Resources from American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

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

American Ancestors has added 8 new volumes, and 2 extended volumes, to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of St. Cecelia in Boston, and St. John The Baptist in East Boston. This update includes over 1,700 pages, and over 66,000 searchable names.   The new volumes are:

• St. Cecilia (Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
• St. Cecilia (Boston) Confirmations, 1901-1920
• St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1919
• St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1919-1920
• St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1905
• St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1873-1888
• St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1893
• St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1873-1902

The two expanded volumes have records added beyond 1900 and are:
• St. Cecilia (Boston) Baptisms, 1889-1919
• St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1888-1911

New England Study Projects:  3 New Sketches

American Ancestors has added three new sketches for two of our New England study projects: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 and Early New England Families, 1641-1700.

Two new sketches were added to the database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, highlighting Oliver Root of Pittsfield and Enoch Haskins of Pittsfield.

Also updated is Early New England Families, 1641-1700adding one new sketch featuring Edward Bishop of Salem and Beverly, m. 1645.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Boston and Gloucester

American Ancestors has added fifteen new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston and Our Lady of Good Voyage in Gloucester. This update adds over 46,600 records and over 199, 271 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1910
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1910-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1907-1916
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1917-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Convert Confirmations, 1916-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Convert Confirmations, 1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1906-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1911
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1917
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1918-1920

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

Updated volumes (records added for 1901 +):
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.15, 1900-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1906
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages V.11, 1897-1905

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for St. Joseph of Haverhill

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 , for the parish of St. Joseph in Haverhill. This update includes over 1,500 pages and over 135,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1899-1904
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1880-1887
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1894-1898
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Marriages, 1894-1906
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Mixed, 1871-1879
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Mixed, 1887-1893

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Framingham and Cohasset

American Ancestors has added six new volumes and updated one volume in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Bridget in Framingham and St. Anthony of Padua in Cohasset. This update adds over 3,600 records and over 15,100 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Bridget (Framingham) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Bridget (Framingham) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms 1886-1909 (updated volume–records added for 1901-1909)
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1909-1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Confirmations, 1918
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) First Communions 1919
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Marriages, 1886-1920

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790:  New Sketches from New Marlborough

American Ancestors has added two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  These new sketches focus on Ezra Knapp and Zenas Wheeler, both of New Marlborough.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Salem

American Ancestors has added 7 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Joseph in Salem. This update adds over 27,900 records and over 279,800 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Salem) Baptisms, 1873-1887
St. Joseph (Salem) Baptisms, 1887-1892
St. Joseph (Salem) Baptisms, 1892-1906
St. Joseph (Salem) Burials, 1890-1914
St. Joseph (Salem) Confirmations, 1888-1920
St. Joseph (Salem) Marriages, 1873-1890
St. Joseph (Salem) Marriages, 1890-1908

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Dorchester

American Ancestors has added 8 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Matthew in Dorchester. This update adds over 9,900 records and over 37,600 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900-1912
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900-1916
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1912-1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1903-1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900-1915
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900-1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Special Marriages, 1912-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Brockton, Lexington and South Boston

American Ancestors has added 10 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of St. Casimir in Brockton, St. Brigid in Lexington, and Our Lady of Czestochowa in South Boston. This update includes over 1,350 pages, and over 66,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

    • St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1900-1909
    • St. Casimir (Brockton) Deaths, 1900-1920
    • St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1900-1906
    • St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1886-1910
    • St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1911-1920
    • St. Brigid (Lexington) Confirmations, 1908-1920
    • St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1886-1916
    • St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1916-1920
    • Our Lady of Czestochowa (South Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1902
    • Our Lady of Czestochowa (South Boston) Marriages, 1893-1903

Archdiocese of Boston:  Blessed Sacrament in Walpole now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Blessed Sacrament in Walpole. This update adds over 7,300 records and over 27,500 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1872-1901
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1901-1916
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages, 1896-1900 and Confirmations, 1920
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages, 1908-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Patrick in Stoneham now Searchable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes and updated one volume in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Patrick in Stoneham. This update adds over 6,600 records and over 21,700 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1903-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Confirmations, 1884-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) First Communions, 1911-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Marriages, 1868-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1868-1902 (updated volume–records added for 1901 & 1902)

