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Update to Salisbury, MA: Marriages by Elder Jabez True, 1812-1835 - We have just updated the database Salisbury, MA: Marriages by Elder Jabez True, 1812-1835. It can now be searched by both spouse’s first and last names and the date of the marriage. The images of the original fragile manuscript are provided. Elder True lived from 1764 to 1835, and was a minister in Salisbury, Essex,...
Searchable Archdiocese of Boston Sacramental Records - Today we are launching Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1900!  Thanks to the wonderful work of our volunteers, this database will make searchable the sacramental records we are digitizing in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Boston. Upon launching, this database includes 14,347 Records 32,185 Names and the following volumes: Immaculate Conception (Boston) Baptisms, 1865-1898...
Tip: How to Navigate the Boston Evening Transcript Genealogy Columns - This week we thought we’d highlight The Boston Evening Transcript Genealogy Columns, 1911-1941.  The Boston Evening Transcript ran a genealogy column about twice a week during this time period. Readers would submit and respond to genealogical queries, provide corrections to published genealogies, and give background and theories on longstanding genealogical puzzles. Correspondents were not just...
New records from St. James the Greater, Boston - We’re adding St. James the Greater to our Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1900 collection.  This parish was established in 1854 in what is now Chinatown, serving the many Irish immigrants who lived in that area.  Learn more about the early history of the parish in James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of...
New sketches! Western Massachusetts Families to 1790 - We have added seven new sketches to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. This database focuses on families listed in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which includes parts of modern Franklin and Hampden counties as well.  Sketches are submitted by NEHGS researchers and members and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG,...
Search our Probate Databases for Free - This week our probate databases are available for free to everyone.  We have 32 databases which fall under the Court, Land, and Probate Records category.  We’ve pulled together some material to better help you understand these collections on americanancestors.org/features/probate. Get a clear definition of what a probate record is, and how they can help be...
Bristol County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1880 - We are now offering a new database, Bristol County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1880.  This database was created from digital images contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 29,531 Bristol County probate cases filed between 1686 and 1880. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and...
Update to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 - We have added six new sketches to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. This database focuses on families listed in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which includes parts of modern Franklin and Hampden counties as well.  Sketches are submitted by NEHGS researchers and members and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG,...
New Middleborough and Florida, Massachusetts records - We’ve updated Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.   Middleborough – V1 and Middleborough – V2 are now searchable by parents’ and spouse’s names.  Florida – V1 is new, containing births, marriages and deaths. The Middleborough records come from Barbara Lambert Merrick and Alicia Crane Williams’s Middleborough, Massachusetts Vital Records, a compilation of transcribed records originally...
Update to North American Cemetery Transcriptions - Ten new volumes have been added to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts database covering cemeteries in Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire. Our hard-working volunteers have captured over 1,700 page images, 50,000 records and 200,000 searchable names in this update! Through these efforts, you can now view and search these new volumes: CT,...