Resources - Aids to Cape Cod Genealogical Research


Genealogical Libraries, Area Research Facilities, Cemeteries, Town Archives, Web Sites, Research Guides, Family Associations, Historical Societies, Genealogy Societies


Barnstable County Deeds and Public Records

The Barnstable County Registry of Deeds provides full access over the Internet to the same records that are available to anyone using the computer search screens at the Registry of Deeds building in Barnstable Village. Records available:


The Barnstable Patriot Digital Archive

The Barnstable Patriot, published continuously since 1830 down through the present time, is the seventh oldest newspaper in the United States. Its first hundred years (to 1930) are available online through the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, MA.

During those hundred years, the The Barnstable Patriot covered world, national, and regional news, as well as local news. The local news includes Cape Cod history, maritime news, shipping information, cultural events, and news of Cape Cod families and individuals, including birth, marriage, death, baptism, and obituaries. Search and view issues of the newspaper and then print, save or email articles.


Research Guides

Aids to help those planning to visit these important research facilities. Guides include information on location and hours, holdings overview, and links to key pages on their Web sites.


Family History Center - Brewster, MA

The LDS Family History Center in Brewster, MA, has three film/fiche readers, including one reader that produces copies. The Center has a collection of films and fiche, numerous reference books, and online access.

The Brewster Center's permanent onsite microfilm collection numbers nearly 600 rolls. A sampling includes: English vital records, Irish censuses, Mexican gazetteers, Scottish vital records, and Maine church records. You can find a complete printed listing of all films in the permanent collection at the CCGS Genealogy Library and at the Family History Center itself. In addition, you can search the FamilySearch Catalog and then order your selection through the Brewster Center.

The Brewster Family History Center's online access includes the following subscription sites that are available for use by visitors:

Also available online at the Center are all the LDS databases, including the LDS Church Archives, which contain the supporting documents for records of individuals whose names have been submitted as Temple-Ready by LDS members.

Hours are Tuesday 9-1, Wednesday 5-9. The Brewster Family History Center is located at 94 Freeman's way in Brewster, MA. It's best to call ahead at 508-896-1242. There is no fee, and the Center is wheelchair accessible.


Local Research Assistance

The following genealogists are available to help you in your research:

Please contact these individuals directly regarding scope of work and fees.