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Early Vermont Settlers: 37 new sketches from Hartford, VT

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By Magicpiano [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Today we’re announcing 37 new sketches from Hartford, VT, which we’ve added to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.  This database focuses on families that lived in Vermont prior to the end of the Revolutionary War, as identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis “Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784” (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980).  The new sketches are listed below:

John Bennett (Hartford)
David Bliss (Hartford)
Henry Bragg (Hartford)
William Bramble (Hartford)
Alexander Brink (Hartford)
Benjamin Burtch (Hartford)
Jonathan Burtch (Hartford)
Mitchell Clark (Hartford)
Nathan Damon (Hartford)
Noah Dewey (Hartford)
Thomas Emerson (Hartford, Rochester)
Israel Gillett (Hartford)
John Gillett (Hartford)
Joshua Hazen (Hartford)
Nathaniel Holbrook (Hartford)
Otis Little (Hartford)
Abel Marsh (Hartford)
Eliphalet Marsh (Hartford)
Elisha Marsh (Hartford)
John Marsh (Hartford)
Thomas Miner (Hartford)
Christopher Pease (Hartford)
Samuel Pease (Hartford)
Daniel Pinneo (Hartford)
Thomas Richardson (Hartford, Hartland)
Eleazer Robinson (Hartford)
Thomas Savage (Hartford)
Elkanah Sprague (Hartford)
Benajah Strong (Hartford)
Elijah Strong (Hartford)
John Strong (Hartford, Woodstock)
Solomon Strong (Hartford)
Stephen Tilden (Hartford)
John Udall (Hartford)
Lionel Udall (Hartford)
Henry Woodward (Hartford)
Benajmin Wright (Hartford)

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St. Mary (Boston) in the North End now browsable

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By Homans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Today we’ve added a new parish to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, St. Mary (Boston), which was located in the North End.  This parish was established in 1836 as the Catholic population in Boston grew, and the Cathedral was no longer big enough to serve all of Boston’s Catholics.  This update includes over 4,000 new pages and 15 new volumes, listed below.  If you have questions about how to navigate this database, please be sure to watch our instructional video.

St. Mary (Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1836-1849
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1836-1850
St. Mary (Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1850-1858
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1850-1858
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1859-1864
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1864-1869
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1869-1874
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1874-1892
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1866-1900
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. Mary (Boston) Marriages, 1836-1854
St. Mary (Boston) Marriages, 1854-1861
St. Mary (Boston) Marriages, 1861-1893
St. Mary (Boston) Marriages, 1894-1900

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St. Mary (Lawrence) Now Browsable

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Title page to St. Mary (Lawrence) Index to Baptisms 1848-1887

We’ve added St. Mary (Lawrence) to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update adds twelve volumes and over 3,200 new pages to browse.  If you have questions about how to browse this collection, be sure to watch our explanatory video.  This parish is now available thanks to the help of our wonderful scanners including Jeff Erickson, Angela Napolitano, Ross and Linda Weaver, Eileen McCarthy, and John Phlo.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Lawrence) Index to Baptisms, 1848-1887
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1848-1852 and Confirmations, 1850 (Vol. 1)
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1853-1861 (Vol. 2)
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1861-1866 (Vol. 3)
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1866-1892 (Vol. 4)
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1892-1900
St. Mary (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1900
St. Mary (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1860-1900
St. Mary (Lawrence) Confirmations, Undated
St. Mary (Lawrence) Marriages, 1849-1860
St. Mary (Lawrence) Marriages, 1861-1884
St. Mary (Lawrence) Marriages, 1884-1900

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St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea) Now Searchable

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By http://maps.bpl.org (Map of the city of Chelsea Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Today we’re announcing St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea), a new parish in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update includes nine new volumes, over 2,800 new records, and over 119,000 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

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

Just a small update on this project:

We are creating two databases. One is Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This is searchable, and available to paying members.  It currently contains 128 volumes and 20 parishes.

The other database, Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 only contains browsable images; it is not indexed.  It is available to all members (guest and paying), for free.  It currently contains 285 volumes and 38 parishes.

