Cyndi's List has a vast number of resources listed. It also has a lot of "How-to" type information. The site is huge and can be overwhelming, but is worth the effort.

Guide to Essex County Cemeteries lists 131 cemetery locations in Essex County. Extracted from the USGS Geographic Names Information System.

Old Burial Hill - Marblehead, MA is one of the most picturesque graveyards in New England. It affords a view of Old Marblehead, the harbor, and the sea. Established in 1638, at the site of Marblehead's first meeting house, it is the burial site of an estimated 600 Revolutionary soldiers, although only a few of those graves are known and marked.

A Very Grave Matter run by Jenn Marcelais, contains many, many pictures from cemeteries in MA, ME & NH. Each cemetery contains an thumbnails of the headstones in that cemetery, usually alphbetical. Jenn also takes requests for cemeteries to photograph and she has a mailing list for those who would like to be kept up on additions. To sign up for her e-news or to request a cemetery, visit A Very Grave Matter.


Newspapers are a great source of information particularly for later residents. Obituaries were not generally published until the last half of the nineteenth century but significant snippets of information can garnered from earlier editions. In most cases newspapers are on microfilm at local public libraries.To determine what newspapers may be available for your Essex town go to:

Massachusetts Daily Newspapers is a directory of daily publications from 1815 to present.

Almost every town in Essex County has a public library and the larger towns have significant genealogy and history sections. Some even have specificrooms, manned by volunteers, devoted exclusively to genealogy and history. For the most part, the various town libraries can be reached through the town USGenWeb pages which can be reached at here.
Massachusetts Public Libraries Find any of the more than 1,700 libraries that are members of the six Massachusetts Regional Library Systems. Addresses, phone numbers, Web sites and e-mail, branches and departments, and library staff can be found here.

Boston Public Library

The Genealogy Room Phone (617) 536-5400, Ext. 2261
Newspaper Room Phone: (617) 536-5400, Ext. 2230
The LDS Family Search is one of the most resource rich genealogy sites on the internet. To the best of my knowledge, all databases are free to everyone. These centers, located nationwide, are the best starting point for those who do not have access to other major library collections. The LDS Church has microfilmed most Essex records and a significant number of the genealogy and history books of the county.

One of the most useful starting tools available from LDS is the International Genealogical Index (IGI). This is an index to the records that have beengathered by the LDS Church. In some cases the index refers to actual microfilm of records and in others it refers to index to records it is not a record. You must refer to the reference in the record and review that to see if the information meets the standards for inclusion in your genealogy.

There are two thousand Family History Centers worldwide and chances are, there is one near you. To find out, click here. Click on Family History Centers and follow the on screen instructions. The local Essex County center is:
LDS Family History Center, Lynnfield
400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, MA
Phone: (781) 334-5586

Essex Society of Genealogists
Dedicated to Essex County Genealogy - History, Activities, Membership Information, Publications, Links, Queries.

Peabody Essex Museum - It consists of the entire collection of the old Essex Institute, as well as the Peabody Museum's award winning collection of manuscripts and artwork. Included in the Museum's holdings are original documents for the Salem Witchcraft Trials.

Check with the individual towns for local historical societies.


The US Army Center of Military History - They have a photocopy service and lots of good info.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Preserving the Memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and our Ancestors who Fought to Preserve the Union.

The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies devoted to the research of those residents of North America who remained loyal to the British Crown during the American War for Independence.

Massachusetts National Guard Military Museum - The Massachusetts National Guard Museum has a rich collection of National Guard history including an extensive Civil War archive.

New England Naturalization Records - This page explains how to locate, research and request United States citizenship or naturalization records that occurred in various courts throughout New England. A link to a Fee Service is also provided.