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The Archive Department of the Archdiocese of Boston releases new Boston Catholic Parish Map, a useful research tool

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Archdiocese of Boston: Parish Boundary Map, circa 1955

The Archive Department of the Archdiocese of Boston is announcing a new tool to help researchers determine which parish their ancestors attended. This new map will be incredibly useful when used in conjunction with the Historic Catholic Records Online project hosted here at AmericanAncestors.org.

The Boston Catholic Parish Map depicts the Archdiocese of Boston ca. 1955 when a concerted effort was made to document the boundaries of each parish, and reflects the height of the Archdiocese in terms of number of parishes. 

At this time, the map features territorial parishes whose boundaries are shaded in various colors, and within the boundary the parish church plotted in the same color.  National or other non-geographic churches are plotted in black. 

An exciting feature is the box in the top right corner of the map, allowing users to enter an address which will then be plotted on the map.  The parish in which the address is located will be the parish their families most likely attended. Researchers can then search the free-to-browse database Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920, or the fully searchable database Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. It will also show nearby neighboring parishes which may have encompassed the address depending on the time period; if the parish in which the address falls did not yet exist.

Clicking within a parish boundary will provide the name of the parish and address of the parish church.  Clicking on a church marker will provide the name of the church, address, date the parish was created and, where applicable, the date the parish was suppressed or merged.  In the future, we hope to add additional content such as depictions of the churches, details about the location of parish records and links to the online records. 

Links to access the map are available on the Archdiocese of Boston Archive Department’s Online Resources page and within the database descriptions for Massachusetts: (Image only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. For guidance on how to use the map, consult the how-to video.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge Violet Hurst, archivist at the Archdiocese of Boston, for her extraordinary efforts to compile and input the data to make this tool a reality. 

Please submit any suggestions or feedback related to this announcement to the Archive Department of the Archdiocese of Boston by emailing archive@rcab.org or to us here at NEHGS at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Dorchester

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Four Dorchester Catholic churches including St. Paul and St. William from Dorchester Old and New, page 74

Today we’ve added nine new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Paul and St. William in Dorchester. This update adds over 11,900 records and over 48,600 names to search.

Both St. Paul and St. William branched off from St. Peter’s parish in Dorchester. In 1896 St. Paul’s was established as a mission of St. Peter’s. In 1908 it became its own parish. You can read more about the history and location of the parish in this post from the Dorchester Athenaeum.

St. William became its own parish in 1909. The church was dedicated in 1910. You can read more about the history and location of the parish in this post from the Dorchester Athenaeum.

For more on the history of the Catholic Church in Dorchester in general, see Dorchester Old and New: 1630-1930 in the Old Bay Colony.

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

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1909-1919
St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1911-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Marriages, 1909-1920

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Mark (Dorchester) now searchable

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St. Mark’s Church in Dorchester from the Archdiocese of Boston archives

Today we’ve added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Mark in Dorchester. This update adds over 5,572 records and over 23,056 names to search.

St. Mark’s church was dedicated in 1915, in the Ashmont neighborhood of Dorchester. It grew out of St. Gregory (Dorchester) as the Catholic population in this area increased.

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

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1905-1916
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1916-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1906-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Marriages, 1906-1920

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Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from Boston area

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Church of the Most Precious Blood in Hyde Park from the Archdiocese of Boston archives

Today we’ve added 28 new volumes and updated 28 volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston), Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park), Sacred Heart (East Boston), St. Gregory (Dorchester), St. John the Baptist (East Boston), St. Margaret (Dorchester), St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston), St. Peter (Dorchester) and St. Stephen (Boston). This update adds over 7,900 new pages to browse.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

The new volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1883-1908*
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1916
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920*
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1851-1908*
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1908-1920

Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1896-1901*
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1901-1906
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1906-1910
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1910-1916
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1916-1920
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Confirmations, 1880-1920*
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1889-1915*
Most Precious Blood (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1915-1920

Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1896-1906 (Vol. 2)*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1915
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1920
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1873-1917*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1920*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1874-1906*
Sacred Heart (East Boston) Marriages, 1906-1920

St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1896-1913*
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1866-1920*
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1876-1913*
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Marriages, 1914-1920
St. Gregory (Dorchester) Sick Calls, 1915-1920

St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1905*
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1905-1911
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1920
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1873-1902*
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1902-1913
St. John the Baptist (East Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1901*
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

St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1917*
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1920
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Confirmations, 1884-1920*
St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Marriages, 1866-1920*

St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1908*
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1920*
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1920*

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1918*
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1920*
St. Stephen (Boston) Confirmations and First Communions, 1875-1920*
St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1872-1920*
St. Stephen (Boston) Marriage Supplements, 1908-1913

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.  Learn more about becoming a NEHGS guest member (free).

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Western Mass. Families in 1790: new sketches

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Postcard showing Lenox Valley (Scan by NYPL, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Isaiah Fuller (Warwick), Edward Hayward (Windsor) and Moses Hayward (Lenox).

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 this update possible.

