Ancestry Library Edition is available provides access to billions   of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local   narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over   30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

 *Only available while using a Charlton Library computer or on personal devices logged onto Charlton Library WiFi.

 HeritageQuest® is a comprehensive treasury of American   genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local   and family histories, and finding aids.  The database provides   genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries,   with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. 



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 We help make that possible with the   FamilySearch Family   Tree,  the world's largest   online family tree—home to   information  about   more than 1.2 billion ancestors. The Family   Tree offers users a free family tree template   featuring multiple   tree and fan chart views,   timeline and mapping tools, record hints and research helps, and access to billions of online records.

Find the graves of ancestors, create   virtual memorials or add photos,   virtual flowers and a note to a loved   one's memorial. Search or browse   cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.

Visit the Local History Room


Local History & Genealogy Collection

The Local History Room of the Charlton Public Library was created to preserve and make available books, documents, photographs, genealogy resources and other materials highlighting the history of Charlton and surrounding areas as well as individuals whose activities have contributed to its development and growth.

The collection in the Local History Room consists of print and online sources. Materials in the Local History Room may only be used in the Library. Whenever possible duplicate titles are added to the Library's general circulating collection and may be available for checkout. 

Print Collection

Our print collection consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Family Histories
  • Mass. Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolutionary War
  • Histories of Massachusetts Counties, Cities and Towns
  • Vital Records
  • Charlton Town Reports 1891 – present
  • School Yearbooks 1931 – present
  • Tax Records 1755 -1890
  • Town of Charlton Census 1790-1930

Online Library Genealogy Research Tools

Library staff have selected some helpful general research sites to assist you with your project. Please feel free to contact the library with any questions you might have. 

Famous Charltonians


Grizzly Adams

A western mountain-man legend, Grizzly Adams’ birth name was ‘John Capen Adams’. 

Click here to read more about Grizzly Adams.


Dr. William T.G. Morton 

Dr. William Morton (1819-1868) was a dentist and the introducer of ether anesthesia.

Click here to read more about Dr. Morton.

More information about Charlton Historical Commision click here

More information about Charlton Historical Society click here

More information about Charlton Private Cemeteries click here

More information about Charlton Public Cemeteries click here

More information about Massachusetts Historical Commission click here