Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records from Holliston and Lawrence

St. Patrick of Lawrence and St. Mary’s of Holliston from 100 Years of Progress, pages 386 and 765

Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Holliston and St. Patrick in Lawrence. This update adds over 2,300 pages, 23,300 records and over 87,000 new names to search.

St. Mary’s in Holliston because an independent parish in 1870. Before that, most Catholics when to Hopkinton for Mass. Construction started on St. Mary’s church in 1873, and was completed in 1883.

St. Patrick’s in Lawrence was built in the “new city” on the south bank of the Merrimack river to help the growing Catholic population after the Civil War. The church was built to accommodate 1000 people and the first mass was celebrated on Christmas Day in 1869

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The new volumes are listed below:

  • St. Mary (Holliston) Baptisms, 1870-1920
  • St. Mary (Holliston) Marriages, 1871-1920
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1872-1908
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1908-1914
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1914-1920
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1894-1916
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1908
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1908-1920

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