Historical & Genealogical Resources 

There are many historical materials available to the public at Town Hall, the Hingham Historical Society, and the Hingham Public Library. An overview of the materials held by these organizations can be seen below. For information about other local, regional, and national resources, please see the Comprehensive List of Resources provided by the Hingham Public Library. 
  • Hingham Historical and Historic Districts Commissions

    The Hingham Historical and Historic Districts Commissions hold records related to the history of important Hingham houses, properties, and families. There are also documents related to the development of the HHC and HDC as well as historic preservation in Hingham. These records, which were created between 1635 and the present, include photographs, genealogies, property plans, and correspondence. For more information about these records and how to access them, please contact archivist Jennifer Williams at williamsj@hingham-ma.gov
  • Hingham Town Clerk’s Office

    The Town Clerk’s Office holds a variety of historical records dating from the 1630s to the present which focus on such subjects as: Hingham births, deaths, and marriages; town meeting; the Overseers of the Poor; Zoning Board of Appeals decisions; Planning Board decisions; Hingham cemeteries; Hingham mortgages; local businesses; and elections. For more information about these materials and how to access them, please view their historical research webpage.
  • Hingham School Department

    The School Department possesses records dating between approximately 1794 and 2015 which relate to the history of the Parent-Teachers’ Association; School Committee; high school graduation; elementary and secondary curricula; school events; students and alumni; and building projects. Records include plans, correspondence, classroom registers, event programs, meeting minutes, yearbooks, and memorabilia. For more information about these materials and how to access them, please contact archivist Jennifer Williams at williamsj@hingham-ma.gov.
  • Hingham Historical Society

    The Hingham Historical Society collects and preserves archival materials and media of historical significance relating to the history of Hingham, its families, and its institutions. Its archival collection encompasses physical and digital documents, photographs, video, and books and includes a comprehensive set of local newspapers, family papers from the 17th-21st centuries, records of our town's political, social, educational, and religious organizations, and extensive information about the town’s historic houses and public buildings. The HHS encourages the use of its archives by those engaged in historical or genealogical research. For more information please view the Hingham Historical Society website.
  • Hingham Public Library

    The Hingham Public Library maintains a diverse yet succinct collection of historic materials, including contains journals, letters, sermons, ledgers, scrapbooks, photos, and other assorted documents which relate to Hingham’s historic families, businesses, maritime history, churches, military history, and more. Additionally, complete runs of the Hingham Journal, Gazette, and Patriot along with the Julian Loring house histories are available on microfilm. Basic questions can be answered at the Reference desk at any time but researchers and those seeking access to the Library’s collections should contact Reference & Local History Librarian Michael Achille at machille@ocln.org or 781-741-1405 ext. 2603.