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.


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.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Amesbury and Watertown

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Joseph in Amesbury and St. Patrick in Watertown. This update adds over 35,400 records and over 125,100 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1867-1887
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1887-1900
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Confirmations, 1867-1894
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Confirmations, 1883-1920
St. Joseph (Amesbury) First Communions, 1895-1920

St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms, 1855-1877
St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms, 1877-1895
St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms, 1896-1919
St. Patrick (Watertown) Marriages, 1855-1895
St. Patrick (Watertown) Marriages, 1896-1908

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from Holy Cross (Boston) and Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton)

American Ancestors has added fifteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Holy Cross in Boston and Our Lady of the Presentation in Brighton. We’ve also updated five volumes from Holy Cross in Boston. This update adds over 2,200 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.16, 1908-1910
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.17, 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) Index to Baptisms, 1911-1915
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 the Presentation (Brighton) Baptisms, 1909-1920
Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton) Confirmations, 1915-1920
Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton) Marriages, 1910-1920

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:

Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.15, 1900-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages V.11, 1897-1905
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1906
Holy Cross (Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1852-1910
Holy Cross (Boston) Index to Marriages, 1850-1905

Two New Sketches:  Early New England Families 1641-1700

American Ancestors has updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding two new sketches featuring John Sawin (m. 1641, 1651) and Daniel Smith, both of Watertown.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Arlington and Brockton

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Agnes in Arlington and St. Edward in Brockton. This update adds over 16,100 records and over 61,900 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1873-1884
St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1884-1894
St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1894-1902
St. Agnes (Arlington) Marriages, 1873-1899
St. Agnes (Arlington) Marriages, 1898-1920

St. Edward (Brockton) Baptisms, 1897-1913
St. Edward (Brockton) Confirmations, 1898-1920
St. Edward (Brockton) Marriages 1897-1917

Expansion of Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers

American Ancestors announces an expansion of the Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers database. This addition includes case numbers 33068-35451, for the years 1842-1847, and it adds over 54,000 new file paper pages. The complete database now contains 496,000 file papers and 36,000 searchable 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.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from 5 Boston Parishes

American Ancestors has added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and updated eight volumes from five parishes across the current city of Boston. This update adds over 2,500 new pages to browse. The new and updated parishes include Our Lady of Ostrobrama in Boston’s West End, Our Lady of Victories (Boston), St. Cecilia in Boston’s Back Bay, St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) and St. Gabriel in Brighton.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Ostrobrama (Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1916-1920

 

Our Lady of Ostrobrama (Boston) Baptisms, 1920

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. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Gabriel (Brighton) Baptisms, 1912-1920

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 through January 1, 1921:

Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1905
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Deaths, 1889-1920
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1911
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Various, 1880-1920

St. Cecilia (Boston) Baptisms, 1889-1919
St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1888-1911

St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1893-1908
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Marriages, 1862-1908

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston)

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Pompeii in Boston’s South End. This update adds over 1,800 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1911
Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1914
Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1918
Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Confirmations, 1909-1920
Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Marriages, 1903-1920

Hints Now Available for Database Search

American Ancestors has released an update to the search user experience that makes hints available to online users of search. Until now, hints from American Ancestors databases were only available to users of American AncesTREES. Now they are available to everyone.  Each hint is prefaced with the name of the database that contains the hint record, the first and last name of the suggested person, and the birth and/or death year of that person as extracted from the source of the hint.  The hints are listed in a relevance sequence with the best fit at the top of the list. A maximum of 10 hints are displayed. As this is an ongoing project, not all databases yet provide hints.  You can also use Browse Database A-Z for a current list by typing “Hint” in the Search field.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Lynn and Watertown

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Watertown, Sacred Heart in Lynn and St. Jean Baptiste in Lynn. This update adds over 17,900 records and over 72,900 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1894-1900
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900-1917
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Marriages, 1894-1918

Sacred Heart (Watertown) Baptisms, 1896-1913
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Confirmations, 1898-1916
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Confirmations, 1898-1920
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Marriages, 1896-1920

St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1886-1892
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1893-1903
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Marriages, 1886-1907

New Sketches:  Early New England Families, 1641-1700

American Ancestors has updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding two new sketches, profiling Richard Hassell (m. 1643) and William Parry (m.1641).

