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Improvements in Search User Experience

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Bottom of Image and Transcript pages showing the database; citation, description, search tips, and help links

We are happy to deliver some new capabilities tooday to improve your search experience. The new capabilities include:

  • Database information at bottom of Image and Transcript Pages – the database citation, description, search tips and help links are now displayed at the bottom of the page. This saves you the trouble of having to link off to a new page to get valuable contextual information when reviewing search results. So, don’t forget to page down!
  • Streamlined headings for the Image and Transcript pages – with the database information now on the results page, we have been able to shrink the space at the top of the page by about an inch. This gives you more visibility on your results with less scrolling
  • Print Search Results – When you are viewing your search results, you can now print the page out using the new button on the screen. The print includes only the actual search results, and just for the page you have currently selected.

The pictures below highlight where to look for these new capabilities.

Top of Image and Transcript pages showing streamlined headings and new buttons for New Search and Favorites

Search results page with the new Print button highlighted

As we deliver updates to the database search capabilities on American Ancestors, we will continue to let you know through DB News. We hope you enjoy this update, and wish you the best of luck in your research!

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Update to Existing Database: Guilford, CT Deaths, 1883-1890

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Comfort Starr House, Guilford, New Haven County, CT Everett H. Keeler, Historic American Buildings Survey August 1938 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

 

We have updated an old database with new information! The new name of the database is: Guilford, CT: Deaths, 1883-1890.

To this database we have added First & Last Names, and complete dates. Previously the database only contained the year. This database includes death records for residents of Guilford, CT in the years 1883-1890. Alvin Bates Palmer kept these records during this period. In about 1880 Palmer moved his family from Cornwall to Guilford in New Haven County, where he lived the rest of his life. He is buried in the West Side Cemetery in Guilford. The original text may be accessed at the NEHGS Research Library. The call number is Mss A 2407

The database index includes, name, death date, and death location where available. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this newly searchable data to you!

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

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Update to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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John Alden House post card – Public Domain, courtesy of Digital Commonwealth

We have added three new volumes to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880:

  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 2)
  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 3)
  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 4)

This update adds over 65,000 names, and delivers three of the four volumes dedicated to the descendants of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Through our partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants, and their children, coupled with the page images for those people.

The database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this newly searchable data to you!

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

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Archdiocese of Boston Charlestown Records Now Searchable

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We’ve added St. Mary’s parish in Charlestown to our searchable collection of Archdiocese of Boston records, Massachusetts: Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  St. Mary’s was the first parish established as a separate parish from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in 1828.   The Boston Public Library has a Charlestown Flickr page with images of St. Mary’s interior, repairs to the roof, and a fire that happened in the building.  Scroll about three quarters of the way down the page to view these images.  This update adds over 44,000 new records and over 168,000 new names.  We’ve added the following 10 volumes:
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1829-1855
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1856-1868
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1869-1887
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1887-1894
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1894-1897
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Mary (Charlestown) Deaths and Burials, 1823-1831
St. Mary (Charlestown) Deaths and Burials, 1830-1836
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1830-1868
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1869-1900

If you have found any interesting stories or important information about your ancestors within the Archdiocese of Boston records, we would love to hear from you!  Please email me (Molly Rogers) at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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

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Transcription Challenge #11

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It’s time for Transcription Challenge #11!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception and St. Mary’s in Salem, and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge.

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  Over 20 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Guineau, Jeaneau Sarjan, Sargent
  2. John Francis, Francheus Hoar
  3. May Josephine Hennessey
  4. Juliam, Julia
  5. Annam T. McGovern, Anna T.

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St. Bernard (Newton) records now browsable

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By http://maps.bpl.org (West Newton, Massachusetts Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We have just added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Bernard’s in Newton.  St. Bernard began as a mission attached to St. Mary’s church in Waltham.  The church was dedicated in 1874.  The original structure burned down in 1889, but they were able to rebuild a new church by 1890.  The new volumes include:

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1876-1894

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1894-1900

St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1876-1900 

Detail from above map of St. Bernard’s

 

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Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge) records now searchable

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By Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We have added 12 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge.  The first Catholic church in Cambridge, Sacred Heart of Jesus was originally called St. John.  The twelve new volumes are listed below:

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

If you have found any interesting stories or important information about your ancestors within the Archdiocese of Boston records, we would love to hear from you!  Please email me (Molly Rogers) at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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

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Transcription Challenge #10

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After a busy August, we’re back with our next Transcription Challenge!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception in Salem.

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last month!  Over 50 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. McCourt, McCant
  2. Sre.
  3. Finucane, Finnegan
  4. Kell, Ted
  5. Sunnig, Shunig

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New browsable Catholic records from Framingham

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By O.H. Bailey & Co. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re announcing 7 new volumes in Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  These volumes come from St. George in Framingham and St. Patrick in Natick.  The Catholic population swelled in these towns as immigrants from Ireland, French Canada, and elsewhere came to work in the mills. The new volumes are listed below.

St. George (Framingham) Baptisms, 1878-1900

St. George (Framingham) Baptisms and Marriages, 1848-1859

St. George (Framinhgam) Marriages, 1894-1900

St. Patrick (Natick) Baptisms, 1890-1900

St. Patrick (Natick) Baptisms and Marriages, 1860-1890

St. Patrick (Natick) First Communions and Confirmations, 1866-1900

St. Patrick (Natick) Marriages, 1890-1900

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Update to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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“Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” by William Halsall, 1882 at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. United States Public Domain.

We have added two new volumes to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880:

  • Warren, Richard (Vol. 18, p. 3)
  • White, William (Vol. 13)

This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Through our partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants, and their children, coupled with the page images for those people.

This database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this data to you.

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

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