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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.
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:
- Cedagan, Cadigan
We have updated the index to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892 to enable searches by first name and last name, spouse names, dates and locations. It is also still possible to do a Keyword search on the full transcription. Reverend Henry Fitz Allen Patterson served the Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, primarily in the counties of Cumberland, York, and Penobscot, but performed marriages in other counties and states as well. This database is an index of Rev. Patterson’s hand-written marriage records.
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:
We have updated the index to Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833 so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, in addition to Keyword search. This database provides a list of all the residents who voted in the town officer elections of 1833. The records include the name, date and location (Kennebunkport)
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:
- Seragh, Sarah
- Genoveffam, Genevieve
- Annie Downey
- Janie Heeney
- Gideon, Gidoen
- Nunan, Newman, Mussau, Musau
- Colter, Cotter, Collet
Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.
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!
- Latoraca, Laturraca
- Cristina Lacorcia
- Clow, Clou, Chloe, Olon
- Deforce, Defource, Defonce
- de Glorie, de Gloria
- Paulus de Santis and Rose Adelaide de Gonsallo, Gonsallos
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 Progress, the history published by the Archdiocese upon their centennial.
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
#5. Ebenisam, Eben