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:  All Saints (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from All Saints in Roxbury. This update adds over 5,000 records and over 20,600 names to search. The new volumes are listed below:

All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1908-1916
All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1916-1920
All Saints (Roxbury) Marriages, 1908-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Boston and Mattapan

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes and updated four volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Victories in Boston and St. Angela Merici in Mattapan. This update adds over 13,500 records and over 77,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1905*
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1905-1917
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1920
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Deaths, 1889-1920*
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1911*
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1920
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Various, 1880-1920*

St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Confirmations, 1910-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) First Communions, 1909-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Marriages, 1908-1920

Updated Databases from Maine and Vermont

American Ancestors has updated four databases focusing on Maine and Vermont. These databases, based on manuscripts from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections are now searchable by first name and last name, location, record type, and family members (where available). The page images from the original manuscripts were also added to these revamped databases. This update adds over 3,400 records and over 7,700 names to search across the four databases.  The updated databases include:

Maine: Marriages Performed by Rev. Enoch M. Fowler, 1840-1875
Skowhegan, ME: Marriages Perfomed by Eleazer Coburn, 1810-1844
Morgan, VT: Early Records, 1780-1932
Rutland, VT: Records of the Congregational Church (East Parish), 1788-1842 

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Newton

American Ancestors has added 4 new volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions are for St. John the Evangelist of Newton and includes over 500 pages, and 13,000 searchable names.  The four new volumes in this release are:
• St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920
• St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Confirmations, 1914-1920
• St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Marriages, 1911-1920
• St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Deaths, 1914-1920

New Database:  Newton, MA:  St. Mary Episcopal Church Cemetery, 1815-1999

American Ancestors announces a brand-new database, Newton, MA: St. Mary Episcopal Church Cemetery, 1815-1999.  The book, St. Mary’s Cemetery Newton, Massachusetts Epitaphs, was compiled by Beverly E. Hurney and published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2000. Beverly was elected as Superintendent of the Cemetery in 1994. This book is the result of her efforts to provide transcriptions of the epitaphs and the most complete listing of persons buried there.  The vast majority of records in the database start in 1815, though there are some births that date back to 1767. When parent and spouse names are clearly documented in the source material, we have included them in this database. The record types in this database are Birth and Death.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Jamaica Plain

American Ancestors has added 5 new volumes and updated 2 volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes in Jamaica Plain: Blessed Sacrament, and St. Thomas Aquinas. This update includes 17 volumes, over 2,600 pages, and nearly 143,000 searchable names. 

There are six volumes that were updated in this release:
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1892-1903
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1892-1910
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1892-1907
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1893-1901
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1869-1911
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) First Communions, 1899-1920

The eleven new volumes in this release are:
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1903-1908
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1908-1915
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1916-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1913-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1902-1907
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1908-1908
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1908-1915
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1915-1920
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1914-1920
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1901-1907

Volume 87 Added to The American Genealogist

American Ancestors has added a new volume to The American Genealogist database. This update adds volume 87 which covers the years 2014 and 2015, and was published in years 2015. This update adds 380 pages and nearly 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.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records From Boston, Brockton, Beverly, Arlington, Andover, Amesbury and Ayer

American Ancestors has added 79 new volumes and updated 60 volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from 23 parishes across the archdiocese. This update adds over 19,800 new pages to browse.

The new and updated parishes include: All Saints (Roxbury), Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain), Gate of Heaven (South Boston), Immaculate Conception (Boston), Our Lady of Czestochowa (South Boston), Our Lady of Ostrobrama (Brockton), Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston), Sacred Heart (Brockton), Sacred Heart (Roslindale), St. Agnes (Arlington), St. Augustine (Andover), St. Augustine (South Boston), St. Edward (Brockton), St. Joseph (Amesbury), St. Margaret of Scotland (Brockton), St. Mary (Ayer), St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly), St. Patrick (Brockton), St. Patrick (Roxbury), St. Philip (Roxbury), St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain), St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) and Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston).

