Resources from American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

PLEASE NOTE:  Many of the databases listed below are available only to members of NEHGS/American Ancestors.  If you would like to consider membership, visit their  website at AmericanAncestors.org for more information.

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New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Records from Medfield and Middleborough

American Ancestors announces two new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from parishes in Medfield and Middleborough.  This was a small update–it adds 154 new images to browse.  The new volumes are:

Sacred Heart (Middleborough) Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations, 1885-1900

St. Edward the Confessor (Medfield) Baptisms, 1890-1900

St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Records Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Francis de Sales in Roxbury. This update adds over 2,000 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Index to Baptisms, 1861-1900
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1861-1874 (Vol. 1)
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1874-1888 (Vol. 2)
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1888-1896 (Vol. 3)
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1876-1900
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Marriages, 1861-1900

Five Years of the Rhode Island Roots Journal Added

American Ancestors has added 5 years of the genealogical journal Rhode Island Roots database. This update adds volumes 35 through 39 for the years 2009 to 2013. This update adds over 1,300 pages and nearly 22,000 searchable names.

The Rhode Island Genealogical Society publishes Rhode Island Roots quarterly. It features many Rhode Island records, such as cemetery and tax lists, General Assembly petitions, civil and military records, and genealogical articles — all focusing on Rhode Island families. Other features include articles about Rhode Islanders in other state census records, queries and a list of RI research volunteers. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell.

The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

New Browsable Catholic Records from Andover and Cambridge

American Ancestor has announced 12 new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Augustine (Andover) and St. Paul (Cambridge).  This update adds over 2,000 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below.

St. Augustine (Andover) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1862-1892
St. Augustine (Andover) Baptisms, 1862-1894
St. Augustine (Andover) Baptisms, 1885-1900
St. Augustine (Andover) Baptisms, 1892-1895
St. Augustine (Andover) Baptisms, 1894-1900
St. Augustine (Andover) Confirmations 1894-1900
St. Augustine (Andover) First Communions, 1895-1900
St. Augustine (Andover) Marriages, 1862-1892
St. Augustine (Andover) Marriages, 1892-1900

St. Paul (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1875-1900
St. Paul (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1875-1900
St. Paul (Cambridge) Marriages, 1875-1900

New Sketch: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added one new sketch to Helen Schatvet Ullmann’s Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. This study project focuses on heads of families enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  The new sketch profiles Robert Campbell of Plantation 7 in Hampshire County.  He was a Revolutionary War veteran.  Robert married Asenath Loveland in 1785.  They had eight children.    If you would like to learn more about this project, be sure to visit our information page.

St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces 10 new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline. This update adds 21,115 new records and 76,696 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms & Marriages, 1852-1856
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1852-1856
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1857-1873
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1874-1887
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1887-1900
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1900
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Confirmations, 1855-1891
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Confirmations, 1889-1891
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Marriages, 1857-1897
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Marriages, 1897-1900

Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from Our Lady of the Assumption in East Boston.  Our Lady of the Assumption was the third Catholic church in East Boston.  Construction commenced on the building in 1869.  It was not completed until 1873.  This new update adds over 800 new pages to browse. The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1869-1892
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1892-1900
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Marriages, 1870-1896

New England Study Project Update

American Ancestors announces two new sketches and three updated sketches in our New England study projects.  The first new sketch profiles Job Colman of Shelburne, MA, in Helen Schatvet Ullmann’s Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  This study project focuses on heads of families enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.

The other new sketch highlights Benjamin Cole, 2nd of Shaftsbury, VT in Scott Andrew Bartley’s Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.  This study project tracks heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.

Three existing sketches in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 were also updated.  These volumes are listed below:

Bennett, John (Hartford)
Bramble, William (Hartford)
Marsh, Joel (Sharon)

2011 and 2012 Issues of The Mayflower Descendant Now Searchable

Volume 60 and 61, for the years 2011 and 2012, have been added to The Mayflower Descendant database and are fully searchable. This update adds approximately 450 new pages and 3,800 searchable names.

