Source Information

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, 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, 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)

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