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

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills), St. Joseph (East Boston) and St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston). This update adds over 12,000 records and over 42,400 names to search. 

The new volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

St. Joseph (East Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Joseph (East Boston) Confirmations 1917-1920
St. Joseph (East Boston) Marriages 1914-1920

St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Confirmations, 1920
St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Marriages, 1918-1920

St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1917*
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1920
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Confirmations, 1884-1920*
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Marriages, 1866-1920*

The Connecticut Nutmegger Volume 46 (2013) Now Available

American Ancestors has added a new volume to The Connecticut Nutmegger database. This update adds volume 46 for the year 2013 and adds over 340 pages and 14,500 searchable names.

The Connecticut Nutmegger has served as the “journal of record” for the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. (CSG) for forty years. During this time, it has captured a wealth of information for genealogists. Vital records, probate records, bible records, headstone records, memorials and other useful records have been published and made readily accessible for genealogical research. Well-documented family histories and genealogical articles, covering hundreds of families – mainly with Connecticut ties – have been presented. Published articles include commentary on and corrections to previously published family lines, vital records and town histories. Book reviews, research tips, queries and other valuable tools for genealogists have been presented. The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

The NEHGS Register Volume 174 (2020) Now Available

American Ancestors has posted a new volume to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database. This update adds volume 174; which contains the 2020 Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall issues, and it adds 440 pages and over 11,000 searchable names.  The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

2 New Sketches:  Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Noah Church of New Marlborough (m. Lucy Holcomb) and Matthew Williams of Sandisfield (m1. Grace Smith, m2. Mary _____). Three existing sketches were updated as well: Prince Williams of Greenwich, John Gibbs of Greenwich and Samuel Hurlbut of Westhampton.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for East Boston and Newton

American Ancestors has added 5 new volumes and updated 2 volumes for the database Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes: Sacred Heart in East Boston, and St. Bernard in Newton. This update includes 7 volumes, over 1,300 pages, and over 70,000 searchable names. There are two volumes that were updated in this release:
• St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1894-1911
• St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920

The 5 new volumes in this release are:
• Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1915
• Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
• Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1906-1920
• St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920
• St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1911-1920

Springfield, VT:  Records of the Rev. George W. Bailey 1740-1942 Now Fully Indexed

American Ancestors has fully revamped the database Springfield, VT: Records of the Rev. George W. Bailey, 1740-1902 so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, location, record type, and family members (where available). The page images from the original manuscript were also added to the database. This database now includes over 3,500 searchable names and the full 105 pages of the original manuscript.  The dates of marriages in the Reverend Bailey’s record book are from 1841 to 1902, inclusive, intentions of marriage are from 1845 to 1850, and funerals are from 1840 to 1900. The record types are primarily birth, marriage and burial.

Massachusetts:  Catholic Cemetery Association Records, 1833-1940

Today American Ancestors, the Archive Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) and the Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston (CCA) are announcing a new database of Catholic cemetery records: Massachusetts: Catholic Cemetery Association Records, 1833-1940. These volumes contain records of lot sales and interments, and include information about lot owners, date of burial and location of burial. Some of the people represented in these written records may not have purchased a grave marker or their marker may have eroded with time, making this collection essential for research into Catholic burials in this region.

This database will feature 20 cemeteries administered by the CCA in eastern Massachusetts. Today we’re releasing 31 volumes from 9 cemeteries, including over 354,500 records and over 355,500 searchable names. Records from the remaining 11 cemeteries will be added throughout the year.

Records are currently available from the following cemeteries:
Calvary (Waltham)
Holy Cross (Malden) (not yet complete–more to come)
Sacred Heart (Andover)
St. George (Framingham)
St. James (Haverhill)
St. Joseph (Haverhill)
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn)
St. Mary (Beverly)
St. Mary (Malden)

Future releases will include records from: St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown), St. Paul (Arlington), North Cambridge Catholic (Cambridge), St. Joseph (Lynn), St. Mary (Lynn), Holy Cross (Malden) (additional volumes), Immaculate Conception (Marlborough), St. Mary (Salem), St. Patrick (Stoneham), Catholic Mount Auburn (Watertown), St. Patrick (Watertown), and Calvary (Winchester).

