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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records from Roxbury and Weymouth

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Pictures of Sacred Heart of Weymouth from 100 Years of Progress, pages 755 and 756.

Today we’ve added four new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from All Saints in Roxbury and Sacred Heart in Weymouth. This update adds over 450 pages, and over 79,000 new names to search. The new volumes are:

  • All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1896-1908
  • All Saints (Roxbury) Marriages, 1896-1908
  • Sacred Heart (Weymouth) Baptisms, 1870-1895
  • Sacred Heart (Weymouth) Marriages, 1870-1892

Construction of the All Saints Church in Roxbury started in 1893. This was the thirteenth church erected by Rev. Hugh P. Smyth. The site of All Saints’ Church was formerly part of the estate of Governor Bradley, one of the early governors of the New England colony, whose family occupied it for many years, making it a notable spot in Roxbury.

The Parish of the Sacred Heart was also built by Rev. Hugh P. Smyth. Located at 55 Commercial Street, the construction of this church was started in 1876, and was built to accommodate the growing number of Catholic parishioners who could no longer be accommodated by the Church of St. Francis Xavier in South Weymouth.

The volunteers who indexed All Saints (Roxbury) include; Greta Gaffin, Tate Lehmann, Tim Belgrad, Kathy Oberley, Bob Rainville, Lisa Butler, Matt Murphy, Arlys LaFehr, and Mary Alice Yost. The volunteers who produced Sacred Heart (Weymouth) include; Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Nancy Johnson, Bob Rainville, Rick Lageux, Kim Bonner, Cathy Corricelli, Bernadine Bernavil, Stacey-Rae McCue, Sara Stinson, Kathy Oberley, Amelia Devin Freedman, Matt Murphy, Carolyn Jack, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Judy Welna, Arlys LaFehr, Mary Alice Yost, Jane Papa, and Katie McNally. 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: The Genealogical Advertiser

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City Hall for Cambridge, Massachusetts.Photograph by George H. Cushing, Historic American Buildings Survey. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we are announcing a new database: The Genealogical Advertiser. The Genealogical Advertiser was a quarterly magazine published from March 1898 to 1901 by Lucy Hall Greenlaw in Cambridge Mass.

This publication produced a variety of useful content including; local vital record extracts, probate records, family histories, and genealogical book reviews.

All the published volumes are included in this database. The database contains approximately 839 pages and over 20,000 searchable names. The indexing for this database includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors. The Vermont Genealogy database is part of the Journals & Periodicals category, and results are included in that category search page.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers: David Anderson, Kim Bonner, Angela Napolitano, and Ross Weaver. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process 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 Volume for Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent

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Map of the Patent granted to Henry Beekman.

We are very happy to add Volume 11 to our database Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent. This series of books is an invaluable resource for researching the early settlers of Dutchess county, New York. Volume 11 contains over 1,000 pages and is focused on families with last names between Rood and Sly. Over 20,000 names have been added to this database.

Note that this database has a name only index, derived from the book index itself. Search terms should be focused on First and Last names. You may select a specific volume to restrict your search results.

The Settlers of the Beekman Patent series, by Frank J. Doherty, contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more. Mr. Doherty has published a total of 13 volumes in this series, we are now adding volume 11 in accordance with our agreement to make them available as searchable database after 7 years have passed.

The printed index is also available at the end of this volume, starting on page 845. As noted in the book (see here .)

This update is made possible by the efforts of our team our volunteers, particularly David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved 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: Massachusetts: Earle Report of Native Americans, 1861

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Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we are releasing a new database; Massachusetts: Earle Report of Native Americans, 1861. This database provides an index to the Appendix of 1861 Massachusetts Earle Report of Native Americans from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The index was created in 2020 by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of American Ancestors & New England Historic Genealogical Society. It includes the names, tribal membership, tribe/race, and location where the Native Americans resided in Massachusetts in 1861. The database is searchable by name, location, and tribe. The index contains nearly 1,700 searchable names.

The 1861 Massachusetts Earle Report of Native Americans from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts., is a unique census substitute is the only attempt by the Commonwealth to identify those associated with Native Americans in the Commonwealth, and those formerly of the Commonwealth residing outside of Massachusetts. It has been used as a genealogical reference by many Massachusetts area tribes to determine if someone may qualify as a member on the current tribal membership rolls as a descendant.