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

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Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784: 4 new sketches

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Brattleboro (Ken Gallager, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we’ve added four new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived in Brattleboro. The new sketches are listed below:

Burt, Joseph (Brattleboro)
Church, Nathaniel (Brattleboro)
Church, Nathaniel, Jr. (Brattleboro)
Kendrick, Lemuel (Brattleboro)

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.

The latest cluster of sketches focus on families who lived in Brattleboro, Vermont. Fort Dummer was the precursor to Brattleboro. The fort was established during Dummer’s War, a series of conflicts between settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Native Americans. The main conflict of Dummer’s War centered around boundaries–what belonged to the American colonists? What land belonged to the Native Americans? What land belonged to the British? These conflicts took place from 1722-1725 along the Kennebec River in Maine, in Nova Scotia, and in western Massachusetts. Brattleboro was established in 1753 as part of the New Hampshire land grants (when both New Hampshire and New York laid claim to the present state of Vermont).

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Archdiocese of Boston: Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) now searchable

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1894 Map of Newton (http://maps.bpl.org, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we’ve added five new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton. This update adds over 17,000 records and over 52,000 names to search.

Construction for Our Lady Help of Christians began in 1873. The church was dedicated in 1881. It became the third parish in the Newton area. Prior to its establishment, Catholics in this neighborhood of Newton would either worship at St. Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, St. Bernard (both in Newton), or St. Patrick in Watertown.

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

The new and updated volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site in their complete form or presenting records up to December 31, 1920:

Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1898-1904*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1905-1908
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1913
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1914-1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Baptisms, 1920
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) First Communions and Confirmations, 1888-1920*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1885-1908*
Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Boston neighborhoods

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Our Lady of the Assumption in East Boston, from a pamphlet called Facts Concerning East Boston held by Historic New England.

Today we’ve added 45 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from 11 parishes: Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston), St. Adalbert (Dorchester), St. Ambrose (Dorchester), St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills), St. Angela Merici (Mattapan), St. Joseph (East Boston), St. Lazarus (East Boston), St. Leo (Dorchester), St. Mark (Dorchester), St. Paul (Dorchester), and St. William (Dorchester). This update adds over 7,000 new pages to browse.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

The new volumes are listed below:

Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1901-1906
Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1912
Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1920
Our Lady of Assumption (East Boston) Marriages and Confirmations, 1896-1920

St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1912-1919
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) First Communions, 1918-1920
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Interments, 1913-1920
St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1912-1920

St. Ambrose (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Ambrose (Dorchester) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Confirmations, 1920
St. Andrew the Apostle (Forest Hills) Marriages, 1918-1920

St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Confirmations, 1910-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) First Communions, 1909-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Joseph (East Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Joseph (East Boston) Confirmations, 1917-1920
St. Joseph (East Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920

St. Lazarus (East Boston) Baptisms, 1904-1917
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Confirmations, 1907-1920
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Interments, 1904-1920
St. Lazarus (East Boston) Marriages, 1904-1920

St. Leo (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1902-1909
St. Leo (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1910-1920
St. Leo (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1905-1920
St. Leo (Dorchester) Marriages, 1902-1920

St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1906-1916
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1916-1919
St. Mark (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1906-1920
St. Mark (Dorchester) Marriages, 1906-1920

St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Paul (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1910
St. Paul (Dorchester) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1909-1919
St. William (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1911-1920
St. William (Dorchester) Marriages, 1909-1920

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.  Learn more about becoming a NEHGS guest member (free).

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Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784: 10 new sketches

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View of Brattleboro, VT, 1854 by John Cheney (Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we’ve added ten new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived in Brattleboro. The new sketches are listed below:

Alexander, John (Brattleboro, Marlboro)
Baldwin, Daniel (Brattleboro)
Baldwin, John (Brattleboro)
Baldwin, Levi (Brattleboro)
Brace, William (Brattleboro)
Brown, Samuel (Brattleboro)
Church, David (Brattleboro)
Church, Eber (Brattleboro)
Church, Jonathan (Brattleboro)
Church, Malachi (Brattleboro)

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.

The latest cluster of sketches focus on families who lived in Brattleboro, Vermont. Fort Dummer was the precursor to Brattleboro. The fort was established during Dummer’s War, a series of conflicts between settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Native Americans. The main conflict of Dummer’s War centered around boundaries–what belonged to the American colonists? What land belonged to the Native Americans? What land belonged to the British? These conflicts took place from 1722-1725 along the Kennebec River in Maine, in Nova Scotia, and in western Massachusetts. Brattleboro was established in 1753 as part of the New Hampshire land grants (when both New Hampshire and New York laid claim to the present state of Vermont).

Jonathan White‘s sketch (from Rockingham) was also updated.

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790: 2 new sketches

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Berry Hill Lookout in Hancock, MA (Image by Flipfox22, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we’re announcing two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Cary Briggs of Hancock  who married Elizabeth Jones and Reuben Cooley of Greenwich who married first Sarah Train, then Elizabeth Needham.

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 this update possible.

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

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