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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Whitman and Dorchester - Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Holy Ghost (Whitman) and St. Matthew (Dorchester). This update adds over 250 new pages to browse. Holy Ghost (Whitman) began as a mission of St. Bridget (Abington). The town of Whitman was known as South Abington until 1886. St. Matthew...
Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Everett and Cambridge - Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Immaculate Conception in Everett and St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge. This update adds 7,773 records and 29,794 names to search. Immaculate Conception (Everett) was initially called St. Mary’s. It began as a mission church of Chelsea. In 1885 it became...
Archdiocese of Boston: St. Joseph (Roxbury) now searchable - Today we’ve added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Joseph in Roxbury. This update adds 41,278 records and 163,356 names to search. St. Joseph’s in Roxbury was established in 1845 from neighborhoods previously part of St. Patrick’s parish. The Catholic population was growing quickly in the late 1800s in...
Three new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 - Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. The new sketches feature Perez Cook (Granby), Ichabod Hemenway (Williamsburg) and Heman Hitchcock (Conway). 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...
Archdiocese of Boston: St. Paul (Hingham) now browsable - Today we’ve added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Paul in Hingham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse. St. Paul began as a mission of the Weymouth churches. In 1877 they became an independent parish also serving the Catholics of Cohasset and Scituate. We’d like...
Update to Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1900 - We’ve updated Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1900 to include probate file papers from 1877 through mid-1894. This database now contains 30,793 cases and 37,700 searchable names. It comprises 796,527 pages. This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. This database is still in...
Archdiocese of Boston: 19 new browsable volumes - Today we’ve added nineteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from six parishes. The new volumes come from Gate of Heaven (South Boston), Sacred Heart (Newton), St. Casimir (Brockton), St. Joseph (Holbrook), St. Joseph (Ipswich), and St. Michael (Hudson). This update adds over 2,900 new pages to browse. We’d like to...
American AncesTREES: New Hint Sources on American Ancestors - Today we are announcing that we have updated all of the Massachusetts Probate File Papers databases so that they now provide hints for American AncesTREES. In addition, we have made the searchable version of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese available for hinting. This addition includes the following databases: Berkshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1761-1917 Bristol...
New Database: GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000 - We are extremely happy to announce a new database today; GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000. This database provides the indexed genealogies of the descendants of the 272 Slaves sold by Georgetown University (The GU272) in 1838, and was produced in a partnership with the Georgetown Memory Project. The article published in American Ancestors Magazine provides more information...
Two new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 - Today we’re announcing two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. The new sketches this week focus on Justus Forward from Belchertown and Peter Train of Whately. Reverend Justus Forward was born in 1730. He married Violet Dickenson; the couple had eleven children. He died in 1814. Peter Train was born in 1724/5 in Whately...