John Milton Earle was born at Leicester, Massachusetts, 13 April 1794 and died at Worcester, Mass. 8 February 1874. Earle was a Massachusetts politician, and editor of the Massachusetts Spy and later the Daily Spy newspapers from 1823-1857 in Worcester. He was an avid abolitionist in rallying support for the end of slavery in the Commonwealth as a Whig. Earle served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1844-46, and 1850-52. He would later serve in the Massachusetts Senate in 1858. Earle would be appointed the Commissioner of Indian of Affairs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was during his tenure as Commissioner that the Senate passed an Act of April 6, 1859 to complete a report on the Native American population of the Commonwealth.

Under this Act the Commissioner was tasked “to examine into the condition of all Indians and the descendants of Indians domiciled in this Commonwealth, and make report to the governor, for the information of the general court, on the following matters, namely:

  1. The number of all such persons, their place of abode, their distribution, whether by tribes or otherwise, classifying them by age and sex, and distinguishing between the married and single; and also the number of persons reputed Indians, who are of mixed or other race.
  2. The social and political condition of all such persons, including their municipal, religious, and educational organization, and their relation, individual and municipal, to the counties, town, or districts in when they dwell.
  3. The economical state of all such persons, including the specification of all property of theirs in lands, and whether the same is held in severalty or in common, and whether now in their own possession, or unlawfully possessed by others, and, in the latter case, by what color of alleged title; and also what proportion of such persons are paupers, dependent on towns in which they dwell, or in the State.
  4. All such facts in the personal or social condition of the Indians of the Commonwealth, as may enable the general court to judge whether they can, compatibly with their own good and that of the other inhabitants of the State, by placed immediately and completely, or only gradually and partially, on the same legal footing as the other inhabitants of the Commonwealth.”

Under this criteria Earle investigated the living conditions of the Native American population of the Commonwealth. His work included correspondence with local guardians of the various tribes, town officials and members of the various tribes around the state. His work would be published in 1861 as Massachusetts Senate Report No. 96. Report to the Governor and Council concerning the Indians of the Commonwealth, under the Act of April 6, 1859 (Boston: William White, Printer to the State, 1861). The detailed report of nearly one hundred and fifty pages contained additional appendix at the end. The first part of this contains the list of those Native Americans and their families Earle reported upon to the Governor John Albion Andrew (President of NEHGS, 1866-1867) and his council in 1861.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members. Membership options

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New Database: NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900

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Acceptance letter dated 1 August 1845 from the first member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, former President John Quincy Adams.

We are very happy to announce a new database that is part of celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS); NEHGS Membership Applications, 1845-1900.

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Since its founding in 1845, NEHGS has had a written membership process that typically includes written biographical and genealogical information about each new member. As part of the 175th anniversary of its founding, American Ancestors has indexed the membership application forms and correspondence for those who joined between the years 1845 and 1900. The first member was former President John Quincy Adams, and the database contains membership information for several other Presidents and other famous individuals.

The 52 volumes in this database are organized by the year that the member joined NEHGS. The records indexed in this database are generally between the years 1620 to 1900, though some will be found outside this range. The most common record types are Birth, Baptism, Marriage, and Death. There are also many Residence records, as records include where the member lived when they joined NEHGS. This database contains over 11,000 pages of applications and correspondence, and 121,000 searchable names.

We’d like to thank out dedicated team of volunteers including; Shaune-Marie Berg, Kim Bonner, Nancy Borman, Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Erin Canzano, George Carter, Becki Clarke, Tom Clements, Fran Danico, Amelia Devin Freedman, Elizabeth Handler, Nancy Johnson, Michelle Kearns, Arlys LaFehr, Toni Lattimer, Don LeClair, Jan Lundquist, Eileen McCarthy, Maureen McCarthy, Marilyn Moffitt, Matt Murphy, Angela Napolitano, Nell Nies, Liz Odell, Jane Papa, Margaret Parker, Julie Roffo, Kay Sencabaugh, Wendy Sheppard, Renda Smith, Sara Stinson, Sam Sturgis, Charlie Watson, Ross Weaver, Judy Welna, Bill Wolfendale, Rich Wood, and Mary Alice Yost. Their efforts made this update possible. 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 Volume 10 Updated

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Ruins of Dudley Castle from The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register Vol. 10, p. 132 article Gov. Thomas Dudley and His Descendants.

