Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Volumes 4-6 Updated

Engraving of Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow from The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register Vol. 4, p. 296a

Today we are releasing 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. We are reviewing every published article and 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 index 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.

Users of American AncesTREES will also benefit by being able to get hints from the newly indexed volumes in their family trees.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers: Nancy Borman, Rich Wood, Jan Lundquist, Charlie Watson, Gale Stevenson, Ron Wilson, Karen Ristic, Ray Ristic, Linda Peterson, Erica Yee, Susan Van Allen, Tom Clements, James Cox, Ginny Marshall, Larry Akin, Margaret Sears Lindley, Ellen Anderson, Cannot Release Name, Karen Buchinger, Kay Sencabaugh, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, Randy Hube, Fran Danico, Julie Bliss Hammons, Julie Nathanson, and Pat Harney. If you would like to become part of the team working on this rewarding project to revamp the index to the NEHGS Register, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

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.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership