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New sketch: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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Graffito of a schooner in Barnstable’s Old Jail, built in the late 1600s. Image Credit: [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 highlights Roger Goodspeed who was married in 1641 in Barnstable, Massachusetts to Alice Layton.  Roger came from Wingrave, England and died in Barnstable in 1685.  He and Alice had 7 children.

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.

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Transcription Challenge: Week 9!

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We have a new transcription challenge for this week! Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge.

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  Over 80 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Garvey
  2. Mulski
  3. Mulski
  4. Cedagan, Cadigan
  5. Uart

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New browsable Catholic records from Dorchester and Charlestown

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© José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro via Wikimedia Commons

We have added over 1,200 new pages to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900!  These new records come from the parishes of St. Ann in Dorchester and St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown.  The history of both these churches demonstrates the expansion of Catholicism in Boston–both parishes broke off from previously established parishes as the numbers of worshipers grew.  The parish of St. Ann celebrated its first Mass on Christmas in 1880 after breaking off from St. Gregory’s (records coming soon!).  St. Catherine of Siena, located at the bottom of Bunker Hill, celebrated its first mass on Christmas in 1887, after branching from St. Francis de Sales.  Above is a stained glass window featuring St. Catherine of Siena (not located in the church in Charlestown), below is an image of the interior of St. Ann’s, taken from One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan.  The new volumes consist of the following:

St. Ann (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1889-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1888-1893

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1893-1898

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1898-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1894-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1888-1900

p. 185, James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress

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Transcription Challenge: Week 8

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We have a new transcription challenge for this week! Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception (Salem) and St. Mary (Charlestown).

Last week had some tricky names.  We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions!  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Seragh, Sarah
  2. Genoveffam, Genevieve
  3. Annie Downey
  4. Janie Heeney
  5. Gideon, Gidoen
  6. Nunan, Newman, Mussau, Musau
  7. Colter, Cotter, Collet
  8. Comboy

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Western MA Families in 1790: 7 new sketches

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Image Credit: Tichnor Brothers, Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We have added seven 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.  To learn more about the sketch creation process, please consult this introduction to the project.  The following sketches comprise this update:

Caleb Barton (Lanesborough)

Joseph Blodgett (Greenwich)

Elijah Hollis (Lanesborough)

Gideon Hull (Granville)

Josiah Hunt (Williamsburg)

Jabez Spaulding (Windsor)

Jesse Spaulding (Windsor)

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

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Transcription Challenge: 7th Edition

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We really appreciate the help with last week’s Transcription Challenge.  Week 6 was particularly hard–not just the special challenge, but also some of the other names.  Here are the chosen interpretations below.  These choices are based upon research done by our wonderful Transcription Challenge participants, research here at NEHGS, and the physical appearance of the letters on the page.

This week we have a new set of challenges from St. Joseph (Boston) and Sacred Heart 0f Jesus (Cambridge).  The third image is from a uniquely messy book of sick calls.  Addresses are given next to the names, which may be of help in deciphering them!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  As always, thanks to everyone who is participating in this challenge!

  1. Latoraca, Laturraca
  2. Cristina Lacorcia
  3. Moneypenny
  4. Clow, Clou, Chloe, Olon
  5. Deforce, Defource, Defonce
  6. de Glorie, de Gloria
  7. Paulus de Santis and Rose Adelaide de Gonsallo, Gonsallos

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Sacred Heart Roslindale Records Now Searchable

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Image Credit: Lukascb (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Today we have a small new addition to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  Sacramental records from Sacred Heart in Roslindale are now searchable.  This update consists of two volumes,  Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Baptisms, 1893-1900 and Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Marriages, 1893-1900.

The Sacred Heart parish was established in 1893 as the Catholic population in Roslindale grew.  Initially, Catholics in Roslindale attended St. Thomas in Jamaica Plain.  However, they became so passionate about creating their own parish, that as their own church was being constructed, the faithful of Roslindale chose to worship in a tent, even in winter time, rather than wait for construction to finish on their church!  You can read more about the history of this parish in One Hundred Years of Progressthe history published by the Archdiocese upon their centennial.

Drawing of proposed church published in One Hundred Years of Progress in 1895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Transcription Challenge: Week 6

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Transcription Challenge last week.  We had over 60 responses!  This week we have more mystery names to decipher from Sacred Heart (Boston), Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge), and St. Joseph (Boston) parishes, including one special challenge from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.

Here are the chosen transcriptions from last week’s challenge:

#1. Boudrot, Boudreau

#2. Kelsey

#3. Gratia

#4. Harriet

#5. Ebenisam, Eben

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New browsable Catholic records

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By John Phelan (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re announcing an update to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  The new records come from the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge (12 volumes) and St. Mary’s in Waltham (8 volumes).   Sacred Heart of Jesus was the first Catholic church in Cambridge, originally known as St. John’s.  Catholics from Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Lexington, and Concord gathered to worship in Waltham as early as 1830, ministered to by mission priests from Boston.

The following volumes comprise this update:

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1842-1856

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1857-1871

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1871-1874

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1874-1878

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1878-1885

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1885-1891

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1891-1895

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1895-1899

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Marriages, 1842-1873

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Marriages, 1874-1897

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Sick Calls, 1884-1900

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) Sick Calls, 1900

St. Mary (Waltham) Baptisms, 1852-1855

St. Mary (Waltham) Baptisms, 1864-1889

St. Mary (Waltham) Baptisms, 1889-1896

St. Mary (Waltham) Baptisms, 1896-1900

St. Mary (Waltham) Confirmations, 1877-1891

St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1850-1855

St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1864-1890

St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1891-1900 

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Transcription Challenge #5

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Transcription Challenge last week.  We had over 80 responses!  This week we have 5 more mystery names to decipher from Holy Cross and St. Joseph (Boston) parishes and we would love your help.  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.

Here are the chosen transcriptions from last week’s challenge:

#1. McCrea

#2. Anna

#3. Moore

#4. Blacco, Placco

#5. Stinson

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