Resources from American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

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

This content will be periodically purged.  Please visit AmericanAncestors.org  if there is a database you are interested in that was previously listed here.


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.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Revere and Lawrence

American Ancestors has added fourteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Immaculate Conception in Revere and St. Anne in Lawrence.  This update adds over 1,600 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Revere) Baptisms, 1889-1900
Immaculate Conception (Revere) Baptisms, 1889-1900 (copy)
Immaculate Conception (Revere) Confirmations, 1889-1900
Immaculate Conception (Revere) First Communions, 1889-1900
Immaculate Conception (Revere) Marriages, First Communions, and Confirmations, 1889-1900

St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1883-1889
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1890-1898
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1899-1900
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1871-1885
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1878-1885
St. Anne (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1880-1900
St. Anne (Lawrence) Deaths, 1890-1900
St. Anne (Lawrence) Marriages, 1883-1897
St. Anne (Lawrence) Marriages, 1898-1900

New Sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1890

American Ancestors announces five new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, featuring heads of families from Adams, Granby, Springfield, and Belchertown.

This study project focuses on individual enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  The new sketches are listed below:

Aaron Bowen
Charles Ferry
Jonathan Dwight
Josiah Cowles
John Cowles, Jr

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

American Ancestors has added 12 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary (Lawrence).  This update adds 246,365 names and 70,139 records to search. The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1848-1852
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1853-1861
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1861-1866
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1866-1892
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1892-1900
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1900
St. Mary (Lawrence) Confirmations, (undated)
St. Mary (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1860-1900
St. Mary (Lawrence) Index to Baptisms, 1848-1887
St. Mary (Lawrence) Marriages, 1849-1860
St. Mary (Lawrence) Marriages, 1861-1884
St. Mary (Lawrence) Marriages, 1884-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Somerville and Maynard

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These eight volumes come from the Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) and St. Brigid (Maynard).  This update adds over 1,400 new images to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Baptisms, 1869-1895
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Baptisms, 1896-1900
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Confirmations, 1873-1900
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) First Communions and Confirmations, 1896-1900
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) First Communions, 1878-1895
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Marriages, 1869-1900

St. Brigid (Maynard) Baptisms, 1871-1900
St. Brigid (Maynard) Marriages, 1871-1900

New Database:  Boston, MA:  St. Augustine Cemetery Records, 1819-1859

This new database, Boston, MA: St. Augustine Cemetery Records, 1819-1859, contains a mix of original records and copied volumes that include lot sales, burials, deaths, and gravestone inscriptions. The volumes labelled “Gravestone Inventory” were created during a preservation study of the cemetery undertaken in the 1980s. There are more than 15,000 records and 62,000 names available to search in this database.

Update: Dorchester Antiquarian: Marriages and Intentions, 1733-1836

American Ancestors announces an update to Dorchester Antiquarian: Marriages and Intentions, 1733-1836.  This update has made first names, complete dates (m/d/y) and both members of the couple available, and fixed a few data quality issues within this database.  Now the following fields are searchable within this database: first name, last name, year, record type (Marriage or Intention), and Keywords (which contains the text of the actual record).  This database has over 3,000 searchable records and over 6,000 searchable names.

This database is based on a portion of a manuscript from the R. Stanton Avery Collections, donated by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Concord and Hopkinton

American Ancestors has added 10 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These volumes come from St. Bernard (Concord) and St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton).  This update adds over 1,000 new images to browse. The new volumes are listed below:

St. Bernard (Concord) Baptisms, 1868-1900
St. Bernard (Concord) Marriages, 1868-1900

St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1851-1866
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1866-1871
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Baptisms, 1870-1881
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Baptisms, 1881-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Confirmations, 1867-1882
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) First Communions and Confirmations, 1885-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Marriages, 1870-1881
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Marriages, 1881-1900

Christian Intelligencer: Death Reports of Reformed Dutch Church, 1830-1871 Now Fully Indexed

American Ancestors has updated the index to Christian Intelligencer: Death reports of Reformed Dutch Church, 1830-1871 so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, location, record type, and family members (where available). The text of these extracted death records published in the Christian Intelligencer newspaper continues to be searchable via Keyword search.