Mayflower Descendant has been published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899. It is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.

The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

New Record Annotation Capability at American Ancestors

American Ancestors announces a new enhancement to the search experience today called Record Annotations.  Users are always welcome to report errors they find on our site.  Annotations now make it possible to clearly identify errors in underlying records. With annotations we can highlight one or more fields on the record display page and provide corrections with supporting reference information.

With this capability in place, we can now respond to members who have found a factual error in a database and can provide one or more references to support the correction. Once the annotation is made, it is available to anyone who displays the information about that record by visiting the record display page.

A new Report Error button was added to the record display, image display and transcript display pages. Clicking on this button will open a form with your email address automatically populated based on your log in id. You can provide corrections and reference documentation in the Comment field, the press Submit Request to send it to webmaster@nehgs.org.  Feel free to use the new Report Error button or the older Comment or Question box to report all types of errors, annotations and questions about databases.

New Browsable Records from Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston)

American Ancestors has added 18 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston.  Sts. Peter and Paul parish grew out of the congregation that originally began worshiping at the St. Augustine Chapel.  Sts. Peter and Paul Church was dedicated in 1845.  This update adds over 4,500 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1847-1853
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1849-1853 (Missions)
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1862
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1868
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1869-1872
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1872-1876
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1877-1881
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1881-1884
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1888
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1891
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1891-1900
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1900
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Confirmations, 1865-1890
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Confirmations, 1892-1900
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1847-1853
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1854-1876
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1877-1894
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1894-1900

New Rockingham and Manchester Sketches in Early Vermont Settlers 1700-1784

American Ancestors has added 14 new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.  Scott Andrew Bartley’s study project focuses on heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.  So far his sketches center on counties in southeast Vermont.  This update includes over 700 new records and over 3,000 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

Bourne, Nathaniel (Manchester)
Burr, Jonathan (Rockingham)
Corey, Oliver (Rockingham)
Gardner, Andrew (Rockingham)
Lovell, Elijah (Rockingham)
Lovell, John (Rockingham)
Lovell, Michael (Rockingham)
Lovell, Oliver (Rockingham)
Lovell, Timothy (Rockingham)
McIntyre, Richard (Manchester)
White, John (Rockingham)
White, Jonathan (Rockingham)
White, Lemuel (Rockingham)
Wright, Moses (Rockingham)

St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Now Browsable

American Ancestors announces four new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Francis de Sales in Charlestown.  This update adds over 1,900 new images to browse.  St. Francis de Sales Church was dedicated in 1862, three years after the cornerstone was first laid.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1861-1879
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1880-1893
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Marriages, 1862-1900

St. Mary (Randolph) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces an update to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  The seven new volumes come from St. Mary in Randolph.  This update adds over 20,000 new records to search and over 75,000 new names.  There are now more than 200 volumes available to search in this database.  St. Mary’s in Randolph was built in 1849, as the Catholic population in Randolph expanded, no longer needing to travel to Quincy to worship.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Randolph) Baptisms, 1853-1860
St. Mary (Randolph) Baptisms, 1861-1876
St. Mary (Randolph) Baptisms, 1876-1894
St. Mary (Randolph) Baptisms, 1888-1900
St. Mary (Randolph) Confirmations and First Communions, 1869-1884
St. Mary (Randolph) Marriages, 1853-1894
St. Mary (Randolph) Marriages, 1888-1900

Two New Sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

American Ancestors has added two new sketches to Alicia Crane Williams’ study project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700.  The two new sketches include Nathaniel Glover (m. 1653) and Mary (Smith)(Glover) Hinckley (m. 1653, 1659).  Mary was the wife of Nathaniel, but had enough further descendants and information to have her own sketch.  This study project highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. 

Two New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Parishes

American Ancestors announces two new parishes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  The eight new volumes come from Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) and Sacred Heart (Natick).  This update adds 1,305 new images to browse.  With this update, we now have over 500 volumes available to browse in this collection.

