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Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from Holy Cross (Boston) and Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton)

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Cathedral of the Holy Cross, from the Archive, Archdiocese of Boston

Today we’ve added fifteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Holy Cross in Boston and Our Lady of the Presentation in Brighton. We’ve also updated five volumes from Holy Cross in Boston. This update adds over 2,200 new pages to browse.

Learn more about the current status of this project in our new webinar, Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Records Project: We’re Expanding!. Make sure you are logged in to our site to view the archived webinars, available to watch for free! This webinar happened on February 20, 2020 (so you can find it easily in the list).

The Church of the Holy Cross was established in Boston in 1788; as the Catholic population grew in the city, it become the Cathedral. In 1800, the first Cathedral was built on Franklin Street in the South End. By 1866, a new, larger building was needed, so construction began on the current church on Washington Street. Since, the Cathedral has continued to be a center of Catholicism in New England.

Our Lady of the Presentation was established in 1909 in the Oak Square neighborhood of Brighton. Construction on a church building began in 1913 and the church was dedicated in 1921.

We’d like to thank volunteers Kim Bonner, Eileen McCarthy, Katie McCarver, Angela Napolitano, Ross Weaver and Bill Wolfendale 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:

Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.16, 1908-1910
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.17, 1910-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms, 1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1907-1916
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1917-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Convert Confirmations, 1916-1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Convert Confirmations, 1920
Holy Cross (Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1911-1915
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1906-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1908-1911
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1917
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages, 1918-1920

Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton) Baptisms, 1909-1920
Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton) Confirmations, 1915-1920
Our Lady of the Presentation (Brighton) Marriages, 1910-1920

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:

Holy Cross (Boston) Baptisms V.15, 1900-1908
Holy Cross (Boston) Marriages V.11, 1897-1905
Holy Cross (Boston) Confirmations, 1895-1906
Holy Cross (Boston) Index to Baptisms, 1852-1910
Holy Cross (Boston) Index to Marriages, 1850-1905

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

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2 new sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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Watertown historic marker by Daderot [Public domain]

Today we’ve updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding two new sketches featuring John Sawin (m. 1641, 1651) and Daniel Smith, both of Watertown.

Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is written by Alicia Crane Williams. This study project highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. Learn more about this project, through one of Alicia Crane Williams’ most recent Vita Brevis posts on the subject.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help adding these sketches to our database.

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 and Brockton

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St. Edward’s in Brockton (Tichnor Bros. Inc., Boston, Mass. [Public domain])

Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from St. Agnes in Arlington and St. Edward in Brockton. This update adds over 16,100 records and over 61,900 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.

Lord, Sexton, and Harrington describe St. Edward’s in Brockton: “At St. Edward’s, Montello (in the northern part of Brockton), the original temporary wooden church was replaced by a new one erected by Fathers Edwin J. Dolan…and Thomas F. Brannan…His Eminence blessed the cornerstone on October 11, 1914” (History of the Archdiocese of Boston in the Various Stages of Its Development 1604-1943, 718).

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help making these parishes available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1873-1884
St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1884-1894
St. Agnes (Arlington) Baptisms, 1894-1902
St. Agnes (Arlington) Marriages, 1873-1899
St. Agnes (Arlington) Marriages, 1898-1920

St. Edward (Brockton) Baptisms, 1897-1913
St. Edward (Brockton) Confirmations, 1898-1920
St. Edward (Brockton) Marriages 1897-1917

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

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Expansion of Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers

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Map of Boston in 1842. Public Domain, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today we are excited to announce an expansion of the Suffolk County, MA Probate File Papers database. This addition includes case numbers 33068-35451, for the years 1842-1847, and it adds over 54,000 new file paper pages. The complete database now contains 496,000 file papers and 36,000 searchable names.

This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. We’d like to thank our wonderful volunteers Sam Sturgis and Bruce Shaw, without whom this update would not have happened.