With this update, there are now over 11,000 searchable names in the database. The Christian Intelligencer published death reports from literally around the world, and the database includes reports for 35 of the United States and 30 different countries.

In 1830 the Association of Members of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York City began publishing the Christian Intelligencer. From 1830 to 1871 the paper published notices of death sent by readers across the country. Many of the obituaries contain historical and other information of interest, which was uncommon in newspapers of this era. This database represents seven volumes of death records compiled and edited by Ray C. Sawyer in 1931.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Mary (Lowell) Records Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added one new volume to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Mary in Lowell.  This volume contains the marriages for this parish from 1847-1861.  The baptisms for this parish are already available online, as part of the volume St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms 1847-1878, Part 2.

Archdiocese of Boston: Cambridge and Watertown Records Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These new volumes come from Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) and Sacred Heart (Watertown).  This update adds over 300 new images to browse.   The new volumes are listed below.

Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1892-1900
Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1897-1900
Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Marriages, 1892-1900

Sacred Heart (Watertown) Baptisms, 1896-1900
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Confirmations, 1898-1900 (Book 1)
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Confirmations, 1898-1900 (Book 2)
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Marriages, 1896-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: Sts. Catherine in Somerville and Norwood Now Browsable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These new volumes come from St. Catherine of Genoa (Somerville) and St. Catherine of Siena (Norwood).  This update adds over 500 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Catherine of Genoa (Somerville) Baptisms, 1892-1900
St. Catherine of Genoa (Somerville) Marriages, 1892-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Norwood) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. Catherine of Siena (Norwood) Confirmations, 1890-1900
St. Catherine of Siena (Norwood) Marriages, 1890-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from the Boston Harbor Islands, Brookline, Dedham and Lowell

American Ancestors announces 23 new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These new volumes come from mission trips to the Boston Harbor Islands, and the parishes of Immaculate Conception in Lowell, St. Lawrence in Brookline, and St. Mary in Dedham.  There is overlapping content in the Immaculate Conception (Lowell) volumes. Baptisms and Marriages 1868-1878, Baptisms 1879-1895, and Marriages 1879-1895 appear to be the original records which are unindexed. The other volumes are typewritten, and overlap these volumes. However, the typewritten volumes are indexed. We have provided all the volumes here so that researchers can find the information more easily using the indexes, but also view the original records.  The new volumes are listed below:

Boston Harbor Islands Baptisms, 1877-1900 (Mission) (Book 1)
Boston Harbor Islands Baptisms, 1877-1900 (Mission) (Book 2)

Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms and Marriages, 1868-1878
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1868-1870
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1871-1875
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1876-1880
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1879-1895
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1881-1886
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1887-1895
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1896-1900
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1868-1895
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1879-1895
Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1896-1900

St. Lawrence (Brookline) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Lawrence (Brookline) Marriages, 1898-1900

St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1866-1876
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1877-1880 (Mission)
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1877-1885
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1885-1900
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1900
St. Mary (Dedham) Marriages, 1866-1876
St. Mary (Dedham) Marriages, 1877-1879 (Mission)
St. Mary (Dedham) Marriages, 1877-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Charles Borromeo (Woburn) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces eight new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Charles Borromeo in Woburn.  There are 21,261 new records and 82,907 names included in this update.  The new volumes are listed below:

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

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Malden and Weymouth

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from two new parishes.  This addition adds over 4,900 records and over 20,400 names. The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Hearts (Malden) Baptisms, 1891-1898
Sacred Hearts (Malden) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Sacred Hearts (Malden) Marriages, 1891-1900
St. Francis Xavier (Weymouth) Baptisms and Marriages, 1866-1869

An Invaluable Update to Vital Records from the NEHGS Register

American Ancestors announces the very first installment of a major new project to provide in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Today they are delivering the full re-indexing of Volume 1 of the NEHGS Register published in 1847. This update includes over 6,500 records and 26,000 searchable names.

This initiative will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since its first publication in 1847.  This database previously only contained birth, marriage, and death records. We are now adding records of every type including; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The in-depth indexing for the new records includes, dates, locations, parents and spouses.  With over 170 volumes yet to be reindexed, this is a large project and it is just beginning.

