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Improved Databases: Lincoln County, ME and Westfield, MA

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By Tichnor Brothers, Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Here at NEHGS we’re always working to improve some of our older databases.  We’re re-launching Lincoln County ME: Commissioners Marriage Records, 1759-1777 and Westfield, MA: Deaths in the First Church, 1728-1836.  Both of these collections are based on manuscripts held in our collection.  Each collection now has images.  We want to thank our volunteers for their help with these projects; including Margo Blank, Elizabeth Handler, Arlys LaFehr, Liz Odell, and Marie Wells.

At its beginning, Lincoln County, Maine covered most of the modern state.  It was established at the same time as Cumberland County, stretching from that western border north and east towards modern Canada.  Marriages in this collection are found in modern Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Washington counties, as well as Lincoln.

In the 1700s, Westfield was a frontier town, on the very western edge of Massachusetts’ boundaries at that time.  Settlers to the area farmed the alluvial valley.  Congregations have been worshiping in the same church building in Westfield since 1860, although the church was first established around 1673.

Lincoln County, ME: Commissioners Marriage Records 1759-1777 is now indexed by:

  • first and last name
  • spouses’ first and last names
  • location
  • date
  • all records have the record type “Marriage.”

Westfield, MA: Deaths in the First Church, 1728-1836 is now indexed by:

  • first and last name
  • parents’ first and last names
  • spouses’ first and last names
  • date
  • all records have the record type “Death”
  • all records have the location Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

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

By O.H. Bailey & Co. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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New Browsable Catholic Records from St. Rose of Lima in Chelsea

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Attributed to Angelino Medoro (b.c. 1565/67 – 1631) (Own work Zerguev) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 9 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Rose of Lima in Chelsea.  St. Rose of Lima was the first Catholic church established in Chelsea; their church building was dedicated in 1865.  They named their parish for the first saint born in the Americas.  This update consists of the following volumes, amounting to over 3,000 new pages.  We want to thank our wonderful scanners Eileen McCarthy, Angela Napolitano, Ross and Linda Weaver, and John Phlo for their help in digitizing this parish!

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms and Marriages, 1850-1867

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1867-1874

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1874-1882

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1882-1889

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1890-1893

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1894-1897

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Baptisms, 1897-1900

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Marriages, 1867-1888

St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Marriages, 1888-1900

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St. George (Framingham) Records Now Searchable

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By http://maps.bpl.org (View of Saxonville, Mass. Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added three new volumes from St. George in Framingham to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  In One Hundred Years of Progress, James S. Sullivan describes the mills that arose in Framingham, drawing immigrants (particularly Catholics) from other countries.  He says, “in no place did they receive a heartier welcome than in Framingham…it should not be surprising that the little hamlet Saxonville [where St. George is located] should take such a prominent part in the early days of Catholicity in New England. (p.778)”  This latest addition includes over 4,000 new records and over 18,000 new names.  The new volumes are:

St. George (Framingham) Baptisms, 1878-1900

St. George (Framingham) Baptisms and Marriages, 1848-1859

St. George (Framingham) Marriages, 1894-1900

Interior, St. George From One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan (1895) p.778

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New Catholic Records from Allston and Dorchester

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1896 Map of Boston by http://www.geographicus.com/mm5/cartographers/sampsonmo.txt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 2 new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900: St. Anthony of Padua in Allston, and St. Margaret in Dorchester.  Both of these parishes grew out of existing parishes as the Catholic population in Boston grew in the late 1800s.  St. Margaret branched off from St. Peter’s in Dorchester.  The plans for constructing this church were officially embarked upon on June 10, 1893, the feast of St. Margaret.  St. Anthony’s grew from St. Columbkille in Brighton.  The cornerstone was laid in 1894.  James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, written in 1895 to celebrate the centennial of the Archdiocese, describes in detail the construction of the church which was still in progress, explaining the future location of the altar (to be made of stone and marble) and the choir loft.

