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New Option to Display Locations on a Map

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Record Display page with location hyperlink

We are very happy to provide you a new enhancement to the search experience on American Ancestors. Now you have the ability to link directly to Google Maps using the location text from a record. The example above shows the Record Detail page where the location text is highlighted in blue and followed by a push-pin icon;  indicating that you can click on the location to display the location in Google Maps.

This new capability is also available for locations on the Transcript display page, as shown in the example below.

Transcript Display page with location hyperlink

The Google Maps link is provided for all validated locations. You can see the Google Maps page from the previous examples in the image below. A valid location is defined as having a known modern name for the city, county, region/state, and country components of the location. This means that the location will properly be understood and displayed by Google Maps. In cases where the location is not a modern location, or has some sort of error, the location text will still display on the form, but the link to the map option and icon will not be available.

Sample Google Maps page

Over time we will review and update locations to expand the number of records that can use this capability.

We hope you find this new capability helpful for your research. Please send us any feedback on this enhancement, or new suggestions to improve the search experience on American Ancestors, via email to webmaster@nehgs.org.

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Peter (Dorchester) now searchable

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The interior of St. Peter’s in Dorchester from James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, page 177.

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Peter in Dorchester. This update adds over 38,000 records and over 126,000 names to search.

Earlier this week we announced the extension of the Historic Catholic Records Online project up through the year 1920. This update includes 1901-1920 records when available in these volumes.

St. Peter (Dorchester) began in 1872 as an offshoot of St. Gregory in Dorchester. In James Sullivan’s One hundred years of progress, Joseph Byrne enthusiastically describes the appearance of the church which was dedicated in 1884, “No technical description can do more than faintly suggest the grandeur of St. Peter’s church which is a poem of architectural beauty” (175). The Dorchester Athenaeum’s history of the church has a very helpful paragraph (the sixth on the page) that explains the evolution of the Catholic parishes in Dorchester.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this parish available on our site. The new volumes are listed below:

St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1872-1887
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1887-1895
St. Peter (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1895-1908
St. Peter (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1882-1920
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1872-1897
St. Peter (Dorchester) Marriages, 1897-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: 5 new searchable parishes

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Sts. Peter and Paul’s church from The Catholic churches of Boston and its vicinity… by William Augustine Leahy, 1892

Today we’ve added 5 new parishes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, 1789-1920. This update includes 34 new volumes, 137,666 records, and 470,647 names. The new parishes are Sts. Peter and Paul in South Boston, St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, St. Philip in Roxbury, St. Bridget in Abington, and Sacred Heart in Newton.

Yesterday we announced the extension of the Historic Catholic Records Online project up through the year 1920. This update includes 1901-1920 records when available in these volumes.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his extensive help making these parishes available on our site. The new volumes are listed below:

Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms Part 1, 1900-1911
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms Part 2, 1900-1911
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1847-1853
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1854-1862
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1862-1868
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1869-1872
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1872-1876
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1877-1881
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1881-1884
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1888
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1888-1891
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1891-1900
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1847-1853
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1854-1876
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1877-1894
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Marriages, 1894-1910
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Mission Baptisms, 1849-1853
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Confirmations, 1865-1890
Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston) Confirmations, 1892-1905

St. Mary of the Annunciation (Melrose) Baptisms, 1875-1894
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Melrose) Baptisms, 1894-1906
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Melrose) Confirmations, 1897-1920
St. Mary of the Annunciation (Melrose) Marriages, 1894-1920

St. Philip (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1895-1898
St. Philip (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1898-1908
St. Philip (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1896-1913
St. Philip (Roxbury) Marriages, 1895-1908

Sacred Heart (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Sacred Heart (Newton) Baptisms, 1890-1907
Sacred Heart (Newton) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Bridget (Abington) Baptisms, 1864-1900
St. Bridget (Abington) Confirmations and Financial Records, 1857-1883
St. Bridget (Abington) Confirmations, 1870-1920
St. Bridget (Abington) Marriages, 1864-1908

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

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Historic Catholic Records Online Phase 2, 1901-1920

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A stained glass window at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, MA portraying St. Brigid. Photo: Claire Vail

Today we announce an update to the year range for our Historic Catholic Records Online project. Phase One of the project spanned the years 1789-1900. We will now be staring Phase Two of this project, in which we are digitizing and indexing volumes ranging from 1901-1920. In addition to updating many parishes that are already part of the project, we will add over 60 new parishes established after 1900.

A recap on how this project works: We’re currently creating two databases, Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. The first database displays images of the pages online. Users can browse through the images to find what they are looking for. This database is available to all NEHGS guest members (which is a free membership). Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 is fully searchable and is available to all paying NEHGS members.

If you are curious about the geographic range of this project, be sure to view this map from the Archdiocese of Boston, outlining the modern boundaries of the archdiocese. We anticipate that Phase Two will be as large as Phase One, consisting of at least 720 volumes and 10 million names.

