Visit the Local History Room

Local History & Genealogy Collection

The Local History Room of the Charlton Public Library was created to preserve and make available books, documents, photographs, genealogy resources and other materials highlighting the history of Charlton and surrounding areas as well as individuals whose activities have contributed to its development and growth.

The collection in the Local History Room consists of print and online sources. Materials in the Local History Room may only be used in the Library. Whenever possible duplicate titles are added to the Library's general circulating collection and may be available for checkout. 

Print Collection

Our print collection consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Family Histories
  • Mass. Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolutionary War
  • Histories of Massachusetts Counties, Cities and Towns
  • Vital Records
  • Charlton Town Reports 1891 – present
  • School Yearbooks 1931 – present
  • Tax Records 1755 -1890
  • Town of Charlton Census 1790-1930

Online Library Genealogy Research Tools

Library staff have selected some helpful general research sites to assist you with your project. Please feel free to contact the library with any questions you might have. See the full list of research tools below.

General Research Sites

General Genealogy Research Websites & Tools logo

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More information about Charlton Historical Commision click here

More information about Charlton Historical Society click here

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Famous Charltonians


Famous Charltonians

Grizzly Adams

A western mountain-man legend, Grizzly Adams’ birth name was ‘John Capen Adams’.  Click here to read more about Grizzly Adams.

Dr. William T.G. Morton 

Dr. William Morton (1819-1868) was a dentist and the introducer of ether anesthesia. Click here to read more about Dr. Morton.