Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable parishes from Charlestown

1885 Map of Charlestown by G.W. Bromley & Co. (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL / Public domain)

Today we’ve added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Catherine of Siena and St. Mary, both in Charlestown. We’ve also updated five volumes from these two parishes. This update adds over 4,000 new pages to browse.

St. Mary’s was the first parish established as a separate parish from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in 1828.   The Boston Public Library has a Charlestown Flickr page with images of St. Mary’s interior, repairs to the roof, and a fire that happened in the building.  Scroll about three quarters of the way down the page to view these images. 

St. Catherine of Siena grew out of St. Mary’s. The first Mass at St. Catherine’s was celebrated on Christmas 1887. 

We’d like to thank volunteers Bill Wolfendale, Kim Bonner, Angela Napolitano and Katie McNally for their help making this update possible.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1902-1907
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1907-1910
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1910-1920
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1904-1908
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1908-1914
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1914-1918
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Mary (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1908-1910
St. Mary (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1913-1920
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1907-1909
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1908-1920

The following volumes have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1898-1902
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1894-1920
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1888-1910

St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1897-1904
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1869-1907

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