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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1869-1892
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1892-1900
Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Marriages, 1870-1896

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Foxborough and Watertown

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

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

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

American Ancestors Magazine Volume 19 (2018) Added

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Revere and Lawrence

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

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

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

New Sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1890

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Somerville and Maynard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Concord and Hopkinton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: Cambridge and Watertown Records Now Browsable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Malden and Weymouth

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

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

An Invaluable Update to Vital Records from the NEHGS Register

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

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

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records From Lynn and Somerville

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Boston: St Peter (Lowell) Now Searchable

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

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

Essex Genealogist Volume 33 (2013) Now Available

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

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

Update: Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers

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

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

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

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

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

The volumes in this database include:

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

This database can be searched with the following:

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

New Volume for the Maine Genealogist

American Ancestors has added volume 35 (2013) to the database of the genealogical journal The Maine Genealogist. This update adds over 220 pages and 5,100 searchable names to the database.  Published since 1977, The Maine Genealogist is the quarterly journal of Maine Genealogical Society, founded in 1976.  Each issue, now 48 pages, contains scholarly articles on Maine families, emphasizing the solving of long-standing problems and primary source documentation.  The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

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

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

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

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790: New Sketches

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

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

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 7,100 pages that did not have them before. In addition, we have added over 16,300 new records and searchable names to the database.

The new records are spread across 29 cemeteries. About 60% of the new records are in Bristol County, and 35% are in Providence County. In addition to Rhode Island records, this update includes some burial information for native Rhode Islanders who were buried out of state. You can find these new volumes added to the database:

  • Chelsea, Maine – Veteran’s Cemetery Togus, Maine
  • Mechanicsville, Virginia – Cold Harbor National Cemetery
  • Petersburg, Virginia – City Point National Cemetery

This database is organized into volumes based on the city or town of the cemetery and provides information for 450,000 people and over 900,000 searchable names. The efforts to capture images of the gravestones is not complete, and 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 noting 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.

New Early Vermont Settlers: 1700-1784 Sketches from Sharon, VT

American Ancestors announces five new sketches in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.  These sketches feature heads of families from Sharon, Vermont.  Sharon was established in 1761, named for Sharon, Connecticut.  In 1805 it became the birthplace of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.  Scott Andrew Bartley’s study project tracks heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.  His sketches so far have focused on Windham and Windsor counties.

The new sketches are listed below:

Howe, Jonathan (Sharon)
Hutchins, Silas (Sharon)
Marsh, Isaac (Sharon)
Russell, Josiah (Sharon)
Spaulding, Reuben (Sharon)

Franklin County, MA: Probate File Papers 1812-1915

American Ancestors announces a new database, Franklin County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1812-1915.  This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 18,089 Franklin County probate cases filed between 1812 and 1915. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. The cases range in length from one to over 530 pages, with a total of over 440,600 individual file papers.

Franklin County was created in 1811 from the northern third of Hampshire County. Earlier probate records in the area may be searched in our companion database, Hampshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1660-1889.

New Archdiocese of Boston Records from Malden and Waltham

American Ancestors has updated both our browsable and our searchable Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston collections.  New to our searchable collection, Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 is Immaculate Conception in Malden.  This five volume update adds over 18,200 new records and over 72,300 new names to search.  The first Mass at Immaculate Conception (Malden) was celebrated on Christmas Day in 1854.  At the time, the parish attracted Catholics from many towns north of Boston including Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, South Reading, Stoneham, Winchester, and Everett.

St. Joseph (Waltham) is new to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This seven volume update adds over 360 new pages to browse.  St. Joseph was the French Canadian parish in Waltham.  The first Mass was said in 1894.

The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Malden) Baptisms, 1859-1868
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Baptisms, 1868-1883
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Baptisms, 1884-1897
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Marriages, 1861-1868
Immaculate Conception (Malden) Marriages, 1868-1900

St. Joseph (Waltham) Baptisms, 1894-1900
St. Joseph (Waltham) Confirmations, 1896-1900
St. Joseph (Waltham) Deaths, 1895-1900
St. Joseph (Waltham) First Communions and Confirmations, 1895-1900
St. Joseph (Waltham) First Communions, 1895-1900
St. Joseph (Waltham) Marriages and Deaths, 1895-1900
St. Joseph (Waltham) Marriages, 1895-1900

The NEHG Register Volume 172 Added

American Ancestors has posted a new volume to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database. This update adds volume 178, which includes the 2018 Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall issues. This update adds 430 pages and 10,600 searchable names.

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.