Resources from American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

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Archdiocese of Boston St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 for St. Vincent de Paul of South Boston. This update adds over 32,000 records and 120,000 names to search.   The new volumes are:

  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1871
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1872-1882
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1909
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1862-1897
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1872-1885
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Confirmations, 1870-1920
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1880-1909

New Citation Resource for Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850 presents the vital records of many (but not all) towns in Massachusetts.  The volumes that comprise this database come from a variety of different sources including vital records published by NEHGS, vital records published by other individuals or organizations (such as Franklin P. Rice, the Essex Institute, or the General Society of Mayflower Descendants), and manuscripts from the NEHGS collection.

New Sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

The new sketches include:

Alexander Adams (m. 1644)
Joan (Kember) Coffin (m. 1609)
Tristram Coffin (m. 1627)

Joan (Kember) Coffin was Tristram Coffin’s mother. Alexander Adams was one of her sons-in-law, married to her daughter Mary. Alexander’s life in New England was focused around Boston. The Coffins came from Brixton in Devon County, England, and lived in Salisbury, Haverhill, Newbury, and Nantucket upon arrival in New England.

Archdiocese of Boston: Immaculate Conception (Revere) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Immaculate Conception in Revere. This update adds over 10,200 records and over 22,100 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Revere) Baptisms, 1889-1908
Immaculate Conception (Revere) Confirmations, 1889-1920
Immaculate Conception (Revere) First Communions, 1889-1913
Immaculate Conception (Revere) Marriages, First Communions, and Confirmations, 1889-1909

 

New Database: Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications 1560-1970

American Ancestors announces the first installment of a new database today; Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications, 1560-1970. The database contains the first one thousand applications to the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts (SCWMA) and contains over 4,100 pages and 97,000 indexed names.

This database provides an index to the applications to the SCWMA that includes, the applicant, their colonial ancestor, and the indexed birth, marriage and death information for each generation of descendants on the application. In addition, the membership numbers for the state and the general society are displayed. For the lineage section of the application the generation numbers are included; where generation 1 is the applicant.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Lowell and Rockport

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Lowell and St. Joachim in Rockport. This update adds over 9,000 records and over 34,300 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Lowell) Baptisms, 1884-1900
Sacred Heart (Lowell) Deaths, 1890-1898
Sacred Heart (Lowell) Marriages, 1884-1905

St. Joachim (Rockport) Baptisms, 1870-1905
St. Joachim (Rockport) Marriages, 1870-1904

Archdiocese of Boston: Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Gate of Heaven in South Boston. This update adds over 51,200 records and over 169,000 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1866-1883
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1898
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1913
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1873-1908
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Marriages, 1885-1902

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from St. Peter (Plymouth)

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Peter in Plymouth. This update adds over 7,852 records and over 31,132 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms, 1872-1899
St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms, 1899-1906
St. Peter (Plymouth) Convert Baptisms, 1881-1914
St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms and Marriages, 1873-1875
St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms and Marriages, 1873-1879
St. Peter (Plymouth) First Communions and Confirmations
St. Peter (Plymouth) Marriages, 1879-1912

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Newton and South Boston

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston). This update adds over 16,700 records and over 69,400 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1893
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1883-1907
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1920
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Marriages, 1871-1920

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1896
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Baptisms, 1897-1911
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Marriages, 1884-1907

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Mary (Marlborough) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added twenty new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Marlborough. This update adds over 15,900 records and over 51,600 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1854-1861
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1862-1865
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1865-1866
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1866-1868
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1868-1869
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1870-1880
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1881-1890
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1890-1896
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1896-1905
St. Mary (Marlborough) Confirmations and Deaths, 1871-1880
St. Mary (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1871-1890
St. Mary (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1890-1919
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1882-1884
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1884-1886
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1886-1888
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1888-1893
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1898-1914
St. Mary (Marlborough) Marriages, 1858-1869
St. Mary (Marlborough) Marriages, 1870-1892
St. Mary (Marlborough) Marriages, 1894-1895