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

American Ancestors has added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of the Assumption in East Boston. This update adds over 8,000 records and over 32,700 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1901-1906
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1912
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1920
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Marriages and Confirmations, 1896-1920

New Sketches:  Early New England Families, 1641-1700

American Ancestors has updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700adding five new sketches. All five sketches pertain to the Phelps family who originally settled in Salem. The new sketches are listed below:

Eleanor (Batter) (Phelps) Trusler (m. ?-1639)
Hannah (Baskel) (Phelps) (Phelps) Hill (m. 1645-1695)
Edward Phelps (m. 1646)
Nicholas Phelps (m. 1645)
Henry Phelps (m. 1664)

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Boston and Dorchester

American Ancestors has added 25 new volumes and updated 3 volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes: St. Leonard of Port Maurice in Boston, and St. Gregory in Dorchester. This update includes 28 volumes, over 5,400 pages, and over 270,000 searchable names. 

There are 3 volumes that were updated in this release:
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1903
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Confirmations, 1876-1920
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1900-1906

The 25 new volumes are listed below:
• St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1914-1920
• St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1920
• St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1914-1920
• St. Gregory (Dorchester) Sick Calls, 1915-1920
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1905
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1905-1906
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1907
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1907-1908
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1909
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1909-1910
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1910-1911
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1911-1912
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1912
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1913
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1914
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1915
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1915
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1915-1916
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1917
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1918
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1906-1908
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1912
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1912-1916
• St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1916-1920

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 – 2 New Sketches

American Ancestors has added two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Josiah Whiting of New Marlborough, wife Sarah Loomis and Benjamin Griggs of Sheffield, wife Sarah Johnson and their families.

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

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Gate of Heaven in South Boston. This update adds over 7,600 records and over 11,400 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1919
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Marriages, 1916-1920

Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1984

American Ancestors has added four new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived in Brattleboro. The new sketches are listed below:

Field, Bennett (Brattleboro)
Field, Israel (Brattleboro)
Field, Reuben (Brattleboro)
Field, Silas (Brattleboro)

Six sketches have been updated recently including: Bourne, Nathaniel (Manchester); Smith, Steel (Windsor); Church, Timothy (Brattleboro); Church, Jonathan (Brattleboro); Church, Malachi (Brattleboro) and Curtis, Israel (Windsor).

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Joseph in Roxbury Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added four new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Joseph in Roxbury. This update adds over 14,700 records and over 52,600 names to search. The new and updated volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk 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. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms. 1890-1901*
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1901-1911
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms. 1911-1920
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1903-1920
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1890-1901*
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1901-1920
St. Joseph (Roxbury) New England Hospital Baptisms. 1885-1901**

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable and Searchable Records

American Ancestors has added 26 new volumes and updated 7 volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart (Amesbury), St. Alphonsus (Beverly), St. Andrew (Billerica), St. Colman of Cloyne (Brockton), St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury), St. James the Apostle (Arlington), St. Joseph (Belmont), St. Joseph (Roxbury), and St. Margaret of Scotland (Beverly). This update adds over 3,600 new pages to browse.

Also added are three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Francis de Sales in Roxbury. This update adds over 9,000 records and 39,100 new searchable names.

