Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records from East Boston and Dorchester

Sketch of St. Gregory (Dorchester) from James Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, page 74.

Today we’ve 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 first Mass was said in Sacred Heart (East Boston) in 1873.

The congregation that would become St. Gregory’s began to coalesce around 1863 from an area that formerly belonged to the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston. The initial territory of this parish was quite large–before the year 1900, it was already divided at least five times. Some territory was given to the parishes in Hyde Park and Quincy and new churches were started in Dorchester including St. Peter, St. Ann, and St. Matthew.

We’d like to thank volunteers Julie Bliss-Hammons, Stacey-Rae McCue, Toni Lattimer, Arlys LaFehr, Fran Weaver, Sandy Caldwell, Judy Welna, Nancy Johnson, Marie Wells, Kiera Breitenbach , Alayna Travaglione, Holly Caughlan, Barbara Macken , Bob Rainville, Carolyn Jack , Kathleen Oberley , Meghan McDonagh , Matthew Murphy , Eldon Gay , Mary Alice Yost, Maureen McCarthy , Rick Lagueux, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Jane Papa, Kayla Hinrichsen, Susan Dickinson, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Angela Napolitano, Paul McCool, Diane Rogers, Mary Coyne, Meredith Madyda, Eileen McCarthy, and Sam Sturgis for their help making these parishes available on our site.

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

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