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Chatham Vital Records: Update to Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850

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

We’ve added a new volume of Chatham vital records to Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850.  This new volume appears as “Chatham – V3” in Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620-1850. The first 100 or so pages of vital records in the current volume were also published in “Chatham – V1” in the same collection.  Chatham – V1 includes records originally published in the Mayflower Descendant between 1907 and 1917. This set of records (Chatham – V3) was originally published by the Chatham Historical Society in 1991. They are electronically published here with permission of the Society.  Records are indexed by first name, last name, spouse’s name, parents’ names, location, date, and record type.

 

By Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL [Public domain or CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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New Early Vermont Settlers, 1700-1784 sketches

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We have 6 new sketches for Early Vermont Settlers to 1784.  This database focuses on families that lived in Vermont prior to the end of the Revolutionary War, as identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis “Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784” (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980).

As NEHGS prepares to publish Scott Andrew Bartley’s first volume of these sketches, we welcome any corrections, especially regarding the children of the principal subjects of the sketches.  Send any potential revisions to webmaster@nehgs.org for review.

In this update, the heads of families are all from Pomfret, VT.  Bartholomew Durkee, whose sketch is included in this update was the first permanent settler of Pomfret, VT, who moved there with his family from Pomfret, Connecticut.

The latest new sketches are listed below:

John Chedel (Pomfret)

Oliver Cheney (Pomfret, Weathersfield)

John W. Dana (Pomfret)

Penuel Deming (Pomfret)

Bartholomew Durkee (Pomfret, Sheldon)

Daniel Waldo (Pomfret)

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

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New Sketches for Western Mass. Families in 1790

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Image Credit: By http://maps.bpl.org [CC BY 2.0(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Today we’re announcing three new sketches in Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, one of our study projects by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG.

This database focuses on families listed in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which also includes parts of modern Franklin and Hampden counties.

If you are particularly interested in this area of research, you may want to consult one of our newest publications–the 3rd volume of Western Massachusetts Families in 1790!  

The following sketches are new to this update:

James Kendall (Ludlow)
Oliver Knox (Blandford)
Gad Wait (Ashfield)

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

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New Searchable Archdiocese of Boston Records: Immaculate Conception in Salem

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Image Credit: Salem Harbor, Fitz Henry Lane [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 12 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900, from the parish of Immaculate Conception in Salem.  This update consists of 2,860 pages, 23,972 records and roughly 90,300 names.  St. Mary’s was originally the name of Immaculate Conception; as the parish grew and built a new church, the name changed.  St. Mary’s was established in 1821, the 3rd Catholic church in Massachusetts.  The new Immaculate Conception church was dedicated in 1858.  The volumes below are named according to the name written in the actual record book.  We want to thank all of our marvelous volunteers who contributed work towards making this parish available; their time and effort is so appreciated.  The new volumes are listed below:

St. Mary (Salem) Baptisms, 1840-1854

St. Mary (Salem) Marriages, 1842-1870

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms and Marriages, 1824-1828

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1831-1841

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1855-1864

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1865-1873

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1874-1883

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1883-1888

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1889-1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Baptisms, 1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Marriages, 1871-1900

Immaculate Conception (Salem) Confirmations, 1888-1900

If you have found any interesting stories or important information about your ancestors within the Archdiocese of Boston records, we would love to hear from you!  Please email me (Molly Rogers) at webmaster@nehgs.org.

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

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New sketch: Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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Graffito of a schooner in Barnstable’s Old Jail, built in the late 1600s. Image Credit: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Alicia Crane William’s study project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700 focuses on immigrants to New England , using Torrey’s New England Marriages as a guide.

The newest sketch in this collection highlights Roger Goodspeed who was married in 1641 in Barnstable, Massachusetts to Alice Layton.  Roger came from Wingrave, England and died in Barnstable in 1685.  He and Alice had 7 children.

Click here to download a complete pdf list of all Early New England Families sketches with links to each sketch.

Click here to visit our bookstore to purchase a print compilation of the first 50 sketches in the series.

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Transcription Challenge: Week 9!

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We have a new transcription challenge for this week! Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cambridge.

We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions from last week!  Over 80 participants offered suggestions.  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Garvey
  2. Mulski
  3. Mulski
  4. Cedagan, Cadigan
  5. Uart

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Update to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892

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Falls on the Saco river in West Buxton, Maine

We have updated the index to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892  to enable searches by first name and last name, spouse names, dates and locations. It is also still possible to do a Keyword search on the full transcription. Reverend Henry Fitz Allen Patterson served the Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, primarily in the counties of Cumberland, York, and Penobscot, but performed marriages in other counties and states as well. This database is an index of Rev. Patterson’s hand-written marriage records.

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New browsable Catholic records from Dorchester and Charlestown

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© José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro via Wikimedia Commons

We have added over 1,200 new pages to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900!  These new records come from the parishes of St. Ann in Dorchester and St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown.  The history of both these churches demonstrates the expansion of Catholicism in Boston–both parishes broke off from previously established parishes as the numbers of worshipers grew.  The parish of St. Ann celebrated its first Mass on Christmas in 1880 after breaking off from St. Gregory’s (records coming soon!).  St. Catherine of Siena, located at the bottom of Bunker Hill, celebrated its first mass on Christmas in 1887, after branching from St. Francis de Sales.  Above is a stained glass window featuring St. Catherine of Siena (not located in the church in Charlestown), below is an image of the interior of St. Ann’s, taken from One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan.  The new volumes consist of the following:

St. Ann (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1889-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1888-1893

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1893-1898

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Baptisms, 1898-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Confirmations, 1894-1900

St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown) Marriages, 1888-1900

p. 185, James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress

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Enhanced Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833

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Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We have updated the index to Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833  so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, in addition to Keyword search. This database provides a list of all the residents  who voted in the town officer elections of 1833. The records include the name, date and location (Kennebunkport)

Sample search results

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Transcription Challenge: Week 8

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We have a new transcription challenge for this week! Visit our Transcription Challenge page to offer a suggestion.  These new challenges come from Immaculate Conception (Salem) and St. Mary (Charlestown).

Last week had some tricky names.  We really appreciated all of your help and suggestions!  Here are the final answers we have settled on:

  1. Seragh, Sarah
  2. Genoveffam, Genevieve
  3. Annie Downey
  4. Janie Heeney
  5. Gideon, Gidoen
  6. Nunan, Newman, Mussau, Musau
  7. Colter, Cotter, Collet
  8. Comboy

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