The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1879-1885
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1885-1898
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1879-1885
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1885-1900

Sacred Heart (Natick) Baptisms, 1890-1900
Sacred Heart (Natick) Confirmations, 1893-1900
Sacred Heart (Natick) Marriages, 1890-1900

St. Patrick (Stoneham) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces one new volume from St. Patrick in Stoneham in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  St. Patrick’s was started when a priest was assigned to the area in 1868.  Initially, this parish served Catholics from Reading, Melrose, and Wakefield as well as Stoneham.  The single pre-1900 volume of this parish is called St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1868-1900.  This update adds over 4,000 new records and over 15,000 new names to search.

St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces two new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These two volumes come from St. Theresa of Avila in West Roxbury.  This update adds over 300 new records and 1,600 new names to search.

The new volumes are:

St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Baptisms, 1896-1900
St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Marriages, 1896-1900

Sacred Heart (East Boston) Now Searchable

Today we’re announcing five new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Sacred Heart in East Boston.  This church was dedicated in 1874 and continues to serve parishioners in East Boston today.  If you need help navigating this browsable collection, be sure to watch our how-to video.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (East Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1873-1900
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1873-1895 (Vol. 1)
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1896-1900 (Vol. 2)
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1900
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1874-1900

Weston and Wilton added to North American Cemetery Transcriptions, 1642-1977

Two new volumes have been added to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts, 1642-1977 database which provide extensive coverage of Weston and Wilton in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The indexing efforts of our volunteers has produced over 15,000 new records and 45,000 searchable names. The new volumes are:

  • CT, Fairfield: Weston (CT WES 40)
  • CT, Fairfield: Wilton (Mss A 2777)

Both manuscripts were written by Francis Ferdinand Spies in 1934 and are in the NEHGS manuscripts collection. They contain inscriptions copied from the graveyards, arranged with genealogical and historical notes and an index. Weston and Wilton are next to each other in southwestern Connecticut. The indexing for these records includes birth and death records with full names, cemetery locations, and names of parents and spouses where available.

23 New Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 Sketches from Norwich

American Ancestors announces 23 new sketches from Norwich, VT in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 and two updated sketches.  Scott Andrew Bartley’s study project focuses on heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.  He has so far focused on Windsor and Windham counties in southeast Vermont.  This update includes over 1,000 new records and over 2,700 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

Babcock, Oliver (Norwich)
Ball, Ebenezer (Norwich)
Ball, Humphrey (Norwich)
Ball, Joseph (Norwich)
Benton, Medad (Norwich, Royalton)
Brown, Samuel (Norwich)
Brown, Samuel, Jr. (Norwich)
Closson, John (Norwich, Thetford)
Crane, Elisha (Norwich)
Curtis, Elias (Norwich, Royalton, Tunbridge)
Curtis, Simeon (Norwich)
Fenton, Benjamin (Norwich)
Fenton, Francis (Norwich)
Messenger, Nathan (Norwich)
Messenger, Nathaniel (Norwich)
Partridge, Elisha (Norwich)
Partridge, Samuel (Norwich)
Partridge, Samuel, Jr. (Norwich)
Richards, Jonas (Norwich)
Turner, David (Norwich, Randolph)
Waterman, Elijah (Norwich)
Wright, Aaron (Norwich)
Wright, John (Norwich)

Updated sketches:

Baldwin, Daniel (Norwich)
Bennett, John (Hartford)

St. James (Haverhill) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  The new volumes come from St. James in Haverhill.  St. James was established in 1850, originally called St. Gregory.  The name of the church was changed when the parish expanded to a larger building in 1884.  In its early years, Catholics from Bradford, Groveland, and Georgetown also worshiped at St. James.  This update adds 21,538 new records and 67,652 new names to our database.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. James (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1851-1859
St. James (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1868-1897
St. James (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. James (Haverhill) First Communions and Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. James (Haverhill) Marriages, 1850-1859
St. James (Haverhill) Marriages, 1868-1900
St. James (Haverhill) Deaths, 1885-1900

Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Our Lady of Victories in Boston.  Also known as Notre Dame des Victoires, this church served Boston’s French Catholic population.  The church was located on Isabella Street, in the Bay Village Historic District.  The parish was closed in 2016.  This addition includes over 9,000 new records and over 39,000 new names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1880-1882, 1890-1898
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1890
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Deaths, 1889-1900
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1884-1899
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1900
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Various, 1880-1890

Enhanced Dataase – Bath, NH: Births attended by Dr. John French, 1807- 1857

American Ancestors has revamped the database Bath, NH: Births Attended by Dr. John French, 1807-1857. This database now contains the page image of the original manuscript, and it is searchable by first name and last name, record type, and family members (where available). Record types include Birth and Death records. These records contain the names of 2,336 fathers and the dates of birth of their children. In addition to Bath, they list births in the surrounding towns of Landaff, Lisbon, Lyman, Benton, and Haverhill. All of these towns are in Grafton County, N.H.  Please note that Dr. French tended to record the name of the mother or father and often not the name of the child. It will often be helpful to search with just the last name and year to find records.

1 New Sketch: Early New England Families – 1641 – 1700

American Ancestors has added an addition to Early New England Families, 1641-1700, a sketch for Robert Williams (m.1641).  Robert Williams was a ferryman who lived from about 1615-1677.  He had four children.  More research is needed to determine who his wife was.  Alicia Crane Williams’ Early New England Families, 1641-1700 highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700.  To learn more about this study project, be sure to check out the information page.

3 New Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 Sketches

American Ancestors has added three new sketches to Helen Schatvet Ullmann’s Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  This study project focuses on heads of families enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  If you would like to learn more about this project, be sure to visit our information page. The three new sketches are listed below:

Eleazer Brown (Adams)
George Hall (Hancock)
David Wells (Shelburne)

Volume 10 Added to Dutchess County, NY: Settlers of the Beekman Patent

American Ancestors has added Volume 10 to their database Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent. This series is an invaluable resource for researching the early settlers of Dutchess county, New York. Volume 10 contains over 1,200 pages and is focused on families with last names between Paine to Rogers. Almost 30,000 names have been added with this volume.

The Settlers of the Beekman Patent series, by Frank J. Doherty, contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more. Mr. Doherty has published a total of 13 volumes in this series, we are now adding volume 10 in accordance with NEHGS’s agreement to make them available as searchable database after 7 years have passed.

Enhanced Killingly, CT Church Records, 1711-1775

American Ancestors has revamped the database Killingly, CT: Church Records, 1711-1775. This database now contains the page image of the original manuscript, and it is searchable by first name and last name, record type, and family members (where available). Record types include Birth, Baptism, Church Record, Marriage, and Death records.

These records are from the original “Book of Church Records: The gift of J. F. (Rev. John Fisk) to the Church of Killingly; March the 5th, 1715-16.” Records from the book were published in the Putnam Patriot newspaper in 1894, and the information contained in this database was abstracted from these newspapers by E. D. Larned. The records were later published in a book entitled Church Records of Killingly, Connecticut (Hunterdon House, Lambertville, N.J., 1984).

Upgraded East Haddam, CT: Records of the First Congregational Church, 1704-1802

American Ancestors has revamped the database East Haddam, CT: Records of the First Congregational Church, 1704-1802. This database now contains the page image of the original manuscript, and it is searchable by first name and last name, record type, and family members (where available).

The First Congregational Church in East Haddam, Connecticut was formed January 6, 1704. The first meeting house was thirty-two feet square and took five years to build. It was used for twenty-three years until a second house was built in 1728. The first minister was Rev. Stephen Hosmer, who presided from 1704 to 1749. These records in this database are primarily Baptisms, with some Church Admissions included.