As we implement Phase Two, there will generally be two types of updates–new volumes, and additions to existing volumes that extend beyond 1900. Today we’ve added 72 new volumes from 17 parishes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. The above link leads to the first page of the first new volume of Blessed Sacrament (Walpole). If you need help navigating this collection to view the other new volumes, please consult our how-to video. 39 of these volumes are additions to previously existing volumes on our site, and 33 are brand new volumes. All new and updated volumes are listed below.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy, Bill Wolfendale, Max Agigian, Colleen Alm, Ross Weaver, Francis Alix, Tate Lehmann , Tim Belgrad, Angela Napolitano, Kim Bonner, and others for their help making this update possible. If you would like to contribute to this project by volunteering (either at home, or here at our research library on Newbury Street in Boston), please email Rachel Adams at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, 1901-1908
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages and Confirmations, 1901-1916
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages, 1896-1900 and Confirmations, 1920
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages, 1908-1920

Boston Harbor Islands Baptisms and Marriages, 1877-1920 (Mission)
Boston Harbor Islands Baptisms, 1877-1920 (Mission)
Boston Harbor Islands Sick Calls, 1894-1920 (Mission)

Holy Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1897-1920
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Confirmations, 1898-1920
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Marriages, 1897-1908
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Marriages, 1908-1920

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1893-1907
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1920
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Marriages, 1871-1920

Sacred Heart (Newton) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Sacred Heart (Newton) Baptisms, 1890-1907
Sacred Heart (Newton) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1886-1909
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1909-1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Confirmations, 1918
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) First Communions, 1919
St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Marriages, 1886-1920

St. Bridget (Framingham) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Bridget (Framingham) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1886-1910
St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Brigid (Lexington) Confirmations, 1908-1920
St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1886-1916
St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1916-1920

St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1900-1909
St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1909-1920
St. Casimir (Brockton) Deaths, 1900-1920
St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1900-1906
St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1906-1920

St. Edward the Confessor (Medfield) Baptisms, 1890-1908
St. Edward the Confessor (Medfield) Various, 1889-1920

St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1890-1914
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Confirmations, 1892-1920
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Marriages, 1890-1920

St. Mary (Holliston) Baptisms, 1870-1920
St. Mary (Holliston) Marriages, 1871-1920

St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900-1912
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900-1916
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1912-1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1903-1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900-1915
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900-1920
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Special Marriages, 1912-1920

St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms and Marriages, 1920
St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1898-1914
St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1912-1919
St. Michael (Hudson) Marriages, 1876-1914

St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1872-1908
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1908-1914
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Confirmations, 1894-1916
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1872-1908
St. Patrick (Lawrence) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1868-1902
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1903-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Confirmations, 1884-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) First Communions, 1911-1920
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Marriages, 1868-1920

St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, Marriages, and Conversions, 1876-1913
St. Paul (Hingham) Confirmations, 1888-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) First Communions, 1887-1920
St. Paul (Hingham) Marriages, 1876-1920

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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Cohasset and Stoneham

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Surf, Cohasset by Maurice Prendergast [Public Domain]

Today we’ve added three new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Anthony of Padua in Cohasset and St. Patrick in Stoneham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse.

A note on the process of implementing this project that explains this update: At the Archdiocesan archives in Braintree, they have many, but not all of the parish registers. Some parish registers may still be located in the parish to which they belong. To scan the volumes for this project, about 40 books are brought to NEHGS at a time. We scan the volumes, then return them to the archives. For these parishes in particular, the Archdiocese already had the baptism volumes, which we scanned and published at an earlier date. A recent collecting trip brought these new volumes into their collection. So now we are updating our database with all of the pre-1901 volumes for both these parishes. While we prefer to release an entire parish at once, occasionally varying circumstances lead us to publish parishes in two parts.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy, Bill Wolfendale, Ross Weaver and Kim Bonner for their help making this update possible.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our how-to video.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Marriages, 1886-1900
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Confirmations, 1884-1900
St. Patrick (Stoneham) Marriages, 1868-1900

St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset) Baptisms, 1886-1900 and St. Patrick (Stoneham) Baptisms, 1868-1900 are already available on our site.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.  Learn more about becoming a NEHGS guest member (free).

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Vital Records from The NEHGS Register Volumes 4-6 Updated

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Engraving of Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow from The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register Vol. 4, p. 296a

Today we are releasing volumes 4, 5, and 6 (1850-1852) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update adds 32,000 records and 86,000 searchable names.

This ongoing project will unlock the value of all the information captured in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since the first publication in 1847. We are reviewing every published article and extracting a broad set of records for those articles that are genealogical in nature. So, in addition to birth, marriage, and death records there are now records of type; residence, immigration, military records, church dismissals, and more. The index we create is at the same level we have used for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Mayflower Silver Books. It includes spouses, parents, and locations.

