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American Ancestors Magazine Vol. 17 2016

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American Ancestors Magazine is NEHGS’s quarterly magazine, containing a wealth of information for family historians.  Volume 17 (all issues published in 2016) is now available to be searched on our website.  Featured articles include how to choose the right genealogical software, how to research your Irish ancestors, and all about Bill Griffith’s new book The Stranger in My Genes.

Take a look back at these issues to learn more!

Volume 17.1

Volume 17.2

Volume 17.3

Volume 17.4


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New Catholic records from Salem and Roslindale

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We now have volumes online illustrating the early history of Catholics in Salem. This latest update to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 includes records from Saint Mary’s Church and Immaculate Conception of Salem.  St. Mary’s was the earlier church, which was replaced by Immaculate Conception as the parish grew.  These St. Mary’s records are not to be confused with St. Mary’s Italian Church of Salem which was not established until the 1900s.  The following volumes comprise this update:

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms and Marriages, 1824-1828

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1831-1841

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Index to Baptisms 1855-1864

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1855-1864

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1865-1873

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1874-1883

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1883-1888

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1889-1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Confirmations, 1888-1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Marriages, 1871-1900

Saint Mary (Salem) Baptisms, 1840-1854

Saint Mary (Salem) Marriages, 1842-1870

We also have records from Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale:

Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Index to Baptisms, 1893-1900

Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Baptisms, 1893-1900

Sacred Heart (Roslindale) Marriages, 1893-1900

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New Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston volumes

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We have two new additions to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.

Saint Joseph’s Parish in Boston served the Irish community in the West End.  The following volumes are included in this update:

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1862-1876

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1877-1879

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1879-1882

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1882-1884

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1884-1889

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1889-1895

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1895-1900

St. Joseph (Boston, MA) Baptisms, 1900

St. Joseph marriages will be included in a future update.

Saint Theresa of Avila Parish in West Roxbury was established in 1895.  The following volumes comprise the pre-1901 records of this parish:

St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury, MA) Baptisms, 1896-1900

St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury, MA) Marriages, 1896-1900

If you need any help navigating this collection, be sure to watch our video on how to browse!

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Onondaga County, NY Abstracts of Wills

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Minnie L.C. Coleman was a passionate genealogist in the 1930s who transcribed many records from the Surrogate’s Office in Syracuse, NY.  Among other work, she abstracted names and dates from wills, compiling seven volumes worth of material that she donated to NEHGS.  We hold these typescripts in our manuscript collection and have just updated our database, Onondaga County, NY: Abstracts of Wills, 1795-1883 to be searchable by first and last name, location, record type, year, and parents’ or spouse’s names when available.

Onondaga County is located in central New York on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes.  Many of the towns in this county have names inspired by Greek and Roman antiquity such as Cicero, Pompey, Manlius, Fabius, Lysander, Camillus, Marcellus, and of course, Syracuse.

For those further interested in Onondaga County, we also have Minnie L.C. Coleman’s collection of guardianship records from 1815-1849.

The image above is the General Orrin Hutchinson House, a building on the National Register of Historic Places.  Orrin’s father James Hutchinson’s record is found in Volume D.

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

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Connecticut Marriages and Deaths 1790-1833

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Photo by Scott Bauer / Courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service., via Wikimedia Commons

Connecticut Marriages and Deaths 1790-1833 is our newest updated collection.  This database is now searchable by first name, last name, year, location, record type, spouse name, and parents’ names.

Between 1928 and 1933 Rev. John Elliot Bowman compiled typescript volumes of Connecticut death and marriage notices  transcribed from area newspapers such as the Norwich Courier, Connecticut Observer (Hartford), Columbian Centinel (Boston), Massachusetts Spy, Hartford Gazette, New Hampshire and Vermont Journal, and other publications.

While most records are from CT, the newspapers compiled in this database collected death notices from 22 countries, many in the Carribean or at sea, reflecting Connecticut’s rich seafaring heritage.

Another common non-Connecticut place of death was Ohio.  A pair of Connecticut twins, the Wilcox brothers moved to Ohio and married two sisters. These enterprising twins convinced the people of the town to change its name to Twinsburg and finally died in 1827on the same day of the same illness.

