People & Genealogy

America’s News
From Home or the Library

Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.   Funded by The Old Colony Library Network.

Ancestry Library Edition
In Library Only 
Online genealogical resource that offers a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format, including records of more than and 4 billion names in over 4,000 databases.  It includes census data, maps, military, immigration, DAR records, slave stories, and more.  Funded by Thayer Public Library.

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Sign in here with your Thayer Public Library card.

AtoZdatabases
From Home or the Library
Premier reference and marketing database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.  Funded by Thayer Public Library.

Biography In Context
From Home or the Library
Combines biographies from reference books with full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. 

Boston Globe
From Home or the Library
Complete full-text content from 1980-present. Coverage of community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, people in the community, and much more. Paid advertisements and syndicated columns are not included. 

Boston Metro Collection
From Home or the Library
Provides access to an extensive full-text collection of news published in and around Boston. Updated daily, this one-stop resource includes fully searchable archives of nearly 200 daily and weekly news sources, including The Braintree Forum.

Braintree High School Yearbooks and Town Reports
From Home or the Library
Braintree High School yearbooks from 1935 to 2016 are now digitized and available to browse online. Browse through any year or download as many as you like to search for friends and relatives! Braintree Town Reports from 1640 to 2006 are also digitized and available online.  The Town Reports include births, deaths, and marriages from 1640 to 1946.

eBook Collection from EBSCOhost
From Home or the Library
Choose from a wide range of eBooks covering a wide range of topics from the arts to the social sciences — and everything in between. Access the full text of eBooks from your computer, or borrow titles for download  to most popular portable devices. 

Enterprise Collection
From Home or the Library
Search news from Brockton and vicinity from the year 2000 to today with The Enterprise Collection. Explore current and archived issues of The Enterprise with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online.  Funded by The Old Colony Library Network.

Gale Courses
From Home or the Library
Discover hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses to help with your professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Course offerings include business, computer, health and wellness, parenting, the arts and more. Six-week courses are taught by college instructors and experts in the field. Funded by Thayer Public Library.

General OneFile
From Home or the Library
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

Heritage Quest
From Home or  the Library
Research your family tree with over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, and other expanding collections.

Hoopla
From Home or the Library
Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Funded by Thayer Public Library.

Kanopy
From Home or the Library
Video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain.  Funded by Thayer Public Library.

Massachusetts Digital Collections
From Home or the Library
Links to digital special collections from Massachusetts libraries that include local history monographs and pamphlets, a significant portion is manuscript material (personal and organizational papers), photographs, posters, ticket stubs, broadsides, etc. 

Massachusetts Special Collections Directory
From Home or the Library
A database of over 600 archive and manuscript collections in Massachusetts.

New York Times
From Home or the Library
Full-text of The New York Times from 1985- present.  

New York Times Digital Edition
From Home  From the Library
Full access the New York Times Digital Edition. Available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

A New York Times online account, which requires only an email address and a password, is needed to access the newspaper. Access from home is in 72 hour allotments; you may obtain a new access code every 72 hours for uninterrupted access. Please see the instructions for setting up an account and obtaining an access code to get started.  Provided by the Old Colony Library Network.

News: Gale OneFile
From Home or the Library
An innovative full-text newspaper resource that allows you to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. It includes access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

OverDrive
From Home or the Library

OverDrive provides access to popular and bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks. The collection includes Kindle Books and thousands of titles for adults, teens, and children. Titles are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, and there are no late fees.

Patriot Ledger Collection
From Home or the Library

Search news from Quincy and vicinity from the year 2000 to today with The Patriot Ledger Collection. Explore current and archived issues of The Patriot Ledger with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online. Funded by The Old Colony Library Network.

Power Search
From Home or the Library
Search across multiple databases. Select multiple databases from a  list and then search across all of the databases you have chosen.

RBdigital Magazines
From Home or the Library
Choose from over 3,000 free downloadable magazines. Get digital access to popular magazines with your OCLN Library Card and enjoy unlimited access to magazines with unrestricted viewing 24/7. View them on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader.  Funded by the Old Colony Library Network.