Reference Desk 781-862-6288, ext. 84410, or send an e-mail to askcary@minlib.net