The Celia Epstein Stone Research Room houses the library’s collection of Wareham and Local History. This room is open by appointment only – please call  for details – 508-295-2343 x0

If you need a copy of an article or an obituary from the Wareham Courier Microfilm, please fill out this form. There is a $3 charge per article. All proceeds support the Stone Research Room.

Wareham Cemetery Records – This website contains names of individuals buried in Wareham’s four cemetery’s along with photos of gravestones. It has been curated by Andrew Griffith.

Wareham Courier Obituary Index – Website covers obituaries (sorted by last name) of the Wareham Courier from 1905-1918 and 1931-1998.

Massachusetts Cultural Resource System – Information about historic homes/locations around the Commonwealth.

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds – Locate title information about houses and properties by searching for house or owner, and narrowing search by location in Wareham or elsewhere in Plymouth County.

Every Thursday, the Wareham Free Library will share a postcard from our local history collection. To view previously selected postcards, please click here.

Doing genealogy research? 

For a limited time, Wareham Free Library card holders have access from their homes to Ancestry Library Edition. This database delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos and more. Search more than 7,000 databases – which include immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, and maps.

Resources for Genealogists (from the National Archives)

For more digitized books, you can check out:

Genealogy Resources (from the Internet Archive) | Genealogy Resources (from the Hathi Trust)

History of Wareham (by Rev. Noble Warren Everett, In The History of Plymouth County, Edited by D. Hamilton Hurd – 1884) – Starts on page 191

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Looking for maps or atlases?

The State Library of Massachusetts has scanned two atlases that are in our Stone Room Collection, in color. The links are down below. You can view more digitized Massachusetts atlases here.

George Walker’s 1879 Atlas of Plymouth County (Page 65 includes maps of Wareham/Wareham Narrows, Page 71 has maps of East Wareham and Tremont Village)
L. J. Richards Plymouth County Atlas – 1903 (Pages 39 through 41 include maps of Wareham/Onset)

The Library of Congress has recently digitized several maps of local interest that are in our Stone Room Collection. The links for these maps are below.

1832 Map of Wareham – Surveyed by Sylvanus Bourne
1857 Map of Plymouth County – Surveyed by Henry E. Walling, Published by D.R. Smith & Co.
1885 Onset Bay Grove Arial Map
1887 Sanborn Insurance Map – Wareham1 image
1896 Sanborn Insurance Map – Wareham3 images
1901 Sanborn Insurance Map – Wareham – 4 images
1906 Sanborn Insurance Map – Wareham/Onset9 images
1912 Sanborn Insurance Maps – Wareham/Onset12 images