Ancestry.com Library Edition (ProQuest) Only available inside the Library.
An amazing online collection of individuals through census, vital and immigrant records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, photos, maps and more in some cases back to 1300’s.
Heritage Quest (ProQuest) You will need your Provincetown Library card number.
Collection of genealogical and historical sources with coverage back to the 1700’s, which helps people locate their ancestors.
A comprehensive resource through the Church of Latter Day Saints, this is useful for all genealogy research. It compiles census records, vital statistics, probate and church records of your ancestors from the Latter Day Saints worldwide indexing project. Ordering is simple: Log on to FamilySearch.org and locate the microfilm number(s) you wish to order from the Family History Library Catalog. The website provides step-by-step instructions to order the microfilms, which are sent here to the Provincetown Public Library. We will notify you of the arrival of your materials, and you may view those materials on the Library’s microfilm reader. You will be responsible for the return postage fees when you have finished using the materials.
Here are websites which you may find of interest to your search:
American Family Immigration History Center – Home of the Ellis Island web site.
Cyndi’s List – Most comprehensive list of links to online genealogy. This is the MA site but you can connect to any state and country site via the homepage.
JewishGen, Inc. – Jewish Genealogy worldwide.
Rootsweb.com – Vast list of surnames (1,235,113 entries), mailing lists, Social Security Death Index, Guides to tracing family.
More Genealogical Resources
Boston College Irish Genealogy – McNeil Library at BC.Boston Public Library.
Genealogy and Family History Resources – Includes MA newspapers on microfilm, city directories, vital records, obituary card index, New England Naturalization Petitions Index (1790-1906), biographical dictionaries and bibliographies, American Loyalist Claims. For use at the Library.
Researching Your Family History at the Massachusetts Archives – Vital records to 1910 for all of MA with indexes, Mass Census 1855 and 1865, Passenger lists for Port of Boston with index, military records (1643-1781), records of Plymouth County and more.
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics – Birth, marriage and death records from 1911.
Mayflower Passenger’s List
National Archives and Records Administration Resources for Genealogists
A Guide to Genealogy – A short introduction to genealogy that includes a variety of additional resources
Social Security Death Index – Also available through Cindi’s List and Ancestry.com