Wednesday 12 September 2018

NEHGS: Latest additions to MA Catholic registers, the online database of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has continued to add to its Massachusetts: Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1900 collections, as follows:

Indexed collection
Six new volumes from Saint Columbkilles of Brighton have been uploaded to the searchable database, adding 16,649 new records and 59,984 searchable names. The volumes include Baptism and Marriage registers from 1857 to 1900 and Confirmation registers from 1855 to 1900.

Seven new volumes from Our Lady of Victories in the Bay Village Historic District of Boston have also been uploaded to the database, adding more than 9,000 new records and more than 39,000 searchable names. The volumes include Baptism registers from 1880 to 1900, Marriage registers from 1884 to 1900, Deaths from 1889 to1900 and a miscellaneous collection of records dated 1880-1890. This parish closed in 2016.

Seven new volumes from St. James in Haverhill are highly likely to be crammed with Irish immigrants (there are a good few of my own extended family). The parish was established in 1850, and was originally called St Gregory; the name change caqme in 1884 with the building of a larger church. This update adds 21,538 new records, from Baptism registers 1851-1900, Marriage registers, 1850-1900, Deaths registers 1885-1900, and First Communions and Confirmations from 1884 to 1900. These additions provide another 67,652 new names to the database.

These three collections are available to Individual-level (and above) NEHGS members only.

Browse collection
Six new parishes have been added to the image-only database via 23 volumes, as follows:
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Lawrence) – Baptisms, Marriages and Confirmations 1887-1900
  • Blessed Sacrament (Jamaica Plain) Baptisms, Marriages and Confirmations 1892-1900
  • St. Augustine (Lawrence) Baptisms 1879-1886
  • St. John the Evangelist (Cambridge) Baptisms and Marriages 1893-1900, plus Confirmation for 1894 only.
  • St. Joseph (Roxbury) Baptisms 1845-1900, New England Hospital Baptisms 1885-1900, Confirmations 1862-1889, Marriages 1845-1900.
  • St. Mary (Ayer) Baptisms 1856-1900, Marriages 1857-1900.

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