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Genealogy & History


Ancestry Library Edition (available in library only)  
Search genealogical and historical documents including Census, Social Security, immigration, and other records. Also contains message boards, free newspapers and research assistance. Learn how to use this database more effectively by signing up for the library's free Genealogy computer class.

HeritageQuest Online  

Genealogy resource with census data, family records, local histories, and article index. Learn how to use this database more effectively by signing up the library's free Genealogy computer class.

American-Canadian Genealogical Society 

The American-Canadian Genealogical Society, headquartered in Manchester, NH, provides descendants access to Acadian and French-Canadian genealogical and historical research materials.

Castle Garden

Search immigration records from 1830 through 1892 from Castle Garden, a New York immigration center that preceded Ellis Island.


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites  

A large categorized and cross-referenced directory of sites useful for genealogical research, with hundreds of thousands of links. Also contains tips to help you with your research.


Search immigration records from Ellis Island.

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service  

From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this website provides a wealth of information to search about your ancestors using census lists, family histories, military records, court and legal records, the International Genealogical Index and passenger lists. This site offers software for genealogists to store their information.

Nashua Public Library Local History and Genealogy page  

This site provides an overview of the local history and genealogy resources available at the Nashua Public Library. It also includes a link to a digitized version of History of the City of Nashua, NH edited by Edward Parker.

United States Vital Records Information  

This website provides information on how to obtain vital records (such as birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. Each state has different organizations charged with safekeeping such documents, with different procedures and restrictions. 

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General History

Biography in Context   
This database combines biographies from several authoritative reference sources as well as full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on such personal facts as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender. You can combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Daily Life Through History   
A rich, authoritative database covering the history of daily life throughout history and across many cultures throughout the world. Organized by time period, region and topic, Daily Life Online combines information from numerous reference works, monographs, and primary documents and is a great resource for students from middle school all the way through college.

Newspaper Archive  (available in library only)
Access.NewspaperArchive.com is a gateway to searching and reading historical newspapers online. Containing tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s, the archive is an excellent source of primary source documents. Use the archive to view, save and print full-page newspapers from around the world.

American Rhetoric    
Provides an index to a growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and other recorded media events, the top 100 speeches of the 20th century, movie speeches and short audio clips illustrating stylistic figures of speech.

Documenting the American South
Features primary resources in history for the study of the history, literature, and culture of the American South. including the Civil War and the Antebellum South, African-American history, and Southern literature. It contains public domain full-text books, pamphlets, personal correspondence, slave narratives, diaries, and oral histories.


In the First Person  
This website describes itself as an “In-depth index of more than 3,350 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. It lets you

keyword search more than 650,000 pages of full-text by more than 15,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 3,500 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records.”  Some contents are subscription only but about 75% of the contents are free.

Library of Congress American Memory  
Digitized items from primary-source American history collections.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States  
Part of the Internet Public Library/School of Information University of Michigan, this site is a quick biography source for all the presidents of the United States. It contains basic biographical information, election results, cabinet member biographies, and notable events that occurred in each administration.

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Local History          

Nashua Historical Photographs  

View historical photos of Nashua, NH.

Historic Nashua brochure (PDF)
Map and descriptions of historic sites in Nashua.

History of the City of Nashua, N.H.

Edited by Edward Everett Parker and one of the major histories of Nashua, this book contains biographies and historical information about Nashua from its settlement as Dunstable through the late 1890s. Download the entire book or select individual chapters, and then browse or search.

Nashua Telegraph Historical
The Nashua Telegraph/Nashua Daily Telegraph, with issues from March 1869 to December 1921. This archive contains scanned, full-page images of the Telegraph in PDF format. Full text, including images and classifieds, news, obituaries, editorials, and ads.  

New England Historic Genealogical Society  

Operated by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), this site includes databases, manuscript images, research articles, and the Great Migration Newsletter online. Some items require a membership fee.

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