Our reference collection includes print materials, online databases and microfilm (Vineyard Gazette from 1846)
The Library provides reference services in person, by telephone or email.
Contact the Reference Librarian:
: (508) 696-4211 ext. 115
Email: [email protected]
Previously only available for in-library use, Ancestry Library Edition is temporarily available remotely. A Vineyard Haven Library Card and PIN are required to access this resource from home. Ancestry Library Edition contains millions of records from all over the world including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.
Also available at home is the complementary resource HeritageQuest Online, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. HeritageQuest Online is designed for genealogy and family history research. It includes over 25,000 books, the entire US Census, and other expanding collections, making it one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country.
Free Online Classes from the Library
Library cardholders who are just beginning to explore family history can learn more through online classes available on-demand and at your own pace.
The "Great Courses" collection on our Kanopy streaming video platform includes "Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy," a comprehensive 15-part introduction to the basics of genealogy research.
"Genealogy 101" is one of the hundreds of classes available through the library's "Universal Class" online learning center. New users can create an account using your library card number.
Free Internet Resources
Free online resources for local genealogy research include the Dukes County History and Genealogy Web Site, the Tisbury History and Genealogy Web Site, and the Portuguese Genealogy Project of Martha's Vineyard.
The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together and having fun providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county.
American Ancestors is a membership organization, but anyone can register for a free Guest account to watch select how-to videos, webinars and coursesand search more than 20 exclusive databases.
Genealogy eBooks on Overdrive
The CLAMS Overdrive eBook collection provides downloadable reference books that can be read on any device, including the popular titles Genealogy Online, Genealogy Online For Dummies, AARP Genealogy Online, and How to Do Everything Genealogy.
Ancestry Library Edition is provided by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, through your generous donations to the Annual Appeal for the Library.
Additional Genealogical materials are available in the library's circulating print collection and Martha's Vineyard Collection.
ONLINE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES
The library is your guide to free online education. In addition to the Library’s subscription to Universal Class, hundreds of free tutorials and classes are available online without a library card.
Access thousands of courses from over 100 universities, including Harvard and MIT.
Learn to code for free.
Tutorials available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Universal Class can be accessed on any Library computer or from home. A Vineyard Haven library card is required for home access.
The Great Courses on Kanopy
The Great Courses are a series of college-level lecture, perfect for anyone who wants to further their education or take a deep dive into a variety of subjects, at your own pace and based on the topics that interest you.
All library databases are available from home and within the library unless otherwise indicated. Some databases may require a CLAMS library card number.
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Statewide online resources have been provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional resources have been funded by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, through community donations to their Annual Appeal.
CLAMS Online Catalog
Federal Tax Forms
MedlinePlus Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
TAX HELP RESOURCES
Find your tax form by searching IRS.gov
Use the Free File Online Lookup Tool to determine whether you qualify for any free file online products.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
Offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
Find a location near you.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers. Find a location near you.
Vineyard Haven Library's Martha's Vineyard collection includes more than 500 print books, bound editions of the Dukes County Intelligencer from 1959, historic Town of Tisbury Annual Reports and early vital records, and the Vineyard Gazette newspaper on microfilm from 1846.
Many additional resource are available through the Martha's Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven, including selected digital editions of the MVM Quarterly (formerly the Dukes County Intelligencer), a subject index covering the 1959-2017 editions, and other digital books and pamphlets.
Town of Tisbury
Tisbury Historical Records
Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Martha's Vineyard Museum
Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust
Martha's Vineyard Online
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
CAPE COD LINKS
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod Regional Transit
Cape Cod Times
Online Database (enter CLAMS card number for home access)
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
Island Queen Ferry
Marine Biological Laboratory
Marine Biological Lab/ WHOI Library
NOAA- Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Peter Pan Bus (Bonanza)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Hospital Directory
Massachusetts Historical Society
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
Massachusetts Tax Forms