The new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1920 are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1903-1917
Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1918-1920
Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Confirmations, 1908-1920
Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Deaths, 1907-1920
Sacred Heart (Amesbury) First Communions, 1905-1920
Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Alphonsus (Beverly) Baptisms, 1917-1920
St. Alphonsus (Beverly) Confirmations, 1919-1920
St. Alphonsus (Beverly) Marriages, 1917-1920

St. Andrew (Billerica) Baptisms and Marriages, 1904-1914

St. Colman of Cloyne (Brockton) Baptisms, 1911-1920

St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1897-1904*
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms and Baptisms of Converts, 1904-1920
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Index to Baptisms, 1861-19044*
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1876-1920*
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Marriages, 1861-1913*
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. James the Apostle (Arlington) Baptisms, 1914-1920

St. Joseph (Belmont) Baptisms, 1900-1920
St. Joseph (Belmont) Confirmations, 1911-1920
St. Joseph (Belmont) Marriages, 1900-1920

St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1890-1901*
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1901-1911
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1903-1920
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1890-1901*
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1901-1920
St. Joseph (Roxbury) New England Hospital Baptisms, 1885-1901*

St. Margaret of Scotland (Beverly) Baptisms, 1905-1920
St. Margaret of Scotland (Beverly) Confirmations, 1908-1920
St. Margaret of Scotland (Beverly) Marriages, 1905-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for East Boston and Lynn

American Ancestors has added 10 new volumes and updated 5 volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes: Most Holy Redeemer in East Boston, and St. Mary in Lynn. This update includes 15 volumes, over 4,000 pages, and over 160,000 searchable names. 

The 5 volumes that were updated in this release:
• Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1908
• Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920
• Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1851-1908
• St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1897-1903
• St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1893-1906

The 10 new volumes are listed below:
• Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1916
• Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
• Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1904-1905
• St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1906-1908
• St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1908-1913
• St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1914-1920
• St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1907-1908
• St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Mary (Lynn) Sick Calls, 1906-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  Sacred Heart in Roslindale Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added three new volumes and updated two volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Roslindale. This update adds over 6,000 records and over 25,300 names to search.   The new and updated volumes are listed below:
Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Baptisms, 1893-1908 (updated)
Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Marriages, 1893-1908 (updated)

Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Baptisms, 1908-1917
Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Baptisms, 1917-1920
Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Marriages, 1908-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Charlestown and Dorchester

American Ancestors has added 15 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes: St. Mary in Charlestown, and St. Peter in Dorchester. This update includes 14 volumes, over 3,600 pages, and nearly 122,000 searchable names. 

There are 5 volumes that were updated in this release:
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1897-1904
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1869-1907
• St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1908
• St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1920
• St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1920

The 9 new volumes are listed below:
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1904-1908
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1908-1914
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1914-1918
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1908-1910
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1913-1920
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1907-1909
• St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1920

The Archive Department of the Archdiocese of Boston Releases New Boston Catholic Parish Map

The Archive Department of the Archdiocese of Boston is announcing a new tool to help researchers determine which parish their ancestors attended. This new map will be incredibly useful when used in conjunction with the Historic Catholic Records Online project hosted at AmericanAncestors.org. 

Clicking within a parish boundary will provide the name of the parish and address of the parish church.  Clicking on a church marker will provide the name of the church, address, date the parish was created and, where applicable, the date the parish was suppressed or merged.  In the future, additional content will be added such as depictions of the churches, details about the location of parish records and links to the online records. 

Links to access the map are available on the Archdiocese of Boston Archive Department’s Online Resources page and within the database descriptions for Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. For guidance on how to use the map, consult the how-to video.

New Database:  Worcester, MA:  Scots-Irish Settlers 1700-1850

American Ancestors announces a brand-new database today, Worcester, MA: Scots-Irish Settlers, 1700-1850.  This database is organized into 21 volumes by family. The database contains nearly 200 pages of family histories and contains over 12,000 searchable names.

Rhode Island Roots Volume 41 (2015) Added

American Ancestors has add volume #41 (2015) to the genealogical journal Rhode Island Roots database. This update adds over 270 pages and over 2,800 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.

