Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Jamaica Plain

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Today we have added 5 new volumes and updated 2 volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes in Jamaica Plain: Blessed Sacrament, and St. Thomas Aquinas. This update includes 17 volumes, over 2,600 pages, and nearly 143,000 searchable names.

As the population of Jamaica Plain grew, St. Thomas Aquinas was created out of St. Joseph’s parish in Roxbury. Mass was held for the first time here in 1869. Today, Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood of Boston. When the parish began, Jamaica Plain was still part of West Roxbury, which did not become part of the city of Boston until 1874.

Blessed Sacrament was established in 1892 as the Catholic population in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain grew and grew. It was offset from the territories of a few different parishes including Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain). The Jamaica Plain Historical Society republished an article from 1913 in the Boston Daily Globe which describes the laying of the cornerstone for the new church building.

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There are six volumes that were updated in this release:
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1892-1903
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1892-1910
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1892-1907
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1893-1901
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1869-1911
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) First Communions, 1899-1920

The eleven new volumes in this release are:
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1903-1908
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1908-1915
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1916-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1913-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1902-1907
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1908-1908
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1908-1915
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, 1915-1920
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Confirmations, 1914-1920
• St. Thomas Aquinas (Jamaica Plain) Marriages, 1901-1907

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