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Lynn and Quincy

American Ancestors has added 13 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of St. Joseph in Lynn and St. John the Baptist in Quincy. This update includes nearly 3,000 pages, and over 330,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms, 1885-1903
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms and Marriages, 1863-1871
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Marriages, 1872-1900
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms, 1872-1879
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) First Communions, 1882-1904
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Confirmations, 1882-1918
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) Baptisms, 1879-1885
• St. John the Baptist (Quincy) First Communions and Confirmations, 1868-1881
• St. Joseph (Lynn) Baptisms, 1874-1899
• St. Joseph (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900-1920
• St. Joseph (Lynn) Confirmations, 1877-1920
• St. Joseph (Lynn) Marriages, 1874-1908
• St. Joseph (Lynn) Marriages, 1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Boston Harbor Islands, Concord and Norwood

American Ancestors has added 8 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include The Boston Harbor Island Mission, and the parishes of St. Bernard in Concord and St. Catherine of Siena in Norwood. This update includes over 620 pages, and over 105,000 searchable names.   The new volumes are listed below:

    • Boston Harbor Islands Baptisms and Marriages, 1877-1920 (Mission)
    • Boston Harbor Islands Baptisms, 1877-1920 (Mission)
    • Boston Harbor Islands Sick Calls, 1894-1920 (Mission)
    • Bernard (Concord) Baptisms, 1868-1900
    • Bernard (Concord) Marriages, 1868-1920
    • Catherine of Siena (Norwood) Baptisms, 1890-1908
    • Catherine of Siena (Norwood) Confirmations, 1890-1917
    • Catherine of Siena (Norwood) Marriages, 1890-1908

New Sketches in Two New England Study Projects

American Ancestors announces two new sketches and five updated sketches in two of our New England study projects: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 and Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.

George Butler of Pittsfield was added to the database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.

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

Also added is Jonathan Bell of Tinmouth and Rutland to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.

The following sketches have been updated:

Emmons, Benjamin (Woodstock)
Kellogg, Joseph (Fort Dummer)
Sprague, Elkanah (Hartford)
Taylor, Samuel (Hartland)
Tilden, Stephen (Hartford)

Archdiocese of Boston:  Five New Searchable Parishes

American Ancestors has added 22 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from five different parishes: Immaculate Conception in Weymouth, Sacred Heart in Natick, St. Anne in Lawrence, St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley and St. Lawrence in Brookline. This update adds over 49,100 records and over 203,300 names to search.

The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Baptisms, 1882-1892
Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Baptisms, 1892-1906
Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Marriages, 1892-1907
Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Marriages, First Communions, and Confirmations, 1882-1920

Sacred Heart (Natick) Baptisms, 1890-1920
Sacred Heart (Natick) Confirmations, 1893-1920
Sacred Heart (Natick) Marriages, 1890-1907

St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1883-1889
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1890-1898
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1899-1904
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1871-1885
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1878-1885
St. Anne (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1880-1920
St. Anne (Lawrence) Deaths, 1890-1912
St. Anne (Lawrence) Marriages, 1883-1897
St. Anne (Lawrence) Marriages, 1898-1906

St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1890-1914
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Confirmations, 1892-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Lawrence (Brookline) Baptisms, 1898-1920
St. Lawrence (Brookline) Marriages, 1898-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Lowell and Maynard

American Ancestors has added 7 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of Immaculate Conception in Lowell and St. Brigid in Maynard. This update includes over 1,300 pages, and over 150,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

    • Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1879-1895
    • Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1896-1900
    • Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms and Marriages, 1868-1878
    • Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1879-1895
    • Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1896-1920
    • St. Brigid (Maynard) Baptisms, 1871-1908
    • St. Brigid (Maynard) Marriages, 1871-1917

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

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Paul in Hingham. This update adds over 7,700 records and over 26,700 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, Marriages, and Conversions, 1876-1913
St. Paul (Hingham) Confirmations, 1888-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) First Communions, 1887-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) Marriages, 1876-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Hudson and Medfield

American Ancestors has added 7 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of St. Michael in Hudson and St. Edward the Confessor in Medfield. This update includes over 1,500 pages, and nearly 96,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

    • St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1875-1897
    • St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1898-1914
    • St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1912-1919
    • St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms and Marriages, 1920
    • St. Michael (Hudson) Marriages, 1876-1914
    • St. Edward the Confessor (Medfield) Baptisms, 1890-1908
    • St. Edward the Confessor (Medfield) Various, 1889-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Holbrook, Ipswitch, Lowell, Peabody and Whitman

