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Archdiocese of Boston: New searchable records for Our Lady of Pompeii

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View of Fanuel Hall in Boston
Fanuel Hall in Boston, 1903. From A Guide to Metropolitan Boston, Boston, Mass., G. H. Walker & Co. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Today we have added 6 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s addition provides the parish of Our Lady of Pompeii in Boston. This update includes over 1,800 pages, and over 102,000 searchable names.

Father Pasquale Di Milla was one of the first active Italian priests in Boston. In 1901, he was in charge of the Italian communicants of St. James Parish on Harrison Ave. Within three years he was able to build the Our Lady of Pompeii church which was dedicated on 25 October 1903.

Boston College’s Global Boston project describes Our Lady of Pompeii: “Moving out from the North End, many immigrants from southern Italy lived in the New York Streets and worshipped at Our Lady of Pompeii on Florence Street, founded in 1902.” The New York Streets were one of Boston’s first areas targeted for urban “renewal” and most of the neighborhood was razed in the 1950s.


The new volumes are:
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1911
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1914
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1918
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Confirmations, 1909-1920
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Marriages, 1903-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Boston and Newton

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St. Columbkille (Brighton) from the Archdiocese of Boston Archives

Today we’ve added twelve new volumes and updated eleven volumes in Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Bernard (Newton), St. Columbkille (Brighton), St. Joseph (Boston), and St. Mary (Boston). This update adds over 2,700 new pages to browse.

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

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

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:

St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1894-1911*
St. Bernard (Newton) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1876-1911*
St. Bernard (Newton) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1901-1914
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1914-1919
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Confirmations, 1897-1920*
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Marriages, 1857-1907*
St. Columbkille (Brighton) Marriages, 1907-1920

St. Joseph (Boston) Baptisms, 1900-1910*
St. Joseph (Boston) Baptisms, 1911-1920
St. Joseph (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1920*
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1899-1907*
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1907-1912
St. Joseph (Boston) Marriages, 1912-1920

St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1893-1908*
St. Mary (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Mary (Boston) Confirmations, 1911-1919
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1866-1901*
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1884-1915*
St. Mary (Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1902-1920
St. Mary (Boston) Marriages, 1894-1920*

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 11-13 Updated

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NEHGR Vol 13 cover
Volume 13 of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Today we are releasing volumes 11, 12 and 13 (1857-1859) of the in-depth re-indexing of all the genealogical records in the database Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. This update includes 25,000 records and 54,000 searchable names and has about four times the number of records previously indexed for these volumes.

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 add 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 indexing 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.

We will release each re-indexed volume of the register as it is completed. 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. This update is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers: Emma Patricia Alvarez Reyes, Diane Arbuckle, Tim Belgrad, Ria Bhandarkar, Nancy Borman, Carol Botteron, Tom Clements, Pat Dalpiaz, Fran Danico, Greta Gaffin, Randy Hube, Karen Jarret, Toni Lattimer, Tate Lehmann, Kit Loomis, Jennifer Lozano, Ginny Marshall, Paula Muggleton, Julie Nathanson, Ida Nystrom, Margaret Parker, Karen Ristic, Ray Ristic, Julie Roffo, Kay Sencabaugh, Renda Smith, Olga Tugarina, Rich Turnblom, Susan Van Allen, Charlie Watson, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, and Rich Wood.

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 Wakefield

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Interior, St. Joseph’s in Wakefield, from James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress page 599.

Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Joseph in Wakefield. This update adds over 1,100 new pages to browse.

As early as 1854, Catholics were worshipping in Wakefield. In the 1870s, the congregation was expanding and a new church was built on Albion Street. During this time period, St. Agnes in Reading was also a mission of this parish.

We’d like to thank volunteer Eileen McCarthy for her help making this update possible.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Wakefield) Baptisms, 1873-1902
St. Joseph (Wakefield) Baptisms, 1903-1917
St. Joseph (Wakefield) Baptisms, 1917-1920
St. Joseph (Wakefield) Confirmations, 1879-1920
St. Joseph (Wakefield) First Communions, 1881-1920
St. Joseph (Wakefield) Marriages, 1873-1902
St. Joseph (Wakefield) Marriages, 1903-1908
St. Joseph (Wakefield) Marriages, 1908-1920

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

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790: 2 new sketches

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Westfield River near Middlefield, MA (image by Benjamin Turon / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0))

Today we’re announcing two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketches focus on Isaac Hemingway Streeter of Middlefield who married Hannah Alderman and Ebenezer Bird of Windsor who married Ruby “Lauri” Hayward.

This study project focuses on individual 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: St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) now searchable

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St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown, image from the Boston Public Library, Charlestown Branch

Today we’ve added four new volumes and updated three volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown. This update adds over 11,600 records and over 43,900 names to search.