A note on St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1893-1900:  This volume consists of two books which began separately and were later bound together.  Usually at the front of a volume in this collection, we have an “Index” page which should give you an idea of how best to browse through the book.  This volume has two different indexes, one for the marriages, and one for the baptisms.  I’ve created Index_1 which explains how to browse the marriages, and Index_2 which explains how to browse the baptisms.  Pages are numbered as B_1 or M_1 to allow for the fact that there are two pages called one, for example, in this volume.

This update consists of the following volumes:

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1986-1900

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Marriages, 1896-1900

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1899

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1893-1900

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1894-1900

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New sketch for Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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Sudden Showers, Newbury Marshes, Martin Johnson Heade [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Alicia Crane William’s study project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700 focuses on immigrants to New England , using Torrey’s New England Marriages as a guide.

The newest sketch in this collection features Richard Lowell.  It isn’t exactly clear when Richard came to Massachusetts, but he had certainly arrived by 1641/2 when his daughter was born in Newbury, MA.  He had one or two wives, one of whom was named Margaret.  See Williams’s commentary on page six for more details on Richard Lowell’s potential marriages.  He had four children, one of whom, Samuel, is particularly well-documented due to disputes relating to a relationship with a woman to which he was not married.  Richard died in 1682 in Newbury.

Click here to download a complete pdf list of all Early New England Families sketches with links to each sketch.

Click here to visit our bookstore to purchase a print compilation of the first 50 sketches in the series.

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

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St. Leonard of Port Maurice Records now Browsable

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Image Credit: yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Saint Leonard’s Church, North End, Boston) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We have added a new parish to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  St. Leonard of Port Maurice was Boston’s first Italian parish, established in 1873 to minister to the growing Italian population in the North End.  This update to our database adds over 2,200 pages of records, and consists of the following eight volumes:

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1873-1887

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1887-1897

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1897-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Confirmations, 1876-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Index to Baptisms, 1873-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Marriages, 1873-1899

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Marriages, 1900

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New sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Image Credit: ToddC4176 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

We have added five 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. The following sketches comprise this update:

Isaac Sanderson – Whately
Asa Sanderson – Whately
David Prince – Windsor
Asa Hall – Windsor
Josiah Wright – Pittsfield

 

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

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Archdiocese of Boston Charlestown Records Now Searchable

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We’ve added St. Mary’s parish in Charlestown to our searchable collection of Archdiocese of Boston records, Massachusetts: Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  St. Mary’s was the first parish established as a separate parish from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in 1828.   The Boston Public Library has a Charlestown Flickr page with images of St. Mary’s interior, repairs to the roof, and a fire that happened in the building.  Scroll about three quarters of the way down the page to view these images.  This update adds over 44,000 new records and over 168,000 new names.  We’ve added the following 10 volumes:
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1829-1855
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1856-1868
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1869-1887
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1887-1894
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1894-1897
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Mary (Charlestown) Deaths and Burials, 1823-1831
St. Mary (Charlestown) Deaths and Burials, 1830-1836
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1830-1868
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1869-1900

If you have found any interesting stories or important information about your ancestors within the Archdiocese of Boston records, we would love to hear from you!  Please email me (Molly Rogers) at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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

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Transcription Challenge #11

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It’s time for Transcription Challenge #11!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception and St. Mary’s in Salem, and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge.

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  Over 20 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Guineau, Jeaneau Sarjan, Sargent
  2. John Francis, Francheus Hoar
  3. May Josephine Hennessey
  4. Juliam, Julia
  5. Annam T. McGovern, Anna T.

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St. Bernard (Newton) records now browsable

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By http://maps.bpl.org (West Newton, Massachusetts Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We have just added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Bernard’s in Newton.  St. Bernard began as a mission attached to St. Mary’s church in Waltham.  The church was dedicated in 1874.  The original structure burned down in 1889, but they were able to rebuild a new church by 1890.  The new volumes include:

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1876-1894

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1894-1900

St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1876-1900 

Detail from above map of St. Bernard’s

 

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