American Ancestors has added 14 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include 5 different parishes: Holy Ghost in Whitman, St. Joseph in Holbrook, St. John the Baptist in Peabody, St. Joseph in Ipswich, and St. Mary in Lowell.  This update provides over 1,600 new pages, and nearly 200,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

    • Holy Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1887-1897
    • Holy Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1897-1920
    • Holy Ghost (Whitman) Confirmations, 1898-1920
    • Holy Ghost (Whitman) Marriages, 1897-1908
    • Holy Ghost (Whitman) Marriages, 1908-1920
    • St. John the Baptist (Peabody) Baptisms, 1874-1877
    • St. John the Baptist (Peabody) Baptisms, 1874-1906
    • St. John the Baptist (Peabody) Marriages, 1875-1908
    • St. Joseph (Holbrook) Baptisms, 1887-1914
    • St. Joseph (Holbrook) Confirmations, 1890-1904
    • St. Joseph (Holbrook) Marriages, 1887-1907
    • St. Joseph (Ipswich) Baptisms, 1889-1910
    • St. Joseph (Ipswich) First Communions and Confirmations, 1896-1925
    • St. Mary (Lowell) Marriages, 1847-1861

New Sketches in Two New England Study Projects

American Ancestors announces three new sketches for two of our New England study projects: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 and Early New England Families, 1641-1700.

Two new sketches were added to our database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, highlighting Enoch Weller of Pittsfield and Samuel Hurlbut of Westhampton.

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

Also updated is Early New England Families, 1641-1700adding one new sketch featuring Samuel Stratton (m. 1624, 1657) of Watertown.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Rockland and Middleborough

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Holy Family in Rockland and Sacred Heart in Middleborough. This update adds over 6,200 records and over 22,200 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Family (Rockland) Baptisms, 1883-1905
Holy Family (Rockland) Marriages, 1883-1907
Sacred Heart (Middleborough) Various, 1885-1910

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Glouster and Winchester

American Ancestors has added 11 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Ann in Gloucester and St. Mary in Winchester. This update adds over 2,100 pages, and over 250,000 new names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1863-1868
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1855-1866
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1866-1870
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1871-1879 and Marriages, 1908-1909
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1879-1897 and Marriages, 1908-1910, and 1923
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Marriages, 1857-1867
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Marriages, 1868-1871
    • St. Ann (Gloucester) Marriages, 1872-1907
    • St. Mary (Winchester) Baptisms, 1875-1908
    • St. Mary (Winchester) Marriages, 1875-1908

Database News:  Improved Madison, CT Church Records 1791-1827

American Ancestors has revamped the database Madison, CT: Church Records, 1791-1827. This database now contains the page images of the original manuscript, and it is searchable by first name and last name, record type, and family members (where available).

The Madison, CT: Church Records, 1791-1827 database is based on the church records transcribed by Louise R. Allen in 1935. The records represent the years 1791 to 1827.  This database contains 68 pages and approximately 7,500 names. The records from this manuscript are in volume 1. Volume 2 contains the original typed index. All of the records are for the location: Madison, New Haven, Connecticut.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Roxbury and Weymouth

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from All Saints in Roxbury and Sacred Heart in Weymouth. This update adds over 450 pages, and over 79,000 new names to search. The new volumes are:

    • All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1896-1908
    • All Saints (Roxbury) Marriages, 1896-1908
    • Sacred Heart (Weymouth) Baptisms, 1870-1895
    • Sacred Heart (Weymouth) Marriages, 1870-1892

New Database:  The Genealogical Advertiser

American Ancestors announces a new database: The Genealogical Advertiser. The Genealogical Advertiser was a quarterly magazine published from March 1898 to 1901 by Lucy Hall Greenlaw in Cambridge Mass.

This publication produced a variety of useful content including; local vital record extracts, probate records, family histories, and genealogical book reviews.

All the published volumes are included in this database. The database contains approximately 839 pages and over 20,000 searchable names. The indexing for this database includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

New Volume for Dutchess County, NY:  The Settlers of the Beekman Patent

American Ancestors has added Volume 11 to our database Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent. This series of books is an invaluable resource for researching the early settlers of Dutchess county, New York. Volume 11 contains over 1,000 pages and is focused on families with last names between Rood and Sly. Over 20,000 names have been added to this database.

