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New sketches in two New England study projects

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Muddy Pond, Rutland, VT by William Henry Jackson (1861)

Today we’re announcing two new sketches and five updated sketches in two of our New England study projects: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 and Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.

George Butler of Pittsfield was added to our database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.

This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG by NEHGS members and other interested researchers.  If you are interested in submitting a sketch for Volume 5, please review our project home page.

We’ve also added Jonathan Bell of Tinmouth and Rutland to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.

We’ve updated the following sketches:

Emmons, Benjamin (Woodstock)
Kellogg, Joseph (Fort Dummer)
Sprague, Elkanah (Hartford)
Taylor, Samuel (Hartland)
Tilden, Stephen (Hartford)

Scott Andrew Bartley’s study project tracks heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.  His sketches so far have focused on Windham and Windsor counties.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this update possible.

Please note: These databases are available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: 5 new searchable parishes

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1895 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Lawrence, MA showing St. Anne’s Church (pink building, lower right)

Today we’ve added 22 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from five different parishes: Immaculate Conception in Weymouth, Sacred Heart in Natick, St. Anne in Lawrence, St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley and St. Lawrence in Brookline. This update adds over 49,100 records and over 203,300 names to search.

We’d like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers for their work on this, including Aidan Largey, Alicia Svenson, Amelia Devin Freedman, Angela Napolitano, Arlys LaFehr, Becki Clarke, Bob Rainville, Bonnie Barns, Bruce McKeeman, Carolyn Jack, Conall O’Cathain, Debbie Lansing, Eileen McCarthy, Eldon Gay, Erin Canzano, Gail Delfosse, Helen Fredell, Jane Papa, Jennifer Lozano, Katharine Loomis, Kathy Oberley, Kim Bonner, Lisa Donovan, Liz Barnett, Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Marie Wells, Mary Alice Yost, Matt Murphy, Michelle Cohen , Michelle Kearns, Nancy Johnson, Paul McCool, Pauline Cusson, Rick Lageux, Rosie Gellene, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Shaune-Marie Berg, Stacey-Rae McCue, Sam Sturgis, Toni Lattimer and Violet Hurst. 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:

Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Baptisms, 1882-1892
Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Baptisms, 1892-1906
Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Marriages, 1892-1907
Immaculate Conception (Weymouth) Marriages, First Communions, and Confirmations, 1882-1920

Sacred Heart (Natick) Baptisms, 1890-1920
Sacred Heart (Natick) Confirmations, 1893-1920
Sacred Heart (Natick) Marriages, 1890-1907

St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1883-1889
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1890-1898
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1899-1904
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1871-1885
St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1878-1885
St. Anne (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1880-1920
St. Anne (Lawrence) Deaths, 1890-1912
St. Anne (Lawrence) Marriages, 1883-1897
St. Anne (Lawrence) Marriages, 1898-1906

St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1890-1914
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Confirmations, 1892-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Lawrence (Brookline) Baptisms, 1898-1920
St. Lawrence (Brookline) Marriages, 1898-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Paul (Hingham) now searchable

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Melville Garden, Hingham, MA (Public domain)

Today we’ve added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Paul in Hingham. This update adds over 7,700 records and over 26,700 names to search.

St. Paul began as a mission of Weymouth. In 1877 St. Paul became an independent parish also serving the Catholics of Cohasset and Scituate. Learn more about this history of this church in James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help with this update.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, Marriages, and Conversions, 1876-1913
St. Paul (Hingham) Confirmations, 1888-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) First Communions, 1887-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) Marriages, 1876-1920

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

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New sketches in two New England study projects

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Scene in Pittsfield, MA (Scan by NYPL, Public domain)

Today we’re announcing three new sketches for two of our New England study projects: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 and Early New England Families, 1641-1700.

Two new sketches were added to our database Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, highlighting Enoch Weller of Pittsfield and Samuel Hurlbut of Westhampton.

Helen Ullmann’s lastest book has recently come out: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Volume 4 . Learn more about the included sketches!

This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG by NEHGS members and other interested researchers.  If you are interested in submitting a sketch for Volume 5, please review our project home page.

We’ve also updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700adding one new sketch featuring Samuel Stratton (m. 1624, 1657) of Watertown.

Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is written by Alicia Crane Williams. This study project highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. Be sure to read Alicia’s most recent Vita Brevis post about this project, “Clustering” Salem.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these updates possible.

Please note: These databases are available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records from Rockland and Middleborough

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Holy Family in Rockland (Tichnor Bros. Inc., Boston, Mass. Public domain)

Today we’ve added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Holy Family in Rockland and Sacred Heart in Middleborough. This update adds over 6,200 records and over 22,200 names to search.

Holy Family in Rockland grew from St. Bridget in Abington. The cornerstone was laid in 1882 and Holy Family became its own parish in 1883. At the time, the town of Hanover was also a mission for this parish.

