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New Option to Display Locations on a Map - We are very happy to provide you a new enhancement to the search experience on American Ancestors. Now you have the ability to link directly to Google Maps using the location text from a record. The example above shows the Record Detail page where the location text is highlighted in blue and followed by a...
Archdiocese of Boston: St. Peter (Dorchester) now searchable - Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Peter in Dorchester. This update adds over 38,000 records and over 126,000 names to search. Earlier this week we announced the extension of the Historic Catholic Records Online project up through the year 1920. This update includes 1901-1920 records when...
Archdiocese of Boston: 5 new searchable parishes - Today we’ve added 5 new parishes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1920. This update includes 34 new volumes, 137,666 records, and 470,647 names. The new parishes are Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston, St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, St. Philip in Roxbury, St. Bridget in Abington, and Sacred Heart in...
Historic Catholic Records Online Phase 2, 1901-1920 - Today we announce an update to the year range for our Historic Catholic Records Online project. Phase One of the project spanned the years 1789-1900. We will now be staring Phase Two of this project, in which we are digitizing and indexing volumes ranging from 1901-1920. In addition to updating many parishes that are already...
Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Cohasset and Stoneham - Today we’ve added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Anthony of Padua in Cohasset and St. Patrick in Stoneham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse. A note on the process of implementing this project that explains this update: At the Archdiocesan archives in Braintree, they...
Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Volumes 4-6 Updated - Today we are releasing volumes 4, 5, and 6 (1850-1852) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update adds 32,000 records and 86,000 searchable names. This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and...
Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Newton and Wellesley - Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton and St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley. This update adds over 800 new pages to browse. The early history of these two parishes is intertwined. Before St. Mary’s was established in Newton’s Upper Falls,...
3 new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 - Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring William Graham (Colrain), Thomson Rawson (New Marlborough) and John Ellis (Pittsfield). This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor...
Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Walpole, Lexington, and Holliston - Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Blessed Sacrament (Walpole), St. Brigid (Lexington), and St. Mary (Holliston). This update adds over 600 new pages to browse. Early Catholics in Walpole traveled to various towns in the southern portion of the Archdiocese to hear Mass. In 1872, Father...
New hint sources for American AncesTREES - 69 databases can now provide hints for American AncesTREES. What do we mean by hints? Maybe in your American AncesTREEs family tree you have an ancestor who was born in 1860. Maybe we have a baptism for someone of the same name that also happened in 1860. Thanks to our most recent hinting update, you...