Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Volumes 14-22 Updated

Engraving of a battle scene
Engraving of the Battle of Bunker’s Hill from Volume 15, page 192a.

Today we are releasing volumes 14 through 22 (1860-1868) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. This update includes 9 volumes, 3,700 pages, 85,000 records and 175,000 searchable names and has about four times the number of records previously indexed for these volumes.

This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since the first publication in 1847. We are reviewing every published article add extracting a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The indexing in this effort includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Users of American AncesTREES will also benefit by being able to get hints from the newly indexed volumes in their family trees.

This update is made possible by the splendid efforts of our volunteers: Valerie Abrahamsen, Nancy Borman, Carol Botteron, Becki Clarke, Patricia Dalpiaz, Fran Danico, Randy Hube, Karen Jarret, Toni Lattimer, Jan Lundquist, Kristina Magill, Ginny Marshall, Paula Muggleton, Ida Nystrom, Margaret Parker, Karen Ristic, Ray Ristic, Kay Sencabaugh, Olga Tugarina, Susan Van Allen, Charlie Watson, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, and Rich Wood. If you would like to become part of the team working on this rewarding project to revamp the index to the NEHGS Register, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at
Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family.

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