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American Ancestors: New England Historic Genealogical Society
American Ancestors.org
The NEHGS website is one of the most widely used online genealogical resources in the country. More than 15,000 members research on the website every day. This site features nearly 3,000 unique searchable online collections, offering information on more than 135 million people. The extensive NEHGS Library catalog is also fully searchable through the site.
In-library use only. Provided by the Sandwich Public Library.
Contact the Sandwich Library reference desk for assistance.

Ancestry.com
In-library use only. Users must enter a Sandwich Public Library card number. A genealogical tool containing more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases.
It includes vital records, census data, World War I draft registrations, passenger lists and much more.
Records for Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland can also be accessed.

Ellis Island Foundation
Free searchable database of passenger lists and photos between 1892-1924.  Free registration required.

Massachusetts Archives
Includes information about records kept at MassArchives and at other institutions.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family Search
Comprehensive site containing information about starting family history, finding ancestors in their records collection, links to other genealogical websites, and the Family History Library Catalog.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
An extensive index (with links to the sites) of genealogical resources on the Internet.

Social Security Death Index
An index to basic information about people with social security numbers whose deaths have been reported to the Social Security Administration. About 98% of the people in the SSDI died after 1962, but some death dates go back as far as 1937.

Allen County Public Library

Located in Ft. Wayne, IN, its' collection contains more than 350,000 printed volumes, including family histories; census records;  city directories; and more; and one of the largest English language genealogy and local history periodical collections in the world.

Archive and Special Collections
Massachusetts Special Collections Directory
Find local archival & special library collections. The Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory profiles collections in more than 650 Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies and town clerk's offices. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Directors.

Heritage Quest
Heritage Quest On-line
A resource for census data, family records, and local histories.
The collection consists of every extant U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists,
city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials,
and much more. Users must enter a Sandwich Public Library card number. 
Provided by the Sandwich Public Library.

 

What's in the Archives?

The collections of the Archives are open to researchers interested in the history of Sandwich and the families who lived here. 

  • Primary source genealogical records including census records, vital records and church records
  • Diaries and letters
  • Access to local newspapers on microfilm dating back to the 1860s
  • Sandwich town records including town meeting minutes from 1651 and Assessors' records from 1783 to 1860
  • Indexed gravestone records and inscriptions dating from 1683
  • A vast photograph collection dating from 1875
  • Maps and Blueprints
  • Historical files on Sandwich homes
  • Collections of family papers including, but not limited to: Freeman, Hoxie, Dexter, Nye, Swift, Wing
  • Volumes of materials that concentrate on Sandwich and Cape Cod
  • Access to Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest Online and American Ancestors
  • Sandwich High School Yearbooks ONLINE from 1964 to 2016.

 

To Donate Materials:

The Sandwich Archives and Historical Center continues to collect materials that pertain to Sandwich and its people, past and present. 
Anyone wishing to donate family papers or photographs can contact the archivist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All materials donated are preserved in acid-free folders and boxes.  Photographs are boxed in Mylar sleeves in acid-free folders for their protection.

 

 

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Historic Jenny Jones map available for purchase

The Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives are excited to offer this hand drawn map of Sandwich. The historic map was hand drawn by Jenny Jones (Jane Bradford Jones) in 1939 during one of the restorations of the 1834 Town Hall. The map depicts Sandwich Village in 1825, the year the Boston and Sandwich Glass Works opened in what is now Jarvesville. Restoration of the map was performed by the North East Document Conservation Center. The map measures 25 1/2" X 20 1/4" and is available in watercolor or black and white. The black and white verson may be painted or decorated with colored pencil by the purchaser. The sale of this map was very popular in 1939 and many residents chose to decorate the map with water colors. The colored map is priced 1t $25 and the black and white map is $20. There will be a $5 postage free for anyone withing to have the map mailed anywhere within the US. Order your copy from Deb Rich, Archivist, at the Sandwich Town Archives housed in the Sandwich Public Library. Cash, check or credit card payments are accepted. To order your copy online, scroll down to the Paypal button on this page.

 

Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives Mission Statement

The purpose of the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives, also known as FOSTA, is to provide funding support to the Archives for the preservation of the Town’s historical manuscripts and photographs and assist in various ways to extend the Town Archives’ usefulness and accessibility to the community.  The support includes programs, equipment purchases, environmental maintenance and fundraising for the Barbara Luksanen Gill annual scholarship.

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There are all sorts of ways that you can help!

Become a Member of the Friends! You can become a member of the Friends by printing this form and sending it or bringing it to the Library with cash or a check for $25.00 made payable to the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives.  All contributions are tax deductible. 

Make a donation! FOSTA can now accept donations, membership Fees and purchases using PayPal!

Or, if you wish to make a donation to the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives in person, please contact Deborah Rich, Archivist, at 508-888-0625, ext. 302  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also mail your donation to:

Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA) 142 Main St. Sandwich, MA 02563.

Shop! 

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Dodge Macknight Watercolor Reproductions in Two Sizes! 

The Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives is offering a giclee print of Dodge Macknight's Kitchen Garden watercolor. This is the first time this unique piece of art has been reproduced and offered to the public for purchase. The print will be made available in limited quantities as a fundraiser to support the Sandwich Town Archives. The reproduction will be offered in two different editions. There will be 200 16"x22" prints at a cost of $75.00 and 300 11"x15" prints at a cost of $50.00 each. The print would make an excellent Christmas gift. The prints will be available for purchase by mail and at lim at the library.  Payment is by check only. If you would like the print framed, the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives has partnered with Picture This in Merchants' Square to offer a 20% discount on framing services.

Volunteer! Have some extra time on your hands? Help the Archives get online with several data entry projects. Visit Deborah Rich at the Archives to discuss your skills and availability. 

Board Members

The board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Sandwich Public Library Macknight Room

The 2018 board members are:

Kaethe Maguire, Chair

Joan Russell Osgood, Secretary

Susan Driscoll, Treasurer

Katharine Campbell, Sandwich Glass Museum

Judy Casperson Hendy

Barbra Nadler

Barbara Bangs MacNeil

Deborah Rich, Sandwich Town Archivist

Taylor White, Sandwich Town Clerk

Ex Officio:  Joanne Lamothe, Director, Sandwich Public Library 

Contact Us! 

We would love to know what you think, and suggestions are always welcome, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Tel.  (508) 888-0625
Fax. (508) 833-1076
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Library Hours:

Tuesday - Thursday ~
9:30 am to 8:30 pm

Friday & Saturday ~
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday (October - April) ~
12 Noon to 4:00 pm

Monday ~ Closed

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