Gloucester and Cape Ann are absolutely filthy with riches in scenery, dining, art and many other blessings. My passion is family history and local history research, and for those of us interested in these, we are also blessed with Cape Ann treasures.
The “low hanging fruit” for local history research includes the City Archives housed in Gloucester City Hall. This hidden treasure is stuffed to the gills with valuable records and information. It is staffed with volunteers, though you can also make online requests for information. I have had very good luck doing that. They are very efficient in response and willing to assist.
Another piece of low hanging fruit for researchers is the Cape Ann Museum Library. Most are probably already familiar with the fabulous collections of the museum, but they also have a research library packed with gems and treasures for those seeking family or local history insight. Staff there have been very helpful and their collection is in addition to the information available at the City Archives. Stop in an check it out next time you’re there!
And, of course, no such list would be complete without mentioning the Sawyer Free Library. I have mostly taken advantage of the microfilm collection of newspapers, they have a link to the genealogy collection here. I have spent many many hours here and loved every minute.
There are many other resources as well, these are just some of the more prominent ones that I have made use of over the years. The City is to be applauded for taking such great care of its history and making it available to all.