The Essex Genealogist Volume 35 (2015) Now Available

American Ancestors has added Volume 35, covering the year 2015, to the genealogical journal The Essex Genealogist database. This update contains over 250 pages and 1,200 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.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records from Dorchester

American Ancestors has added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Paul and St. William in Dorchester. This update adds over 11,900 records and over 48,600 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1909-1919
St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1911-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Marriages, 1909-1920

The Maine Genealogist Volume 37 (2015) Available

American Ancestors has added volume 37 for the year 2015 to The Maine Genealogist database. This update adds over 230 pages and nearly 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.

Mayflower Descendant Volume 64-68 (2016-20) Now Available

American Ancestors announces that Volumes 64 through 68, for the years 2016 through 2020, have been added to the database The Mayflower Descendant. This update adds approximately 1,100 new pages and 19,700 searchable names. Going forward,  The Mayflower Descendant will be indexed shortly after each volume is completed.

Mayflower Descendant was originally published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants starting in 1899. In 2015, New England Historic Genealogical Society assumed stewardship of the venerable journal. 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. Mark (Dorchester) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mark in Dorchester. This update adds over 5,572 records and over 23,056 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1905-1916
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1916-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1906-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Marriages, 1906-1920

New Database:  The LeRoy Family in America, 1753-2003

American Ancestors has added a brand-new database today, The LeRoy Family in America, 1753-2003. This genealogy of the Le Roy family sets a new standard of quality and completeness as a full account of all descendants of a colonial New York family – and a particularly interesting family at that.  This database contains the entire Le Roy family book, and the 19 volumes match those in the book. All names from the index are searchable in the database. There are 800 pages and 13,500 searchable names in the database.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from Boston Area

American Ancestors has added 28 new volumes and updated 28 volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston), Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park), Sacred Heart (East Boston), St. Gregory (Dorchester), St. John the Baptist (East Boston), St. Margaret (Dorchester), St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston), St. Peter (Dorchester) and St. Stephen (Boston). This update adds over 7,900 new pages to browse.

The new volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1883-1908*
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1916
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920*
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1851-1908*
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1908-1920

Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1896-1901*
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1901-1906
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1906-1910
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1910-1916
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1916-1920
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Confirmations, 1880-1920*
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1889-1915*
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1915-1920

Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1896-1906 (Vol. 2)*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1915
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1873-1917*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1874-1906*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1906-1920

St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1896-1913*
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1866-1920*
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1876-1913*
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1914-1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Sick Calls, 1915-1920

St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1905*
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1905-1911
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1920
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1873-1902*
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1902-1913
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1901*
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1901-1918 (Part 1)
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1901-1918 (Part 2)
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1894-1915*
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1919-1920
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1893-1919*
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1919-1920

St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1917*
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1920
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Confirmations, 1884-1920*
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Marriages, 1866-1920*

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

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1918*
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1920*
St. Stephen (Boston) Confirmations and First Communions, 1875-1920*
St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1872-1920*
St. Stephen (Boston) Marriage Supplements, 1908-1913

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records for Brockton, Dorchester and Lynn

American Ancestors has added 15 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include 5 different parishes: St. Casimir in Brockton, St. Ambrose and St. Leo in Dorchester, and Sacred Heart and St. Patrick in Lynn. This update includes 15 volumes, over 2,600 pages, and nearly 93,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are listed below:

• St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1909-1920
• St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1906-1920
• St. Ambrose (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1914-1920
• St. Ambrose (Dorchester) Marriages, 1914-1920
• St. Leo (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1902-1909
• St. Leo (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1910-1920
• St. Leo (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1905-1920
• St. Leo (Dorchester) Marriages, 1902-1920
• Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1917-1920
• Sacred Heart (Lynn) First Communions, 1909-1920
• Sacred Heart (Lynn) Marriages, 1918-1920
• St. Patrick (Lynn) Baptisms, 1906-1910
• St. Patrick (Lynn) Baptisms, 1911-1917
• St. Patrick (Lynn) Baptisms, 1917-1920
• St. Patrick (Lynn) Marriages, 1911-1920

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790:  New Sketches

American Ancestors has added three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Isaiah Fuller (Warwick), Edward Hayward (Windsor) and Moses Hayward (Lenox).

