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

The interior of St. Peter’s in Dorchester from James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, page 177.

Today we’ve 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.

Earlier this week we announced the extension of the Historic Catholic Records Online project up through the year 1920. This update includes 1901-1920 records when available in these volumes.

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 Sam Sturgis for his help making this parish available on our site. 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

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