Salem Ancestry Days
Go to SalemAncestry.org for all events and information. Celebrate genealogy and ancestral connections to Salem, Massachusetts, during a weekend of lectures, tours, and research. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem, Massachusetts with lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information on the people who connect us all to Salem. Click here for a full list...
Let None Be Excluded: The Origins of Equal School Rights in Salem
In the 19th-century, Salem residents celebrated the city’s early public school system for welcoming and educating all children. Despite the system’s success, the Salem school committee decided in 1834 to establish separate schools for Black children. This sudden decision and its implementation angered Black residents who launched a near-decade long struggle for the educational rights of their children. Their valiant...
Salem Ancestry Days Exhibitor Fair
Join us for the first-ever Salem Ancestry Days Exhibitor Fair! This two-day event will feature items relating to genealogy, the immigrant experience, and Salem history. Scheduled exhibitors include: American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds Timothy Pickering Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution...
Genealogy and Deeds: What Land Records Can Tell Your About Your History
The Southern Essex Registry of Deeds maintains and provides public access to the land records for Southern Essex District and all of Essex County prior to 1869. The Salem Registry has the oldest continuous land records in the country dating back to 1639. Although the Registry only maintains land records, many older documents contained information on the people who owned...
Salem Witch Trials Ancestors & Descendants
Salem will be 400 years old in 2026. It is rich in history, including a critical role in the American Revolution and being the richest seaport per capita from 1790 to 1812. And then there is the 1692 Witch Trials. There were 156 official complaints and maybe 200 accused, along with 70 afflicted persons, nine judges, dozens of jurors and...
Salem With The Daniels Family, 17th Century
Stephen Daniels, one of Salem’s earliest citizens, lived in the center of what was then a rustic fishing and shipping settlement; the ‘wild west’ of the English world. Tour his house and neighborhood, among Salem’s oldest. Led by an architectural historian, you’ll start inside a c1667 house before a meandering 1-mile neighborhood loop. This walking tour will highlight the ancient features of...
Connecting Salem Arts Association to the History of Our Derby Street Location
Celebrating our history on Salem’s historic waterfront that has included shipbuilders, sailmakers, distillers, and a paper stamper. The property dates to the 1650s. It was once home to Benjamin Hawkes. Learn about the Ukrainian Working Man’s Association.
Tabernacle Congregational Church Open House
The front doors will be open and all are welcome to come view our history which is Salem’s history and to see our wonderful Protestant “Cathedral” as we like to call it. Walter K Bigelow, of Almy, Bigelow and Washburn, Co., was instrumental and getting the design of our building approved by the congregation.
Getting Started in Family History: A Genealogy 101 Talk Presented by American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society
A Genealogy 101 Talk Presented by American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society Want to learn more about your ancestry? Join American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society for this talk which will outline the essential steps in family history research, discuss basic organizational tools, introduce you to common records and resources, and more.