6 New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Parishes

American Ancestors has added 6 new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update adds 23 new volumes and 3,937 images to browse from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Lawrence), Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain), St. Augustine (Lawrence), St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge), St. Joseph (Roxbury), and St. Mary (Ayer).  The new volumes are listed below:

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1887-1900

Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1892-1900
Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1892-1900
Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1892-1900

St. Augustine (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1879-1886

St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1894
St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Marriages, 1893-1900

St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1845-1856
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1857-1862
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1862-1871
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1872-1881
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1882-1889
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. Joseph (Roxbury) New England Hospital Baptisms, 1885-1900
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1845-1857
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1857-1873
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1873-1889
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1890-1900

St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1856-1866
St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1867-1900
St. Mary (Ayer) Marriages, 1857-1866
St. Mary (Ayer) Marriages, 1867-1900

Clarksburg and Savoy: Additions to Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850

American Ancestors has added records from two new towns in Berkshire County to Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850.  We’ve added 284 records and 879 names from Clarksburg, MA and 1,389 records and 3,190 names from Savoy, MA.   The Savoy records span 1736-1870.  Clarksburg was established in 1798.

11 New Norwich Sketches in Early Vermont Settlers. 1700-1784

American Ancestors announces 11 new sketches in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.  We’ve also updated three older sketches.  This study project by Scott Andrew Bartley is a work in progress, focusing on head of families in pre-Revolutionary War Vermont.  So far he has focused on Windsor and Windham counties.  This addition (including the updates) adds 1,088 new records and 4,352 new names.  The new sketches are listed below:

Baldwin, Daniel (Norwich)
Burton, Jacob (Norwich)
Burton, Josiah (Norwich)
Carpenter, Simeon (Norwich)
Hatch, John (Norwich)
Hatch, Joseph (Norwich)
Hopson, John (Norwich)
Huntington, James (Norwich)
Murdock, Thomas (Norwich)
Sargent, John (Norwich)
Smith, Phillip (Norwich)

Three updated sketches:

Burton, Elisha (Norwich)
Neff, Thomas (Randolph)
Wright, Benjamin (Hartford)

St. Columbkille (Brighton) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces six new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update adds 16,649 new records and 59,984 new searchable names. St. Columbkille is named after St. Columba, an Irish saint who helped bring Catholicism to Scotland.  His name can take a few forms also including Colmcille. St. Columbkille (Brighton) became its own parish after splitting off from St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1857-1881
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1881-1894
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1985-1900
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Confirmations, 1855-1895
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Confirmations, 1897-1900
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Marriages, 1857-1900

St. Patrick (Lowell) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Patrick in Lowell.  St. Patrick was Lowell’s earliest parish, and contains many records of the town’s Catholic inhabitants.  Many of the records found in these volumes were not recorded in Massachusetts’ civil records, making them an important source of information for researchers; be sure to read Sam Sturgis’s Vita Brevis post on the topic, The only existing record.  This update adds 50,405 new records and 200,389 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms 1836-1861
St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms 1847-1861
St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms 1861-1878
St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms 1878-1900
St. Patrick (Lowell) Marriages 1836-1872
St. Patrick (Lowell) Marriages 1872-1900

Six New Browsable Archiocese of Boston Parishes

American Ancestors has added 29 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These new volumes come from six parishes: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge), St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn), St. James (Salem), St. John the Baptist (East Boston), St. Mary (Quincy), and St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater).  These parishes span the ethnic groups of early Catholics in Massachusetts–of course there are many people of Irish descent, but St. James (Salem) served Salem’s French Canadian population and St. John the Baptist in East Boston ministered to Boston’s Portuguese Catholics.  The two added Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) volumes complete this parish up to 1900.  This update adds over 6,200 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1899-1900
Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Marriages, 1897-1900

St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Baptisms, 1857-1878
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Baptisms, 1878-1888
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Baptisms, 1888-1895
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Baptisms, 1895-1899
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Baptisms, 1899-1900
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Confirmations, 1898-1900
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Marriages, 1857-1895
St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Marriages, 1895-1900

