CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced that a new history of New Bedford has recently been added to the collection of books about Massachusetts towns at the CCGS Genealogy Room library. A New Bedford Historical Sketch; How the Core Community Grew, by Robert Ricketson Murphy, published in 2008, is a gift from Society member David Martin.
The volume gives historical details about the development of the city, such as the origins of many street names. A large fold-out street map of New Bedford indicating Wards of the city is included in the back, providing a good view of the area covered by census enumeration districts. Although there is no index, a comprehensive table of contents lists information covered.
The Cape Cod Genealogical Society's online library catalog currently contains 84 volumes dealing with towns in Massachusetts, with emphasis on Cape Cod and southeast Massachusetts.