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Local Membership Organizations


The Historical Society of Old Newbury

Predominantly focusing on the history of Newburyport, its gardens, shipbuilding history, and people.


Historic New England (formerly SPNEA)

Owns many properties across New England; locally, the Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House, Dole-Little House, and Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.  Newbury regional office (978) 462-2634.


Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury

A genealogical organization made up of members who can trace their ancestry to one of the first settlers of Newbury.


Newburyport Preservation Trust

A non-profit organization of people who value the preservation of the Newburyport's period architecture, its neighborhood ambience, its heritage landscapes, and its authentic historic character.  Manages the 1822 Powder House on Low Street.




The Archival Center - Newburyport Public Library

A wealth of local information, including countless numbers of genealogical records, old photographs, microfilm, and historic books pertaining to Newbury and Newburyport.


Newbury Genealogical Resources on the Web

Includes list of first settlers, 1790 census, and historic maps.


A Very Grave Matter

Photos and transcriptions from New England gravestones, with a focus on Essex County, Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Archives

Includes searchable collections and how to research family histories


Registry of Deeds, Salem

The Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds now includes searchable listings.


New England Historical Genealogical Society

110,000 family names searchable online, plus information about their 6-story research library in Boston.


Historic Preservation - Local / State


Essex National Heritage Area

Covers 500 square miles north of Boston, including thousands of historic sites and miles of landscapes.


Massachusetts Historical Commission

Established in 1963 to identify, evaluate, and protect important historical and archaeological assets of the Commonwealth.


Preservation Mass.

Statewide private non-profit working with national, state, and local preservation organizations; advocates for threatened resources and for preservation as an econmic tool.


Historic Preservation - National


National Register of Historic Places

Includes a searchable index with information on the 79,000 districts, sites, and structures identified through the National Register.


National Trust for Historic Preservation

A privately-funded non-profit that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Promoting the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources.  Advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.


Preservation Directory

Online resource for preservation, restoration, and cultural resource management.  Directories, listings, and links for building restoration, heritage tourism, historical events, and more.




Old House Journal

The premiere resource for restoring old houses


Early American Life

Traditions, period style, antiques, restoration, and more


Real Estate


Antique Homes

Listings of historic homes for sale across New England


Historic & Distinctive Properties

Serving New Hampshire and surrounding areas

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