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I started with a husband and wife who married in the 1930s. Luckily, the man had a somewhat uncommon name, so it was easy finding them on the Social Security Death Index. With birth dates in hand, I found their birth records on FamilySearch.com and AmericanAncestors.org. Both were born in Lowell. However, the husband’s parents came in the 1870s and 1880s in family groups, while the wife’s parents came here seemingly alone.
Using censuses, obituaries, and online cemetery indexes, I was able to recreate these families—not as mere pedigrees but as trees with branches. Without collateral relatives, I would have been lost. Sure, I was able to fill in the pedigree chart to the 5th or 6th generation (21 individuals), but that required a total of 137 individuals and 48 marriages to complete!
Resources in Lowell
Here are a few resources that will help you find relatives in Lowell.
- Pollard Memorial Library (newspapers, city directories, etc.)
- Center for Lowell History (BMD newspaper indexes and so much more)
- Lowell City Clerk (vital records)
- Lowell USGenWeb
- City of Lowell cemeteries
- Edson, Westlawn I, and Westlawn II (active)
- Mammoth Road, School Street, and Old English (inactive)
- Holy Trinity
- Lowell Cemetery
- St. Patrick Cemetery