St. James (Salem) Baptisms, 1851-1864
St. James (Salem) Baptisms, 1857-1861
St. James (Salem) Baptisms, 1865-1891
St. James (Salem) Baptisms, 1891-1900
St. James (Salem) Marriages, 1851-1900

St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1873-1888
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1893
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1873-1900

St. Mary (Quincy) Baptisms and Marriages, 1844-1848
St. Mary (Quincy) Baptisms, 1849-1850 and Financial Records, 1864-1866
St. Mary (Quincy) Baptisms, 1900
St. Mary (Quincy) Marriages, 1853-1854

St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms and Marriages, 1853-1856
St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms, 1865-1881
St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms, 1882-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Confirmations, 1885-1900 (Vol. 1)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Confirmations, 1885-1900 (Vol. 2)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Marriages, 1863-1900

New Database: Denmark: Mormon Missionaries and Emigrants to America: 1872-1894

American Ancestors announces a new database today; Denmark: Mormon Missionaries and Migration to America, 1872-1894.  This database contains the complete manuscript of Passport to Paradise, The Copenhagen “Mormon” Passenger Lists Vol. 1 1872-1887 and Vol 2. 1888-1894 by Shauna C. Anderson Young, Susan Easton Black, and Ruth Ellen Maness. Copyright 2000.  The database contains over 26,000 searchable names, 14,000 records, and 1,200 pages of detailed information on Mormon emigrants who boarded ships in Copenhagen and started their journey to America.  This resource work gives names, gender, ages, marital status, occupations, place of residence, destinations of specific ships, European departure dates, and arrivals at US ports. The introduction volume provides a great deal of valuable reference information, including: Scandinavian alphabets, how family names were formed, maps, and codes and terms used through the manuscript.

This database can be searched using the following fields:

  • First and last name
  • Year
  • Record type – Birth, Death, Emigration, Marriage
  • Location
  • Family member names: Spouse, Mother and Father (where available)

Early New England Families, 1641 -1700: New Sketch

American Ancestors announces announcing one new sketch in Alicia Crane Williams’s Early New England Families, 1641-1700.  Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is a study project focused on families listed in Clarence Almon Torrey’s manuscript, New England Marriages Prior to 1700.  The new sketch pertains to Guido Bayley (m. 1641).

Updated database: Milford, CT: Records of the First Church – 1640-1829

American Ancestors announces an update to a database, Milford, CT: Records of the First Church, 1640-1829.  This database is based on a manuscript in our library that contains baptisms and marriages from the First Church in Milford.  This database now has images and is searchable by first name, last name, record type, parents’ and spouse’s names where available, year, and record type.  It is thanks to the efforts of our wonderful volunteers that we have been able to accomplish this update.  This database offers over 2,600 records and over 5,600 names to search.

New Browsable Database: (image only) New England: Marriage Manuscript of Clarence A. Torrey: 1583 – 1700

American Ancestors announces a new database, New England (Image only): Marriage Manuscript of Clarence A. Torrey, 1583- 1700.  This database contains images of Torrey’s original manuscript. “Torrey,” or Torrey’s Marriage Index, as it’s often called, is a compilation of approximately 37,000 known or presumed marriages that occurred prior to 1700, arranged alphabetically by groom. The work is so huge and so comprehensive (it is estimated that 99% of all marriages are included), that it has become one of the principal resources for seventeenth-century New England genealogy.  This new database is a complement to New England Marriages to 1700, the fully searchable, transcribed version of this information.

For more information on this collection (particularly the New England Marriages to 1700 version), you may want to read Alicia Crane William’s Vita Brevis post from February 2017, As Is.

