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New Database: The Narragansett Historical Register

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Title Page for the first issue of the The Narragansett Historical Register in July 1882. Public Domain

We are very excited to announce a new database: The Narragansett Historical Register. The Narragansett Historical Register was published from 1882 to 1891, and described itself as “A magazine devoted to the Antiquities, Genealogy and Historical Matter illustrating the history of the Narragansett Country, or Southern Rhode Island. The stated aim of this magazine was “to collect into one publication the History of the Narragansett Country or Southern Rhode Island.” The editor, James N. Arnold, (1844 – 1927) was a collector and publisher of genealogical and historical records of the state of Rhode Island. He is most famous for the publication of the 21-volume set entitled The Vital Record of Rhode Island (1636-1850), which is also a database on American Ancestors.

This database is organized into 9 volumes with one for each year of publication. There are over 3,300 pages, and 5,500 records and names. All records have the date of the year of publication.

The entire run of The Narragansett Historical Register is also available at our NEHGS Boston research library, call number F87.N2 N36 1882.

We are grateful to the many dedicated volunteers who indexed all the names for this project, including: Val Abrahamsen, Loretta Aldrich , Wilmine Bernavil , Carol Botteron, Jeanne Brown , Karen Buchinger, Peg Camp, Fran Danico , Suzie Donah , Phyllis Doucette, Ruth Green , Elizabeth Handler, Jane Himmel , Pamela Hugie, Nancy Johnson , Bill Kerrigan , Joan Koesterherm , Maryanne Legrow, Jan Lundquist, Nina Manno, Linda Mathew, Donna McClure, Bruce McKeeman , Susan Morath, Therese Mosorjack , Patty Ryburn , Kay Sencabaugh , Renda Smith , Gale Stevenson , Linda Weaver, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, Gail Wine, Mara Witzling, Elaine Wood, and Rich Wood. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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New Database Salem, MA: United States 1810 Census

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Plan of the town of Salem in the commonwealth of Massachusetts: from actual surveys, made in the years 1796 & 1804; with the improvements and alterations since that period as surveyed, by Saunders, Jonathan Peele, 1785-1844. Map reproduction courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.

We are very happy to announce a new database: Salem, MA: United States 1810 Census. This project is the result of a partnership between the Phillips Library/Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and American Ancestors/NEHGS.

Censuses enumerated from 1790 to 1820 were originally filed in their respective district court (state) or superior court (territory). Eventually, in 1830, the courts were asked to forward their 1790-1820 census holdings to the Department of State. Unfortunately, some courts took poor care of the first four censuses, so many of these records have been lost or presumed lost, as was the case with the 1810 census for the City of Salem.

In 2021, it was discovered that The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum had the only surviving copy. Before returning the original pages to the National Archives and Records Administration (the current guardian of historic US Federal Censuses) the Phillips Library digitized the pages in color. These pages were provided to NEHGS to be indexed and are now available for the first time in a searchable form in this new database.

This database contains the full 100 pages of the 1810 Federal Census with over 2,200 records and searchable names. It is searchable by first and last name. All records are of type Census, and they are records with the location Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Rhonda McClure has written a blog about the re-discovery of the Salem Census of 1810 in Vita Brevis. A searchable index of the rest of the United States 1810 Census is also available on American Ancestors.

We thank our volunteer John Hagerty, who indexed all the names for this project. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to both guest and Individual NEHGS members. Consider membership.

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A sample page from the Salem, MA: United States 1810 Census database

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Haverhill and Lowell

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Inside St. Patrick (Lawrence) from One Hundred Years of Progress, p.388

Today we have added 6 new volumes to the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 () database. Today’s addition delivers the parishes of St. Patrick in Lowell, and St. Rita in Haverhill. This update includes over 600 pages, 12,000 records and over 44,000 searchable names.

St. Patrick was Lowell’s first parish, and the large church building was dedicated on July 3, 1831.

St. Rita’s was established for the Lithuanian and Italian communities in Haverhill. The wooden framed church of St. Rita was dedicated on October 10, 1915. It was originally a mission of St. James parish.

The volumes published today are:
• St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms, 1908-1915
• St. Patrick (Lowell) Baptisms, 1915-1920
• St. Patrick (Lowell) Confirmations, 1901-1920
• St. Patrick (Lowell) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Rita (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1915-1920
• St. Rita (Haverhill) Marriages, 1915-1920

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Chelsea

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Chelsea Square 1906 Post Card. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have added 5 new volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s addition is for Our Lady of the Assumption in Chelsea and includes over 200 pages, 2,00 records, and 6,000 searchable names.

