Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Genealogy Resources

1940 Census
The 1940 census information was released by the National Archives at the beginning of April 2012. Their site has step by step directions for locating residents. Census data is also available in Ancestry and Heritage Quest.

American Ancestors
If you're looking for information on New England genealogy, the site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston offers a wealth of information. Their scope has expanded to national coverage as well. Try out their Education Center for free on-line courses on several genealogical topics.

Ancestry.com
A very popular genealogy site on the web. There are portions of the site for members only.   Ancestry.com contains features that are not available in Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry Library Edition
(available in the Library only)
A searchable genealogy database which is available to be used in the library.

Castle Garden
This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 12 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892.

Cemetery Records Online
Search cemetery records from around the world.

Cyndi's List
The largest online genealogical directory with over 190 categories and more than 312,000 links.

Ellis Island Records
Track immigrants entering via Ellis Island and honored at the Statue of Liberty. Searching and an e-mail newsletter are free with registration.

FamilySearch
This site is from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and contains the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world. This site has a free account level that includes an online family tree maker. This site also allows the user to compile their family tree information into a PDF booklet for printing and sharing with others. Find out more here.

HeritageQuest Online
Use your Bedford Library card number to access this database which contains census records, an index to hundreds of historical and genealogical publications and family histories.

New Hampshire Historical Society
Provides information on numerous aspects of NH history.

New Hampshire Society of Genealogists

A non-profit organization that provides education in genealogical research techniques, brings together all persons interested in genealogy, publishes and makes available genealogical material, and ensures public access to records and promotes records preservation.

Resources for Genealogists
The National Archives and Records Administration compiled an excellent guide to beginning genealogy research and an introduction to resources for genealogists. This is a great place to begin.

RootsWeb
A free genealogy site hosted by ancestry.com

Town of Bedford Cemeteries
The records of the Bedford Cemeteries may be searched by a number of different parameters. You may search for information on an individual basis using Last Name, Maiden Name, Date of Birth, Date of Death, Father's Name, Mother's Name and Mother's Maiden Name. Information about each cemetery is accessed by choosing the cemetery from the menu. 

Writing for Vital Records
This site provides addresses to obtain vital records from around the country.