Today we are releasing volume 10 (1856) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update includes 9,100 records and 36,000 searchable names, and is about seven 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 we create is at the same level we have used for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Mayflower Silver Books. It 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.

We will release each re-indexed volume of the register as it is completed. 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. This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers: Nancy Borman, Tom Clements, Pat Dalpiaz, Fran Danico, Randy Hube, Kit Loomis, Jan Lundquist, Ginny Marshall, Julie Nathanson, Margaret Parker, Karen Ristic, Ray Ristic, Kay Sencabaugh, Renda Smith, Gale Stevenson, Susan Van Allen, and Charlie Watson.

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. The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

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 Immaculate Conception of Stoughton

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Immaculate Conception of Stoughton from 100 Years of Progress, pages 690 and 691.

Today we’ve added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 for Immaculate Conception of Stoughton. This update adds over 490 pages, 9,000 records and over 36,000 new names to search.

The new volumes are listed below:

  • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1859-1884
  • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms, 1859-1907
  • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Baptisms, 1884-1898
  • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Confirmations, 1898-1920
  • Immaculate Conception (Stoughton) Marriages, 1872-1908

Masses were celebrated in Stoughton as early as 1840. In 1848, the first regular Mass was performed to a congregation of 14 people in a private home. In 1859 land was purchased for a church building, and the church was completed in November that same year.

We’d like to thank out dedicated team of volunteers including; Liz Barnett, Kim Bonner, Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Becki Clarke, Helen Fredell, Eldon Gay, Julie Bliss Hammons, Sue Hurlbut, Carolyn Jack, Nancy Johnson, David Lambert, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Eileen McCarthy, Maureen McCarthy, Jack McCellan, Paul McCool, Stacey-Rae McCue, Meghan McDonagh, Matt Murphy, Angela Napolitano, Kathy Oberley, Jane Papa, Bob Rainville, Marie Wells, Judy Welna, and Mary Alice Yost. Their efforts made this update possible. 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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The NEHG Register Volume 173 Now Available

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The NEHG Register Fall 2019 issue cover

We have just posted a new volume to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register database. This update adds volume 173; which contains the 2019 Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall issues. This adds 430 pages and 11,000 searchable names to the database.

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.

The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

The entire run of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is available at the NEHGS Boston research library, call number F1.N56.

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

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Seymour, CT Vital Records Final Volume Added

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Thomas H. Seymour, Governor of Connecticut, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain in the United States.

We have added the fifth and final volume to the database Seymour, CT: Vital Records, 1700-1914. Volume 5 covers the period from 1 Jan 1911 through 31 Dec 1914. This volume adds 37 pages, and over 6,000 searchable names.

This database contains all the records compiled in the five-volume series Vital Statistics of Seymour, Connecticut. These books were published by W.C. Sharpe in Seymour, Connecticut between 1883 and 1923, and are organized by year of record as follows:

  • Volume 1: 1700 – 1882
  • Volume 2: 1883 – 1891
  • Volume 3: 1892 – 1900
  • Volume 4: 1901 – 1910
  • Volume 5: 1911 – 1914

This database has over 380 pages and contains 33,000 searchable names. The record types include birth, baptism, marriages, deaths, and burials.
The town of Seymour is located in New Haven County and was incorporated in 1850. Previously, Seymour was a part of Derby, Connecticut. The town was named for Governor Thomas H. Seymour, who was buried there in the Cedar Hill Cemetery after his death from Typhod Fever in 1868.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteer David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization or indexing processes 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 from Holliston and Lawrence

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St. Patrick of Lawrence and St. Mary’s of Holliston from 100 Years of Progress, pages 386 and 765

Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mary in Holliston and St. Patrick in Lawrence. This update adds over 2,300 pages, 23,300 records and over 87,000 new names to search.

St. Mary’s in Holliston because an independent parish in 1870. Before that, most Catholics when to Hopkinton for Mass. Construction started on St. Mary’s church in 1873, and was completed in 1883.

St. Patrick’s in Lawrence was built in the “new city” on the south bank of the Merrimack river to help the growing Catholic population after the Civil War. The church was built to accommodate 1000 people and the first mass was celebrated on Christmas Day in 1869

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.

The new volumes are listed below:

  • St. Mary (Holliston) Baptisms, 1870-1920
  • St. Mary (Holliston) Marriages, 1871-1920
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1872-1908
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1908-1914
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1914-1920
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1894-1916
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1908
  • St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

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