Sacred Heart in Middleborough grew from St. Thomas the Aquinas in Bridgewater.  The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1880. It became its own parish in 1884.

We’d like to thank the following volunteers for their help indexing these parishes and making them available online: Alicia Svenson, Amelia Devin Freedman, Angela Napolitano, Aryls LaFehr, Barbara Macken, Bernadine Bernavil, Carolyn Jack, Eileen McCarthy, Eldon Gay, Joan Sullivan, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Kathy Oberley, Katie McNally, Kim Bonner, Liz Barnett, Mary Alice Yost, Matt Murphy, Paul McCool, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Stacey-Rae McCue and Tim Belgrad.

The new volumes are listed below:

Holy Family (Rockland) Baptisms, 1883-1905
Holy Family (Rockland) Marriages, 1883-1907
Sacred Heart (Middleborough) Various, 1885-1910

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Lawrence O’Toole in Lawrence now searchable

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From One Hundred Years of Progress, page 394

Today we’ve added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Lawrence O’Toole in Lawrence. This update adds over 12,600 records and over 44,100 names to search.

St. Lawrence O’Toole in Lawrence was set off from Immaculate Conception and St. Mary in 1873. St. Lawrence O’Toole, the saint for whom the church was named was the Archbishop of Dublin in the 1100s. To learn more about the early development of Catholicism in Lawrence, you may want to consult Sketch of Catholicity in Lawrence and vicinity by Katherine O’Keefe (1882), available through our Digital Collections. You may also want to reference One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan (1895) to keep track of the many parishes in this Catholic city.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this parish available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1875-1887
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1898-1904
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1905-1908
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1882-1897
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) First Communions, 1899-1918
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Marriages, 1883-1887
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Marriages, 1898-1908
St. Lawrence O’Toole (Lawrence) Mixed Marriages, 1906-1920

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

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2 new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Postcard from Pittsfield, MA (Scan by NYPL / Public domain)

Today we’re announcing two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  These new sketches focus on Dan Caldwell and Dan Caldwell, Jr., both of Pittsfield.

This study project focuses on individual enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG by NEHGS members and other interested researchers.  If you are interested in submitting a sketch for Volume 5, please review our project home page.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these updates possible.

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 Marblehead and Ayer

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Postcard from Marblehead (Scan by NYPL / Public domain)

Today we’ve added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead and St. Mary in Ayer. This update adds over 14,200 records and over 56,800 names to search.

Early on, Catholics across northeastern Massachusetts travelled to St. Mary’s in Salem to worship. In 1864, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Marblehead became its own parish. Before Danvers had its own parish, Catholics from Danvers came to Marblehead for church.

Prior to the establishment of St. Mary in Ayer, Catholics in this region worshipped in Fitchburg. St. Mary’s was established in 1858. Before Pepperell became an independent parish, Catholics from Pepperell worshipped at St. Mary’s in Ayer.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis, Kim Bonner, Judy Welna, Matt Murphy, Amelia Devin Freedman, Barbara Macken, Loretta Brown-Aldrich, Michelle Kearns, Stacey-Rae McCue, Arlys LaFehr, Jane Himmel, Kathleen Moineau, Kathy Oberley, Nancy Johnson, Toni Lattimer, Lauren Jefferson, Patty Ryburn, Sarah Collins, Sara Stinson, Eldon Gay, Carolyn Jack, Maureen McCarthy and Katherine Marshall-Mayer for their help making these parishes available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1865-1870, Grave lots
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1870-1874
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1874-1882
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Baptisms, 1881-1907
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1865-1882
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1881-1908
Our Lady Star of the Sea (Marblehead) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1856-1866
St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1867-1902
St. Mary (Ayer) Marriages, 1857-1866
St. Mary (Ayer) Marriages, 1867-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Patrick (Brockton) now searchable

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

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Patrick in Brockton. This update adds over 23,700 records and over 93,200 names to search.

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.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this parish available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms and Marriages, 1856-1885
St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1891-1897
St. Patrick (Brockton) Baptisms, 1897-1903
St. Patrick (Brockton) Confirmations, 1885-1901
St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriage Promises, 1889-1896
St. Patrick (Brockton) Marriages, 1886-1910

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: Sacred Heart (Brockton) now searchable

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First page of the Sacred Heart (Brockton) sketch in James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress

Today we’ve added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Brockton. This update adds over 2,900 records and over 11,200 names to search.

Sacred Heart in Brockton was the second Catholic church in Brockton; it was the French Canadian parish, established in 1891.

The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Brockton) Baptisms, 1891-1907
Sacred Heart (Brockton) Confirmations, 1893, 1898, 1901
Sacred Heart (Brockton) Marriages, 1891-1907

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

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