Just wondered how many researchers have at least one or 2 "Town Histories" in your home? For anywhere in New England.
I was given 2 as gifts, and am grateful for them. I highly recommend the "History of Billerica, MA" as a excellent resource. It has both a history section and a genealogy section. The other town founded in 1655 right beside it was Chelmsford. The "History of Chelmsford" (the larger one) is a large book full of information. But, it is not as well organized.
I know many, serious researchers have a whole collection of genealogy and history books in their home.
There was a long-time researcher who was also an Admin for several Lists, and she helped many people. She had a whole "history room" in her home. Unfortunately, she died unexpectedly 4-5 yrs. ago. Her husband had no interest in her collection. I tried to find out what he did with all her books and papers and reports, etc., and was not successful. (Her e-mailing name was "BunnyDust" I think.)
Because of eBay and thrift shops and second-hand book shops, etc., I have a small collection of history books. And, no relative of mine would be interested in them, so I have to keep that in mind if I come across a new one.
Oh, I was able to get a very small book, "Early Princeton, Maine." I only bought it because my KIDDER ancestors are mentioned in the book. And, I have the "History of Arlington, MA," because that is where I grew up. And I have a simpler version of the "History of Winchester, MA." The large, 2-volume version is very expensive. I also have the simpler version of the "History of Cambridge, MA."
Some people have put "Town Histories" on a CD to sell. I have one or 2 of them, but I don't use them very often. I much prefer to have a book in my hands.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)