Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for East Boston and Newton

black and white picture of a church
St. Bernard Church in West Newton, From One Hundred Years of Progress, p. 644. Public Domain

Today we have added 5 new volumes and updated 2 volumes for the database Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes: Sacred Heart in East Boston, and St. Bernard in Newton. This update includes 7 volumes, over 1,300 pages, and over 70,000 searchable names.

The first Mass was said in Sacred Heart (East Boston) in 1873. The church was dedicated in 1874 and continues to serve parishioners in East Boston today.

St. Bernard began as a mission attached to St. Mary’s church in Waltham. St. Bernard’s church was dedicated in 1874. The original structure burned down in 1889, but the parish rebuilt a new church by 1890.

We thank our dedicated volunteer Sam Sturgis for his work on this release. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

There are two volumes that were updated in this release:
• St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1894-1911
• St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920

The 5 new volumes in this release are:
• Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1915
• Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
• Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1906-1920
• St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920
• St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1911-1920

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