Resources from American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

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

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


Archdiocese of Boston:  New Searchable 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.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Lowell and Rockport

American Ancestors has added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Lowell and St. Joachim in Rockport. This update adds over 9,000 records and over 34,300 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Lowell) Baptisms, 1884-1900
Sacred Heart (Lowell) Deaths, 1890-1898
Sacred Heart (Lowell) Marriages, 1884-1905

St. Joachim (Rockport) Baptisms, 1870-1905
St. Joachim (Rockport) Marriages, 1870-1904

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

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Gate of Heaven in South Boston. This update adds over 51,200 records and over 169,000 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1866-1883
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1898
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1913
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1873-1908
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Marriages, 1885-1902

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from St. Peter (Plymouth)

American Ancestors has added seven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Peter in Plymouth. This update adds over 7,852 records and over 31,132 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms, 1872-1899
St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms, 1899-1906
St. Peter (Plymouth) Convert Baptisms, 1881-1914
St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms and Marriages, 1873-1875
St. Peter (Plymouth) Baptisms and Marriages, 1873-1879
St. Peter (Plymouth) First Communions and Confirmations
St. Peter (Plymouth) Marriages, 1879-1912

Archdiocese of Boston: New Searchable Records from Newton and South Boston

American Ancestors has added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston). This update adds over 16,700 records and over 69,400 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1893
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1883-1907
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1920
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Marriages, 1871-1920

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1896
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Baptisms, 1897-1911
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Marriages, 1884-1907

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

American Ancestors has added twenty new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Marlborough. This update adds over 15,900 records and over 51,600 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1854-1861
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1862-1865
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1865-1866
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1866-1868
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1868-1869
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1870-1880
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1881-1890
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1890-1896
St. Mary (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1896-1905
St. Mary (Marlborough) Confirmations and Deaths, 1871-1880
St. Mary (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1871-1890
St. Mary (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1890-1919
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1882-1884
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1884-1886
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1886-1888
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1888-1893
St. Mary (Marlborough) Deaths, 1898-1914
St. Mary (Marlborough) Marriages, 1858-1869
St. Mary (Marlborough) Marriages, 1870-1892
St. Mary (Marlborough) Marriages, 1894-1895

Archdiocese of Boston:  St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Francis de Sales in Roxbury. This update adds over 52,100 records and over 187,000 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1861-1874
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1874-1888
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1888-1896
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1897-1904
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1876-1920
St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury) Marriages, 1861-1913

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

American Ancestors has added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart (East Boston) and St. Gregory (Dorchester). This update adds over 45,100 records and over 150,200 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1873-1895
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1896-1906
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1874-1906

St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1859-1871
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1875
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1876-1895
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1896-1913
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1866-1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1863-1875
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1876-1913

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Gloucester and Lynn

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) and St. Joseph (Lynn). This update adds over 2,300 new pages to browse.   The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1891-1913
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1913-1920
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Confirmations, 1898-1908
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Joseph (Lynn) Baptisms, 1874-1899
St. Joseph (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900-1920
St. Joseph (Lynn) Confirmations, 1877-1920
St. Joseph (Lynn) Index to Baptisms, 1900-1920
St. Joseph (Lynn) Marriages, 1874-1908
St. Joseph (Lynn) Marriages, 1920

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

American Ancestors has added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Patrick (Roxbury). This update adds over 72,600 records and over 270,400 names to search.   The new volumes are listed below:

St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1836-1852
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1852-1858
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1858-1871
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1872-1882
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1883-1890
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1890-1906
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1871-1894
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1894-1920
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1836-1881
St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1881-1902

Archdiocese of Boston: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury). This update adds over 21,300 records and over 76,700 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1883-1889
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1889-1895
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1895-1901
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1885-1893
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1894-1909
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) Marriages, 1883-1913

New Option to Display Locations on a Map

American Ancestors announces a new enhancement to the search experience on American Ancestors. Now you have the ability to link directly to Google Maps using the location text from a record. The example above shows the Record Detail page where the location text is highlighted in blue and followed by a push-pin icon; indicating that you can click on the location to display the location in Google Maps.  This new capability is also available for locations on the Transcript display page.

Please click the link above for further information and for guidance on using the new feature.

Archdiocese of Boston: St. Peter (Dorchester) Now Searchable

American Ancestors has added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Peter in Dorchester. This update adds over 38,000 records and over 126,000 names to search.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1887
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1887-1895
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1908
St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1920
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1872-1897
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1920

Archdiocese of Boston: Five New Searchable Parishes

American Ancestors has added 5 new parishes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1920. This update includes 34 new volumes, 137,666 records, and 470,647 names. The new parishes are Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston, St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, St. Philip in Roxbury, St. Bridget in Abington, and Sacred Heart in Newton.  Click the Link above for further information about these new additions and for a full listing of the new volumes.

Historic Catholic Records Online Phase Two – 1901 – 1920

American Ancestors announces an update to the year range for our Historic Catholic Records Online project. Phase One of the project spanned the years 1789-1900. We will now be staring Phase Two of this project, in which we are digitizing and indexing volumes ranging from 1901-1920. In addition to updating many parishes that are already part of the project, we will add over 60 new parishes established after 1900. They anticipate that Phase Two will be as large as Phase One, consisting of at least 720 volumes and 10 million names.

Click the link above for further information and for full listing of the newly added volumes.

Archdiocese of Boston: New Browsable Records from Cohasset and Stoneham

American Ancestors has added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Anthony of Padua in Cohasset and St. Patrick in Stoneham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Marriages, 1886-1900
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Marriages, 1868-1900

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1886-1900 and St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1868-1900 are already available

Vital Records from the NEHGS Register Volume 4-6 Updated

American Ancestors has released volumes 4, 5, and 6 (1850-1852) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update adds 32,000 records and 86,000 searchable names.

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.  Every published article is reviewed and a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature are extracted. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The index created is at the same level used for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Mayflower Silver Books. It includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Three New Sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

American Ancestors has added three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring William Graham (Colrain), Thomson Rawson (New Marlborough) and John Ellis (Pittsfield).

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