Genealogical Research

Many patrons of the NHA Research Library are looking for help researching their family histories. We offer many resources helpful to genealogists.

Search our Online Barney Genealogical Record
Eliza Starbuck Barney's (1802-1889) record containing vital information on more than 40,000 Nantucketers of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

Genealogical Research at the NHA Research Library: Where to Start
While a dedicated researcher should look through all the materials listed in the Guide below, here are a few places to start.

Read about the Barney Genealogical Record Database
A database created from the information recorded by Eliza Starbuck Barney.

Guide to Historical Records and Genealogical Resources of Nantucket, Massachusetts
A guide to Nantucket records located in various repositories, including the historical association, the public library, local governmental offices, civic organizations, and churches.

The Other Nantucketers: Genealogical Research of Minority Groups at the NHA Research Library
A research pathfinder.

NHA Cemeteries Inscription Project
The Research Library has launched a program to research and document Nantucket's burial grounds.

Lewis Funeral Home Records (1894–1965)
Fourteen ledgers, scanned and saved as PDFS, containing names of patrons of the Lewis Funeral Home. Ledgers vary in content and richness of information, with some containing cause of death and names of parents and spouses.

Genealogy Links