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Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Records Now Searchable

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Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We’re announcing nine new volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Immaculate Conception in Marlborough.  This latest update adds over 26,000 new records and more than 103,000 new names to this database.  The new volumes are listed below:

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms and Marriages, 1854-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1854-1861

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1861-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1869-1896

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1875-1886

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Baptisms, 1897-1900

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Confirmations, 1897-1900

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Marriages, 1854-1869

Immaculate Conception (Marlborough) Marriages, 1869-1896

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

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St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Archdiocese of Boston Records Now Searchable

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Stamp of the Kingdom of Italy; 1931; commemorative of the “700th anniversary of the death of Saint Anthony” Anthony of Padua [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Today we’ve added two new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Anthony of Padua in Allston.  St. Anthony’s grew from St. Columbkille’s in Brighton, a parish that will be coming soon to our browsable database.  The two new volumes include St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1896-1900 and St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Marriages, 1896-1900.  This update adds over 1,400 new records and over 5,700 new names.

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

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St. Joseph (Haverhill) now Browsable in Archdiocese of Boston Database

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St. Joseph’s Cemetery
By Beckwith-Zink (Diane) (Flickr: St. Joseph Cemetery in Haverhill, MA) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve just added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from St. Joseph in Haverhill.  St. Joseph was the French Canadian parish in Haverhill; the records for St. James, the anglophone parish in Haverhill will be coming to our site soon.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Haverhill) Mixed, 1871-1879
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1880-1887
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Mixed, 1887-1893
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1894-1898
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Baptisms, 1899-1900
St. Joseph (Haverhill) Marriages, 1894-1900

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Transcription Challenge #13 Results

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The Newest Transcription Challenge is now up!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.

These new challenges come from Saint Gregory in Dorchester and Saint Catherine of Siena in Charlestown

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from the last couple weeks!  We received over 60 responses!

Here are the names we have decided on:

  1. Hailey
  2. Under Further Review
  3. Palraug
  4. Ridge
  5. Whalen

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Transcription Challenge #12 Results

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The Newest Transcription Challenge is now up!  Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.

These new challenges come from Saint Gregory in Dorchester, Saint Catherine of Siena in Charlestown, and Saint Patrick’s in Natick.

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  We received over 50 responses!

Here are the names we have decided on:

  1. Weatherborn
  2. Gentry
  3. Ivery
  4. Mary Caverny
  5. Sterey

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New Database – Rhode Island: Historical Cemeteries, 1647-2000

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Gravestone of Ann Tiffany (1693-1721) from Tyler Point Burying Ground in Barrington, Rhode Island.

We are very happy to announce a new database today; the Rhode Island: Historical Cemeteries, 1647-2000. John Sterling has partnered with us and provided transcriptions and images produced by the volunteers of Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project for cemeteries across Rhode Island.

This database is organized into 39 volumes based on the city or town of the cemetery and provides information for 450,000 people and over 900,000 searchable names. The efforts to capture images of the gravestones is more recent, however, approximately 25% of the records have an image to go with them. For the remainder, there is a placeholder noting that the image is not available, and noting that you can see the birth and death details on the transcript page.

For most of the cemeteries, there GPS coordinates displayed on the transcript. This can be copied and pasted into a site such as Google Maps to see where the cemetery is located.

This database supersedes the index-only collection; Rhode Island: Historical Cemeteries Database Index, 1600-2001 which had about one-half the number of records. Anyone who has saved links to that database will still be able to access them.

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

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New Database Specific Search Option

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Sample of Database specific search page for American Ancestors Magazine with custom fields.

 

We are very happy to deliver a new search option for you today: Database Search. We are now providing separate search pages for every one of our databases. You can access this by selecting the magnifying glass image on the Database List A-Z.

 

Select the database specific search page right from the Database List A to Z.

 

 

The new database specific search pages include:

  • Focused search fields – the search fields available for each category are only those that are commonly used in that category. This avoids the common problem of using search terms which will yield no results (See Image at top).
  • 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 just need to scroll down to see this. (See image below)
  • See other databases within the category – if you want to see what other databases are in same 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. Of course, if you select Exact search for the Name or Location, you will only get results that match your criteria.
  • Go directly to Browse Records – If you just want to view records without doing a search, just select a volume and page at the top right and press the Browse button.
  • Switch to Advanced Search – If you would still prefer to use the general purpose Advanced Search, you can click Switch to Advanced Search button on the right to launch the traditional search experience for the database you are currently looking at.

