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St. George (Framingham) Records Now Searchable

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By http://maps.bpl.org (View of Saxonville, Mass. Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added three new volumes from St. George in Framingham to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  In One Hundred Years of Progress, James S. Sullivan describes the mills that arose in Framingham, drawing immigrants (particularly Catholics) from other countries.  He says, “in no place did they receive a heartier welcome than in Framingham…it should not be surprising that the little hamlet Saxonville [where St. George is located] should take such a prominent part in the early days of Catholicity in New England. (p.778)”  This latest addition includes over 4,000 new records and over 18,000 new names.  The new volumes are:

St. George (Framingham) Baptisms, 1878-1900

St. George (Framingham) Baptisms and Marriages, 1848-1859

St. George (Framingham) Marriages, 1894-1900

Interior, St. George From One Hundred Years of Progress by James S. Sullivan (1895) p.778

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New Catholic Records from Allston and Dorchester

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1896 Map of Boston by http://www.geographicus.com/mm5/cartographers/sampsonmo.txt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve added 2 new parishes to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900: St. Anthony of Padua in Allston, and St. Margaret in Dorchester.  Both of these parishes grew out of existing parishes as the Catholic population in Boston grew in the late 1800s.  St. Margaret branched off from St. Peter’s in Dorchester.  The plans for constructing this church were officially embarked upon on June 10, 1893, the feast of St. Margaret.  St. Anthony’s grew from St. Columbkille in Brighton.  The cornerstone was laid in 1894.  James S. Sullivan’s One Hundred Years of Progress, written in 1895 to celebrate the centennial of the Archdiocese, describes in detail the construction of the church which was still in progress, explaining the future location of the altar (to be made of stone and marble) and the choir loft.

A note on St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1893-1900:  This volume consists of two books which began separately and were later bound together.  Usually at the front of a volume in this collection, we have an “Index” page which should give you an idea of how best to browse through the book.  This volume has two different indexes, one for the marriages, and one for the baptisms.  I’ve created Index_1 which explains how to browse the marriages, and Index_2 which explains how to browse the baptisms.  Pages are numbered as B_1 or M_1 to allow for the fact that there are two pages called one, for example, in this volume.

This update consists of the following volumes:

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Baptisms, 1986-1900

St. Anthony of Padua (Allston) Marriages, 1896-1900

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms, 1893-1899

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Baptisms and Marriages, 1893-1900

St. Margaret (Dorchester) Confirmations, 1894-1900

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New sketch for Early New England Families, 1641-1700

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Sudden Showers, Newbury Marshes, Martin Johnson Heade [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 features Richard Lowell.  It isn’t exactly clear when Richard came to Massachusetts, but he had certainly arrived by 1641/2 when his daughter was born in Newbury, MA.  He had one or two wives, one of whom was named Margaret.  See Williams’s commentary on page six for more details on Richard Lowell’s potential marriages.  He had four children, one of whom, Samuel, is particularly well-documented due to disputes relating to a relationship with a woman to which he was not married.  Richard died in 1682 in Newbury.

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.

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

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St. Leonard of Port Maurice Records now Browsable

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Image Credit: yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Saint Leonard’s Church, North End, Boston) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We have added a new parish to Massachusetts: (Image Only) Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900.  St. Leonard of Port Maurice was Boston’s first Italian parish, established in 1873 to minister to the growing Italian population in the North End.  This update to our database adds over 2,200 pages of records, and consists of the following eight volumes:

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1873-1887

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1887-1897

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1897-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Baptisms, 1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Confirmations, 1876-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Index to Baptisms, 1873-1900

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Marriages, 1873-1899

St. Leonard of Port Maurice Marriages, 1900

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Peter Brown added to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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Peter Brown’s Tankard: At the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

We have added a new volume to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880:

  • Brown, Peter (Vol. 7)

This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Through our partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants, and their children, coupled with the page images for those people.

This database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses.

This update is made possible by the invaluable efforts of our team of volunteers, including; Jane Kivlin, Nancy Borman, and David Anderson. We appreciate the work of all our volunteers. If you would like to join the team please contact Bianca Renzoni, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator bianca.renzoni@nehgs.org.

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

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Updates to Three Newspaper Databases

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Kingfisher Tower on Late Otsego. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

We have updated the indexes for three of our early databases of marriages and death notices from newspapers, that were originally only searchable by keywords. For the following three index-only databases you can now search by first name and last name, spouse names, dates and locations, and you can still do a Keyword search on the original text:

This update is made possible by the invaluable efforts of our team of volunteers, including; Barbara Holt, Bob Rainville, and Marie Wells. We appreciate the work of all our volunteers. If you would like to join the team please contact Bianca Renzoni, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator bianca.renzoni@nehgs.org.

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

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New sketches: Western Massachusetts Families in 1790

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We have added five new sketches to Western Massachusetts Families in 1790. This database focuses on families listed in the 1790 census in historic Berkshire and Hampshire counties, an area which includes parts of modern Franklin and Hampden counties as well. Sketches are submitted by NEHGS researchers and members and edited by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG. The following sketches comprise this update:

Isaac Sanderson – Whately
Asa Sanderson – Whately
David Prince – Windsor
Asa Hall – Windsor
Josiah Wright – Pittsfield

 

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

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Improvements in Search User Experience

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Bottom of Image and Transcript pages showing the database; citation, description, search tips, and help links

We are happy to deliver some new capabilities tooday to improve your search experience. The new capabilities include:

  • Database information at bottom of Image and Transcript Pages – the database citation, description, search tips and help links are now displayed at the bottom of the page. This saves you the trouble of having to link off to a new page to get valuable contextual information when reviewing search results. So, don’t forget to page down!
  • Streamlined headings for the Image and Transcript pages – with the database information now on the results page, we have been able to shrink the space at the top of the page by about an inch. This gives you more visibility on your results with less scrolling
  • Print Search Results – When you are viewing your search results, you can now print the page out using the new button on the screen. The print includes only the actual search results, and just for the page you have currently selected.

The pictures below highlight where to look for these new capabilities.

Top of Image and Transcript pages showing streamlined headings and new buttons for New Search and Favorites

Search results page with the new Print button highlighted

As we deliver updates to the database search capabilities on American Ancestors, we will continue to let you know through DB News. We hope you enjoy this update, and wish you the best of luck in your research!

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Update to Existing Database: Guilford, CT Deaths, 1883-1890

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Comfort Starr House, Guilford, New Haven County, CT Everett H. Keeler, Historic American Buildings Survey August 1938 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

 

We have updated an old database with new information! The new name of the database is: Guilford, CT: Deaths, 1883-1890.

To this database we have added First & Last Names, and complete dates. Previously the database only contained the year. This database includes death records for residents of Guilford, CT in the years 1883-1890. Alvin Bates Palmer kept these records during this period. In about 1880 Palmer moved his family from Cornwall to Guilford in New Haven County, where he lived the rest of his life. He is buried in the West Side Cemetery in Guilford. The original text may be accessed at the NEHGS Research Library. The call number is Mss A 2407

The database index includes, name, death date, and death location where available. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this newly searchable data to you!

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

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Update to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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John Alden House post card – Public Domain, courtesy of Digital Commonwealth

We have added three new volumes to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880:

  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 2)
  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 3)
  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 4)

This update adds over 65,000 names, and delivers three of the four volumes dedicated to the descendants of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Through our partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants, and their children, coupled with the page images for those people.

The database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this newly searchable data to you!

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

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