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Francis de Sales in Roxbury. This update adds over 52,100 records and over 187,000 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1861-1874
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1874-1888
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1888-1896
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1897-1904
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1876-1920
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Marriages, 1861-1913

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from East Boston and Dorchester

American Ancestors has added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart (East Boston) and St. Gregory (Dorchester). This update adds over 45,100 records and over 150,200 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1873-1895
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1896-1906
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1874-1906

St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1859-1871
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1875
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1876-1895
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1896-1913
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1866-1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1863-1875
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1876-1913

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Gloucester and Lynn

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) and St. Joseph (Lynn). This update adds over 2,300 new pages to browse.   The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1891-1913
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1913-1920
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Confirmations, 1898-1908
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Joseph (Lynn) Baptisms, 1874-1899
St. Joseph (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900-1920
St. Joseph (Lynn) Confirmations, 1877-1920
St. Joseph (Lynn) Index to Baptisms, 1900-1920
St. Joseph (Lynn) Marriages, 1874-1908
St. Joseph (Lynn) Marriages, 1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Patrick (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Patrick (Roxbury). This update adds over 72,600 records and over 270,400 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

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, 1890-1906
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1871-1894
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1894-1920
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1836-1881
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1881-1902

Archdiocese of Boston: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury). This update adds over 21,300 records and over 76,700 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1883-1889
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1889-1895
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1895-1901
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1885-1893
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1894-1909
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Marriages, 1883-1913

New Option to Display Locations on a Map

American Ancestors announces a new enhancement to the search experience on American Ancestors. Now you have the ability to link directly to Google Maps using the location text from a record. The example above shows the Record Detail page where the location text is highlighted in blue and followed by a push-pin icon; indicating that you can click on the location to display the location in Google Maps.  This new capability is also available for locations on the Transcript display page.

Please click the link above for further information and for guidance on using the new feature.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Peter (Dorchester) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Peter in Dorchester. This update adds over 38,000 records and over 126,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1887
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1887-1895
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1908
St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1920
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1872-1897
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1920

Archdiocese of Boston: Five New Searchable Parishes

American Ancestors has added 5 new parishes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1920. This update includes 34 new volumes, 137,666 records, and 470,647 names. The new parishes are Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston, St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, St. Philip in Roxbury, St. Bridget in Abington, and Sacred Heart in Newton.  Click the Link above for further information about these new additions and for a full listing of the new volumes.

Historic Catholic Records Online Phase Two – 1901 – 1920

American Ancestors announces an update to the year range for our Historic Catholic Records Online project. Phase One of the project spanned the years 1789-1900. We will now be staring Phase Two of this project, in which we are digitizing and indexing volumes ranging from 1901-1920. In addition to updating many parishes that are already part of the project, we will add over 60 new parishes established after 1900. They anticipate that Phase Two will be as large as Phase One, consisting of at least 720 volumes and 10 million names.

Click the link above for further information and for full listing of the newly added volumes.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Cohasset and Stoneham

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Anthony of Padua in Cohasset and St. Patrick in Stoneham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Marriages, 1886-1900
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Marriages, 1868-1900

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1886-1900 and St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1868-1900 are already available

Vital Records from the NEHGS Register Volume 4-6 Updated

American Ancestors has released volumes 4, 5, and 6 (1850-1852) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update adds 32,000 records and 86,000 searchable names.

This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since the first publication in 1847.  Every published article is reviewed and a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature are extracted. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The index created is at the same level used for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Mayflower Silver Books. It includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Three New Sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring William Graham (Colrain), Thomson Rawson (New Marlborough) and John Ellis (Pittsfield).