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

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37 new sketches in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1884

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By John Phelan [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added thirty seven new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1884, and updated two existing sketches.  This database focuses on families that lived in Vermont prior to the end of the Revolutionary War, as identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis “Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784” (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980).  As Scott Andrew Bartley undertakes this enormous project, he has been focusing on Windsor County.  Most of the heads of families added in this update came from Hartland, VT, with a few from Springfield.  The new sketches are listed below:

Christopher Billings (Hartland)

Ebenezer Call (Hartland, Woodstock)

Joseph Call (Hartland, Woodstock)

Nathan Call (Hartland)

Experience Davis (Hartland)

Elisha Harding (Hartland, Brattleboro)

Nathan Harvey (Hartland)

James Harwood (Hartland, Woodstock)

Charles Killam (Hartland, Woodstock)

John Layton (Hartland)

Zebulon Lee (Hartland)

Benjamin Lull (Hartland)

John Lull (Hartland)

Timothy Lull (Hartland)

John Martin (Hartland)

Joel Matthews (Hartland)

Andrew Powers (Hartland, Woodstock)

Thomas Parke Rood (Hartland)

Matthias Rust (Hartland)

James Sanderson (Hartland, Woodstock, Hartford)

William Sanderson (Hartland)

Nathan Smith (Hartland)

Daniel Spooner (Hartland)

Paul Spooner (Hartland)

Moses Squire (Hartland)

William Symmes (Hartland)

Asa Taylor (Hartland)

Samuel Taylor (Hartland)

Samuel Weston (Hartland)

Oliver Willard (Hartland)

Oliver Willard, Jr. (Hartland)

Amasa Wright (Hartland)

Jonathan Wright (Hartland)

Zadock Wright (Hartland)

James Call (Springfield)

Oliver Farnsworth (Springfield, Fairfax)

John Spafford (Springfield)

 

Revised Sketches

Ebenezer Hardy (Cavendish)

David Hutchinson (Chester)

 

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Three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Today we’re announcing three 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. Sketches are submitted by NEHGS researchers and members and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG.  The new sketches are listed below:

Henry Cleveland (Windsor)

Jedediah Cleveland (Dalton)

William Cleveland (Dalton)

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

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Four New Browsable Archdiocese of Boston Parishes

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Most Holy Redeemer Church By DickClarkMises [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Today we’re announcing four new parishes added to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  This update includes Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston), Sacred Hearts (Malden), St. James (Haverhill), and St. Peter (Lowell), and comprises 26 volumes.  These parishes collectively add over 6,700 new pages to this database.  The new volumes are listed below:

Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1844-1851
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1856-1861
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1851-1862
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1862-1882
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1883-1900
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1900
Most Holy Redeemer (East Boston) Marriages, 1851-1900

Sacred Hearts (Malden) Baptisms, 1891-1898
Sacred Hearts (Malden) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Sacred Hearts (Malden) Marriages, 1891-1900

St. James (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1851-1859
St. James (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1868-1897
St. James (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. James (Haverhill) Confirmations and First Communions, 1884-1900
St. James (Haverhill) Deaths, 1885-1900
St. James (Haverhill) Marriages, 1850-1859
St. James (Haverhill) Marriages, 1868-1900

St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1841-1865
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1866-1883
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1883-1888
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1888-1894
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1894-1898
St. Peter (Lowell) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Peter (Lowell) Marriages, 1842-1862
St. Peter (Lowell) Marriages, 1863-1883
St. Peter (Lowell) Marriages, 1883-1900

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2 new sketches in Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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By http://www.geographicus.com/mm5/cartographers/murphy.txt [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:

Daniel Bacon (m. 1639) Daniel Bacon was born in England around 1615.  He died in Newton in 1691.  He married Mary Read and had 10 children.  He was a tailor and a yeoman.

Thomas Hinckley (m.1641, 1660) Thomas Hinckley was from Hawkhurst in Kent, England.  His family settled Barnstable, where he lived the rest of his life.  He first married Mary Richards, then Mary [Smith] Glover after Mary Richards’s death.  He was the last governor of Plymouth Colony, serving for almost 10 years before it became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  He had seventeen children.

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

Visit our bookstore to purchase a print compilation of the first 50 sketches in the series.

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St. Mary (Waltham) Records Now Searchable

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

Today we’re announcing eight new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Mary in Waltham.  This addition includes 23,663 new records and 88,697 new names.  The new volumes are listed below:

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) Marriages, 1850-1855
St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1864-1890
St. Mary (Waltham) Marriages, 1891-1900
St. Mary (Waltham) Confirmations, 1877-1891

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Norfolk County Probate File Papers Now Available

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Today we’re announcing a new database, Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1877.  This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.  The collection contains the records of 20,904 Norfolk County probate cases filed between 1793 and 1877. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records except  adoptions, which are not public records in Massachusetts.  The cases range in length from one to over 2,500 pages, with a total of over 515,000 individual file papers.  If you have questions about using this collection, or our partnership with the Massachusetts Supreme Court Judicial Archives, be sure to watch our short video, How to Search Massachusetts Probate File Papers.

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