Online Research Databases

These databases provide access to web-based electronic resources that contain thousands of popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, newswires, business directories, investment reports, biographies, health and prescription drug information, literature reviews, and more.  Start with the ‘Quick Start for Nantucket‘ page.

Mass Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections Directory

This directory provides access to the holdings of more than 650 repositories in the Commonwealth, including libraries, archives, historical societies and town clerk’s offices. Search the Archive.

America’s Genealogy Bank

America’s Genealogy Bank allows patrons to easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index. Requires a valid Atheneum library card number to enter the site.


Proquest Databases

(only for use from library computers at the Atheneum) {Sorry these databases are down while we switch over to new IP addresses}

Ancestry Library
ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry® Library Edition, an important genealogical collection. It covers the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia.

Heritage Quest
A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical resources from unique primary sources, local and family histories, and other finding aids. Useful when used in conjunction with Ancestry Library.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867–1970
Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape.

Nantucket Independent Newspaper

Search the Nantucket Independent newspaper to find local information on community issues and events, business, education, health, government and more. Archives span from March 3, 2005 to Sept 22, 2011. Requires a valid Atheneum library card number to enter the site.

Falmouth Enterprise Newspaper

Search the Falmouth Enterprise newspaper to find local Cape Cod information on community issues, events, business and more. Archives span from 1896 to 1962. This project was made possible by Falmouth Public Library with a grant funded by the Community Preservation Committee under the Community Preservation Act in 2013.