Users of American AncesTREES will also benefit by being able to get hints from the newly indexed volumes in their family trees.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers: Nancy Borman, Rich Wood, Jan Lundquist, Charlie Watson, Gale Stevenson, Ron Wilson, Karen Ristic, Ray Ristic, Linda Peterson, Erica Yee, Susan Van Allen, Tom Clements, James Cox, Ginny Marshall, Larry Akin, Margaret Sears Lindley, Ellen Anderson, Cannot Release Name, Karen Buchinger, Kay Sencabaugh, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, Randy Hube, Fran Danico, Julie Bliss Hammons, Julie Nathanson, and Pat Harney. If you would like to become part of the team working on this rewarding project to revamp the index to the NEHGS Register, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

Published quarterly since 1847, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family. The indexing for these records includes full names, Publication year (not the year of the record), and article titles and authors.

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Newton and Wellesley

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Our Lady of Lourdes by Romary [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton and St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley. This update adds over 800 new pages to browse.

The early history of these two parishes is intertwined. Before St. Mary’s was established in Newton’s Upper Falls, Catholics in both these areas attended St. Patrick’s in Watertown. In the 1860s, St. Mary’s (which would become Mary Immaculate of Lourdes) began to coalesce as a mission. In 1870 it became its own parish. St. John the Evangelist began as a mission of St. Mary’s. Initially, the building in which the Catholics worshiped was in Newton’s Lower Falls, but when they gathered the funds to purchase their own church, and become a parish, the new church was located in Wellesley.

The boundaries between the Newton area parishes were confusing and contentious–in both parishes there is a volume which begins with a description of parish boundaries. To learn more, see page A of St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1890-1900 and pages A and B of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1872.

Newton itself consists of thirteen different villages. Here is a list of the Catholic churches in Newton that are currently available on our website, including the village in which they are located:

St. Bernard–West Newton, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes–Upper Falls, Our Lady Help of Christians–Newtonville, Sacred Heart–Newton Centre

Note: The volume Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1893-1900 is already on our site–it was part of a previous update.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy, Bill Wolfendale, Max Agigian, Colleen Alm and Kim Bonner for their help making this update possible.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our how-to video.  The new volumes are listed below:

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1872
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Baptisms, 1871-1893
Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton) Marriages, 1871-1900

St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Confirmations, 1892-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Wellesley) Marriages, 1890-1900

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.  Learn more about becoming a NEHGS guest member (free).

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3 new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Catamount State Forest, Colrain, MA. Photo courtesy of U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region [Public domain]

Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 featuring William Graham (Colrain), Thomson Rawson (New Marlborough) and John Ellis (Pittsfield).

This study project focuses on individuals enumerated in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, also including modern Franklin and Hampden counties.  Sketches for this project are submitted to editor Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG by NEHGS members and other interested researchers.  If you are interested in submitting a sketch for Volume 5, please review our project home page.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this update possible.

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Walpole, Lexington, and Holliston

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St. Brigid in Lexington by John Phelan [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Blessed Sacrament (Walpole), St. Brigid (Lexington), and St. Mary (Holliston). This update adds over 600 new pages to browse.

Early Catholics in Walpole traveled to various towns in the southern portion of the Archdiocese to hear Mass. In 1872, Father Gouesse came to Foxborough and Walpole and helped fully establish the church in Walpole. St. Francis was the first church built in Walpole; the first Mass in the sanctuary was said in 1882. By the 1910s, the Catholic population had grown enough that they needed a bigger church, which would become Blessed Sacrament.

The Lexington parish began as a mission of St. Peter’s in Cambridge, then became a mission of Arlington. In 1865, a building was bought to serve as the first Catholic church in Lexington. In 1886 St. Brigid’s became their own parish.

Early Catholics in the Holliston area traveled to Milford and Hopkinton to worship. St. Mary in Holliston became its own parish in 1870.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy, Ross Weaver, Max Agigian, and Kim Bonner for their help making this update possible.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our how-to video.  The new volumes are listed below:

Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Baptisms, Marriages, and Confirmations, 1872-1900
Blessed Sacrament (Walpole) Marriages, 1896-1900

St. Brigid (Lexington) Baptisms, 1886-1900
St. Brigid (Lexington) Marriages, 1886-1900

St. Mary (Holliston) Baptisms, 1870-1900
St. Mary (Holliston) Marriages, 1871-1900

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.  Learn more about becoming a NEHGS guest member (free).

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New hint sources for American AncesTREES

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An American AncesTREES view including available hints.

69 databases can now provide hints for American AncesTREES. What do we mean by hints? Maybe in your American AncesTREEs family tree you have an ancestor who was born in 1860. Maybe we have a baptism for someone of the same name that also happened in 1860. Thanks to our most recent hinting update, you could get a hint suggesting that our 1860 baptism pertains to your 1860 birth. We’ve just added 47 new databases to the pool of databases offering hints, each of which is unique to AmericanAncestors.org.

You can get a complete list of databases that provide hints from the Database A-Z List. Use the Search menu on our homepage, and chose Browse Databases A-Z. Then if you do a search for the term Hinting,  you will see the full list of databases currently providing hints to American AncesTREES.

American AncesTREES is available to all members. You can learn more information about it here

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