Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Dorchester & Lowell

Map of Lowell, Massachusetts
1876 bird’s eye view map of Lowell, Massachusetts. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have added 10 new volumes, and updated 3 volumes, for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 ( Today’s additions include St. Margaret in Dorchester and Immaculate Conception in Lowell. This update includes 13 volumes, 1,200 pages, 19,000 records, and 70,000 searchable names.

St. Margaret branched off from an existing church, St. Peter’s in Dorchester in the late 1800s. The plans for constructing this church were officially embarked upon on June 10, 1893, the feast of St. Margaret.

Immaculate Conception in Lowell was run by the Oblate Order. The church was dedicated in 1877 as Lowell’s Catholic population grew.

The volumes in this release are:
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1901-1918 (Part 1)
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1901-1918 (Part 2)
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1894-1915
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1919-1920
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1893-1919
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1919-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1901-1907
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1908-1916
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1917-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) First Communions, 1914-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Confirmations, 1916-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1896-1920

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online. 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

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