This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Walpole, Lexington and Holliston

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Blessed Sacrament (Walpole), St. Brigid (Lexington), and St. Mary (Holliston). This update adds over 600 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1872-1900
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages, 1896-1900

St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1886-1900
St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1886-1900

St. Mary (Holliston) Baptisms, 1870-1900
St. Mary (Holliston) Marriages, 1871-1900

New Hint Sources for American AncesTREES

69 databases can now provide hints for American AncesTREES.  You can get a complete list of databases that provide hints from the Database A-Z List. Use the Search menu on the American Ancestors homepage, and chose Browse Databases A-Z. Then if you do a search for the term Hinting,  you will see the full list of databases currently providing hints to American AncesTREES.

American AncesTREES is available to all members. You can learn more information about it here.

Update: The Annals of Beara, Vol. 2

American Ancestors announces an update to Ireland: The Annals of Beara: the release of the indexed version of Volume 2, which joins the indexed version of Volume 1 and the image-only Volume 3.

In 2009, Riobard O’Dwyer published a three-volume study of the families of the Beara Peninsula (West Cork, Ireland). The work contains information on families from the parishes of Adrigole and Allihies (Volume 1), Bere Island and Eyeries (Volume 2), and Castletownbere and Glengarriff (Volume 3). Volume 3 also contains a brief history of the O’Sullivan clan. The family records range in date from 1776 to 1992, with the majority of records in the period 1822-1956. Many of the families and descendants are traced from their origins in Beara to the United States and other countries.

To research the families of Bere Island and Eyeries Parish, O’Dwyer used the Catholic and Church of Ireland parish records, as well as civil records and interviews of residents. In the case of Bere Island, roughly eight years of marriages and nine years of baptisms were missing from the Catholic Church records of the mid-1860s to early 1870s, but through study of the civil records, O’Dwyer traced 46 missing marriages and hundreds of births. Likewise, in Eyeries Parish, there were 200 people who were never entered in the records, and O’Dwyer had to use alternate methods to find them.

This database is now indexed for Volumes 1 and 2. Volume 3 is currently browse-only. Tables of contents for all three volumes may be downloaded to help locate the volumes and pages for specific towns and parishes in Beara. The NEHGS Library also holds the research papers of Riobard O’Dwyer in its Special Collections, call number Mss 1097.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Quincy and Cambridge

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary in Quincy and St. Paul in Cambridge. This update adds over 13,000 records and over 42,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

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

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages and Confirmations Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Joseph in Boston. This update adds over 9,000 records and over 77,000 names to search. The baptisms for this parish are already part of the searchable collection.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1900
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1862-1884
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1884-1893
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1893-1899
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1900

New England Study Projects: New Sketches

American Ancestors has added new sketches to both Early New England Families, 1641-1700 and Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.

Alicia Crane Williams’ Early New England Families, 1641-1700 highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. Two new sketches have been added to this database, Richard Norcross (m. 1650, 1673) and William Shattuck (m. 1643). Both of these men lived in Watertown–Richard Norcross married William Shattuck’s widow, Susanna.

American Ancestors has also added one sketch to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, which focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  The new sketch features Noble Baggs (Belchertown).

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Newton and Wellesley

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton and St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley. This update adds over 800 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1872
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1893
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Marriages, 1871-1900

St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Confirmations, 1892-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Marriages, 1890-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: 9 New Volumes from Sacred Heart (Boston

American Ancestors has added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Sacred Heart in Boston. This update adds over 19,000 records and over 155,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1891
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1891-1893
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1895
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1895-1897
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1897-1898
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900 (Part 1)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900 (Part 2)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1889-1899
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Newton and Charlestown

American Ancestors has added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton and St. Francis de Sales in Charlestown. This update adds over 38,000 records and over 156,000 names to search.  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

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

New Sketch: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added one new sketch in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, featuring Jonathan Snow of Goshen.  Jonathan Snow was born in 1730 and died in 1796. He married Mercy or Marcy Wing and they had 11 children.

New Database Massachusetts: Plymouth Colony Deeds, 1671-1673

American Ancestors has added a new database; Massachusetts: Plymouth Colony Deeds, 1671-1673.  This database of transcribed Plymouth Colony Deeds, is based on the book Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Vol. III, pt.2, 1671-1673; which was transcribed and indexed by Scott Andrew Bartley and released in 2019.