New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Records from Everett, Malden and Stoughton – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors announces three new parishes, all called Immaculate Conception, that have been added to Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These fourteen new volumes come from Everett, Malden, and Stoughton and contain over 2,300 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Everett) Baptisms, 1885-1893
Immaculate Conception (Everett) Baptisms, 1893-1900
Immaculate Conception (Everett) Marriages, 1885-1900

Immaculate Conception (Malden) Baptisms, 1859-1868
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Baptisms, 1868-1883
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Index to Baptisms, 1884-1897
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Baptisms, 1884-1897
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Marriages, 1861-1868
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Marriages, 1868-1900

Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1859-1884
Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms, 1859-1900
Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms, 1884-1898
Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Confirmations, 1898
Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Marriages, 1872-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) records now searchable – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has added seven volumes from St. Leonard of Port Maurice in Boston’s North End to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update adds over 14,000 records and over 56,000 names, representing the North End’s first Italian parish. The new volumes are listed below:

St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1873-1887
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1887-1897
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1900
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Confirmations, 1876-1900
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1873-1899
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1900

Improved Boscawen, NH, Records of the Second Church of Christ 1804-1883 – Don LeClair

American Ancestors has revamped the database Boscawen, NH: Records of the Second Church of Christ, 1804-1883. This database now contains the page image of the original manuscript, and it is searchable by first name and last name, record type, and family members (where available).

The Second Church of Christ of Boscawen was organized September 10, 1804. In 1860, the town of Webster was set off from Boscawen, and in 1868, the church, now within the new town’s boundaries, was renamed the First Congregational Church of Webster. These records include baptisms, marriages, deaths, and church dismissals.

New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Records from Brookline, Newton and Quincy – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors announces 20 new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from four different parishes.  We’ve added volumes from St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton), Sacred Heart (Newton), and St. John the Baptist in Quincy.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms and Marriages, 1852-1856
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1852-1856
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1857-1873
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1874-1887
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1887-1900
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Baptisms, 1900
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Confirmations, 1855-1891
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Confirmations, 1889-1891
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Marriages, 1857-1897
St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline) Marriages, 1897-1900

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1893-1900

Sacred Heart (Newton) Baptisms, 1890-1900

St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms and Marriages, 1863-1871
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms, 1872-1879
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms, 1879-1885
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms, 1885-1900
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) First Communions and Confirmations, 1868-1881
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Confirmations, 1882-1900
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) First Communions, 1882-1900
St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Marriages, 1872-1900

Enhanced Boston Recorder and Telegraph Marriages: 1827-1828 – Don LeClair

American Ancestors has updated the index to Boston Recorder and Telegraph: Marriages, 1827-1828 so that it is now searchable by first and last name, location, and family members (where available). The text of these extracted marriage and death records published in the Boston Recorder and Telegraph newspaper continues to be searchable via Keyword search.

New Cases Added to the Berkshire County, MA, Probate File Papers, 1761-1917 – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors announces an update to Berkshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1761-1917.  Cases 21,144 –30,601 from years 1901-1917 have been added to the original Berkshire County File Papers collection. This update contains an additional 214,000 file papers.

The database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 30,601 Berkshire County probate cases filed between 1761 and 1917. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. The cases range in length from one to over 1,000 pages, with a total of over 623,800 individual file papers.

New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Parishes: Cohasset, Pepperill, and Roxbury – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has added thirteen volumes from three new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  The new volumes come from St. Anthony of Padua in Cohasset, St. Joseph in Pepperell, and St. Patrick in Roxbury.  If you need help understanding how to navigate this collection, be sure to watch our how-to video.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1886-1900

St. Joseph (Pepperell) Baptisms, 1885-1900
St. Joseph (Pepperell) Marriages, 1885-1900

St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1836-1852
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1852-1858
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1858-1871
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1872-1882
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1883-1890
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1871-1893
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1894-1900
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1836-1881
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1881-1900

Three New New England Study Project Sketches – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has added three new sketches to two of our study projects.  To Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, edited by Helen Schatvet Ullman, CG, FASG, we’ve added Noah Bardwell (Whately), and Prince Williams (Greenwich). This study project focuses on heads of families enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which also includes modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Thomas Cornish (m. 1641) is new to Alicia Crane Williams’ Early New England Families, 1641-1700.  This project focuses on immigrants to New England, using Torrey’s New England Marriages as a guide.

