Genealogy

Please visit Curran Historical Collection which houses our special historical collection, and is open to researchers during regular library hours. Patrons must sign in at the Information Desk, and leave identification and personal belongings with a Reference Librarian. For more information, contact Deborah Eastman at deastman@cwmars.org or 508-473-2145. For Milford regional genealogy, please contact local historians Lyn and Jeff Lovell at jhlovell@verizon.net or 508-473-7327.

In Memoriam: Paul Curran 1929-2015

The staff and trustees of the Milford Town Library mourn the loss, but celebrate the life of Paul E. Curran, historian/author and Trustee Emeritus who passed away on Sunday. Paul’s contributions to the library are countless. He was there fighting at town meeting for support and funding in the 1980s when the library was located in Memorial Hall. He was there to oversee construction the new library and there to dedicate it for the people of Milford in April of 1986. He was a hands-on, passionate trustee, visiting the library daily, aiding hundreds of people with genealogical research, uncovering a crucial detail in a story, and always, telling stories. In the 1990s and 2000s, Paul wrote columns on local history for the Milford Daily News and the Milford Town Crier and published a book, Milford Chronicles with History Press in 2013. The local history room at the library was re-named the Paul E. Curran Historical Collection in 2010. For obituary, read here. For a tribute in the Milford Daily News, read here.

Links of Local History and Genealogy

The library subscribes to HeritageQuest (click here to access) and Ancestry.com Library Edition(click here to access) . Heritage Quest can be used remotely, but Ancestry must be used inside the library.

Genealogy Web Sites for Worcester, Massachusetts, by rootsweb.com

The LDS Family Search – New and exciting. Search the resources of the Church of Latter Day Saints extensive genealogical archives.

Mass Historical Society – The Massachusetts Historical Society, established in January 1791, is the first historical society in the western hemisphere and the first institution of any description devoted primarily to collecting Americana and publishing in American history.

Rootsweb.com – One of the Internet’s oldest and largest free genealogy community. Search for surnames, bulletin boards and mailing lists. Sponsor of many volunteer genealogy projects on the Web, including: The USGenWeb Project, USGenWeb Archives, WorldGenWeb, GenConnect, Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild…and many others.