Genealogy is the study of family history and lineage. People often visit the final resting places of their family, friends, and ancestors, and often many cross great distances for the opportunity. Genealogical research inevitably brings people to cemeteries. As one of the earliest towns in the USA, ours is an ultimate destination for those heritage tourists looking to make a connection to their earliest findable ancestor.
Our cemeteries are well documented. Middleborough was home to Charles M. Thatcher, who, in the 1880s, in his words "visited over 200 graveyards, copying gravestone inscriptions and have over 18,000 names and dates prior to 1850." His efforts have helped many genealogists determine the resting places of their ancestors, and the cemeteries of Middleborough (most of Plymouth county, actually) have benefited greatly from his efforts.
Middleborough Public Library - home to the Wilfred Silvia Genealogy Room, a large room dedicated to Genealogy and local history. Complimenting the room, the Library maintains a Digital Library. Among the resources available online are an Index to the Middleborough Gazette, information about the Middleborough Cemeteries, and the Middleborough Vital Records Index.
Find A Grave.com - a free, crowd-sourced, online burial index with over 100 million burial listings. Owned by Ancestry.com, the site has many tools that make it a very friendly place for any family historian.
BillionGraves.com - A resource for GPS cemetery data that has volunteer opportunities as well as a blog with many interesting and helpful information.
Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc. - a local group of people who gather together to promote the study of Family History. The group is open to new members of any proficiency.