This work is a continuation of the series ordered by the Massachusetts legislature, who published 12 volumes of records of Plymouth Colony from 1855 to 1861. The last of these volumes contained Deeds from 1620 to 1651. This book is available in the NEHGS Library with call number F68 .N55. Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs restarted this series by publishing the 13th and 14th volumes covering Deeds, Volume 2 for 1651-1663 (published in 2016), and Volume 3, part 1 for 1663-1671 (published in 2017).

This database is indexed by first and last name, and date of the deed. All records are of the type Deed. The names of Indians involved in these transactions are captured in the first name field, along with any alias that applied. The Preface contains a detailed explanation of the presentation of the transcription. The database has over 250 pages and 2,300 indexed names.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records From Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead)

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead). This update adds over 500 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1865-1870, Grave Lots
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1870-1874
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1874-1882
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1881-1900
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1865-1882
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1881-1900

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790: 4 New Sketches

American Ancestors has added four new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, featuring heads of families from Dalton and Belchertown.  This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.

The new volumes are listed below:

Benjamin Chamberlin (Dalton)
Benjamin Chamberlin, 2nd Dalton)
Eliphalet Chamberlin (Dalton)
Orlando Root (Belchertown)

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Whitman and Dorchester

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Holy Ghost (Whitman) and St. Matthew (Dorchester). This update adds over 250 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1887-1897
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1897-1900
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Confirmations, 1898
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Marriages, 1897-1900

St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900 (Volume 1)
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900 (Volume 2)
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900 (Volume 1)
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900 (Volume 2)

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Everett and Cambridge

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Immaculate Conception in Everett and St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge. This update adds 7,773 records and 29,794 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Joseph (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Joseph in Roxbury. This update adds 41,278 records and 163,356 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

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

Three New Sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. The new sketches feature Perez Cook (Granby), Ichabod Hemenway (Williamsburg) and Heman Hitchcock (Conway).

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Paul (Hingham) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Paul in Hingham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, 1876-1900
St. Paul (Hingham) Confirmations, 1888-1900
St. Paul (Hingham) First Communions, 1887-1900
St. Paul (Hingham) Marriages, 1876-1900

Update to Norfolk County, MA probate file papers – 1793-1900

American Ancestors has updated Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1900 to include probate file papers from 1877 through mid-1894. This database now contains 30,793 cases and 37,700 searchable names. It comprises 796,527 pages.

This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. This database is still in progress. When photography of the collection is complete, there will be 35,804 probate cases up to and including 1900.

Archdiocese of Boston: 19 New Browsable Volumes

American Ancestors has added nineteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from six parishes. The new volumes come from Gate of Heaven (South Boston), Sacred Heart (Newton), St. Casimir (Brockton), St. Joseph (Holbrook), St. Joseph (Ipswich), and St. Michael (Hudson). This update adds over 2,900 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1866-1883
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1898
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1873-1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Marriages, 1885-1900

Sacred Heart (Newton) Marriages, 1890-1900

St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1900
St. Casimir (Brockton) Deaths, 1900
St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1900

St. Joseph (Holbrook) Baptisms, 1887-1900
St. Joseph (Holbrook) Confirmations, 1890-1900
St. Joseph (Holbrook) Marriages, 1887-1900

St. Joseph (Ipswich) Baptisms, 1889-1900
St. Joseph (Ipswich) First Communions and Confirmations, 1896-1900

St. Michael (Hudson) Index to Baptisms, 1875-1900
St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1875-1897
St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Michael (Hudson) Marriages, 1876-1900

New Database: GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000

American Ancestors announces a new database today; GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000. This database provides the indexed genealogies of the descendants of the 272 Slaves sold by Georgetown University (The GU272) in 1838, and was produced in a partnership with the Georgetown Memory Project. The article published in American Ancestors Magazine provides more information about these enslaved people and this project.