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Lawrence O’Toole in Lawrence Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Lawrence O’Toole in Lawrence. This update adds over 12,600 records and over 44,100 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1875-1887
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1898-1904
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1905-1908
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1882-1897
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) First Communions, 1899-1918
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Marriages, 1883-1887
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Marriages, 1898-1908
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Mixed Marriages, 1906-1920

New Database:  Massachusetts:  Earle Report of Native Americans, 1861

American Ancestors announces a new database; Massachusetts: Earle Report of Native Americans, 1861. This database provides an index to the Appendix of 1861 Massachusetts Earle Report of Native Americans from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The index was created in 2020 by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of American Ancestors & New England Historic Genealogical Society. It includes the names, tribal membership, tribe/race, and location where the Native Americans resided in Massachusetts in 1861. The database is searchable by name, location, and tribe. The index contains nearly 1,700 searchable names.

New Database:  NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900

American Ancestors announces a new database that is part of celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS); NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900.  The 52 volumes in this database are organized by the year that the member joined NEHGS. The records indexed in this database are generally between the years 1620 to 1900, though some will be found outside this range. The most common record types are Birth, Baptism, Marriage, and Death. There are also many Residence records, as records include where the member lived when they joined NEHGS. This database contains over 11,000 pages of applications and correspondence, and 121,000 searchable names.

Vital Records From The NEHGS Register Volume 10 Updated

American Ancestors is releasing volume 10 (1856) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update includes 9,100 records and 36,000 searchable names, and is about seven times the number of records previously indexed 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  includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records For Immaculate Conception of Stoughton

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 for Immaculate Conception of Stoughton. This update adds over 490 pages, 9,000 records and over 36,000 new names to search.

The new volumes are listed below:

    • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1859-1884
    • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms, 1859-1907
    • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms, 1884-1898
    • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Confirmations, 1898-1920
    • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Marriages, 1872-1908

The NEHGS Register Volume 179 Now Available

American Ancestors has just posted a new volume to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database. This update adds volume 179; which contains the 2019 Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall issues. This adds 430 pages and 11,000 searchable names to the database.

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.

Two New Sketches:  Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors announces two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  These new sketches focus on Dan Caldwell and Dan Caldwell, Jr., both of Pittsfield.

Seymour, CT Vital Records Final Volume Added

American Ancestors has added the fifth and final volume to the database Seymour, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1914. Volume 5 covers the period from 1 Jan 1911 through 31 Dec 1914. This volume adds 37 pages, and over 6,000 searchable names.

This database contains all the records compiled in the five-volume series Vital Statistics of Seymour, Connecticut. These books were published by W.C. Sharpe in Seymour, Connecticut between 1883 and 1923, and are organized by year of record as follows:

    • Volume 1: 1700 – 1882
    • Volume 2: 1883 – 1891
    • Volume 3: 1892 – 1900
    • Volume 4: 1901 – 1910
    • Volume 5: 1911 – 1914

This database has over 380 pages and contains 33,000 searchable names. The record types include birth, baptism, marriages, deaths, and burials.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Marblehead and Ayer

American Ancestors has added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead and St. Mary in Ayer. This update adds over 14,200 records and over 56,800 names to search.  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, 1881-1907
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1865-1882
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1881-1908
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1856-1866
St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1867-1902
St. Mary (Ayer) Marriages, 1857-1866
St. Mary (Ayer) Marriages, 1867-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Holliston and Lawrence

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Holliston and St. Patrick in Lawrence. This update adds over 2,300 pages, 23,300 records and over 87,000 new names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

    • St. Mary (Holliston) Baptisms, 1870-1920
    • St. Mary (Holliston) Marriages, 1871-1920
    • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1872-1908
    • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1908-1914
    • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1914-1920
    • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1894-1916
    • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1908
    • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Patrick in Brockton. This update adds over 23,700 records and over 93,200 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1856-1885
St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1891-1897
St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1897-1903
St. Patrick (Brockton) Confirmations, 1885-1901
St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriage Promises, 1889-1896
St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriages, 1886-1910

Archdiocese of Boston:  Sacred Heart (Brockton) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Brockton. This update adds over 2,900 records and over 11,200 names to search. The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Brockton) Baptisms, 1891-1907
Sacred Heart (Brockton) Confirmations, 1893, 1898, 1901
Sacred Heart (Brockton) Marriages, 1891-1907

Updates to New England Study Projects

American Ancestors announces a variety of new and updated sketches to our three New England study projects: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Early New England Families, 1641-1700 and Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784. This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.