St. Catherine of Siena grew out of St. Francis de Sales parish in Charlestown, located at the base of Bunker Hill on Vine Street. The first Mass at St. Catherine’s was celebrated on Christmas 1887. 

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

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1902-1907
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1907-1910
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1910-1920
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1911-1920

Updated volumes (records added for 1901 +) :

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1898-1902
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1894-1920
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages 1888-1910

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

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New browsable Archdiocese of Boston records: Sacred Heart in Boston’s North End

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Sacred Heart in Boston, from the Archdiocese of Boston archives

Today we’ve added 37 new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in the North End of Boston. We’ve also updated two volumes from this parish. This update adds over 16,700 new pages to browse.

Sacred Heart was Boston’s second Italian parish, established in the North End in about 1889. This new parish grew out of existing St. Leonard of Port Maurice. In 1890, the church building (which had formerly been a Protestant meeting house) was dedicated. From its establishment, the parish continued to grow and grow, serving mostly Northern Italian immigrants and their subsequent American families.

We’d like to thank volunteers Kim Bonner, Katie McCarver, Bill Wolfendale, Michael Giannetti, Eileen McCarthy and Ross Weaver for their help scanning these volumes.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1901-1903 (Part 1)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1901-1903 (Part 2)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1904 (Part 1)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1904 (Part 2)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1904-1905
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1906-1907
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1907-1908
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1909
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1909-1910
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1910
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1910-1911
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1911-1912
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1912
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1913
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1913-1914
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1914
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1915
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1915
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1915-1916
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1916
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1916-1917
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1917-1918
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1918 (April-July)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1918 (July-December)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1919
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms, 1920
Sacred Heart (Boston) Confirmations, 1901-1920
Sacred Heart (Boston) First Communions, 1920 (Book 1)
Sacred Heart (Boston) First Communions, 1920 (Book 2)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1902-1905
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1905-1908
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1911
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1913
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1913-1916
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1916-1918
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages, 1918-1920

The following volumes have been updated. Previously they were truncated to only display records from before January 1, 1901. Now they are presented on our site in their complete form:

Sacred Heart (Boston) Baptisms 1898-1901 (Part 2)
Sacred Heart (Boston) Marriages 1899-1902

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

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New searchable Archdiocese of Boston records from Allston

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St. Anthony of Padua in Allston from the Archdiocese of Boston Archives

Today we’ve added three new volumes and updated two volumes in Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Anthony of Padua in Allston. This update adds over 11,100 records and over 42,300 names to search.

St. Anthony’s grew from St. Columbkille in Brighton.  The cornerstone was laid in 1894.  James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, describes in detail the construction of the church which was still in progress in 1895, explaining the future location of the altar (to be made of stone and marble) and the choir loft.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis, Eileen McCarthy, Liz Barnett, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Paul McCool, Angela Napolitano, Mary Coyne, Carolyn Jack, Jim Alcauskas and Maureen Keillor for their help with this update.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1909-1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1920
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Confirmations, 1901-1920

Updated volumes (records added for 1901 +) :
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1896-1909
St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Marriages, 1896-1920

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable parishes from Charlestown

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1885 Map of Charlestown by G.W. Bromley & Co. (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL / Public domain)

Today we’ve added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Catherine of Siena and St. Mary, both in Charlestown. We’ve also updated five volumes from these two parishes. This update adds over 4,000 new pages to browse.

St. Mary’s was the first parish established as a separate parish from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in 1828.   The Boston Public Library has a Charlestown Flickr page with images of St. Mary’s interior, repairs to the roof, and a fire that happened in the building.  Scroll about three quarters of the way down the page to view these images. 

St. Catherine of Siena grew out of St. Mary’s. The first Mass at St. Catherine’s was celebrated on Christmas 1887. 

We’d like to thank volunteers Bill Wolfendale, Kim Bonner, Angela Napolitano and Katie McNally for their help making this update possible.

If you need help navigating this collection, please consult our most recent webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding! 

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1902-1907
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1907-1910
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1910-1920
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1911-1920

St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1904-1908
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1908-1914
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1914-1918
St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1918-1920
St. Mary (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1908-1910
St. Mary (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1913-1920
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1907-1909
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1908-1920

The following volumes 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:

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1898-1902
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1894-1920
St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1888-1910

St. Mary (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1897-1904
St. Mary (Charlestown) Marriages, 1869-1907

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

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Western Massachusetts Families in 1790: 1 new sketch

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The northwestern corner of Hampshire County including the town of Goshen, MA. Detail from Henry Francis Walling’s 1856 map (http://maps.bpl.org / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0))

Today we’re announcing one new sketch in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.  The new sketch focuses on Nathaniel Abell of Goshen.

This study project focuses on individual 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.

We’ve also updated Timothy Bush of Norwich‘s sketch in Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784.

Scott Andrew Bartley’s study project tracks heads of families who lived in Vermont prior to the Revolutionary War.

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

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