Updated Database:  Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications, 1560 – 1970

American Ancestors announces an addition to the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts Membership Applications, 1560-1970 database today. This update completes the applications, with 470 new applications to the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts (CSWMA) for years up through 1970, and contains over 2,000 pages and 65,000 indexed names.   In the future this database will include Supplemental Applications up through 1970. 

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

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable for St. Stephen in Boston

American Ancestors has added 3 new volumes, and 3 extended volumes, to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions are for the parish of St. Stephen in Boston. This update includes 600 pages, and over 25,000 searchable names.

The three new volumes are:
• St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1918
• St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• St. Stephen (Boston) Marriage Supplement, 1908-1913

The three expanded volumes have records added beyond 1900 and are:
• St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1920
• St. Stephen (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1875-1920
• St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1872-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records For Boston, Cambridge and West Roxbury

American Ancestors has added 11 new volumes, and 6 extended volumes, to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include the parishes of Holy Trinity in Boston, St. Anthony of Padua in Cambridge, and St. Theresa of Avila in West Roxbury. This update includes over 3,000 pages, and over 100,000 searchable names.  The eleven new volumes are:

• Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1902-1908
• Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1920
• Holy Trinity (Boston) Burials, 1907-1920
• Holy Trinity (Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920
• 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
• St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Baptisms, 1920
• St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Confirmations, 1902-1920
• St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Marriages, 1910-1920

The five expanded volumes have records added beyond 1900 and are:
• Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1894-1902
• Holy Trinity (Boston) Deaths, 1878-1907
• Holy Trinity (Boston) Marriages, 1893-1914
• St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Baptisms, 1896-1920
• St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Marriages, 1896-1910

Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784:  Four New Sketches

American Ancestors has added four new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived in Brattleboro. The new sketches are listed below:

Burt, Joseph (Brattleboro)
Church, Nathaniel (Brattleboro)
Church, Nathaniel, Jr. (Brattleboro)
Kendrick, Lemuel (Brattleboro)

Archdiocese of Boston:  Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added five new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton. This update adds over 17,000 records and over 52,000 names to search.

The new and updated volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk 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 or presenting records up to December 31, 1920:

Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1898-1904*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1905-1908
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1913
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1914-1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) First Communions and Confirmations, 1888-1920*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1885-1908*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1908-1920

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Browsable Records from Boston Neighborhoods

American Ancestors has added 45 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from 11 parishes: Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston), St. Adalbert (Dorchester), St. Ambrose (Dorchester), St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills), St. Angela Merici (Mattapan), St. Joseph (East Boston), St. Lazarus (East Boston), St. Leo (Dorchester), St. Mark (Dorchester), St. Paul (Dorchester), and St. William (Dorchester). This update adds over 7,000 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1901-1906
Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1912
Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1920
Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Marriages and Confirmations, 1896-1920

St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1912-1919
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) First Communions, 1918-1920
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Interments, 1913-1920
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1912-1920

St. Ambrose (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Ambrose (Dorchester) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Confirmations, 1920
St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Marriages, 1918-1920

St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Confirmations, 1910-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) First Communions, 1909-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Joseph (East Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Joseph (East Boston) Confirmations, 1917-1920
St. Joseph (East Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. Lazarus (East Boston) Baptisms, 1904-1917
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Confirmations, 1907-1920
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Interments, 1904-1920
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Marriages, 1904-1920

St. Leo (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1902-1909
St. Leo (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1910-1920
St. Leo (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1905-1920
St. Leo (Dorchester) Marriages, 1902-1920

St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1906-1916
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1916-1919
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1906-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Marriages, 1906-1920

St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1909-1919
St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1911-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Marriages, 1909-1920

New Database:  General Society of Mayflower Descendants Membership Applications, 1620-1920

American Ancestors announces a new database in time for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower: General Society of Mayflower Descendants Membership Applications, 1620-1920.  To honor Pilgrim ancestors and keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620.  Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world.  For more information about this society you can visit the General Society of Mayflower Descendants website.

