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Archdiocese of Boston: New browsable records from Whitman and Dorchester

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Leaf from a Byzantine Lectionary depicting St. Matthew, Cleveland Museum of Art [CC0]

Today we’ve added eight new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Holy Ghost (Whitman) and St. Matthew (Dorchester). This update adds over 250 new pages to browse.

Holy Ghost (Whitman) began as a mission of St. Bridget (Abington). The town of Whitman was known as South Abington until 1886.

St. Matthew (Dorchester) was established in 1900 out of territory that belonged to the parish of St. Gregory. For each of the sacraments in this parish there are two volumes that contain overlapping records. Both volumes are presented since there seems to be some marginalia noted in one volume but not the other. In both cases, Volume 2 has an index while Volume 1 does not.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy, Francis Alix, Tim Belgrad, Greta Gaffin, Tate Lehmann 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 Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1887-1897
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Baptisms, 1897-1900
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Confirmations, 1898
Holy Ghost (Whitman) Marriages, 1897-1900

St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900 (Volume 1)
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1900 (Volume 2)
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900 (Volume 1)
St. Matthew (Dorchester) Marriages, 1900 (Volume 2)

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 searchable records from Everett and Cambridge

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St. John the Evangelist, North Cambridge by Tim Pierce [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Today we’ve added six new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from Immaculate Conception in Everett and St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge. This update adds 7,773 records and 29,794 names to search.

Immaculate Conception (Everett) was initially called St. Mary’s. It began as a mission church of Chelsea. In 1885 it became a full parish along with Revere (which later split off). Before St. John the Evangelist was established, the Catholics of North Cambridge and West Somerville attended St. Peter’s. In 1893 as their numbers grew, St. John the Evangelist became its own parish.

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

Immaculate Conception (Everett) Baptisms, 1885-1893
Immaculate Conception (Everett) Baptisms, 1893-1900
Immaculate Conception (Everett) Marriages, 1885-1900

St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Baptisms, 1893-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Confirmations, 1894-1900
St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Marriages, 1893-1900

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: St. Joseph (Roxbury) now searchable

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St. Joseph’s Church from One Hundred Years of Progress, p.146

Today we’ve added eleven new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Joseph in Roxbury. This update adds 41,278 records and 163,356 names to search.

St. Joseph’s in Roxbury was established in 1845 from neighborhoods previously part of St. Patrick’s parish. The Catholic population was growing quickly in the late 1800s in this area of the city. In the years leading up to 1900, St. Joseph’s church underwent expansions and other parishes including All Saints were set off from its territory.

We’d like to thank Sam Sturgis and the students of Catholic Memorial School for their help making this parish available on our site.  Read more about our trip to Catholic Memorial School on the American Ancestors blog, Vita Brevis.

The new volumes are listed below:

St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms and Confirmations, 1862-1871
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1845-1856
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1857-1862
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1872-1881
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1882-1889
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms, 1890-1900
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1845-1857
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1857-1873
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1873-1889
St. Joseph (Roxbury) Marriages, 1890-1900
St. Joseph (Roxbury) New England Hospital Baptisms, 1885-1900

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

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Three new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Historic house, Conway, MA (Historic American Buildings Survey, Arthur C. Haskell, Photographer. 1935 (a) Ext-General view from Southeast. – Old Joe Herrick House, Poland Road, Conway, Franklin County, MA)

Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. The new sketches feature Perez Cook (Granby), Ichabod Hemenway (Williamsburg) and Heman Hitchcock (Conway).

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 these updates 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. Paul (Hingham) now browsable

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St. Paul’s in Hingham. by Timothy Valentine [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Today we’ve added four new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from St. Paul in Hingham. This update adds over 300 new pages to browse.

St. Paul began as a mission of the Weymouth churches. In 1877 they became an independent parish also serving the Catholics of Cohasset and Scituate.

We’d like to thank volunteers Eileen McCarthy Angela Napolitano 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:

St. Paul (Hingham) Baptisms, 1876-1900
St. Paul (Hingham) Confirmations, 1888-1900
St. Paul (Hingham) First Communions, 1887-1900
St. Paul (Hingham) Marriages, 1876-1900

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

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Update to Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1900

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John Adams Birthplace, Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA, 2016

We’ve updated Norfolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1793-1900 to include probate file papers from 1877 through mid-1894. This database now contains 30,793 cases and 37,700 searchable names. It comprises 796,527 pages.