One new sketch was added to the database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, highlighting Israel Whitcomb from Becket.

Also updated is Early New England Families, 1641-1700adding one new sketch featuring Samuel Thatcher of Watertown, married 1645.

And also updated is Elkanah Sprague (Hartford)‘s sketch in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.

New Database:  Roll of Arms Registered by NEHGS 1915-1945

American Ancestors announces a new database today; Roll of Arms Registered by NEHGS, 1915-1945.

Founded in 1864, the Committee on Heraldry authenticates, preserves, and records coats of arms borne in the United States and by U.S. citizens living abroad. Published intermittently in the Register between 1928 and 1980, the Committee’s Roll of Arms includes illustrated shields presented for review by the Committee along with a description, associated family name, and name of submitter. Considering that many 17th-century immigrants to the New World bore arms, this is an important volume for anyone with early American ancestry.

This database provides images and an index to all the names the Roll of Arms Registered and Proved by the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Each page includes a beautifully hand-illustrated coat of arms, and documents who received the coat of arms and the applicant to the committee. The data indexed includes residence, birth and spouse information where available. The database contains over 408 pages and 2,700 indexed names.

Archdiocese of Boston:  Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Immaculate Conception in Lawrence. This update adds over 32,100 records and over 107,900 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1851-1871
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1871-1887 and Confirmations, 1876-1904
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Marriages, 1852-1872
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1887
Immaculate Conception (Lawrence) Marriages, 1908-1919

New Database:  Vermont Genealogy

American Ancestors announces a brand new database: Vermont Genealogy. This database is available through our partnership with the Genealogical Society of Vermont. The database includes volumes 1-19, for the years 1996 through 2014, and it provides over 108,000 searchable names. New volumes of Vermont Genealogy will be added annually.  Vermont Genealogy made its debut as a quarterly journal in January 1996. In addition to featuring compiled genealogies, the journal often contains other material of interest to genealogists.  In 2009, Vermont Genealogy switched to semi-annual publication with spring and fall issues. Appointed editor in 2016, Michael F. Dwyer, FASG, has expanded the scope of coverage to include nineteenth-century century immigrant studies, “Gems from the Vermont State Archives,” and continuation of family sketches from “Vermont Families in 1791.”

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

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Newburyport and Canton

American Ancestors has added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Immaculate Conception in Newburyport and St. John the Evangelist in Canton. This update adds over 31,500 records and over 96,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1854-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1872-1882
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1883-1890
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1891-1901
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Confirmations, 1882-1920
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) First Communions, 1871-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1852-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1872-1903

St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Baptisms, 1859-1878
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Baptisms, 1859-1901
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Confirmations, 1867-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Marriages, 1861-1901

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790:  New Sketches

American Ancestors announces four new sketches in our database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  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 sketches are listed below:

Daniel Merrill, Pittsfield
Hosea Merrill, Pittsfield
Mary Merrill, Pittsfield
Freeman Sears, Greenwich

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from Boston

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Anthony of Padua in Allston and St. James the Greater in Boston. We’ve also updated four volumes from these two parishes. This update adds over 1,500 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1909-1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Confirmations, 1901-1920

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1904-1908
St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1920

The following volumes have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site in their complete form:

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1896-1909
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Marriages, 1896-1920

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1903
St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1895-1908

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Foxborough and Georgetown

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Foxborough and St. Mary in Georgetown. This update adds over 6,400 records and over 24,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Foxborough) Baptisms and Marriages, 1880-1901
St. Mary (Foxborough) Baptisms, 1896-1901

St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1874-1890
St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1874-1890 (copy)
St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1891-1898
St. Mary (Georgetown) Various, 1898-1916

Early Vermont Settlers:  New Fort Drummer Sketches

American Ancestros has added eight new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived at Fort Dummer. The new sketches include Major John Arms, Valentine Butler, Joseph Kellogg, Col. Josiah Willard, Col. Josiah Willard, Jr., Nathan Willard, Wilder Willard, and William Willard.   Steel Smith‘s sketch (from Windsor) was also updated.