American Ancestors - Historic Catholic Records Online
The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have announced a multi-year collaboration to create an online searchable database of millions of sacramental records from over 100 parishes across greater Boston. This is the first time a significant number of sacramental records from any U.S.-based archdiocese have been made available in an online digital format. The project spans parish records from 1789 to 1900, a period of significant growth for the Catholic Church in Boston and surrounding towns, beginning with the founding of Bostonâ€™s first Catholic parishâ€”the Cathedral of the Holy Crossâ€”in 1788. The records to be digitized document several sacraments of the Catholic Church, including baptism, confirmation, holy communion, marriage, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick.