Local History eResources
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 offers a variety of historical images of Palmer, as well as other Massachusetts cities and towns.
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.
Multiple layers allow you to see an area change through time, and their Geocode feature allows you to compare historical and modern maps. Drawing on the largest physical collection of historical North American property atlases, this is a great destination for map enthusiasts and researchers alike. Track your ancestors to their homes; see the roads they traveled on, and the names of the neighbors they talked with.
Digital copy of A Chronicle of the Village of Three Rivers, also known as History of Three Rivers, by Jane E. Golas. Published 1990. This is the first multi-subject history that encompasses the entire village through its many diverse periods of growth, from its pre-conception into the modern age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Sanborn® Maps (1867-1970) of Massachusetts delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 232 Massachusetts towns and cities across a century of change. The Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape.
Digital copy of Vital Records of Palmer, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, published 1905 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
|Town annual reports include both town and school reports unless otherwise noted. Click here to view the collection.|
*denotes a town report only.
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.