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

 

 

Search tips, sample images and database description are on the bottom of the search page.

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Enhanced New Hampshire Gazette: Vital Records, 1756-1800

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Portsmouth Harbor — detail of 1893 U. S. Geological Survey map. Courtesy of the Dimond Library, Documents Department & Data Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. This shows Seavey’s Island before it was conjoined with Fernald’s Island, site of the Navy Yard. Public Domain in the United States.

We have updated the index to New Hampshire Gazette: Vital Records, 1756-1800 so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, location, record type, and family members (where available). The text of these extracted marriage and death records published in the New Hampshire Gazette newspaper continues to be searchable via Keyword search.

The New Hampshire Gazette claims the distinction of being the nation’s oldest newspaper and was established in 1756. These records were compiled by Otis G. Hammond, former director of the New Hampshire Historical Society. They were abstracted by Priscilla Hammond in 1937, and this manuscript is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS.

This is update is made possible by the invaluable efforts of our team of volunteers, particularly; Elizabeth Handler and Marie Wells. We genuinely 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.

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St. Margaret and St. Ann (Dorchester) New to Archdiocese Searchable Database

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By Walling, H. F. [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added two new parishes to Massachusetts: Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900: St. Margaret and St. Ann, both in Dorchester.  St. Margaret branched off from an existing church, St. Peter’s in Dorchester in the late 1800s.  The plans for constructing this church were officially embarked upon on June 10, 1893, the feast of St. Margaret.  The parish of St. Ann celebrated its first Mass on Christmas in 1880 after breaking off from St. Gregory’s (records coming soon!).  This update consists of five volumes:

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1899
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1894-1900
St. Margaret (Dorchester) Marriages, 1893-1900

St. Ann (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1889-1900

You may notice an overlap in years of the St. Margaret baptism volumes.  St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1893-1900 is a single physical volume which is actually two separately paginated volumes bound together.  The baptisms half, what we’re calling St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1900 is a duplicate of the other baptism volume, but it is included for your convenience (and a complete representation of the physical holdings of the archive).

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

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St. Mary (Lynn) and St. Augustine (South Boston) Volumes Available

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St. Augustine Cemetery and Chapel By Jameslwoodward (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added two new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, a total of 21 volumes.  St. Mary’s in Lynn was the first Catholic church founded there; previously the Catholics of Lynn had worshiped in other towns like Salem or Chelsea.  St. Augustine’s Chapel in South Boston dates to 1819, and the purchase of a Catholic cemetery in South Boston.  It is the oldest Catholic structure in Massachusetts.  Some Catholics worshiped there for awhile, until their congregation grew big enough to build another church (Saints Peter and Paul).  The old chapel fell out of regular use.  By 1868 the Catholic population continued to grow, so that they were again in need of another church.  The pastor suggested that the old chapel be used until a new church could be built.  The first Mass in the new church was offered in 1871, and they named the new parish in honor of the old chapel.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Augustine (South Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1868-1900
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1868-1883
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1883-1894
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1894-1899
St. Augustine (South Boston) Baptisms, 1899-1900
St. Augustine (South Boston) Confirmations, 1896-1900
St. Augustine (South Boston) First Communions, 1895
St. Augustine (South Boston) Marriages, 1868-1899
St. Augustine (South Boston) Marriages, 1900-1900

St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages, 1837-1841
St. Mary (Lynn) Index to Baptisms, 1851-1893
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages, 1851-1861
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms and Marriages, 1862-1872
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1872-1893, Part 1
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1872-1893, Part 2
St. Mary (Lynn) Index to Baptisms, 1894-1963
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1893-1897
St. Mary (Lynn) Baptisms, 1897-1900
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1872-1893
St. Mary (Lynn) Marriages, 1893-1906
St. Mary (Lynn) First Communions and Confirmations 1881-1900

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