The complete Suffolk County File Papers collection will eventually cover cases 1-94,757, which includes years up to 1893. The cases are indexed chronologically, which allows us to present them in sections while digital photography is taking place. The digital photography is expected to continue through 2020. We will continue to add additional cases as they become available.

If you have questions on how to search this database, or about our collaboration with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, please watch our video, How to Search Massachusetts Probate File Papers. The Massachusetts Archives also have a very helpful website that serves as a directory as to where you can find which pieces of probate information.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members.

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Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from 5 Boston parishes

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St. Cecilia’s Church, January 2020

Today we’ve added twelve new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and updated eight volumes from five parishes across the current city of Boston. This update adds over 2,500 new pages to browse. The new and updated parishes include Our Lady of Ostrobrama in Boston’s West End, Our Lady of Victories (Boston), St. Cecilia in Boston’s Back Bay, St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) and St. Gabriel in Brighton.

Our Lady of Ostrobrama was established in 1916. Parishioners first worshiped at St. Stephen in the North End before buying a church of their own in Boston’s West End. It was a mission of St. Joseph’s church before eventually becoming an independent parish.

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. Cecilia was established in 1888 in Back Bay. Many of the congregants were Irish immigrants who worked as servants for the wealthy Protestant families who lived in that neighborhood.

St. Francis de Sales was the second Catholic church established in Charlestown (after St. Mary’s). Situated on Bunker Hill, it was dedicated in 1862.

In 1908, the Passionist Fathers established a monastery in Brighton. The monastery evolved to include a parish church called St. Gabriel’s which became an independent parish in 1934.

We’d like to thank volunteers Kim Bonner, Eileen McCarthy, Katie McCarver, Katie McNally, Linda Weaver, Ross Weaver and Bill Wolfendale 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:

Our Lady of Ostrobrama (Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1916-1920

Our Lady of Ostrobrama (Boston) Baptisms, 1920

St. Cecilia (Boston) Baptisms, 1919-1920
St. Cecilia (Boston) Confirmations, 1901-1920
St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1911-1919
St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1919-1920

St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1908-1920
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Marriages, 1908-1920

St. Gabriel (Brighton) Baptisms, 1912-1920

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 through January 1, 1921:

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

St. Cecilia (Boston) Baptisms, 1889-1919
St. Cecilia (Boston) Marriages, 1888-1911

St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1893-1908
St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown) Marriages, 1862-1908

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: new browsable records from Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston)

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Detail of an 1893 “Map showing the [railroad] terminal facilities of Boston”, zoomed in to the New York Streets area of the South End (Geo. H. Walker & Co. [Public domain])

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Our Lady of Pompeii in Boston’s South End. This update adds over 1,800 new pages to browse.

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”–most of the neighborhood was razed in the 1950s.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy, Katie McNally, Angela Napolitano, Ross Weaver and Bill Wolfendale 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:

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 all NEHGS members.  Learn more about becoming a NEHGS guest member (free).

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Hints Now Available for Database Search

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Sample Record Display page with hints included

We have released an update to the search user experience that makes hints available to online users of search. Until now, hints from American Ancestors databases were only available to users of American AncesTREES. Now they are available to everyone.

You can see an example of hints on the image above. Here we have the Record Display page for the birth of Nathan Snow in 1725 from the Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850 database. On the right side you can see the heading “Hint” and the suggested records underneath. If there are no suggestions, this section will not appear.

Each hint is prefaced with the name of the database that contains the hint record, the first and last name of the suggested person, and the birth and/or death year of that person as extracted from the source of the hint. An annotated sample is shown below. The name and date part of the hint is the hyperlink. You can click on it and go there directly, or right click and open the hint in a new tab or window.

The hints are listed in a relevance sequence with the best fit at the top of the list. A maximum of 10 hints are displayed. Not all databases currently provide hints. As new databases become hint providers, we will send an update on DB News, such as this one from last summer.  You can also use Browse Database A-Z for a current list by typing “Hint” in the Search field.