St. Columbkille (Brighton) Records Now Searchable – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has added 6 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Columbkille in Brighton.  This update adds over 1,200 new images to this browsable collection.  If you have questions about how to navigate this database, be sure to watch our how-to video.

St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1857-1881
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1881-1894
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1985-1900
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Confirmations, 1855-1895
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Confirmations, 1897-1900

New Browsable Archdiocese Of Boston Records from Cambridge, Dorchester and Medford – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has added three new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900: St. Peter (Cambridge), St. Gregory (Dorchester), and St. Joseph (Medford).  This update adds 19 volumes and over 3,600 images.  We would like to thank the following scanners for their help making this parish available: Tom Dreyer, Ross and Linda Weaver, Angela Napolitano, Jeff Erickson, Frederique Van Moortel, Francis Alix, Andrea Whalen, Alice Fristrom, and John Phlo.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1859-1871
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1875
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1876-1895
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1896-1900
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1866-1900
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1863-1875
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1876-1900

St. Joseph (Medford) Baptisms, 1883-1900
St. Joseph (Medford) Marriages, 1883-1900

St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1842-1862
St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1862-1869
St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1869-1871
St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1872-1877
St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1877-1890
St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1850-1866
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1866-1871
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1872-1892
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1893-1900

New Catholic Records from Charlestown and Lowell – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has updated both of their Archdiocese of Boston databases.  To the searchable database, Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, they’ve added five new volumes from St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown).  This update includes over 7,000 new records and 26,000 new names.

The new volumes are listed below.

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1888-1893
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1893-1898
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1888-1900
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1894-1900

St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms, 1836-1861
St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms, 1847-1878, Part 1
St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms, 1847-1878, Part 2
St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms, 1878-1900
St. Patrick (Lowell) Marriages, 1836-1872
St. Patrick (Lowell) Marriages, 1872-1900

Five new New England Study Project Sketches – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors updated two of their study projects! Alicia Crane Williams’ Early New England Families, 1641-1700 has a new sketch on John Ward, Rev. (m. 1636), a minister in northeastern Massachusetts and Maine.  They have added four new sketches to Scott Andrew Bartley’s Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 including Burton, Elisha (Norwich), Fenton, Jacob (Norwich), Gates, Elijah (Norwich), and Hatch, Benjamin (Norwich).

American Ancestors Magazine 2017 Now Available

American Ancestors updated their American Ancestors Magazine database to now include the 2017 issues of the magazine.  These four issues belong to Volume 18.  Cover stories include “Our Expert Guide to Early Cape Cod” by Alicia Crane Williams, Maureen Taylor’s “Pets in the Family: An Historic Overview”, “NEHGS Study Projects: Examining Ancestors in Context” by Alicia Crane Williams, and Jean Maguire’s “Breaking New Ground: Our Historic Catholic Records Project.”

New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Records from Jamaica Plain, Newburyport and Rockland – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors has added three new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900: St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain), Immaculate Conception (Newburyport), and Holy Family (Rockland).  This update adds 17 volumes and over 3,000 new pages.

The new volumes are listed below.

Holy Family (Rockland) Baptisms, 1883-1900
Holy Family (Rockland) Marriages, 1883-1900

Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1854-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1872-1882
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1883-1890
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1891-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Confirmations, 1882-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) First Communions, 1871-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1852-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1872-1900

St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Index to Baptisms, 1869-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1869-1884 (Vol. 1)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1885-1893 (Vol. 2)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1893-1900 (Vol. 3)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1869-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) First Communions, 1899-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1869-1900

New Database – Vermont: Windham and Windsor County Census, 1771 – Molly Rogers

American Ancestors announces a new database, Vermont: Windham and Windsor County Census, 1771.  This census enumerated heads of households in 1771 for present-day Windham and Windsor counties in Vermont which was then part of Cumberland County, New York.