William T. and Mary L. Hurley Library

Our research library specializes in materials pertaining to Southeastern Massachusetts prior to 1850, with special concentration on Taunton’s early European settlers. The library is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for on-site research.

We encourage you to make an appointment so that the staff can prepare for your visit in advance. Email the Curator of Collections at bmichaud@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org and we’d be happy to schedule an appointment!

Quick tip: If you’ll be doing newspaper research on our new ScanPro 1100 digital microfilm reader/scanner we encourage visitors to bring a USB flash drive to save their research, which helps us cut down on printing and remain eco-friendly.


Research $4 and Genealogy Research $7

Free for Members!

Research By Mail

Can't visit in person?

We'll research for you!

Fees are $20 per hour ($15 per hour for OCHM Members) plus photocopies. If you have questions, please give us a call.

Have questions

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And we’d be happy to schedule a convenient time for an appointment with a staff member.

Some of our resources

Our research collection, which includes thousands of volumes in our non-circulating library and over 400 linear feet of archival material, embraces a wide range of topics. Some of the largest collections include:

Other Resources

  • Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates
    Temporary City Hall, 141 Oak Street, Taunton, MA 02780
    P 508.821.1024
  • Taunton Cemetery Department
    170 Harris Street, Taunton, MA 02780
    P 508-821-1021
  • Taunton Catholic Cemetery Department
    475 East Britannia Street, Taunton, MA 02780
    P 508-824-9570
  • Bristol County Probate & Family Court Registry
    40 Broadway, Suite 240, Taunton, MA 02780
    P 508-977-6040
  • Bristol County Registry of Deeds
    11 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780
    P 508-822-0502
  • Bristol County Court Records at Massachusetts State Archives
    220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02125
    P 617-727-2816