Ammidown History Room contains the Ammidown Collection, the local
history and genealogy collections, and various collections of
photographs identified as the Pease, Tucci, Eaton, and Hebert
collections. The Ammidown Collection is an 18th century gentleman's
library. It belonged to Holmes Ammidown, a prominent early citizen of
Southbridge. The contents of the collection are not currently available
due to their fragile condition.
wishing to access the collections in the Ammidown Room are welcome to
browse the online catalog.
Library staff will retrieve specific items from the Ammidown Room for
patron use in the reference area of the library. Patrons will need
photo identification and are asked to sign in at the Information Desk
to use materials from the Ammidown Room. Decisions to photocopy
Ammidown materials will be made by the staff based on the condition and
conservation needs of the material.
number of local history resources are available online in digital
format. For a bibliography of these items, as well as other resources
that may be helpful to you, see here.
staff will try to accommodate all reasonable requests. It may be
necessary in some instances to consult with the Reference Librarian for
assistance with some research and genealogical requests. Patrons are
invited to set up an appointment with the Reference Librarian, who may
not be available on a walk-in basis.
call the library during normal business hours at 508-764-5426 x105 or email for
Patrons may search for
through our newspaper archive, available in microfilm format, during
normal library Hours of Operation.
A charge of
$0.20 per paper copy is applied, if needed. You may also create a PDF
at no charge. Please note the newspaper archives are not indexed, so
having an exact date of death is recommended.
you are unable to come to the library to search yourself, you may
submit an obituary request. As the archived newspapers are not
indexed, the exact date of death must be submitted with search
requests. Please also include the full name of the deceased, and any
other relevant information. Due to limited staff time, please limit to
no more than three obituaries per request, and allow 2-3 weeks for a
Please email requests to email@example.com, or call the Reference Department at 508-764-5426.
provided to these Southbridge newspapers:
Feb. 22, 1861 -
Jan. 1902 - Mar.
Southbridge Press Oct.
1853 - Dec.
Southbridge News Aug.
27, 1923 - Present
Southbridge Evening News are available at the Information
the Main Level; back issues are maintained until a microfilm record is
created. The Library maintains six weeks of back issues of
Telegram & Gazette.
The Library provides
access to Ancestry
Library Edition. This database can only be accessed at the
Library. You may use our public computers, or your own laptop to access. Please see
library staff with questions.
Ancestry Library Edition
the following information:
deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and
U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social
Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship
provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada; and key
vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which
includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from
offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and
Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms
(1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials
(1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and more.
continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German census,
vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and
more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of
Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern
Europe and Russia; and more.
deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found
elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
collections deliver millions of files ranging from family
and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.
Crops Road, on corner of Tipton Rock Rd and North Woodstock Rd., Route
Charlton Street, at the side of the Elementary School
Tel:(508) 764-3226 - Rectory
Charlton Street, at the side of the Elementary School
The cemetery on Charlton
shared by three parishes; Sacred Heart, St Mary's and Old Notre Dame.
Sacred Heart has the section of the graveyard to the back at the
extreme left of the cemetery. In this section, the headstones are flat
and not visible from a distance.
Main Street - access is from Oak Ridge Street and Cohasse Street.
Managed by the Town of Southbridge: Dept. of Public
Tel: (508) 765-5403 - Ron Trudeau, Operations Manager
North Woodstock Road (Rt. 169)
Tel:(508) 764-6947 - Rectory at 29 Summer Street
New Notre Dame
North Woodstock Rd (Rt. 169) - see below*
Old Notre Dame
Charlton St, at the side of the Elementary School - see below*
Paige Hill Road - see below*
(Fiskdale) - see below* Prior to 1955, burials
took place in a
cemetery on the Brimfield line but after the flood the remains were
exhumed and buried at the cemetery on Arnold Road, Sturbridge.
*These four cemeteries are
managed by the Diocesen Cemetery System,
whose office is located at St. John's Cemetery, 206 Cambridge Street,
Worcester, MA 01603. They can be reached at 508-757-7415.
Microfilm access to the
index cards for
Southbridge vital records is provided through the Jacob Edwards
Library. Please contact the Adult
Reference Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-764-5426 for further information.
The Town Clerk of the Town
Southbridge maintains official vital records. In order to
a record in Southbridge, the birth, death or marriage had to occur in
the Town of Southbridge. A certified copy of any record held
the Town of Southbridge may be obtained from the Town Clerk's office at
the cost of $5.00 per record.
Town Clerk Office
41 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
certified copies, use of public indices, examining records, record
restrictions, and genealogical research facilities:
The Registry of Vital
Statistics collects, processed, correct and issues copies of
death and marriage records that occur in Massachusetts. Information
about divorces is also collected.
Department of Health & Human Services
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Fl.
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Main Telephone: (617) 740-2600