In 1903 and 1907 the Society of the Assumption petitioned for a separate French congregation to be established in Chelsea. Starting on May 5, 1907 the worship began in the basement of St. Rose’s parish school. The following year a basement church was built on Broadway. The construction of the upper church began in 1924, and it was dedicated on November 28, 1925 by Father Rabel

The five new volumes in this release are:
• Our Lady of the Assumption (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1912-1920
• Our Lady of the Assumption (Chelsea) Confirmations, 1914-1920
• Our Lady of the Assumption (Chelsea) Deaths, 1912-1920
• Our Lady of the Assumption (Chelsea) First Communions, 1911-1920
• Our Lady of the Assumption (Chelsea) Marriages, 1912-1988

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Brockton and Framingham

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1909 Map of Brockton by the Walker Lith. & Pub. Co. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have added 7 new volumes to the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 database. Today’s addition delivers the parishes of St. Margaret of Scotland in Brockton, St. Colman of Cloyne in Brockton, and St. Stephen in Framingham. This update includes over 700 pages, 10,000 records and over 40,000 searchable names.

St. Colman of Cloyne was founded in 1910 in the eastern side of Brockton. Father Joseph J. Dermody constructed a basement church. His successor Rev. William J. Fennessy finished the upper structure and it was dedicated on October 7, 1928.

St. Margaret of Scotland in Brockton was also a basement church in 1903. The superstructure was blessed on August 17, 1924 and the dedication by Cardinal O’Connell was October 7, 1928.

St. Stephen was established as a parish in 1878. St. George in the Saxonville neighborhood of Framingham was the first Catholic church in the area. St. Bridget and St. Stephen (in South Framingham) branched off from St. George.

The volumes published today are:
• St. Colman of Cloyne (Brockton) Baptisms, 1911-1920
• St. Margaret of Scotland (Brockton) Baptisms, 1902-1913
• St. Margaret of Scotland (Brockton) Baptisms, 1913-1920
• St. Margaret of Scotland (Brockton) Confirmations, 1902-1913
• St. Margaret of Scotland (Brockton) Marriages, 1902-1908
• St. Margaret of Scotland (Brockton) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Stephen (Framingham) Baptisms, 1902-1926

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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New Database Portsmouth, NH: High School Students, 1846-1902

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Lantern slide of the original Portsmouth High School on Daniel Stree. Courtesy of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

We are very happy to announce the new database: Portsmouth, NH: High School Students, 1846-1902. This project is the result of an excellent partnership between the Portsmouth Athenaeum and NEHGS. The information about the students in this database can provide a more personal insight into their high school experience. This database contains eight volumes with over 2,300 pages of information about the High School students and includes over 48,000 searchable records and 50,00 searchable names.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire first established a system of primary schools in 1846 through an act of the General Assembly. In 1848 Portsmouth organized its system of education and elected a School Board to oversee its affairs.
The Portsmouth Athenaeum has held the city’s historic school records on deposit since 1991, and in 2020 partnered with The New England Historic and Genealogical Society to digitize and index records related to Portsmouth High School for the years 1846 through 1902. These records include students’ names, information about their studies, when they graduated, and occasionally students’ birth dates and names of parents or guardians.

The records included in this database are now housed in the collections of Portsmouth Public Library. Since most records do not provide an age for the student, we have primarily used a record type of Residence, meaning that the student lived in Portsmouth when the records was written. Some birth records are included in this database.

We thank the volunteers who have made this database possible, including; Carol Demers, Carol Farrington, Joan Hammond, Peggy Hodges, Pamela Hugie, Susan Kindstedt, Ginny Marshall, Linda Martin-Berke, Robin Merrow, Melissa Millay , Alan Phelps, Bob Rainville , Carol Sawyer, John Seavey, Gail Wine, Mara Witzling, and Elaine Wood. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Cambridge and Brockton

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St. Patrick (CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0))

Today we have added 12 new volumes to the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 database. Today’s addition delivers the parishes of Blessed Sacrament in Cambridge and St. Patrick in Brockton. This update includes over 2,500 pages, 22,000 records and over 77,000 searchable names.

In 1905, St. Mary’s Parish of Cambridge was divided. The portion between Massachusetts Avenue and the Charles River became Blessed Sacrament, under Father John A. Crowe.

Prior to 1856, Catholics in Brockton travelled to Randolph for Mass. In 1856, a priest was assigned to Brockton to build a new parish. St. Patrick’s church was dedicated in 1859.

