Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Boston and Gloucester

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and the Washington Street Elevated subway line in 1920 (image by Leon H. Abdalian / Public domain)

Today we’ve added fifteen new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston and Our Lady of Good Voyage in Gloucester. This update adds over 46,600 records and over 199, 271 names to search.

The Church of the Holy Cross was the first Catholic church established in Boston in 1788. As the Catholic population grew in the city, it become the Cathedral. In 1800, the first Cathedral was built on Franklin Street in the South End. By 1866, a new, larger building was needed, so construction began on the current church on Washington Street. Since, the Cathedral has continued to be a center of Catholicism in New England.

In 1888, the Portuguese Catholics of Gloucester organized to form their own parish. In 1893, the first Mass was sung in the Our Lady of Good Voyage church building.

Our Lady of Good Voyage in Gloucester (image by Henry Zbyszynski, 2008 / CC BY (

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help with this update.

The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1910
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1910-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1907-1916
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1917-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Convert Confirmations, 1916-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Convert Confirmations, 1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1906-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1911
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1917
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1918-1920

Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1891-1913
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Baptisms, 1913-1920
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Confirmations, 1898-1908
Our Lady of Good Voyage (Gloucester) Marriages, 1890-1920

Updated volumes (records added for 1901 +):
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.15, 1900-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1906
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages V.11, 1897-1905

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