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from Holy Trinity in Boston

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and updated three volumes from Holy Trinity in Boston. This update adds over 1,100 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1902-1908
Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Holy Trinity (Boston) Burials, 1907-1920
Holy Trinity (Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920

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

Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms 1894-1902
Holy Trinity (Boston) Deaths 1878-1907
Holy Trinity (Boston) Marriages 1893-1914

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Parishes from Somerville

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from the St. Ann and St. Catherine of Genoa, both in Somerville. This update adds over 11,800 records and over 39,800 names to search from St Ann’s and over 6,500 records and over 29,800 names from St. Catherine of Genoa.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Ann (Somerville) Baptisms, 1881-1897
St. Ann (Somerville) Baptisms, 1898-1909
St. Ann (Somerville) First Communions and Confirmations, 1883-1920
St. Ann (Somerville) Marriages, 1891-1910

St. Catherine of Genoa (Somerville) Baptisms, 1892-1909
St. Catherine of Genoa (Somerville) Marriages, 1892-1920

Enhancement to Database Search Results

American Ancestors has introduced some enhancements to the database search results processing on American Ancestors. These updates are intended to answer two of the most commonly asked questions about search:  Why did I get Zero records for my search and I received results, but they don’t seem like a good fit.  For a fuller explanation of of these search enhancements, please visit the link above.

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Anthony of Padua (Cambridge) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Anthony of Padua in Cambridge. This update adds over 1,600 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1902-1913
St. Anthony of Padua (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1913-1918
St. Anthony of Padua (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Cambridge) Marriages, 1902-1920

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790:  Two New Sketches

American Ancestors announces two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring Thomas Eldridge of Hancock and Thomas Lawrence of Dalton.

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Mary of Annunciation in Cambridge Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from the St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cambridge. This update adds over 42,000 records and over 157,500 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

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, 1897-1910
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1868-1884
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1885-1902
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge) Marriages, 1867-1902

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from St. Joseph in Waltham

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Joseph in Waltham. This update adds over 6,100 records and over 19,800 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Waltham) Baptisms, 1894-1916
St. Joseph (Waltham) Confirmations, 1896-1920
St. Joseph (Waltham) Deaths, 1895-1920
St. Joseph (Waltham) First Communions and Confirmations, 1895-1920
St. Joseph (Waltham) First Communions, 1895-1920
St. Joseph (Waltham) Marriages and Deaths, 1895-1907
St. Joseph (Waltham) Marriages, 1895-1920

Mayflower Descendant Volume 63 (2014) Now Available

Volume 63, for the year 2014, has been added to The Mayflower Descendant and is fully searchable. This update adds approximately 275 new pages and 2,700 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:  Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from the Patronage of St. Joseph in Somerville. This update adds over 55,208 records and over 160,785 names to search.

The new volumes are listed below:

Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Baptisms, 1869-1895
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Baptisms, 1896-1905
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Confirmations, 1873-1920
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) First Communions, 1878-1895
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) First Communions, 1896-1917
Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) Marriages, 1869-1920

Rhode Island Roots Volume 40 (2014) Added

American Ancestors has added volume #40 (2015) to the Rhode Island Roots genealogical journal database. This update adds over 260 pages and nearly 2,700 searchable names.

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

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

Enhanced Database Browse and Category Updates

American Ancestors has introduced an enhancement to the Browse Databases A-Z page, recategorized some databases to improve searchability.

The Browse Databases A to Z page has been enhanced to dynamically adjust the list of databases as you type. This can speed up the search process for finding a specific database. The user interface has been changed slightly, so that the field for entering your search terms is now above the list of databases.

Database Category changes have been made ensure that all the databases in the Journals and Periodicals category have the same approach to indexing and search. Specifically, the records contain first and last name, and the year contains the year of publication.  For reference, the full list of categories can be found on American Ancestors under the Search menu.

Boston, MA:  Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Immigration Records, 1904-1929

American Ancestors announces a new database:  Boston, MA: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Immigration Records, 1904-1929 presents the earliest records of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Boston, thanks to our partnership with the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society (JHC).  This database will contain 12 folders from the HIAS collection held by the JHC. Six folders are available now for search as part of our initial launch of the database. The other six folders will become available later in 2020.

This new database contains over 6,000 records and names, with more to come. Records include passenger lists, ship arrivals, correspondence, and lists of immigrants who were detained and deported. The contents of each volume vary greatly. Folders 2 and 9 are image-only.

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center is digitizing these files and making them available in Digital Collections in the Harris Poorvu Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (Boston) Digital Archives.

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790:  Three New Sketches

American Ancestors announces three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring Joseph Fairfield from Pittsfield, Joseph Badger from Blandford, and Jonathan Keet from Leverett.

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

New Database:  The Mayflower Quarterly

American Ancestors announces the new database based on the first fifty years of the The Mayflower Quarterly. There are approximately 5,000 pages and 92,000 searchable names in this database.

