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The History Room is open, and materials are available for browsing. There are resources on Massachusetts history as well as those that are specific to the Town of Reading. We can help you get started in your search for information about your house, the town, or genealogy. If any of the materials you need are housed in one of the locked cabinets, please see a librarian for assistance.
Our Local History Librarian is happy to assist you with your research. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 781-944-0840
Use Reading Valuation Lists to track home owners. This will help if you have a suspected house date near one of the following years: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1876, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1916, 1949, 1973, 1977
If the house was built after 1890 when Reading had town water, ask the Water Department of the Public Works Department for the date when water was installed.
All of this may not be definitive but it should help to start.
You may also want to use the Reading Historical & Architectural Inventory and MACRIS - a list of 456 properties in Reading, chosen for historical or architectural significance. Some are on the National Historic Register, others on the Architectural Inventory of Reading, and some were nominated for one or the other. (website gives searching directions)
Other obituaries may be found at Legacy.com. Other death listings can be found in the Boston Globe archives, if there was an article written about the person, not just a Death Notice. These are available here, through our online database access for newspapers.
In October 2009 Reading Public Library was the first participant on the North Shore to have a Mass. Memories Roadshow: a state-wide project to document people, places, and events in Massachusetts through family photographs and stories. In 2009 it was an initiative of the Massachusetts Studies Project at UMass Boston, a joint project of the Joseph P. Healey Library and the Graduate College of Education at UMass Boston, and is cosponsored by Mass Humanities. We partnered with the Reading Historical Commission, the Reading Antiquarian Society, RCTV, and English-at-Large, and received a grant from Reading Celebration Trust’s Historical Preservation Fund.