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Transcription Challenge #11 - It’s time for Transcription Challenge #11!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception and St. Mary’s in Salem, and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge. We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  Over 20 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we...
St. Bernard (Newton) records now browsable - We have just added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Bernard’s in Newton.  St. Bernard began as a mission attached to St. Mary’s church in Waltham.  The church was dedicated in 1874.  The original structure burned down in 1889, but they were able to rebuild a new...
Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) records now searchable - We have added 12 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge.  The first Catholic church in Cambridge, Sacred Heart of Jesus was originally called St. John.  The twelve new volumes are listed below: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1842-1856 Sacred Heart of Jesus...
Transcription Challenge #10 - After a busy August, we’re back with our next Transcription Challenge!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception in Salem. We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last month!  Over 50 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on: McCourt, McCant Sre....
New browsable Catholic records from Framingham - We’re announcing 7 new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These volumes come from St. George in Framingham and St. Patrick in Natick.  The Catholic population swelled in these towns as immigrants from Ireland, French Canada, and elsewhere came to work in the mills. The new volumes are listed below. St....
Update to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 - We have added two new volumes to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880: Warren, Richard (Vol. 18, p. 3) White, William (Vol. 13) This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants...
Chatham Vital Records: Update to Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850 -   We’ve added a new volume of Chatham vital records to Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850.  This new volume appears as “Chatham – V3” in Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850. The first 100 or so pages of vital records in the current volume were also published in “Chatham – V1” in the same collection.  Chatham – V1...
New Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 sketches - We have 6 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...
New Sketches for Western Mass. Families in 1790 - Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, one of our study projects by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. This database focuses on families listed in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which also includes parts of modern Franklin and Hampden counties. If you are particularly interested...
New Searchable Archdiocese of Boston Records: Immaculate Conception in Salem - We’ve added 12 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from the parish of Immaculate Conception in Salem.  This update consists of 2,860 pages, 23,972 records and roughly 90,300 names.  St. Mary’s was originally the name of Immaculate Conception; as the parish grew and built a new church, the name changed....