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Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from Holy Cross (Boston) and Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton) - Today we’ve added fifteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Holy Cross in Boston and Our Lady of the Presentation in Brighton. We’ve also updated five volumes from Holy Cross in Boston. This update adds over 2,200 new pages to browse. Learn more about the current status of this project...
2 new sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700 - Today we’ve updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding two new sketches featuring John Sawin (m. 1641, 1651) and Daniel Smith, both of Watertown. Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is written by Alicia Crane Williams. This study project highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. Learn more about this project, through one of Alicia...
Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Arlington and Brockton - Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Agnes in Arlington and St. Edward in Brockton. This update adds over 16,100 records and over 61,900 names to search. Prior to the establishment of St. Malachi (or Malachy) in Arlington in 1872, Arlington Catholics had to travel to St....
Expansion of Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers - Today we are excited to announce an expansion of the Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers database. This addition includes case numbers 33068-35451, for the years 1842-1847, and it adds over 54,000 new file paper pages. The complete database now contains 496,000 file papers and 36,000 searchable names. This database was created from digital images...
Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from 5 Boston parishes - Today we’ve added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and updated eight volumes from five parishes across the current city of Boston. This update adds over 2,500 new pages to browse. The new and updated parishes include Our Lady of Ostrobrama in Boston’s West End, Our Lady of Victories (Boston), St....
Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) - Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Pompeii in Boston’s South End. This update adds over 1,800 new pages to browse. Boston College’s Global Boston project describes Our Lady of Pompeii: “Moving out from the North End, many immigrants from southern Italy lived...
Hints Now Available for Database Search - We have released an update to the search user experience that makes hints available to online users of search. Until now, hints from American Ancestors databases were only available to users of American AncesTREES. Now they are available to everyone. You can see an example of hints on the image above. Here we have the...
Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Lynn and Watertown - Today we’ve added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Watertown, Sacred Heart in Lynn and St. Jean Baptiste in Lynn. This update adds over 17,900 records and over 72,900 names to search. Sacred Heart in Watertown was established to serve the Catholics of eastern Watertown, set off...
New sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700 - Today we’ve updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding two new sketches, profiling Richard Hassell (m. 1643) and William Parry (m.1641). Richard Hassell lived with his wife Joan in Cambridge, Billerica, and Dunstable. They had three children. William Parry lived in Watertown with his wife Anne. They had six children. Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is written...
Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from Holy Trinity in Boston - Today we’ve added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and updated three volumes from Holy Trinity in Boston. This update adds over 1,100 new pages to browse. Holy Trinity was the heart of the German Catholic community in Boston. The parish was established in 1836; the first Mass in their...