This database is organized into volumes. Each volume is based on a Register-style report on the descendants of the original families. The volume name includes the name of head of the family followed by the group number in parenthesis. For example: “Campbell, Adaline (Group 34)” contains the report of the descendants of Adaline Campbell, who is the 34th family. The final volume, titled Source Documents, contains indexed images of birth, marriage, and death certificates for people who are documented in the Register reports in the earlier other volumes.

The GU272 Descendants database contains 50 volumes with nearly 1,000 images and over 10,000 records and 32,000 searchable names. The database is indexed with name, date, location, record type, and family members where available.

Two New Sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors announces two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. The new sketches this week focus on Justus Forward from Belchertown and Peter Train of Whately.

Reverend Justus Forward was born in 1730. He married Violet Dickenson; the couple had eleven children. He died in 1814. Peter Train was born in 1724/5 in Whately and married Sarah Cowles. They had ten children. He died in 1793.

This study project focuses on individual enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG by NEHGS members and other interested researchers.  If you are interested in submitting a sketch for Volume 5, please review our project home page.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added 6 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 for St. Thomas Aquinas in Bridgewater. This update adds 709 pages and over 28,000 names to search.   These are the new volumes for St. Thomas Aquinas

  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms 1865-1881
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms 1882-1905
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Baptisms and Marriages 1853-1856
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Confirmations 1885-1922
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Confirmations 1885-1940
  • St. Thomas Aquinas (Bridgewater) Marriages 1863-1908

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Patrick (Lawrence) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Patrick in Lawrence. This update adds over 600 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1872-1900
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1894-1900
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1900

The Mayflower Descendants for 2013 Now Available

Volume 62, for the year 2013, has been added to The Mayflower Descendant database and is fully searchable. This update adds approximately 220 new pages and 1,700 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.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Peter (Dorchester) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Peter in Dorchester. This update adds over 460 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1887
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1887-1895
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1900
St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1900
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1872-1897
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence). This update adds over 440 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1875-1887
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1882-1897
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) First Communions, 1899
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Marriages, 1883-1887
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Marriages, 1898-1900

Enhanced Connecticut: Early Probate Records 1635 -1750

American Anmcestors has re-indexed the database Connecticut: Early Probate Records, 1635-1750. This database is now searchable by first name and last name, date, and location. All records are of type Probate Record.

Archdiodese of Boston: St. Peter (Cambridge) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Peter in Cambridge. This update adds 28,628 records and 116,849 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

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, 1843-1866
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1866-1871
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1872-1892
St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1893-1900

New Sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors announces two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  These new sketches focus on Justus Dwight from Belchertown and Obed Hawks from Deerfield.

Justus Dwight was born in 1739 and died in 1824. He married Sarah Lamb. Together the couple had eight children. Obed Hawks was born in 1750 and lived until 1816. He married Abigail Smith and they had four children.

This study project focuses on individual enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG by NEHGS members and other interested researchers.  If you are interested in submitting a sketch for Volume 5, please review our project home page.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Gloucester and Lawrence

American Ancestors has added fourteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Ann (Gloucester) and Immaculate Conception (Lawrence). This update adds over 2,600 new pages to browse and brings the total number of volumes in this collection to 750.

Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Index to Baptisms, 1851-1886 happens to pertain two four different volumes from three parishes in Lawrence. It is the index to Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Baptisms 1851-1871,
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Baptisms 1871-1887 and Confirmations 1876-1900, St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms 1875-1887 (forthcoming as of May 3, 2019) and St. Augustine (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1879-1886.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1855-1866
St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1866-1870
St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1855-1863
St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1863-1868
St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1871-1879
St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1879-1897
St. Ann (Gloucester) Marriages, 1857-1867
St. Ann (Gloucester) Marriages, 1868-1871
St. Ann (Gloucester) Marriages, 1872-1900

Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Index to Baptisms, 1851-1886 Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Baptisms 1851-1871
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Baptisms 1871-1887 and Confirmations 1876-1900
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Marriages, 1852-1872
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1887

Archdiosese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Cambridge and Medford

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge and St. Joseph in Medford. This update adds 5,741 records and 24,532 names to search. The new volumes are listed below:

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

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

Archdiosese of Boston: St. Augustine (Andover) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Augustine in Andover.
This update adds 9,178 records and 33,279 names to search.

