Source Information

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, U.S., Boston Archdiocese Roman Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data:

Indexes to Boston Archdiocese Sacramental Records. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, USA. Digital Database.

Sacramental Records. Boston Archdiocese, Boston, MA, USA.

About Massachusetts, U.S., Boston Archdiocese Roman Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900

This collection includes an index to the Catholic sacramental records collected by the Boston Archdiocese. The Boston Archdiocese, erected in 1808, is currently comprised of the Counties of Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth in Massachusetts, but historically included the states of Connecticut, Maine, all of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. While no images are currently available on Ancestry, a link to the digital images, which are published on the American Ancestors website, has been provided.

The index includes records of Marriage, Baptism, Confirmation, Birth, Burial, Death, Eucharist, Church Admission, Ordination, Intention, and Reconciliation. The details found in each record vary but may include:

  • name
  • event date
  • event place

Registers from the following parishes are included in this collection:

  • Holy Cross (Boston)
  • Immaculate Conception (Boston)
  • Immaculate Conception (Salem)
  • Sacred Heart (Roslindale)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cambridge)
  • St. Ann (Dorchester)
  • St. Bernard (Newton)
  • St. Cecilia (Boston)
  • St. George (Framingham)
  • St. James the Greater (Boston)
  • St. John (New Brunswick)
  • St. Joseph (Boston)
  • St. Mary (Salem)
  • St. Margaret (Dorchester)
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Allston)
  • St. Mary (Lynn)
  • St. Mary (Waltham)
  • St. Patrick (Natick)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Chelsea)
  • St. Stephen (Boston)
  • St. Augustine (South Boston)
  • St. Leonard of Port Maurice (Boston)
  • St. Catherine of Siena (Charlestown)
  • St.Patrick (Lowell)
  • St. Columbkille (Brighton)
  • Our Lady of Victories (Boston)
  • St. James (Haverhill)
  • St. Theresa of Avila (West Roxbury)
  • St. Patrick (Stoneham)
  • St. Mary (Randolph)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption (Brookline)
  • St. Mary (Boston)
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Cohasset)
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Lawrence)
  • Sacred Heart (Boston)
  • Our Lady Help of Christians (Newton)
  • St. Francis de Sales (Charlestown)
  • St. Joseph (Boston)
  • St. Mary (Quincy)
  • St. Paul (Cambridge)
  • Sts. Peter and Paul (South Boston)
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation (Melrose)
  • St. Philip (Roxbury)
  • Sacred Heart (Newton)
  • St. Bridget (Abingdon)
  • St. Peter (Dorchester)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Roxbury)
  • St. Patrick (Roxbury)
  • Sacred Heart (East Boston)
  • St. Francis de Sales (Roxbury)
  • St. Mary (Marlborough)
  • Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (Newton)
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (South Boston)
  • St. Peter (Plymouth)
  • Gate of Heaven (South Boston)
  • Sacred Heart (Lowell)
  • St. Joachim (Rockport)
  • Immaculate Conception (Revere)
  • St. Vincent de Paul (South Boston)
  • St. Michael (Lowell)
  • St. Stephen (Framingham)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Hopkinton)
  • St. Mary (Dedham)
  • Our Lady of Pity (Cambridge)
  • Patronage of St. Joseph (Somerville)
  • St. Joseph (Waltham)
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation (Cambridge)
  • St. Ann (Somerville)
  • St. Catherine of Genoa (Summerville)
  • St. Jean Baptiste (Lynn)
  • Sacred Heart (Lynn)
  • Sacred Heart (Watertown)
  • St. Agnes (Arlington)
  • St. Edward (Brockton)
  • St. Joseph (Amesbury)
  • St. Patrick (Watertown)
  • St. Mary (Foxborough)
  • St. Mary (Georgetown)

Future updates are planned to include additional parishes to the database as they become available from our partner.

Updates:
2 Apr 2019: Added 357,599 new records.
3 Mar 2020: Added 1,140,306 new records.
29 June 2020: Added 326,857 new records.
30 Sep 2020: Added 876,881 new records, including records up through 1920.