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Girls in tobacco field, photograph by Elbridge Kingsley

Forbes Library has extensive resources for the genealogist.

Online resources

Resources in the library

Genealogy Collection
With a wealth of local and family histories plus city directories and research guides, the Genealogy Collection is shelved in the Reference Room and is available whenever the library is open. Genealogy materials are listed in the library catalog.
Hampshire Room for Local History
The Hampshire Room for Local History and Special Collections, completed in 2002, houses extensive resources in local history, genealogy, and a large collection of historic Northampton photographs. Genealogists can use the account books and town papers, maps, and manuscripts in this collection.

To make an appointment with a librarian who can assist you with your genealogy research please sign up on the online calendar, or call 413-587-1014 or email us at to make an appointment. We can also help connect you with local researchers for hire.