St. Augustine was established in Andover in 1852 as an outgrowth of St. Mary’s in Lawrence. This parish includes five overlapping baptism volumes which were all included as none is an exact replica of another.  You may find duplicate records for a single event within these volumes.

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

Archdiocese of Boston: St. James (Salem) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. James in Salem. This update adds over 33,000 new records and over 267,000 new names to search.

St. James (Salem) was established in 1850 when St. Mary (which became Immaculate Conception) was becoming more and more crowded.

The new volumes included in this update are listed below:

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

Sketches Added to New England Study Projects

American Ancestors has added new sketches to both Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 and Early New England Families, 1641-1700.

We added three new sketches to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 focusing on Jonathan Bassett (Dalton), Nathan Bassett (Windsor), and William Basset (Windsor).
This study project focuses on individual enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties. Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG is the editor of this project.

We added one new sketch to Early New England Families, 1641-1700 featuring John Bigelow (m. 1642, 1694) who lived in Watertown, MA. This study project is written by Alicia Crane Williams and highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Arlington and Brockton

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Agnes (Arlington) and Sacred Heart (Brockton). This update adds over 1,300 new pages to browse.   The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Brockton) Baptisms, 1891-1900
Sacred Heart (Brockton) Confirmations, 1893, 1898
Sacred Heart (Brockton) Marriages, 1891-1900

St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1873-1884
St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1884-1894
St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1894-1900
St. Agnes (Arlington) Marriages, 1873-1899
St. Agnes (Arlington) Marriages, 1898-1900

Four New Sketches in Early New England Families, 1641-1700

American Anestors has updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding four new sketches.  The new sketches include:

John Browne, Jr. (m. 1650, 1660)
Thomas Dunk (m. 1668, 1677, 1678)
William Lord (m. 1642, 1664)
Lydia (Buckland)(Brown)(Lord)(Dunk) Post (m. 1660-1683)

The three men featured in these sketches were the first three husbands of Lydia (Buckland)(Brown)(Lord)(Dunk) Post.

Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is written by Alicia Crane Williams. This study project highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700.  

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Joseph (Pepperell) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added two new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Joseph in Pepperell.
This update adds 1,725 records and 6,845 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

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

Archdiocese of Boston: Four New Browsable Parishes from Amesbury, Brockton and Cambridge

American Ancestors has added 20 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900. These volumes come from St. Edward (Brockton), St. Joseph (Amesbury), St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) and St. Patrick (Brockton). This update adds over 3,700 pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Edward (Brockton) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Edward (Brockton) Confirmations, 1898-1900
St. Edward (Brockton) Marriages, 1897-1900

St. Joseph (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1867-1887
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1887-1900
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Confirmations, 1867-1894
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Confirmations, 1883-1900
St. Joseph (Amesbury) First Communions, 1895-1900

St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1867-1878
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1878-1896
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1868-1884
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1885-1900
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Marriages, 1867-1900

St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1856-1885
St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1891-1897
St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Patrick (Brockton) Confirmations, 1885-1900
St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriage Promises, 1889-1896
St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriages, 1886-1900

Enhanced Madison CT Vital Records, 1718-1890

American Ancestors has revamped the database Madison, CT: Vital Records, 1718-1890. 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).  This database is indexed from birth, marriage and death records transcribed by Louise R. Allen in 1935.

