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New sketches in Western Mass. Families in 1790

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By Detroit Publishing Company [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re announcing two 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. The new sketches for two Revolutionary War veterans are listed below:

Elnathan Curtis (Stockbridge)
Solomon Stockwell (Windsor)

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

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New Category Search Option

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Image 1 – Access category searches now available from Advanced Search

We are happy to deliver a new search option for you this week: Category Search. We are providing separate search pages for each category of databases, and the link for each category can be found right at the bottom of Advanced Search (see Image 1). The new capabilities in category search include:

  • Focused search fields – the search fields available for each category are only those that are commonly used in that category. This avoids the all too common problem of using search fields for which you will get no results (See Image 2).
  • Search tips and category descriptions right on the search screen – you don’t need to perform a search or click to another screen to get tips on the available fields. You may need to scroll down to see this.
  • List of all databases within the category – if you want to see what databases are in each category you can click on the button at the top right and it will list the relevant databases.
  • Sample page images – A few sample page images are included for each category to provide you some perspective of what you can find in the databases for that category (See Image 3).
  • Inclusive search results! – The results will include results that match any of your criteria. This is an important change. Results that match all or most of your search criteria appear at the top, and partial matches appear below.

New way to send comments. One additional change is an enhanced comment box on Search Results, Image and Transcript pages. This replaces the button to “Report an error”, and is meant to be a way for you to share comments and questions in addition to reporting errors. The comment box can be found right above the Help section on the image, transcript, and search results pages. The comment box takes up very little space on the form, but when you type in it, it expands to include your email address (prepopulated if you are signed in) and show the Send/Cancel buttons (See Image 3). When the message is sent it shows that you did successfully send a message.

We hope you enjoy these changes. Please address any feedback and comments to webmaster@nehgs.org.

Image 2: Category Search for Journals and Periodicals – with search tips

Image 3 – Category Search for Journals and Periodicals – with sample images and description

Image 4 – Expandable comment box

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New Early New England Families, 1641-1700 sketches

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By U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or 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 and one revised sketch:

Henry Lamprey (m.1641) Henry came from England to Boston and died in Hampton, New Hampshire as an old man.

Daniel Fisher (m. 1645, 1651) Daniel also came from England and settled in Dedham.  He was the town surveyor who helped determine the limits of the town at the time.

Joseph Phippen (m.1640) (revised) Joseph Phippen came from England and lived in Massachusetts coastal towns including Hingham, Boston, Falmouth, and Salem.

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.

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

 

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Archdiocese of Boston Update: St. Stephen (Boston)

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By Victorgrigas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 14 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Stephen’s parish in Boston.  St. Stephen’s is located in Boston’s North End.  The church was originally founded as a free church for those who could not pay to belong to another parish.  At its founding, it was called St. John the Baptist.  As the parish grew, they expanded to a new church building, formerly known as New North Church, designed by Charles Bulfinch.  When they expanded to this new building, the parish became known as St. Stephen.  This update consists of the following volumes:

St. Stephen (Boston) Index to Baptisms and Marriages, 1842-1887

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1842-1845

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1846-1853

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1862

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1870

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1870-1877

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1877-1882

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1889

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1889-1900

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900 (part 1)

St. Stephen (Boston) Baptisms, 1900 (part 2)

St. Stephen (Boston) Confirmations and First Communions, 1875-1900

St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1846-1872

St. Stephen (Boston) Marriages, 1872-1900  

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St. James the Greater (Boston) Records Now Searchable

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Old St. James Church (left) and new St. James Church (right). Images from One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan (1895) pages 62 & 63.

We’ve added the parish of St. James the Greater in Boston to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1900.  This parish was established in 1854, located in what is now Boston’s Chinatown.  In 1854, the neighborhood was largely of Irish descent.  The original church on the corner of Albany and Harvard streets was demolished when the land was sold to a railroad company.  The new church was built on Harrison Street and still serves the Catholics of Boston today.  An enormous thank you is due to all of our volunteers who helped make this large parish now available.

This update consists of the twelve following volumes:

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1864

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1865-1874

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1874-1875

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1875-1879

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1879-1883

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms,1883-1888

St. James the Greater (Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1900

St. James the Greater (Boston) Confirmations, 1858-1900

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1855-1873

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1874-1884

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1884-1894

St. James the Greater (Boston) Marriages, 1895-1900

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

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Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers

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By J. Carwitham (active 1720-1740), after an unknown artist (Yale Center for British Art [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’re announcing a new database, Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers.  This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. It contains the records of 21,387 Suffolk County probate cases filed between 1630 and 1800. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. The cases range in length from one to over 350 pages, with a total of over 191,600 individual file papers.

