The following excerpt is from an article by Allison Carter, published in the May 24, 2011 edition of Newton Patch:
Studying your family history can be extremely rewarding and personally fulfilling. It can also be an incredibly frustrating task, fraught with dead-end research and fruitless hours spent searching for someone who (eventually you discover) you are not actually descended from. Thankfully, there are tremendous resources for looking into your family history, many of them right here in Newton.
Recently, the City of Newton made researching family history much easier by scanning and uploading a great deal of archival documents onto their website. Located on the Genealogical Research page of the city’s website are historical vital records, which include records of births, deaths and marriages. These records, which go all the way back to 1635, are now only a few keystrokes away.