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Transcription Challenge: Week 9! - We have a new transcription challenge for this week! Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge. We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  Over 80 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on: Garvey Mulski...
Update to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892 - We have updated the index to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892  to enable searches by first name and last name, spouse names, dates and locations. It is also still possible to do a Keyword search on the full transcription. Reverend Henry Fitz Allen Patterson served the Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church,...
New browsable Catholic records from Dorchester and Charlestown - We have added over 1,200 new pages to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900!  These new records come from the parishes of St. Ann in Dorchester and St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown.  The history of both these churches demonstrates the expansion of Catholicism in Boston–both parishes broke off from previously...
Enhanced Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833 - We have updated the index to Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833  so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, in addition to Keyword search. This database provides a list of all the residents  who voted in the town officer elections of 1833. The records include the name, date...
Transcription Challenge: Week 8 - We have a new transcription challenge for this week! Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception (Salem) and St. Mary (Charlestown). Last week had some tricky names.  We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions!  Here are the final answers we have settled on: Seragh,...
Western MA Families in 1790: 7 new sketches - 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, FASG....
Transcription Challenge: 7th Edition - We really appreciate the help with last week’s Transcription Challenge.  Week 6 was particularly hard–not just the special challenge, but also some of the other names.  Here are the chosen interpretations below.  These choices are based upon research done by our wonderful Transcription Challenge participants, research here at NEHGS, and the physical appearance of the...
Sacred Heart Roslindale Records Now Searchable - Today we have a small new addition to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  Sacramental records from Sacred Heart in Roslindale are now searchable.  This update consists of two volumes,  Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Baptisms, 1893-1900 and Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Marriages, 1893-1900. The Sacred Heart parish was established in 1893 as the Catholic population...
Transcription Challenge: Week 6 - Thank you to everyone who participated in Transcription Challenge last week.  We had over 60 responses!  This week we have more mystery names to decipher from Sacred Heart (Boston), Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge), and St. Joseph (Boston) parishes, including one special challenge from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer...
Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 - We are very excited to announce the creation of a new searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies; Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) has published the very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620...