The complete Suffolk County File Papers collection will eventually cover cases 1-94,757, which includes years up to 1893. The cases are indexed chronologically, which allows us to present them in sections while digital photography is taking place. The digital photography is expected to continue through 2020. We will continue to add additional cases as they become available.

If you have questions on how to search this database, or about our collaboration with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, please watch our video, How to Search Massachusetts Probate File Papers.

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Stephen Hopkins added to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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Constance Hopkins’ (dau. Of Stephen) beaver hat: At the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

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

  • Hopkins, Stephen (Vol. 6)

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.

Stephen Hopkins served as a minister’s clerk on Venture, which was marooned on Bermuda in 1609 during a hurricane. He fomented a mutiny amongst the 150 survivors, but was granted a pardon due to his penitence and alleged ruin to wife and family. Hopkins sailed on Mayflower with his pregnant second wife Elizabeth Fisher, three children, and servants Edward Doty and Edward Lester. During the voyage, Elizabeth delivered a son who was named Oceanus. The whole family survived the first winter, and Stephen and Elizabeth lived in Plymouth for 20 years.

This database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses.
This update is made possible by the invaluable efforts of our team of volunteers, including; Diane Arbuckle, Jeanne Brown, Julie Nathanson, Margaret Parker, Marie Wells, and David Anderson. We appreciate the work of all our volunteers. If you would like to join the team please contact Bianca Renzoni, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator bianca.renzoni@nehgs.org.

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

The top 50 last names in the Hopkins volume

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Improved Databases: Lincoln County, ME and Westfield, MA

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By Tichnor Brothers, Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Here at NEHGS we’re always working to improve some of our older databases.  We’re re-launching Lincoln County ME: Commissioners Marriage Records, 1759-1777 and Westfield, MA: Deaths in the First Church, 1728-1836.  Both of these collections are based on manuscripts held in our collection.  Each collection now has images.  We want to thank our volunteers for their help with these projects; including Margo Blank, Elizabeth Handler, Arlys LaFehr, Liz Odell, and Marie Wells.

At its beginning, Lincoln County, Maine covered most of the modern state.  It was established at the same time as Cumberland County, stretching from that western border north and east towards modern Canada.  Marriages in this collection are found in modern Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Washington counties, as well as Lincoln.

In the 1700s, Westfield was a frontier town, on the very western edge of Massachusetts’ boundaries at that time.  Settlers to the area farmed the alluvial valley.  Congregations have been worshiping in the same church building in Westfield since 1860, although the church was first established around 1673.

Lincoln County, ME: Commissioners Marriage Records 1759-1777 is now indexed by:

  • first and last name
  • spouses’ first and last names
  • location
  • date
  • all records have the record type “Marriage.”

Westfield, MA: Deaths in the First Church, 1728-1836 is now indexed by:

  • first and last name
  • parents’ first and last names
  • spouses’ first and last names
  • date
  • all records have the record type “Death”
  • all records have the location Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

Please note: These databases are available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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

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New Browsable Catholic Records from St. Rose of Lima in Chelsea

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Attributed to Angelino Medoro (b.c. 1565/67 – 1631) (Own work Zerguev) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 9 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Rose of Lima in Chelsea.  St. Rose of Lima was the first Catholic church established in Chelsea; their church building was dedicated in 1865.  They named their parish for the first saint born in the Americas.  This update consists of the following volumes, amounting to over 3,000 new pages.  We want to thank our wonderful scanners Eileen McCarthy, Angela Napolitano, Ross and Linda Weaver, and John Phlo for their help in digitizing this parish!

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

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John Billington added to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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Replica of Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Uploaded by creator. Relased as CC-by-SA. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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

  • Billington, John (Vol.21)

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.

John Billington travelled on Mayflower with his wife Elinor and sons John and Francis. His family was particularly troublesome for the order-loving Puritans. Billington killed a fellow colony member with whom he had a long-running feud, John Newcomen, and was hanged for the crime in 1630. He was the first man executed by hanging in the colony.

This database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses.

This update is made possible by the invaluable efforts of our team of volunteers, including; Rich Wood, Marie Wells, and David Anderson. We appreciate the work of all our volunteers. If you would like to join the team, please contact Bianca Renzoni, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator bianca.renzoni@nehgs.org.

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

Last name cloud for the Billington Volume

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