Boston Public Library

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Copley Sq.
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02117

The Social Science Department, Newspaper, and Microtext departments have important collections for genealogical research. The first holds family genealogies and vertical file material not found elsewhere. The newspaper department has over 260 newspapers, including the Boston Evening Transcript and indexes, although they are not limited to Boston or Massachusetts. Microtext has an extensive collection of census records for New England; copies of National Archives’ Boston ship passenger arrival lists (1820–91), and indexes (1848–90) (see Massachusetts Immigration; probate records for Middlesex, Suffolk, and Hampshire counties; Suffolk Court of Common Pleas; and town records, newspapers, and city directories from over 200 cities and towns in the United States. See the website for further description of holdings in various departments.