Archdiocese of Boston: St. Peter (Dorchester) now browsable

Excerpt from a 1896 Sampson and Murdock Map of Boston centering on Dorchester, oriented West-East rather than North-South

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Peter in Dorchester. This update adds over 460 new pages to browse.

St. Peter (Dorchester) began in 1872 as an offshoot of St. Gregory in Dorchester. In James Sullivan’s One hundred years of progress, Joseph Byrne enthusiastically describes the appearance of the church which was dedicated in 1884, “No technical description can do more than faintly suggest the grandeur of St. Peter’s church which is a poem of architectural beauty” (175). The Dorchester Athenaeum’s history of the church has a very helpful paragraph (the sixth on the page) that explains the evolution of the Catholic parishes in Dorchester.

We’d like to thank the following scanners for their help making this update possible: Francis Alix, Eileen McCarthy, Angela Napolitano and John Phlo. Volunteer Linda Weaver did vital image-merging work on five of the six volumes.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our how-to video.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1887
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1887-1895
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1900
St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1900
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1872-1897
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1900

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