The volumes published today are:
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1905-1908
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1909-1915
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1915-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1919-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) First Communions, 1907-1920
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) Marriages, 1905-1908
• Blessed Sacrament (Cambridge) Marriages, 1909-1920
• St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1904-1910
• St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1910-1920
• St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1920
• St. Patrick (Brockton) Confirmations, 1903-1917
• St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriages, 1910-1920

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for five parishes

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St. Mary in Randolph from One Hundred Years of Progress by James Sullivan, p.695

Today we have added 3 new volumes and updated 9 volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 database. Today’s addition provides the parishes of St. Ann in Dorchester, St. Mary Star of the Sea in Beverly, St. Peter in Cambridge. St. Mary in Randolph and Immaculate Conception in Malden. This update includes over 1,600 pages, 20,000 records and over 75,000 searchable names.

The first Mass at Immaculate Conception (Malden) was celebrated on Christmas Day in 1854. At the time, the parish attracted Catholics from many towns north of Boston including Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, South Reading, Stoneham, Winchester, and Everett.

The parish of St. Ann (Dorchester) celebrated its first Mass on Christmas in 1880 after breaking off from St. Gregory’s parish.

St. Mary’s in Randolph was built in 1849, as the Catholic population in Randolph expanded, no longer needing to travel to Quincy to worship.

St. Mary Star of the Sea in Beverly began as a mission of Immaculate Conception (Salem). The church was dedicated in Beverly in 1870, and in 1871 they became their own parish. St. Mary Star of the Sea in Beverly also ran missions in Manchester and Ipswich, and as the Catholic population grew, a second church was built in Beverly Farms, called St. Margaret.

St. Peter was established in 1848 as the Catholic population of Cambridge grew; it broke off from the parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the beginning, this parish not only served Catholics of Cambridge, but also Catholics from many towns in northeast inland Massachusetts. The church is located in between Fresh Pond and Harvard Square.

The volumes delivered are as follows:
• Immaculate Conception (Malden) Marriages, 1868-1904
• St. Ann (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1889-1904
• St. Mary (Randolph) Baptisms, 1888-1908
• St. Mary (Randolph) Marriages, 1888-1907
• St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Baptisms, 1895-1909
• St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Baptisms, 1909-1920
• St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Baptisms, 1920
• St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Confirmations, 1898-1920
• St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Marriages, 1871-1915
• St. Mary Star of the Sea (Beverly) Marriages, 1915-1920
• St. Peter (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1890-1920
• St. Peter (Cambridge) Marriages, 1893-1920

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Dorchester & Lowell

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Map of Lowell, Massachusetts
1876 bird’s eye view map of Lowell, Massachusetts. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have added 10 new volumes, and updated 3 volumes, for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 (https://www.americanancestors.org/search/databasesearch/2726/massachusetts-roman-catholic-archdiocese-of-boston-records-1789-1920). Today’s additions include St. Margaret in Dorchester and Immaculate Conception in Lowell. This update includes 13 volumes, 1,200 pages, 19,000 records, and 70,000 searchable names.

St. Margaret branched off from an existing church, St. Peter’s in Dorchester in the late 1800s. The plans for constructing this church were officially embarked upon on June 10, 1893, the feast of St. Margaret.

Immaculate Conception in Lowell was run by the Oblate Order. The church was dedicated in 1877 as Lowell’s Catholic population grew.

The volumes in this release are:
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1901-1918 (Part 1)
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1901-1918 (Part 2)
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1894-1915
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1919-1920
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1893-1919
• St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1919-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1901-1907
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1908-1916
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Baptisms, 1917-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) First Communions, 1914-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Confirmations, 1916-1920
• Immaculate Conception (Lowell) Marriages, 1896-1920

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.


Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Volumes 14-22 Updated

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Engraving of the Battle of Bunker’s Hill from Volume 15, page 192a.

Today we are releasing volumes 14 through 22 (1860-1868) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. This update includes 9 volumes, 3,700 pages, 85,000 records and 175,000 searchable names and has about four times the number of records previously indexed for these volumes.

This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since the first publication in 1847. We are reviewing every published article add extracting a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The indexing in this effort includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Users of American AncesTREES will also benefit by being able to get hints from the newly indexed volumes in their family trees.

This update is made possible by the splendid efforts of our volunteers: Valerie Abrahamsen, Nancy Borman, Carol Botteron, Becki Clarke, Patricia Dalpiaz, Fran Danico, Randy Hube, Karen Jarret, Toni Lattimer, Jan Lundquist, Kristina Magill, Ginny Marshall, Paula Muggleton, Ida Nystrom, Margaret Parker, Karen Ristic, Ray Ristic, Kay Sencabaugh, Olga Tugarina, Susan Van Allen, Charlie Watson, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, and Rich Wood. If you would like to become part of the team working on this rewarding project to revamp the index to the NEHGS Register, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.
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Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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