This database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. This database is still in progress. When photography of the collection is complete, there will be 35,804 probate cases up to and including 1900.

If you have questions on how to search this database, 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 for where you can find which pieces of the probate puzzle available in Massachusetts.

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

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Archdiocese of Boston: 19 new browsable volumes

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Postcard of Ipswich from the early 1900s [Public domain]

Today we’ve added nineteen new volumes to Massachusetts: (Image-Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 from six parishes. The new volumes come from Gate of Heaven (South Boston), Sacred Heart (Newton), St. Casimir (Brockton), St. Joseph (Holbrook), St. Joseph (Ipswich), and St. Michael (Hudson). This update adds over 2,900 new pages to browse.

We’d like to thank volunteers Francis Alix, Eileen McCarthy Angela Napolitano, Bill Wolfendale, Ross and Linda Weaver, Kim Bonner, and Kate Rubio 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:

Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1866-1883
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1884-1898
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1898-1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Baptisms, 1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) First Communions and Confirmations, 1873-1900
Gate of Heaven (South Boston) Marriages, 1885-1900

Sacred Heart (Newton) Marriages, 1890-1900

St. Casimir (Brockton) Baptisms, 1900
St. Casimir (Brockton) Deaths, 1900
St. Casimir (Brockton) Marriages, 1900

St. Joseph (Holbrook) Baptisms, 1887-1900
St. Joseph (Holbrook) Confirmations, 1890-1900
St. Joseph (Holbrook) Marriages, 1887-1900

St. Joseph (Ipswich) Baptisms, 1889-1900
St. Joseph (Ipswich) First Communions and Confirmations, 1896-1900

St. Michael (Hudson) Index to Baptisms, 1875-1900
St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1875-1897
St. Michael (Hudson) Baptisms, 1898-1900
St. Michael (Hudson) Marriages, 1876-1900

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

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American AncesTREES: New Hint Sources on American Ancestors

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An American AncesTREES view including available hints.

Today we are announcing that we have updated all of the Massachusetts Probate File Papers databases so that they now provide hints for American AncesTREES. In addition, we have made the searchable version of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese available for hinting. This addition includes the following databases:

This update increases the number of databases providing hints to 22, and provides hints on over 1.6 million people that include over 2.6 million records.

You can get a complete list of databases that provide hints from the Database List A to Z screen (under Search). If you do a search for the term Hinting,  you will see the full list.

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

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New Database: GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000

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GU272 Memory Project

We are extremely happy to announce a new database today; GU272 Descendants, 1785-2000. This database provides the indexed genealogies of the descendants of the 272 Slaves sold by Georgetown University (The GU272) in 1838, and was produced in a partnership with the Georgetown Memory Project. The article published in American Ancestors Magazine provides more information about these enslaved people and this project.

This database is organized into volumes. Each volume is based on a Register-style report on the descendants of the original families. The volume name includes the name of head of the family followed by the group number in parenthesis. For example: “Campbell, Adaline (Group 34)” contains the report of the descendants of Adaline Campbell, who is the 34th family. The final volume, titled Source Documents, contains indexed images of birth, marriage, and death certificates for people who are documented in the Register reports in the earlier other volumes.

The GU272 Descendants database contains 50 volumes with nearly 1,000 images and over 10,000 records and 32,000 searchable names. The database is indexed with name, date, location, record type, and family members where available. This database will also create hints for American AncesTREES.

Please note: This database is available to all NEHGS members, including guest members. Membership options

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Two new sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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Map detail showing Belchertown on an 1856 map of Hampshire County by http://maps.bpl.org [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Today we’re announcing two new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. The new sketches this week focus on Justus Forward from Belchertown and Peter Train of Whately.

Reverend Justus Forward was born in 1730. He married Violet Dickenson; the couple had eleven children. He died in 1814. Peter Train was born in 1724/5 in Whately and married Sarah Cowles. They had ten children. He died in 1793.

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 these updates possible.

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

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