The Mayflower Quarterly is a publication of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD). The Quarterly contains news, pictures and articles on activities and events surrounding GSMD and its Member Societies throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Articles often include names of GSMD and Member Society leadership.

This database index includes all names and article titles for the first fifty years of publication, from 1935 through 1984. The database is organized into volumes that correspond to the issues of the Quarterly, and the volume name includes the year it was issued (in parenthesis).

The entire run of The Mayflower Quarterly is available at the NEHGS Boston research library.

Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Updated

American Ancestors has expanded the content in the Rhode Island: Historical Cemeteries, 1647-2000 database. In this update we have added gravestone images for over 8,000 people that did not have them before. In addition, we have added over 10,500 new records and searchable names to the database.

This database is organized into 42 volumes based on the city or town of the cemetery and provides information for 460,000 people and over 932,000 searchable names. The efforts to capture images of the gravestones is not complete; approximately 25% of the records have an image to go with them. For the remainder, there is a placeholder noting that the image is not available and that you can see the birth and death details on the transcript page.

For most of the cemeteries, there GPS coordinates displayed on the transcript. This can be copied and pasted into a web site such as Google Maps to see where the cemetery is located.

Archdiocese of Boston:  Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Pity in Cambridge. This update adds over 5,000 records and over 19,800 names to search. The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1892-1908
Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1899-1919
Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge) Marriages, 1892-1908

The Maine Genealogist Volume 36 Available

American Ancestors has added volume 36 for the year 2014 to The Maine Genealogist database. This update adds over 230 pages and 4,500 searchable names.

Published since 1977, The Maine Genealogist is the quarterly journal of Maine Genealogical Society, founded in 1976. Beginning as a newsletter for the society, the publication evolved into The Maine Seine, published until 1990. The title was changed to The Maine Genealogist in 1991, and 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.

The entire run of The Maine Genealogist is available at the NEHGS Boston research library.

Essex Genealogist Volume 34 (2014) Now Available

American Ancestors has added Volume 34, covering the year 2014, to the genealogical journal The Essex Genealogist database. This update contains over 250 pages and 2,100 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. This journal continues to serve those researching Essex County families with valuable resources now entering nearly four decades in print.

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

The entire run of The Essex Genealogist is available at the NEHGS Boston research library.

Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784:  New Sketches from Strafford

American Ancestors has added four new sketches in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.  These sketches feature heads of families from Strafford, Vermont.   The new sketches are listed below:

Pennock, William (Strafford)
Smith, Frederick (Strafford)
Thomas, Peter (Strafford)
West, Daniel (Strafford)

Two sketches were updated: Parish, Ezekiel (Strafford) and Pennock, James (Strafford).

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Dedham

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Dedham. This update adds over 11,700 records and over 48,100 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1866-1876
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1877-1880 (Mission)
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1877-1885
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1885-1904
St. Mary (Dedham) Baptisms, 1900-1909
St. Mary (Dedham) Marriages, 1866-1876
St. Mary (Dedham) Marriages, 1877-1879 (Mission)
St. Mary (Dedham) Marriages, 1877-1908

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790:  Three New Sketches

American Ancestors has added three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring Joshua Crosby (Greenwich), Elijah Smith (Bethlehem) and Benjamin Kelton (Leyden).  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 Searchable Records from St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton)

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. John the Evangelist in Hopkinton. This update adds over 14,600 records and over 49,700 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

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, 1881-1908
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Confirmations, 1867-1882
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) First Communions and Confirmations, 1870-1881
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Marriages, 1870-1881
St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton) Marriages, 1881-1908

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from St. Stephen (Framingham)

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Stephen in Framingham. This update adds over 9,900 records and over 40,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Stephen (Framingham) Baptisms, 1877-1920
St. Stephen (Framingham) Baptisms, 1887-1901
St. Stephen (Framingham) Confirmations, 1888-1920
St. Stephen (Framingham) Marriages, 1877-1887
St. Stephen (Framingham) Marriages, 1887-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Michael (Lowell) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Michael in Lowell. This update adds over 12,900 records and over 46,400 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Michael (Lowell) Baptisms, 1884-1908
St. Michael (Lowell) Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. Michael (Lowell) Marriages, 1884-1908

New Volume for The American Genealogist

American Ancestors has posted a new volume to The American Genealogist database. This update adds volume 86, which was released in the years 2012 through 2013, adds 380 pages and 6,500 searchable names.  The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Volumes 7-9 Updated

American Ancestors is releasing volumes 7, 8 and 9 (1853-1855) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update includes 41,000 records and 83,000 searchable names, and is about eight 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 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.

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.

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.