Other Local History Resources

  • Digitized Belmont Residents Lists from 1911 to 2009 are now posted in the Internet Archive. Residents lists for some years were missing, or deemed too fragile to digitize. If you want a year that is not digitized, please call the Belmont Historical Society at 617-489-2000 ext. 2878 to determine if a print copy is available in the Claflin Room.
  • Historical Belmont Newspapers.
    • The Belmont Bulletin, Belmont Tribune, Belmont Courier, Belmont Citizen, Belmont Citizen Herald are available on microfilm in the library.
    • Historical Belmont Newspapers available on microfilm in the library:
    • Belmont Bulletin Mar. 8, 1890 – Feb. 26, 1898
    • Belmont Tribune Nov.14, 1902 – Apr. 14, 1916
    • Belmont Courier Jan. 2, 1889 – Dec. 1, 1917
    • Belmont Citizen Mar. 29, 1919 – Mar. 31, 1988
    • Belmont Herald Jan. 5, 1945 – April 1, 1988
    • Belmont Citizen Herald April 7, 1988 – present
  • Books About Belmont, a list of books about the history of Belmont.
  • Obituary Research in Belmont
    • Searchable Obituary Index 
      • The Belmont Citizen Herald Obituary Index,  January 1, 1945 - April 1, 1988 
      • The dates indexed begin with January 1, 1945, the first issue of The Belmont Herald newspaper, and end with April 1, 1988, the last issue before it merged with The Belmont Citizen newspaper.The Belmont Library thanks the many library volunteers who spent hours scrolling through reels of microfilm looking at pages of newspapers for death notices. The project began in 2007 and ended in 2015.
      • These files are searchable at the library. Please ask a member of our Reference team if you would like to search the Obituary Index.
    • Births, Deaths, Marriages
      • The City Clerk’s Office keeps records of births if the parents were Belmont residents, deaths of Belmont residents, and marriages if they filed their intentions in Belmont. Staff will give simple information over the phone; or a certified document ($20.00) must be requested in writing. These records will give a date of death which then will help pinpoint what issue of the Belmont Herald or Citizen to look for an obituary.
      • Ellen O'Brien Cushman, Town Clerk
        Town Hall
        455 Concord Avenue
        Belmont, MA 02478
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      • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        Telephone: 617-993-2600; FAX: 617-993-2601
      • http://belmont-ma.gov/Public_Documents/BelmontMA_Clerk/index
    • Cemeteries in Belmont
      • The Belmont Cemetery and Highland Meadow Cemetery (Dedicated October 20, 2007) are the two cemeteries in Belmont. 
      • Cemetery division (part of DPW) keeps cemetery records
        • Staff will give burial information over the phone. There is a fee for written genealogical requests - $10.00 (up to 5 people).
        • Cemetery division
          Joseph Urciuolo, Manager
          Nancy Fay, Administrative Assistant
          121 Grove Street
          Belmont, MA 02478
          Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
          Telephone: (617) 993-2710 FAX: (617) 489-0344
        • www.belmont-ma.gov/dpw-parks-cemetery-division
      • The Belmont Cemetery is located at the intersection of Grove Street and Huron Avenue.
      • Highland Meadow Cemetery (Dedicated October 20, 2007) Highland Meadow Cemetery is located at #700 Concord Avenue. Going up Concord Avenue from the Police Station/Town Hall, the cemetery land begins on your left. The entrance is opposite Somerset Street. Current Belmont residents and Belmont taxpayers only may purchase lots.

For assistance with or question about any of these materials please call the Reference desk at 617-993-2870.