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Updated Database for Newtown Connecticut

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Newtown Savings Bank in Newtown Connecticut, taken in 1917. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have updated the database Newtown, CT: Vital Records, 1704-1850. This update provides the original images from the manuscript and the index includes full names, including parents and spouses where available. In total this database now includes 155 pages, 3,900 records, and 9,000 searchable names.

Newtown, Connecticut is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut not far from the New York border. The land was purchased from the natives in 1705 but not really settled until 1708. In 1711 the town was incorporated by the legislature. A part of the town was set off to form part of the town of Brookfield in 1780. They primarily cover events through 1850. Some events occurring prior to 1850 were not registered until as late as 1892 but are included here.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers Collen Alm, Ron Wilson, and Charlie Watson. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

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

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Massachusetts: Four Databases Now Fully Indexed & Images Added

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East India Marine Hall, of the Peabody Academy of Science, Salem, Massachusetts, USA 1876 (Now the Peabody Essex Museum). Public Domain Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we are releasing updated version of four databases for the state of Massachusetts. In each case, the updated database includes the original images from the manuscript and the index includes full names including parents and spouses where available. The updated volumes are:


Attleboro, MA: Church Records of the Old Town Church, Attleboro First Church, 1740-1856
Attleboro, MA: Church Records of the Second Congregational Church, 1748-1851
Pembroke, MA: Baptisms in the Second Religious Society, 1749-1825
Salem, MA: Members of the East India Marine Society, 1799-1870

In total these four databases now include 160 pages, 6,000 records, and 12,000 searchable names.

This update is made possible by the wonderful efforts of our volunteers. Max Agigian, Tim Belgrad, Linda Weaver, and Ida Nystrom delivered the Attleboro First Church update; Max Agigian, Ria Bhandarkar, and Nell Nies indexed the Attleboro Second Church update; Tate Lehmann, Michael Giannetti, Linda Weaver, and Nell Nies produced the Pembroke update; and Ria Bhandarkar and Kay Sencabaugh re-indexed the East India Marine Society. If you have some time and would like to get involved in the database digitization and indexing process, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records from Arlington, Amesbury and Ayer

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St. Joseph in Amesbury (from the Archdiocese of Boston archives)

Today we’ve added five new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Agnes (Arlington), St. James the Apostle (Arlington), St. Joseph (Amesbury), and St. Mary (Ayer). This update adds over 7,000 records and over 27,500 names to search.

Prior to the establishment of St. Malachi (or Malachy) in Arlington in 1872, Arlington Catholics had to travel to St. Peter’s in Cambridge. When the parish began, it also included territory in Belmont and Lexington (which later became their own parishes). In 1900, St. Malachi’s was renamed to honor St. Agnes.

As more Catholics moved into Arlington, St. James the Apostle was established in 1914 to serve people in the Arlington Heights neighborhood.

The first iteration of St. Joseph’s church in Amesbury was dedicated in 1866. Ten years later, the church was already ready to expand, and a second, new church was dedicated in 1876. Many French Canadians attended this parish.

Prior to the establishment of St. Mary in Ayer, Catholics in this region worshipped in Fitchburg. St. Mary’s was established in 1858. Before Pepperell became an independent parish, Catholics from Pepperell worshipped at St. Mary’s in Ayer.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this parish available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1902-1912
St. James the Apostle (Arlington) Baptisms, 1914-1920
St. Joseph (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1901-1920
St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1902-1909
St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms, 1914-1920

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Early Vermont Settlers: 8 new sketches

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Connecticut River in Brattleboro, VT (late 1800s), D.A. Henry (New York Public Library, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today we’ve added eight new sketches to Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784, highlighting families who lived in Brattleboro. The new sketches are listed below:

Wells, Henry (Brattleboro)
Wells, Jonathan (Brattleboro)
Wells, Samuel (Brattleboro)
Wilder, Elias (Brattleboro, Dummerston)
Wilder, John (Brattleboro)
Wilder, Joshua (Brattleboro)
Wilder, Tilly (Brattleboro)
Wilder, Tilly, Jr. (Brattleboro)

With this study project, Scott Andrew Bartley researches heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.  These sketches illustrate major players on political and religious fronts, uncover the migration patterns for this period in the region, and identify all those just looking to better their lives on the new frontier.  This project is proceeding in two series, settlers to 1771 and 1772-1784.  The work so far has been geographical, focusing on Windsor and Windham Counties.

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for East Boston & Amesbury

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Lake Attitash, Amesbury, MA; from a 1911 postcard. POublic Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have added 11 new volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include St. Lazarus in East Boston and Sacred Heart in Amesbury. This update includes 11 volumes, 1,300 pages, and 30,000 searchable names.