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.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records From Lynn and Somerville

American Ancestors has added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from three parishes in Somerville and Lynn.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1894-1900
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Marriages, 1894-1900

St. Ann (Somerville) Index to Baptisms, 1881-1897
St. Ann (Somerville) Baptisms, 1881-1897
St. Ann (Somerville) Index to Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Ann (Somerville) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Ann (Somerville) First Communions and Confirmations, 1883-1900
St. Ann (Somerville) Marriages, 1881-1900

St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1886-1892
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Marriages, 1886-1900

Archdiocese of Boston: St Peter (Lowell) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added 9 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Peter in Lowell.  This update adds 41,579 records and 172,137 names to our database.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1841-1865
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1866-1883
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1883-1888
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1888-1894
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1894-1898
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Peter (Lowell) Marriages, 1842-1862
St. Peter (Lowell) Marriages, 1863-1883
St. Peter (Lowell) Marriages, 1883-1900

Essex Genealogist Volume 33 (2013) Now Available

American Ancestors has added Volume 33, covering the year 2013, to the genealogical journal The Essex Genealogist. This update contains over 200 pages and 2,400 searchable names.

The leading publication for genealogical research in Essex County, Massachusetts, this quarterly journal has been published since 1981 by The Essex Society of Genealogists (founded in 1975). Within the pages of this journal are selections of cemetery transcriptions, bible records, vital and church records relating to families from Essex County, Massachusetts. The Essex Genealogist has had published numerous Ahnentafel’s (Ancestor Tables) of the ancestry of their members, as well as verbatim transcriptions of lectures over the years.  The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

Update: Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers

American Ancestors announces a major update to Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers.  This addition includes case numbers 21388-33065, years 1801-1841, a total of 251,000 new file papers.  This addition more than doubles the size of this database–these case files represent a 130% increase to what we previously had available. The complete collection now contains 442,000 file papers and 33,556 names.

This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records.  The complete Suffolk County File Papers collection will eventually cover cases 1-94,757, which includes years up to 1893. The cases are indexed chronologically, which allows us to present them in sections while digital photography is taking place. The digital photography is expected to continue through 2020. We will continue to add additional cases as they become available.

New Database: Brattleboro, VT: Wesselhoeft Water Cure, 1845-1848

American Ancestors is making a new database available: Brattleboro, VT: Wesselhoeft Water Cure, 1845-1848. This database provides an indexed listing of the many people who came to Brattleboro Vermont to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of a spa run by Dr. Wesselhoeft. Notable people included author and abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin), poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline); and American historian, Francis Parkman Jr, to name a few.

There are over 600 pages of information about the Wesselhoeft Water Cure, lists of patients, and the kinds of conditions that were treated there. The patients came from most every state east of the Mississippi and includes over 1,000 records.

The volumes in this database include:

  • The Description of the Brattleboro Hydropathic Establishment – which is browseable, and provides a perspective on the institution
  • The Green Mountain Spring from 1845 through 1848 – a regular publication of the Water Cure that descibes treatments and include names and dates for patents who visited
  • The pages from The Second Report of the Brattleboro Hydropathic Establishment which contain a full list of the patients who were treated there

This database can be searched with the following:

  • First and last name – in many records the first name only contains initials. For best results use just the last name.
  • Year
  • Location – this is the home residence of the patient who came to the Water Cure

New Volume for the Maine Genealogist

American Ancestors has added volume 35 (2013) to the database of the genealogical journal The Maine Genealogist. This update adds over 220 pages and 5,100 searchable names to the database.  Published since 1977, The Maine Genealogist is the quarterly journal of Maine Genealogical Society, founded in 1976.  Each issue, now 48 pages, contains scholarly articles on Maine families, emphasizing the solving of long-standing problems and primary source documentation.  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. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Now Searchable

American Ancestors announces six new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Thomas Aquinas in Jamaica Plain.  This update adds over 18,300 new records and 58,000 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1869-1884
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1885-1893
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1869-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) First Communions, 1899-1900
St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1869-1900

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790: New Sketches

American Ancestors has added three new sketches to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 from Dalton, MA.  Dalton is named for Tristram Dalton who was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1789-1791. This study project focuses on heads of families enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  The new sketches are listed below:

Justin Cole (Dalton)
Abraham Porter (Dalton)
Andrew Spaford (Dalton)