Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Newburyport and Canton

The Last Rays, Charles Harold Davis,1887 showing Plum Island (public domain)

Today we’ve added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Immaculate Conception in Newburyport and St. John the Evangelist in Canton. This update adds over 31,500 records and over 96,000 names to search.

Catholics have been worshipping in Newburyport since the beginnings of the Archdiocese of Boston. Very early on, devout Catholics might occasionally travel in to Boston to worship. Eventually, this parish began as a mission of Salem. In 1852, a cornerstone was laid for the Immaculate Conception church in Newburyport. When this parish was established, it covered the towns of Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury, Salisbury, and Amesbury. Many of these other towns gained churches of their own as time went on.

Prior to 1861, Catholics in Canton went to Quincy for Mass. In 1861, this town became its own parish. In 1866 the cornerstone was laid for the church.

We’d like to the following volunteers for their help with these parishes: Arlys LaFehr, Barbara Macken, Bob Rainville, Carolyn Jack, Conall O’Cathain, Eileen McCarthy, Eldon Gay, Holly Caughlan, Jack McCellan, Jane Papa, Jim Alcauskas, Judy Welna, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Kathleen Oberley, Kiera Breitenbach, Kim Bonner, Linda Breveleri, Liz Barnett, Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Mary Alice Yost, Maryanne LeGrow, Mathew Murphy, Meghan McDonagh, Meredith Madyda, Michelle Kearns, Nancy Johnson, Pat Harney, Patricia Ryburn, Patrick Henehan, Paul McCool, Rick Lageux, Sam Sturgis, Sandy Caldwell, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Sara Stinson, Stacey-Rae McCue, Susanne Souza and Tim Belgrad.

The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1854-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1872-1882
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1883-1890
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Baptisms, 1891-1901
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Confirmations, 1882-1920
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) First Communions, 1871-1900
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1852-1871
Immaculate Conception (Newburyport) Marriages, 1872-1903

St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Baptisms, 1859-1878
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Baptisms, 1859-1901
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Confirmations, 1867-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Canton) Marriages, 1861-1901

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