We hope that this enhancement helps you with your search efforts. If you have any questions, please let us know by using the Comment or Question box or Report Error button on Record display. You can also email us directly at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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Archdiocese of Boston: new searchable records from Lynn and Watertown

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Detail from 1889 map, Ten Miles Around Lynn (http://maps.bpl.org [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)])

Today we’ve added ten new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 from Sacred Heart in Watertown, Sacred Heart in Lynn and St. Jean Baptiste in Lynn. This update adds over 17,900 records and over 72,900 names to search.

Sacred Heart in Watertown was established to serve the Catholics of eastern Watertown, set off from an area that formerly belonged to St. Patrick’s.

Sacred Heart in West Lynn was established in 1894, from an area that used to belong to St. Mary’s parish. See James S. Sullivan’s 100 Years of Progress for a description of the original boundaries.

Page B of St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1886-1892 contains a brief history of the church, “Historique de la Congrégation Canadienne de Lynn, Mass.” Here is a brief translation:

French Canadians first assembled to organize a parish in Lynn the 14th September 1886. The first priest charged to serve the Canadians of Lynn was the P___ (not sure of word) Joseph O. Gadoury of Salem who was nominated by His Grace the Archbishop Williams of Boston the 18th September 1886. The first Mass was sung the 19th September 1886 in Mr. James Buffum’s chapel on Oxford Street in Lynn. Rev. Mr. Parent arrived in Lynn and Salem the 17th May 1887. The dedication of the S.J.B. Church on Franklin Street took place the 4th December 1887 by Mgr. J.J. Williams, Archbishop of Boston. Rev. J.B. Dumontier(?), pastor in Marlboro sung the Mass. Rev. J.A. Biron of Worcester gave the sermon. Rev. J.B. Parent was named pastor the 9th December 1887 and took charge of the parish the 18th December 1887.

We’d like to thank volunteer Debbie Lansing for her help indexing St. Jean Baptiste in Lynn and Sam Sturgis for his help making the Sacred Heart parishes available online.

The new volumes are listed below:

Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1894-1900
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Baptisms, 1900-1917
Sacred Heart (Lynn) Marriages, 1894-1918

Sacred Heart (Watertown) Baptisms, 1896-1913
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Confirmations, 1898-1916
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Confirmations, 1898-1920
Sacred Heart (Watertown) Marriages, 1896-1920

St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1886-1892
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Baptisms, 1893-1903
St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn) Marriages, 1886-1907

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

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New sketches: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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Henry Bond’s A map of the original allotments of land and the ancient topography of Watertown (proper) which includes parcels of land owned by William Parry

Today we’ve updated Early New England Families, 1641-1700, adding two new sketches, profiling Richard Hassell (m. 1643) and William Parry (m.1641).

Richard Hassell lived with his wife Joan in Cambridge, Billerica, and Dunstable. They had three children. William Parry lived in Watertown with his wife Anne. They had six children.

Early New England Families, 1641-1700 is written by Alicia Crane Williams. This study project highlights heads of families mentioned in Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. Learn more about this project, through one of Alicia Crane Williams’ most recent Vita Brevis posts on the subject.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis for his help adding these sketches to our database.

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 Holy Trinity in Boston

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Holy Trinity, from One Hundred Years of Progress, page 137

Today we’ve added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920 and updated three volumes from Holy Trinity in Boston. This update adds over 1,100 new pages to browse.

Holy Trinity was the heart of the German Catholic community in Boston. The parish was established in 1836; the first Mass in their church building was said in 1844. Read more about the history of the parish in our late volunteer Michael Hager’s American Ancestors magazine article. You can learn more about the Monatsbote, their parish newsletter in Thomas Lester’s article in the Pilot.

We’d like to thank volunteers Ross Weaver, Bill Wolfendale 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:

Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1902-1908
Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms, 1908-1920
Holy Trinity (Boston) Burials, 1907-1920
Holy Trinity (Boston) Marriages, 1914-1920

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:

Holy Trinity (Boston) Baptisms 1894-1902
Holy Trinity (Boston) Deaths 1878-1907
Holy Trinity (Boston) Marriages 1893-1914

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

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