This database includes all applications and supplemental applications to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) starting from their founding in 1897 and including only applicants who were born before January 1, 1920. The database index includes; the applicant, their ancestral Mayflower passenger, and the indexed birth, marriage and death information for each generation of descendants on the application. In addition, the membership number for the general society is provided. The dates of 93% the genealogical records indexed from these applications fall between 1620 and 1920. You may find marriage and death records for dates well after 1920.

The database is organized into 14 volumes, one for each family of passengers, and contains over 165,000 pages of applications with 4.5 million searchable names.  All names are indexed to the first page of the application, and you can page forward to see the lineage details.  In addition to the searchable database of membership applications, there is a family tree constructed for each Mayflower Passenger that can be viewed in AmericanAncesTREES. The trees contain individuals from any application where the person was born before January 1, 1920.

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

American Ancestor has added 8 new volumes, to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions are for the parish of St. Joseph in Wakefield, and the update includes over 900 pages, and over 66,000 searchable names.  The new volumes are:

• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Baptisms, 1873-1902
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Baptisms, 1903-1917
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Baptisms, 1917-1920
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Confirmations, 1879-1920
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) First Communions, 1881-1920
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Marriages, 1873-1902
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Marriages, 1903-1908
• St. Joseph (Wakefield) Marriages, 1908-1920

Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784:  Ten New Sketches

American Ancestors has added ten new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived in Brattleboro. The new sketches are listed below:

Alexander, John (Brattleboro, Marlboro)
Baldwin, Daniel (Brattleboro)
Baldwin, John (Brattleboro)
Baldwin, Levi (Brattleboro)
Brace, William (Brattleboro)
Brown, Samuel (Brattleboro)
Church, David (Brattleboro)
Church, Eber (Brattleboro)
Church, Jonathan (Brattleboro)
Church, Malachi (Brattleboro)

Jonathan White‘s sketch (from Rockingham) was also updated.

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Two New Sketches

American Ancestors has added two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Cary Briggs of Hancock  who married Elizabeth Jones and Reuben Cooley of Greenwich who married first Sarah Train, then Elizabeth Needham.

Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable Records From St. Joseph in Boston’s West End

American Ancestors has added three new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Joseph in Boston. This update adds over 15,800 records and over 59,400 names to search.

The new and updated volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk 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 or presenting records up to December 31, 1920:

St. Joseph (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1910*
St. Joseph (Boston) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Joseph (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1920*
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1907*
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1907-1912
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1912-1920

American Ancestors Magazine Volume 20 (2019) Added

The American Ancestors Magazine database has been updated to include volume 20 covering the year 2019. This update contains over 280 pages and 2,800 searchable names.  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 Searchable Records from Boston and Brighton

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes and updated six volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Columbkille in Brighton and St. Mary in Boston. This update adds over 19,800 records and over 58,600 names to search.

The new and updated volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk 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 or presenting records up to December 31, 1920:

St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1901-1914
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1914-1919
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Confirmations, 1897-1920*
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Marriages, 1857-1907*
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Marriages, 1907-1920

St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1908*
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1866-1901*
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1884-1915*
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1902-1920
St. Mary (Boston) Confirmations, 1911-1919
St. Mary (Boston) Marriages, 1894-1920*

Expanded Database Boston, MA:  Provident Institution for Savings, 1817-1882

American Ancestors announces an update to a database that comes through a partnership with the Boston Athenaeum; Boston, MA: Provident Institution for Savings, 1817-1882. We have added one new Waste Book volume which adds nearly 260 pages and 2,500 searchable names.
When complete, the database will contain 6 signature books and 6 “Waste” (Transaction) books. The volumes currently available are:

• Signature Book 10, 17 May 1854 – 9 Jun 1858
• Waste Book 1D, 1 Mar 1821 – 5 Jun 1822

Two New Sketches:  Western MA Families in 1790

American Ancestors announces two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Ebenezer Bacon of Peru who married Rebecca Blackman and Esther [Bacon] Doud of Tyringham, who married Giles Doud.