Archdiocese of Boston: Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Most Precious Blood in Hyde Park. This update adds 9,395 records and 31,403 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms and Marriages, 1870-1888
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1889-1896
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1896-1900
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Confirmations, 1880-1900
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1889-1900

Three New Sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  These new sketches focus on Alexander Berry from Pelham and Mary Cleveland and Jacob Chamberlin from Dalton. This study project focuses on individual enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.

New Database: Chelsea, MA: Marriages by Rabbi Icik Benkovitz, 1922-1956

Chelsea, MA: Marriages by Rabbi Icik Benkovitz, 1922-1956 is American Ancestors’  newest database, presented thanks to the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society.  This database contains 306 marriages and 4,076 searchable names and offers the following indexed fields (where the information was provided):

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Parents’ names
  • Spouse’s name
  • Date
  • Location
  • Age
  • Street address
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Place of birth
  • Parents’ places of birth

Vital Records from the NEHGS Register Update for Volumes 2 & 3

American Ancestors is releasing volumes 2 and 3 (1848-1849) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update includes over 23,000 records and 93,000 searchable names; almost 8 times as many as the original index for these volumes.

This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since the first publication in 1847. We are reviewing every published article add extracting a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The indexing we create is at the same level we have used for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Mayflower Silver Books. It includes spouses, parents, and locations.  Each re-indexed volume of the register will be released as it is completed.

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family. The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. John the Evangelist in Canton.  This update adds over 500 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Baptisms, 1859-1878
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Baptisms, 1859-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Confirmations, 1867-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Marriages, 1861-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary Star of the Sea in Beverly.  This update adds 5,488 records and 21,265 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Baptisms, 1871-1895
St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Baptisms, 1895-1900
St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Confirmations, 1898-1900
St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Marriages, 1871-1900

New Database: Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards 1750-1784

American Ancestors announces a new database today that is related to our Early Vermont Settlers Study Project; Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards, 1750-1784.

The  Early Vermont Settlers Index Cards database provides over 12,000 pages of index cards, organized into 18 volumes, and over 12,100 searchable names. The database supports the following searchable fields:

  • First and last name
  • Year
  • Location

In cases where the card relates directly to people in one of the sketches from the database Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 https://www.americanancestors.org/search/databasesearch/1565/early-vermont-settlers-1700-1784, a link is provided to the sketch in both the record display page and the transcript page.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Mary (Georgetown) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary in Georgetown.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1874-1891
St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1874-1891 (copy)
St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1891-1898
St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms, Marriages and Confirmations, 1898-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Vincent de Paul in South Boston.  This update adds over 1,700 images to browse and brings the total number of available volumes to 700.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1862-1897
St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1872-1885
St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1871
St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1872-1882
St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Confirmations, 1870-1900
St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1880-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900  from St. Mary Star of the Sea in East Boston. This update adds 27,006 names and 7,787 records to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1866-1897
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Marriages, 1866-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added 3 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Our Lady of the Assumption in East Boston.  This update adds 53,006 names and 14,488 records to search.  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

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Foxborough and Watertown

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary (Foxborough) and St. Patrick (Watertown).  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Foxborough) Baptisms and Marriages, 1878-1900
St. Mary (Foxborough) Baptisms, 1896-1900

St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms, 1855-1877
St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms, 1877-1895
St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms, 1896-1900
St. Patrick (Watertown) Marriages, 1855-1895
St. Patrick (Watertown) Marriages, 1896-1900

American Ancestors Magazine Volume 19 (2018) Added

American Ancestors has updated our American Ancestors Magazine database to include volume 19 covering the year 2018. This update providdes over 280 new pages and 3,400 searchable names.

A 64-page magazine published by NEHGS beginning in 2010, American Ancestors contains a wealth of information for family historians. American Ancestors features a wide range of article topics and styles, and is designed to appeal to family historians of all levels. Topics include coverage of a particular region or group of people; case studies; descriptions of particular record sets; “how-to” articles; compelling historic accounts that illuminate the past; research strategies and methodology; and accounts of migration and immigrant groups.The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.