There was a large Italian population in East Boston, and Masses were said at Orient Heights as early as 1892. Soon after, they built the church of St. Lazarus on Leyden Street, and it was dedicated on June 18, 1893.

In early 1903 Archbishop Williams created Sacred Heart Parish in Amesbury so serve the growing French-Canadian population there. The original place of worship was a remodeled Protestant meeting house. Father Joseph H. Cote replaced it with a handsome, Gothic, red-brick church, which as dedicated at Christmas in 1928.

The 11 new volumes in this release are:
• St. Lazarus (East Boston) Baptisms, 1904-1917
• St. Lazarus (East Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
• St. Lazarus (East Boston) Confirmations, 1907-1920
• St. Lazarus (East Boston) Interments, 1904-1920
• St. Lazarus (East Boston) Marriages, 1904-1920
• Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1903-1917
• Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Confirmations, 1908-1920
• Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Deaths, 1907-1920
• Sacred Heart (Amesbury) First Communions, 1905-1920
• Sacred Heart (Amesbury) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

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Catholic Cemetery Association: 4 new cemeteries now available

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Grave marker at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden (photo by Claire Vail Photography)

Last month we announced a new database of Catholic cemetery records: Massachusetts: Catholic Cemetery Association Records, 1833-1940. Today we’re adding 4 new cemeteries to this database: Calvary (Winchester), Catholic Mount Auburn (Watertown), St. Patrick (Stoneham), and St. Paul (Arlington). We’re also adding two new volumes from Holy Cross in Malden (Holy Cross (Malden) Burials, 1868-1885 and Holy Cross (Malden) Lot Sales and Burials, 1868-1870 (Book 1)).

This update adds 48 new volumes, 212,900 records and 223,400 searchable names.

When complete, this database will feature 20 cemeteries administered by the CCA in eastern Massachusetts. 13 cemeteries are available to search now; 7 more will be added throughout the year. Most cemeteries are being added all at once. Holy Cross in Malden is the only cemetery coming online sequentially. Some volumes are available now and more will be added soon. 

These volumes contain records of lot sales and interments, and include information about lot owners, date of burial and location of burial. Some of the people represented in these written records may not have purchased a grave marker or their marker may have eroded with time, making this collection essential for research into Catholic burials in this region.

In addition to the searchable database, maps of each cemetery are being made available to help locate burial plots. Where possible, maps include sections, ranges and in some cases narrative description of how headstones are arranged by row and lot number. Also included are points of interest such as entrances, exits, flag poles, monuments, offices and spigots. Special sections for the burials of infants, priests and religious are also noted.  Links to the cemetery maps can be found in the Database Description. Watch our how-to video for instructions on navigating to the database and using the cemetery maps.

We’d like to thank the following volunteers and interns for their work on these volumes of this database: Alida Baker, Angela Napolitano, Arlys LaFehr, Bill Fenton, Bill Morse, Bill Wolfendale, Bob Rainville,
Bruce McKeeman, Carol Zimmerman, Carolyn Jack, Daria O’Connor, David Anderson, David Fredette, Eileen McCarthy, Eldon Gay, Elizabeth Handler, Erin Canzano, Gail Delfosse, Gail Wine, Helen Fredell, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, Jane Himmel, Jessica Powers, John Hagarty, Julie Esposito, Julie Roffo, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Kathy Oberley, Katie McNally, Linda Matthews, Linda Weaver, Lisa Butler, Lisa Donovan, Liz Barnett, Liz Jones, Lois Houghton, Mary Alice Yost, Mary Jo Donzella, Matt Murphy, Maureen Keillor, Meg Mill, Merrill Hill, Michael Giannetti, Michelle Kearns, Nancy Johnson, Patty Ryburn, Paula Hines, Pauline Cusson, Peg Camp, Phyllis Day, Rebecca Searl, Renda Smith, Rhonda Wilson, Rick Lagueux, Ross Weaver, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Sara Stinson, Sharon Dorrity, Susan Dickinson, Therese Mosorjak, Tom Clements, Violet Hurst and Virginia Vaught.

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Hyde Park & South Boston

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Painting of St. Adelbert of Prague, 1855. Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we have added 10 new volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 database. Today’s additions include St. Adalbert in Hyde Park, and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in South Boston, and St. Vincent de Paul in South Boston. This update includes 10 volumes, 750 pages, and nearly 30,000 searchable names.

Many of the Polish parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston were founded, at least in part, due to the missionary labors of the pioneer Polish priest, Father John Chmielinski. The considerable Polish community had been ministered to by Father Chmielinski and others, and a parish was created in 1913 under Father Alexander Syski. Within a year he erected a basement church, and in 1929 began building the superstructure, which as completed by his successor, Farther Sikora. The church was constructed at 1450 River Street in Hyde Park, and was dedicated as the Church of St. Adalbert on September 7, 1931.

The Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary was set off from Sts. Peter and Paul, and Rev. John J. McNulty became the pastor on June 8, 1884. Land was acquired on West Sixth Street between C and D Streets, and construction started in September. On October 18, 1885, the church was dedicated by Archbishop Williams.

Saint Vincent de Paul of South Boston is at the corner of E and Third Street, and was just one block from the water when it was built. The church was dedicated on the Festival of St. Vincent de Paul on July 19, 1874 in a ceremony performed by Bishop Williams.

The 10 new volumes in this release are:
• St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1912-1919
• St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Baptisms, 1919-1920
• St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) First Communions, 1918-1920
• St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Interments, 1913-1920
• St. Adalbert (Hyde Park) Marriages, 1912-1920
• Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Baptisms, 1911-1920
• Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Confirmations, 1903-1920
• Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston) Marriages, 1908-1920
• St. Vincent de paul (South Boston) Baptisms, 1910-2920

We thank our dedicated volunteer Sam Sturgis for his work on this release. If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at rachel.adams@nehgs.org.

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

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary from One Hundred Years of Progress by James Sullivan, p.90

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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Roxbury

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St. Patrick (Roxbury) from James Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, page 51.

Today we have added 6 new volumes for the Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s additions include two parishes in Roxbury: Blessed Sacrament, and St. Thomas Aquinas. This update includes 6 volumes, 1,000 pages, and 65,000 searchable names.

St. Patrick’s was established in 1836 to serve the Catholics of “Roxbury, Brookline, and Brighton” (Sullivan, p. 49). Originally the church was situated a little south of the South End, on Northampton Street in between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue. In the 1870s as the Catholic population grew, parish boundaries shifted. A new church (still in use) was built further south at the intersection of Dudley and Magazine Streets. The building of the new church began in 1873.

On December 10, 1894, Rev. Philip J. O’Donnell was appointed rector of a new parish which later received the name of St. Philip’s. Services were initially held in Old St. Patrick’s on Northampton Street, this young pastor quickly bought land between Harrison Avenue, East Lenox, and Reed Streets, on which he began the construction of a Gothic brick church. It opened for services in the basement by April 24, 1899, and was dedicated on May 4, 1913.

The 6 new volumes in this release are:
• St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1907-1920
• St. Patrick (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1920
• St. Patrick (Roxbury) Marriages, 1903-1920
• St. Philip (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1908-1914
• St. Philip (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1914-1920
• St. Philip (Roxbury) Confirmations, 1915-1920


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Archdiocese of Boston: All Saints (Roxbury) now searchable

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Parish Boundary Map showing All Saints (Roxbury) shaded in blue and marked with an arrow.

Today we’ve added three new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from All Saints in Roxbury. This update adds over 5,000 records and over 20,600 names to search.

Construction of the All Saints Church in Roxbury started in 1893. It was dedicated in 1897. This parish grew out of St. Joseph in Roxbury as the Catholic population in this area grew.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making this parish available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1908-1916
All Saints (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1916-1920
All Saints (Roxbury) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Boston and Mattapan

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Our Lady of Victories from The Catholic Churches of Boston and its vicinity… by William Augustine Leahy, 1892

Today we’ve added eight new volumes and updated four volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Victories in Boston and St. Angela Merici in Mattapan. This update adds over 13,500 records and over 77,000 names to search.

Our Lady of Victories was Boston’s first French Canadian parish, established in 1880, and also know as Notre Dame des Victoires. In History of the Archdiocese of Boston in the Various Stages of Its Development 1604-1943, Lord Sexton, and Harrington relate, “By the end of the [Archbishop] Williams era [i.e. 1907], Notre Dame des Victoires was serving twenty thousand French-speaking people, scattered throughout Greater Boston” (Volume 3, 212).

St. Angela’s parish in Mattapan was founded in 1907 out of territory that had previously belonged to St. Gregory in Dorchester and Most Precious Blood in Hyde Park. Construction on the new church building began in 1909. It was dedicated in 1919.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis, Maryanne LeGrow, Janet Essency, Gig Moineau and Pauline Cusson for their work on these parishes.

The new volumes are listed below. Volumes with an asterisk have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site either in their complete form or with the records up to December 31, 1920:

Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1905*
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1905-1917
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1920
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Deaths, 1889-1920*
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1911*
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1920
Our Lady of Victories (Boston) Various, 1880-1920*

St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1908-1918
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Confirmations, 1910-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) First Communions, 1909-1920
St. Angela Merici (Mattapan) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

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