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Updated Databases: Greenfield, MA and Lyme, NH

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Historic American Buildings Survey Aubrey P. Janion, Photographer August 1959 FRONT OR SOUTH SIDE – Lyme Congregational Church, The Green, Lyme, Grafton County, NH

Today we’re announcing two updated databases, Greenfield, MA: Records, 1775-1911 and Lyme, NH: Congregational Church Records, 1774-1867.  Many of our databases, including these are based on manuscripts held in our library collection.  We recently had these two manuscripts scanned, then re-indexed by our volunteers.  They now include images and are now searchable by all available fields, including first name, last name, spouse’s name, parents’ names, location, date, and year.   Greenfield, MA: Records, 1775-1911 includes three major types of records: abstracts of probate records, church records, and Bible records.  You can use the keyword field to search for probate case number, church, cemetery, or source (family Bible).  We especially want to thank the following volunteers: Margo Blank, Barbara Holt, Carole Livingston, Susan Hurlbut, Pat Dalpiaz, Philip Gross, Diane Arbuckle, Julie Bliss Hammons, and Barbara Macken.

 

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Lowell French Catholic Records: St. Jean Baptiste

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The left image comes from One Hundred Years of Progress, James S. Sullivan’s 1895 archdiocesan history. The image on the right of St. Jean Baptiste was taken in 2011. (Image Credit: By Emw (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

We’ve added 16 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Jean Baptiste in Lowell.  St. Jean Baptiste grew out of St. Joseph, the original parish serving French Catholics in Lowell.  Both churches were founded under the leadership of Father André-Marie Garin, an Oblate from France who served as a missionary in Canada before coming to Lowell.  In 1888, the cornerstone was laid for St. Jean Baptiste, and its dedication Mass was held in 1890.  There was a large fire in the church in the 1912, but the church was reopened by 1916.  Author Jack Kerouac’s funeral was held at this church in 1969.  In 1993 the parish closed.  The sixteen new volumes are listed below:

St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms 1895-1897
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms 1897-1899
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms 1899-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms 1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Index to Baptisms and Marriages 1868-1894
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms and Marriages 1868-1879
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms and Marriages 1879-1886
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms and Marriages 1886-1890
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Baptisms and Marriages 1891-1894
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Index to Marriages A-I 1895-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Index to Marriages J-Z 1895-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Marriages 1895-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Confirmations 1870-1894
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Confirmations 1870-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Confirmations 1895-1900
St. Jean Baptiste (Lowell) Deaths 1896-1900

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Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Records Added

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

We’ve updated Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 with 10 new volumes from Immaculate Conception in Marlborough.  Marlborough’s Catholics were initially ministered to by missionaries in private homes, and then the Town Hall.  By 1854, they had grown so numerous that the cornerstone was laid for the Church.  Immaculate Conception largely served Marlborough’s Irish Catholics, but in the earlier records there may also be French Canadian Catholics.  The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1854-1861

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1861-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1861-1869 Index

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1869-1896

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1875-1886

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1897-1900

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms and Marriages, 1854-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1897-1900

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Marriages, 1854-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Marriages, 1869-1896

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St. Bernard (Newton) Records Now Searchable

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Hemlock Gorge Reservation By Daderot [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We have just added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Bernard’s in West Newton. St. Bernard began as a mission attached to St. Mary’s church in Waltham (records currently available in our Image-Only collection).  St. Bernard’s church was dedicated in 1874.  The original structure burned down in 1889, but the parish rebuilt a new church by 1890.  This update consists of more than 4,600 records and 19,000 names.  The newly indexed volumes include:

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1876-1894

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1894-1900

St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1876-1900

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

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New sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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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.

Today we’re announcing two new sketches:

Samuel Carter (m. 1639) Samuel was a shoemaker in Charlestown who married Winifred Harwood and died in 1681.
Thomas Carter (m. 1639, 1679) Thomas was Samuel’s brother.  Their brother John also has a sketch available as part of this database.  Thomas was a yeoman who married twice, first a woman named Ann, and then Elizabeth (Bunker) Johnson.

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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Transcription Challenge 12

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After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back, just in time to be mentioned in American Ancestors Magazine!  We have a brand new set of challenges for you; visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from St. Patrick in Lowell, and St. George in Framingham.

We so appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last time!  Over 60 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Connulu, Connelly
  2. Alice O’Connor
  3. Briscilla, Priscilla
  4. Bernahan (last name of a godmother)
  5. Coyle, Collyer

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New sketches in Western Mass. Families in 1790

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By Detroit Publishing Company [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re announcing two 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 new sketches for two Revolutionary War veterans are listed below:

Elnathan Curtis (Stockbridge)
Solomon Stockwell (Windsor)

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

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New Early New England Families, 1641-1700 sketches

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By U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or 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.

Today we’re announcing two new sketches and one revised sketch:

Henry Lamprey (m.1641) Henry came from England to Boston and died in Hampton, New Hampshire as an old man.

Daniel Fisher (m. 1645, 1651) Daniel also came from England and settled in Dedham.  He was the town surveyor who helped determine the limits of the town at the time.

Joseph Phippen (m.1640) (revised) Joseph Phippen came from England and lived in Massachusetts coastal towns including Hingham, Boston, Falmouth, and Salem.

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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Archdiocese of Boston Update: St. Stephen (Boston)

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By Victorgrigas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 14 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Stephen’s parish in Boston.  St. Stephen’s is located in Boston’s North End.  The church was originally founded as a free church for those who could not pay to belong to another parish.  At its founding, it was called St. John the Baptist.  As the parish grew, they expanded to a new church building, formerly known as New North Church, designed by Charles Bulfinch.  When they expanded to this new building, the parish became known as St. Stephen.  This update consists of the following volumes:

St. Stephen (Boston) Index to Baptisms and Marriages, 1842-1887

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1842-1845

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1846-1853

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1862

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1870

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1870-1877

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1877-1882

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1889

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1889-1900

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900 (part 1)

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900 (part 2)

St. Stephen (Boston) Confirmations and First Communions, 1875-1900

St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1846-1872

St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1872-1900  

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St. James the Greater (Boston) Records Now Searchable

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Old St. James Church (left) and new St. James Church (right). Images from One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan (1895) pages 62 & 63.

We’ve added the parish of St. James the Greater in Boston to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1900.  This parish was established in 1854, located in what is now Boston’s Chinatown.  In 1854, the neighborhood was largely of Irish descent.  The original church on the corner of Albany and Harvard streets was demolished when the land was sold to a railroad company.  The new church was built on Harrison Street and still serves the Catholics of Boston today.  An enormous thank you is due to all of our volunteers who helped make this large parish now available.

This update consists of the twelve following volumes:

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1864

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1865-1874

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1874-1875

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1875-1879

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1879-1883

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms,1883-1888

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1900

St. James the Greater (Boston) Confirmations, 1858-1900

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1855-1873

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1874-1884

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1884-1894

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1895-1900

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

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