Wednesday 27 March 2019

AmericanAncestors: More RC Massachusetts uploads

The New England Historic Genealogical Society's database at has continued to expand its online collection of Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston registers, 1789-1900.

Indexed database
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The latest parish volumes to be fully imaged, indexed and available to search are listed below. From a total of 19 volumes, more than 94,504 records have been transcribed, delivering a total of 326,377 names.
  • St. Mary (Lawrence) – Baptisms, 1848-1900; Confirmations, 1855-1890, with gaps; Marriages, 1849-1900.
  • Our Lady of the Assumption (East Boston) Baptisms 1869-1900; Marriages, 1870-1896; Confirmations, 1869-1892
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea (East Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1866-1900; Confirmations, 1884-1900
To search and view the indexed database, you need to be a member (Individual-level and above) of the NEHGS.

Unindexed Image-only database
Images of forty volumes from the following parishes have been uploaded to the Browse database:
  • Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville) – Baptisms, Marriages, Confirmations and 1st Communions
  • St. Brigid (Maynard) Baptisms and Marriages, 1871-1900
  • Immaculate Conception (Revere) Baptisms, Marriages, First Communions, and Confirmations: all 1889-1900
  • St. Anne (Lawrence) Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths, 1871-1900; Confirmations, 1880-1900
  • St. Mary (Foxborough) Baptisms and Marriages, 1878-1900
  • St. Patrick (Watertown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1855-1900
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston) Baptisms and Marriages, 1862-1900, Confirmations, 1870-1900
  • St. Mary (Georgetown) Baptisms and Marriages, 1874-1898; Confirmations, 1898-1900
You don't need a subscription to view these images, only a Guest Account. To find out how to navigate the collection to find the records you want, watch this short how-to video.

And something extra
St. Augustine Chapel and Cemetery in South Boston is celebrating its bicentennial this year. The chapel is the oldest surviving Catholic place of worship in Massachusetts; it was established to be the final resting place of Father Francis Matignon, one of the pioneering figures who helped establish the Catholic church in Boston. As part of the bicentennial celebrations, a database of its cemetery records, dating from 1819-1859, has been created and uploaded to Boston MA: St Augustine Cemetery Records, 1819-1859.

This database contains a mix of original records and copied volumes that include lot sales, burials, deaths, and gravestone inscriptions. The volumes labelled “Gravestone Inventory” were created during a preservation study of the cemetery undertaken in the 1980s. There are more than 15,000 records and 62,000 names available to search in this database, which is available to all NEHGS members and free guest members.