New database: Wyeth Funeral Service Records, 1904-1964

View of Pilgrim Path in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts (From “Mount Auburn: it’s scenes, its’ beauties, and its lessons” by Wilson Flagg, published 1861. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons),

We are very excited to announce a new database: Cambridge, MA: Wyeth Funeral Service Records, 1904-1964. This database currently contains the first 14 volumes of funeral home account records, from 1904-1934. We will shortly release a second update with the remaining 16 volumes, from 1934-1964.  Searchable fields include names of the deceased; dates and locations of birth, death, funeral service and interment; names of parents and spouses.  Other information available in the images includes occupation, cemetery, and age at death. This first update adds more than 12,000 records and 25,000 names to search.

The Wyeth Funeral Service began when Benjamin Franklin Wyeth (1846-1909) became an undertaker in 1860; he joined with Henry A. Wyeth in 1895, eventually buying out the business in 1904. His sons continued the family business after his death in 1909, renaming the business name to Wyeth Funeral Service. The funeral home remained in business until 1964.

The original volumes are kept in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections at NEHGS, call number Mss 223.

We are grateful to the many dedicated volunteers who indexed all of the names for this project, including: Alida Baker, Allyson Koehler, Barbara Macken, Becki Clarke, David Fredette, Donna McClure, Eileen McCarthy, Gail Defrose, Gale Stevenson, Gig Moineau, Ginny Marshall, Jaimie William-Peterson, Jane Himmel, Janet Essency, Joan Hammond, Karen Buchinger, Karen Del Vecchio, Kathy Oberly, Linda Weaver, Lisa Bisio, Lisa Butler, Liz Odell, Loretta Aldrich, Mara Witzling, Melanie Nelson, Michelle Kearns, Nancy Johnson, Pat Dalpiaz, Patricia Nesbitt, Rich Wood, Richard Laguex, Robyn Choate, Rosemary Durica, Sandy Caldwell, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Sara Stinson, Susan Fougstedt, Susan Morath, Susan Van Allen, Therese Mosorjak, Val Abrahamsen, Virginia Marshall, and Virginia Vaught. 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

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