New Searchable Archdiocese of Boston Records: Immaculate Conception in Salem

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We’ve added 12 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from the parish of Immaculate Conception in Salem.  This update consists of 2,860 pages, 23,972 records and roughly 90,300 names.  St. Mary’s was originally the name of Immaculate Conception; as the parish grew and built a new church, the name changed.  St. Mary’s was established in 1821, the 3rd Catholic church in Massachusetts.  The new Immaculate Conception church was dedicated in 1858.  The volumes below are named according to the name written in the actual record book.  We want to thank all of our marvelous volunteers who contributed work towards making this parish available; their time and effort is so appreciated.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Salem) Baptisms, 1840-1854

St. Mary (Salem) Marriages, 1842-1870

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms and Marriages, 1824-1828

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1831-1841

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1855-1864

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1865-1873

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1874-1883

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1883-1888

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1889-1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Marriages, 1871-1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Confirmations, 1888-1900

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Note added November 29, 2017:

Our policy is to name volumes as they are named in the Archdiocesan archives.  They have decided to name the two St. Mary’s volumes as Immaculate Conception, so we have changed the volume names accordingly.  This change is based upon the following research, “Saint Mary’s, Salem, was the second parish in the diocese founded in 1826.  The parish was split in two with the establishment of Saint James in 1850, this to help serve the immediate area but also the large number of missions Saint Mary’s had become responsible for in the surrounding area. By 1857, a new church was completed to replace the old wooden church of Saint Mary’s, but because few priests were available they decided to merge the two parishes into one again, and rename this large parish the Immaculate Conception.”