Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Lowell and Rockport

Early Morning, Rockport Wharf by Charles Paul Gruppe [Public domain]

Today we’ve added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Lowell and St. Joachim in Rockport. This update adds over 9,000 records and over 34,300 names to search.

In 1884, the Catholics of Lowell determined they needed another parish to minister to the faithful in that city. They began building Sacred Heart (Lowell), although in 1895 at the publishing of James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, only the basement of the church was complete. Page 331 of that volume contains an extensive description of the parish boundaries as they stood at that time.

As early as 1856, Catholics were worshiping in Rockport. Prior to the establishment of St. Joachim’s, Catholics would travel to Salem or Gloucester for church. Our records below begin in 1870.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Lowell) Baptisms, 1884-1900
Sacred Heart (Lowell) Deaths, 1890-1898
Sacred Heart (Lowell) Marriages, 1884-1905

St. Joachim (Rockport) Baptisms, 1870-1905
St. Joachim (Rockport) Marriages, 1870-1904

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