New Database Boston:  Provident Institution for Savings, 1817-1882

American Ancestors has added a new database today that comes through a partnership with the Boston Athenaeum; Boston, MA: Provident Institution for Savings, 1817-1882 .

This database currently contains a single volume; Signature Book 10, 1854-1858. When complete, the database will contain 6 Signature books and 6 “Waste” books. This volume contains 380 pages and over 54,000 new searchable names. The additional books are actively being indexed, and new volunteers are welcome. Email Rachel.Adams@nehgs.org for more information.

About 80% of the records are for immigrants to Boston. This is particularly valuable for Irish immigrants as the native county is provided which is critical information for additional research in Ireland. All records will be of type residence and will be for the location of Boston, Massachusetts.

Archdiocese of Boston:  8 New Bowsable Parishes from Lynn, Newton and Boston

American Ancestors has added 52 new volumes and updated thirteen volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton), Sacred Heart (Lynn), St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn), St. John the Evangelist (Newton), St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston), St. Mary (Lynn), St. Patrick (Lynn), and St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury). This update adds over 12,700 new pages to browse.

The new volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1898-1904*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1905-1908
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1913
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1914-1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) First Communions and Confirmations, 1888-1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1885-1908*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1908-1920

Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900-1917*
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1917-1920
Sacred Heart (Lynn) First Communions, 1909-1920
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Marriages, 1894-1918*
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Marriages, 1918-1920

St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1893-1903*
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1903-1909
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1910-1915
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1915-1920
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Marriages, 1886-1907*
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Marriages, 1907-1920

St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Confirmations, 1914-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Deaths, 1914-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Newton) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1903*
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1905
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1905-1906
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1907
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1907-1908
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1909
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1909-1910
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1910-1911
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1911-1912
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1912
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1913
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1914
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1915
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1915
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1915-1916
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1917
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1918
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Confirmations, 1876-1920*
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1900-1906*
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1906-1908
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1912
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1912-1916
St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston) Marriages, 1916-1920

St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1897-1903*
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1904-1905
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1906-1908
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1908-1913
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Mary (Lynn) First Communions and Confirmations, 1881-1903*
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1907-1908
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1908-1920
St. Mary (Lynn) Sick Calls, 1906-1920

St. Patrick (Lynn) Baptisms, 1906-1910
St. Patrick (Lynn) Baptisms, 1911-1917
St. Patrick (Lynn) Baptisms, 1917-1920
St. Patrick (Lynn) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Baptisms, 1896-1920*
St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Baptisms, 1920
St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Confirmations, 1902-1920
St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Marriages, 1896-1910*
St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury) Marriages, 1910-1920

Boston, MA:  Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Immigration Records, 1904-1929:  6 New Volumes

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 now contains 12 folders from the HIAS collection held by the JHC. Six new folders were added today. These folders are from Box 211; for a complete listing of boxes within the collection, see the finding aid.

This update to the database added over 15,700 records and 16,600 names, more than doubling the information that was previously available. Records include passenger lists, ship arrivals, correspondence, and lists of immigrants who were detained and deported.  The contents of each volume vary greatly.   The new volumes are listed below:

Ship Passenger Lists, 1905 (Folder 3)
Immigrants Detained and Deported, 1906-1907 (Folder 4)
Lists of Arrivals, 1913 (Folder 6)
Lists of Arrivals and Correspondence re Arrivals, 1928-1929 (Folder 8)
Correspondence re Arrivals, 1916-1923 (Folder 11)
Passenger Lists and Correspondence, 1929 (Folder 12)