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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.

 

 

The Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives have a new website

www.fostasandwich.com

 

Who We Are and What We Do

The Sandwich Town Archives is a place where the past and present come together.  Researchers will find records of historical significance and value, from Sandwich census information to old parchives clockostcards with Sandwich scenes.  There is a bit of history for everyone to glimpse, no matter what the interest.
The primary purpose of the Archives is to collect, maintain, preserve, and make available historic materials to researchers and anyone interested in local history.

Where and When

The Town Archives is located in the Macknight Room of the Sandwich Public Library.The e-mail access for the archivist, Deborah Rich is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The Archives is open for researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to12: 30, and 1:30 to 4:30. The Reference Librarian is available to assist with research in the Archives when the Archivist is unavailable.

Support the Archives 

Special projects for the Archives are funded primarily from Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives  (FOSTA) through their annual membership drive.  The Archives also participates in collaborative grant writing with the Sandwich Public Library.
We currently need to create databases for holdings, and convert photographs to a digital format.

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, Deborah Rich.  All materials donated are preserved in acid-free folders and boxes.  Photographs are boxed in Mylar sleeves in acid-free folders for their protection.

Tell me a Story - Interviews with Prominent Sandwich Citizen

Online Exhibits and Digital Collections:

Sandwich High School Yearbooks

Sandwich High School Graduating Class Photos

Sandwich Postcard Collection

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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Hours & Contact Info

Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Tel.  (508) 888-0625
Fax. (508) 833-1076
spllib@comcast.net

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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