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 Boston’s first Catholic parish—the Cathedral of the Holy Cross—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.