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Addition to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions - Addition to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions Five new volumes have been added to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts, 1642-1977 database which provide extensive coverage of Franklin County, Maine. The excellent indexing efforts of our volunteers has added over 30,000 new records and 57,000 new searchable names. The new volumes are: ME,...
Cathedral of the Holy Cross Records Now Searchable - The records from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross are now available in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update includes over 555,000 names searchable by first name, last name, parents’ names, spouses’ names, witnesses’ names, record type, year, and location. We want to extend our vast gratitude to our volunteers who...
Transcription Challenge: Week 3 - Thank you to everyone who participated in Transcription Challenge last week.  We had over 150 responses!  This week we have 8 more mystery names to decipher and we would love your help!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion. Here are the chosen transcriptions from last week’s challenge: Kezia M. Ahern Timothy O’Driscoll Stephen Donovan...
Database Name Spring Cleaning - We have been making some updates to better standardize our database names and make them more convenient for your research. Highlights include: Location oriented databases – They are consistently prefixed. For the United States and Canada, they will start with the city and state or province code, followed by the description, and ended with the year...
Two new and two revised sketches in Early New England Families, 1641-1700 - Today we have two new sketches by Alicia Crane Williams: John Hollister of Wethersfield, CT (m. 1639, Joan/Joanna Treat); and Thomas Nichols of Hingham, MA, (m. 1638, Rebecca Joslin; m. 1681, Dorcas ___.) Also, Alicia has revised the sketches of Joseph Andrews of Hingham., MA (m. 1621, w. unknown, m. 1632, Elizabeth ___); and Samuel...
Early Vermont Settlers to 1784: 5 Windsor County sketches - We have 5 new sketches for Early Vermont Settlers to 1784.  This database focuses on families that lived in Vermont prior to the end of the Revolutionary War, as identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis “Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784” (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980). As NEHGS prepares to publish...
St. Mary (Charlestown) Browsable Catholic Records - We have a new addition to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900: the records from St. Mary in Charlestown.  St. Mary’s was the first parish established as a separate parish from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in 1828.   The Boston Public Library has a Charlestown Flickr page with images of St....
New Transcription Challenge! - Thank you to everyone who participated in our very first Transcription Challenge last week.  We had over 55 responses, giving us many helpful suggestions for the 8 names we needed to transcribe.  This week we have 8 more mystery names to decipher and we would love your help!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer...
Early Vermont Settlers to 1784: 30 new sketches! - This week we’ve released 30 new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers to 1784.  This database focuses on families that lived in Vermont prior to the end of the Revolutionary War, as identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis “Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784” (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980). Explore the...
Enhanced Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633 - We have greatly expanded the index to Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III. There are nearly 15,000 new birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records that include the person’s full name and event date, as well as spouse and parent names where available. Searchable emigration and residence records for the featured persons...