Local History and Genealogy

Getting Started

The History room includes resources on Exeter history and the surrounding seacoast cities and towns. Stop by or contact us to get started on your search for information about your home, the town, or genealogy.

Most of the online resources can be used at home with a user name and password. Help is available by emailing or contacting us.

With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition is the most comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history. 

Please note: due to the current pandemic, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders remotely from home or work, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Ancestry Library Edition

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Powered by Ancestry®, this amazing collection consists of numerous core data sets such as; census collection, military records, books, city directories, and much more to explore.


New England Historic Genealogical Society

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.


Additional Resources

  • Historical Issues of Exeter Newsletter are stored on microfiche in our library

  • Vital Statistics dating back to the 1800's are located in the library's Historical Room

  • Other collections such as; Book records of renown families in the area, Town Reports, Yearbooks, Maps, Cemetery locations, etc.