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AMERICAN ANCESTORS

American Ancestors offers access to databases, helpful tools for organizing genealogical research, and webinars on an array of topics related to family history. Call the library or visit in person to get our login credentials.


ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION

Ancestry Library Edition offers access to a vast database of vital records, including census data and birth and death records. Ancestry is available on public computers within the library. It is not available for remote access.


DIGITAL COMMONWEALTH

Digital Commonwealth offers a variety of historical images of Palmer, as well as other Massachusetts cities and towns.


FOLD 3 LIBRARY EDITION

Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of men and women who served. You will need your Palmer Public Library card number to access this resource.


HERITAGE QUEST ONLINE

HeritageQuest Online provides convenient access to US and Canadian census records and other resources to help you discover your family history. You will need your Palmer Public Library card number to access this resource.


HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF PALMER

Digital copy of History of the town of Palmer, Massachusetts, early known as the Elbow tract: including records of the plantation, district and town 1716-1889 by J.H. (Josiah Howard) Temple, 1815-1893. Published 1889.


INSCRIPTIONS FROM THE TWO ANCIENT CEMETERIES OF PALMER, MASS.

Digital copy of Inscriptions from the Two Ancient Cemeteries of Pamer, Mass. by Orrin Peer Allen, published 1902, which compiles the inscriptions on the graves in two of Palmer’s oldest cemeteries from 1729-1901.


OLD HOME WEEK, PALMER MASS., 1903

Digital copy of Old Home Week, Palmer Mass., 1903, published 1903 by The Journal Print, a booklet detailing the activities during a week of town celebration in 1903.


THE PALMER JOURNAL

Started in 1850 by Gordon M. Fisk, the Palmer Journal has remained one of the area’s most prominent weekly newspapers. The library has remained the main repository for the paper in microfilm format and has begun to digitize it and make it available online. We are continually uploading early editions of the Palmer Journal.


PICTORIAL PALMER

Digital copy of Pictorial Palmer, published 1896 by Carpenter & Cady, which showcases early life in Palmer, featuring historical pictures of town buildings and prominent residents.


REPUBLICAN & UNION NEWS

FULL TEXT 1988-current
Access to issues from 1988-current via Newsbank is available for all Western MA library patrons through your home library. You will need your library card number to access this resource.

FULL IMAGE 2018-current
Issues from 2018-present are available to Palmer Public Library patrons with images. You will need your Palmer Public Library card number to access this resource.

INDEX ONLY 1877-1987 (incomplete)
Neither the Palmer Public Library nor the Springfield City Library have access to full text articles online prior to 1988. Individuals can create an account and purchase access to articles or visit the repository for microfilm.


VITAL RECORDS OF PALMER TO THE YEAR 1850

Digital copy of Vital Records of Palmer, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, published 1905 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.


TOWN REPORTS
Town annual reports include both town and school reports unless otherwise noted. Click here to view the collection.
*denotes a town report only.
185218821912194219722002
185318831913194319732003
185418841914194419742004
18551885191519451975FY 2005**
18561886191619461976FY 2006
18571887191719471977FY 2007
Town: 1858
School: 1858
1888191819481978FY 2008
Town: 1859
School: 1859
1889191919491979FY 2009
Town: 1860
School: 1860
1890192019501980FY 2010
Town: 1861
School: 1861
1891192119511981FY 2011***
Town: 1862
School: 1862
1892192219521982FY 2012
Town: 1863
School: 1863
1893192319531983FY 2013
1864Town: 1894
School: 1894
192419541984FY 2014
1865Town: 1895
School: 1895
192519551985FY 2015
1866Town: 1896
School: 1896
192619561986FY 2016
1867Town: 1897
School: 1897
192719571987FY 2017
1868Town: 1898
School: 1898
192819581988FY 2018
1869Town: 1899
School: 1899
192919591989
1870Town: 1900
School: 1900
193019601990
1871Town: 1901
School: 1901
193119611991
1872Town: 1902
School: 1902
193219621992
1873Town: 1903
School: 1903
193319631993
1874Town: 1904
School: 1904
193419641994
1875Town: 1905
School: 1905
193519651995
1876Town: 1906
School: 1906
193619661996
1877Town: 1907
School: 1907
193719671997
1878Town: 1908
School: 1908
193819681998
18791909193919691999
18801910194019702000
18811911194119712001

Please note: Years listed from 1853-1913 are fiscal years, ending between February and March. The year listed above is the calendar year it should contain (for example, “…year ending March 20th 1854” is cataloged and displayed as “1853”).

Years listed from 1914-2004 are reports that are cataloged and displayed by the ending calendar year listed on the cover (for example, “…year ending December 31, 1914” is cataloged and displayed as “1914”).

**Starting with 2005, reports start to switch back to fiscal year. The 2005 report includes January 2005-June 2006; FY 2006 was included in FY 2005 and FY 2007, and was not published as its own report. Years after 2005 are cataloged and displayed using the fiscal year which ends on the second year displayed (for example, fiscal year 2008 spans from July 2007-June 2008).

***No report was published for fiscal year 2011.