LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
IntroductionIn the spring of 1644 some members of the Church of New Plymouth decided to move west to "Nausett." In June, 1644 this committee purchased a large tract of land from the Native Americans for "moose-skins, Indian boats, wampam, l ittle knives" etc. Today this tract of land comprises the towns of Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet.
The settlers were Thomas Prence, Nicholas Snow, John Doane, Edward Bangs, Josiah Cooke, Richard Higgins, John Smalley, Samuel Hicks, John Jenkins, Robert Wixon, Joseph Rogers, John Freeman, Thomas Williams, and Thomas Roberts.
The Eastham Room contains many local history collections ranging from Cape Cod history to Eastham History to genealogy. These collections are currently being re-organized and inventoried. The room is also open to the public for meetings.
Currently, the collections in the Eastham Room are available by appointment only. As much of the collection as possible is duplicated in our circulating Cape Cod Collection, digital collection and through genealogical databases to which the library subscribes.
To make an appointment to use the archival materials in the library's Eastham Room, please follow the link below or call the library directly at (508)-240-5950.
Eastham Room Archival Appointments
The Eastham Historical Society
The archives of the Eastham Historical Society are in the 1869 Schoolhouse Museum, located at 25 Schoolhouse Road, Eastham, MA.
American Ancestors: New England Historic & Genealogical Society Database (In-Library Use Only)
Cape Cod Gravestones: 17th, 18th & 19th Century Cape Cod Gravestones dated 1683 or later
Photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and other materials made available by Massachusetts libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies.
Eastham Historical Commission
Registry of Deeds (Barnstable County)
-Recorded Land indexes and images from 1704 to the present
-Recorded Land Plan indexes and images
-Land Court name index