Use this database to learn more about the stories of your ancestors!

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

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Updated Rockingham County, New Hampshire Collections

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Londonderry, NH: Vital Records 1720-1910 is now searchable by first name, last name, year, record type, spouse name, and parents’ names.  The location for all records this database is set to Londonderry, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

Londonderry, NH was settled by a group of Scotch-Irish immigrants who came from Londonderry in Northern Ireland.  These immigrants reached this promising area for settlement in New Hampshire in 1719 and established a charter for the township of Londonderry in 1722.  Learn more about this database, created from Daniel Annis Gage’s, Vital records of Londonderry, New Hampshire on our About this Database page.

Plaistow, NH: Vital Records 1726-1821 is also now searchable by first name, last name, year, record type, spouse name, and parents’ names.   The location for all records in this database is set to Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.

Plaistow, NH was originally part of Haverhill, MA.  A border dispute between the Province of Massachusetts Bay and the Province of New Hampshire was settled in the 1740s.  Plaistow, NH officially became a town in 1749.  This database is created from Priscilla Hammond’s Vital records of Plaistow, New Hampshire.  The town of Plaistow’s website includes a helpful PDF with an overview of the history of the town.


We’re experimenting with some new statistics now available to us behind the scenes.  Here are two word clouds representing the twenty-five most common last names in each collection.  Many of our collections have Smith as the most common last name, like Londonderry.  However, in Plaistow, the most common last name in these vital records is Harriman.  Take a look!

Top 25 Last Names in Londonderry VRs

Top 25 Last Names in Plaistow VRs

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

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1910 Census Now Has Images

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Our database, United States 1910 Federal Census is now accompanied by images, thanks to our partnership with




This census collected the following set of information:

  • Location: street, house number
  • Name: First, Last, Relationship of this person to the head of the family
  • Personal Description: Sex, Color or Race, Age at last birthday, Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, Number of years of present marriage, Mother of how many children–number born, number now living
  • Nativity: Place of Birth, Mother’s Place of Birth, Father’s Place of Birth, Citizenship–year of immigration to the United States, whether naturalized or alien, Whether able to speak English; or if not, language spoken
  • Occupation: Trade or Profession, Industry, Whether employer, employee, or working on own account, If an employee–Whether out of work on April 15, 1910, Number of weeks out of work in 1909
  • Education: Whether able to read, Whether able to write, Attended school since September 1, 1909
  • Home Ownership: Owned or rented, Owned free or mortgaged, Farm or home, Number of farm schedule
  • Other: Whether a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy, Whether blind in both eyes, Whether deaf and dumb

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Early Murphys in Newport, RI

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1845 Map of Rhode Island’s coast, cropped to show Newport and environs By [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Helen Schatvet Ullmann has been researching Murphy families from Rhode Island for years, trying to sort out the lineage of an ancestor.  Her collection of sketches, Early Murphys in Newport, RI sorts out many of the puzzles related to Murphys/Murfeys in this area.  You can now view her manuscript in full or search our database.  The six sketches in this database detail the families of Edward, two Johns, Elizabeth, Martin, and Smith Murphy.

Tip: If you want to print multiple pages from this database at once, visit the PDF of Ullman’s manuscript and choose to print only the page range that interests you.

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

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The NEHG Register Vol. 170 2016

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The New England Historical and Genealogical Register  Volume 170 is now available as part of our database New England Historical and Genealogical Register.  This update consists of the four issues: Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, and Fall 2016.

For more information about how to search our journals and periodicals in general, watch our webinar, Searching Journals on in which Don LeClair and Molly Rogers explain search strategies.

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

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New Western Mass. Families in 1790 sketches

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We have added six 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.

Ebenezer Peirce (Partridgefield)
Smith Phillips (Partridgefield)
Elijah Powell (Lanesborough)
John Safford (Windsor)
Sylvina Safford (Windsor)
Nathaniel Williams (Lanesborough)


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


Database Tip: On the transcript page, click the plus sign next to any person’s name. You can download a PDF of the entire sketch rather than having to download each page image separately.

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