Genealogical and Historical Research Resources

The Tewksbury Public Library provides many print and digital resources for historical and genealogical research.  

The Local History Room is open during Library hours.  The Library provides basic research assistance for drop-ins. Extended one-on-one research assistance is available by appointment through our Book A Librarian service.

Our latest acquisition is the digitized copies of Scroll, Tewksbury High School's yearbook.  Some years are missing.  If you have ones you would like to donate, please contact the reference desk at 978-640-4490 x 207.

Some of our holdings include

Vital Records of Massachusetts to 1850
Vital Records to the year 1850 (aka "The Tan Books" ) are available for most Massachusetts cities and towns including Tewksbury in our Local History Collection. For more information, please ask the librarian on staff.

Tewksbury Town Directories

  • Listings of residents by street, ages 17 and over (1965 – present, incomplete)
  • Telephone directories (1998 – present)
  • Cole Directory for Lowell and its vicinity (2005 – 2014)

Local Family Genealogies
We have a limited number of local family genealogies. If you are interested in submitting yours for inclusion in our Local History Collection, please contact the Reference Librarian (978-640-4490 ext.207) for more information.

Online Databases

  • American Ancestors (in library use only) Excellent research resources for colonial to early 20th century New England and some New York Resources.
  • (In library use only) Tewksbury Public Library is proud to provide our patrons with a World Subscription to  Research your ancestors online, print forms, and more!
  • Biography in Context Contains full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Additional Resources