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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town and city of Boston. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, deeds (i.e. land records), town and city records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are general history and genealogy topics such as ward boundaries, census, street guides, and much more. There are detailed guides for the towns Boston annexed: [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton (1807-1874)]]; [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown (1630-1874)]]; [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (1630-1870)]]; [[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park (1868-1912)]]; [[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury (1630-1868)]]; and [[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury (1851-1874)]].<br>  
 
This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town and city of Boston. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, deeds (i.e. land records), town and city records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are general history and genealogy topics such as ward boundaries, census, street guides, and much more. There are detailed guides for the towns Boston annexed: [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton (1807-1874)]]; [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown (1630-1874)]]; [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (1630-1870)]]; [[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park (1868-1912)]]; [[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury (1630-1868)]]; and [[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury (1851-1874)]].<br>  
  
== Brief History  ==
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== Boston Massachusetts History  ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts Brief History  ===
  
 
Historical Boston, then only the land of a peninsula, was a faction of the land mass it is today after massive land-fill projects of the mid- to late-19th century (the rubble from the Great Boston Fire of 1872 help fill in the waterfront) and the annexing of six towns from two counties (as listed above). Boston was first settled by passengers of the Winthrop Fleet of 1630 who first lodged in [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]]. These first settlers were Puritans, the religious group wanting to change the Church of England from working inside the church. Called the "City on the Hill" by Gov. John Winthrop, the "hub" as we now call it became the center of trade, education, government, wealth, and power. It was the capital of the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]], then the Royal colony of Massachusetts, and finally the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]].  
 
Historical Boston, then only the land of a peninsula, was a faction of the land mass it is today after massive land-fill projects of the mid- to late-19th century (the rubble from the Great Boston Fire of 1872 help fill in the waterfront) and the annexing of six towns from two counties (as listed above). Boston was first settled by passengers of the Winthrop Fleet of 1630 who first lodged in [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]]. These first settlers were Puritans, the religious group wanting to change the Church of England from working inside the church. Called the "City on the Hill" by Gov. John Winthrop, the "hub" as we now call it became the center of trade, education, government, wealth, and power. It was the capital of the [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]], then the Royal colony of Massachusetts, and finally the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]].  
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Shortly after its settlement, Boston had become a major settlement. It was the largest town in British North America for the first hundred years. Because of that, the town and later city became a draw for immigrants from around the world. Though the first two hundred years saw mostly English arrivals, Scots, Irish, and French were found here, too. It was after 1820 that immigrants from other European countries started arriving in large numbers. The gate was opened by the Irish fleeing the potato famine in 1847. The next wave included more Irish (their dominance starting in the early 20th century is a testament to their number), but also Germans, Italians, and Syrians. The end of the century saw French Canadians, Russian and Polish Jews, and Swedes arriving. The 21st century brought African Americans from the South, Southeast Asian immigrants (especially Chinese and Vietnamese), Muslims, and Puerto Ricans. Many other ethnicities can be found in pockets all over Boston, and walking in downtown one will likely here many languages being spoken.  
 
Shortly after its settlement, Boston had become a major settlement. It was the largest town in British North America for the first hundred years. Because of that, the town and later city became a draw for immigrants from around the world. Though the first two hundred years saw mostly English arrivals, Scots, Irish, and French were found here, too. It was after 1820 that immigrants from other European countries started arriving in large numbers. The gate was opened by the Irish fleeing the potato famine in 1847. The next wave included more Irish (their dominance starting in the early 20th century is a testament to their number), but also Germans, Italians, and Syrians. The end of the century saw French Canadians, Russian and Polish Jews, and Swedes arriving. The 21st century brought African Americans from the South, Southeast Asian immigrants (especially Chinese and Vietnamese), Muslims, and Puerto Ricans. Many other ethnicities can be found in pockets all over Boston, and walking in downtown one will likely here many languages being spoken.  
 
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== Historical Data  ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts Historical Data  ===
  
 
The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 21-23. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.  
 
The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 21-23. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.  
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[* denotes land-fill has made it part of the mainland now and the others are part of the Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area]  
 
[* denotes land-fill has made it part of the mainland now and the others are part of the Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area]  
 
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== Town Histories ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts Historical Events ===
  
Works written on the town include: {{MASufBosMap}}
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*''List of Persons, Copartnerships, and Corporations who were taxed on ten thousand dollars and upwards, in the city of Boston in the year'' (1847-18??).<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/listofpersonscop192331bost Internet Archive] (1861) and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002131263 Hathi Trust] (1847-1854 issues).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/32604047 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''New Division of Wards in 1805'' (Boston, 1805), broadside, and published in ''The Bostonian Society Publications'', 2nd ser., 3 [1919]: 131-135.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/set2publications03bostuoft#page/130/mode/2up Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=P7MTAAAAYAAJ&pg=131 Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/35914083 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (broadside); Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston: Being More Information About the Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston Who Played Such an Important Part in Building up the Commerce of New England Together with Some Quaint and Curious Stories of the Sea'' (Boston, 1919), 70 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/othermerchantsa00bosgoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=b-Z7FbeSWfkC Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/983054 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Some Events of Boston and Its Neighbors'' (Boston, 1917), v, 62 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/someeventsofbost01stat Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=N_0MAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/005806659 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3754947 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| in 1614
*''Some Interesting Boston Events'' (Boston, 1916), 78 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/someinterestingb01stat Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=RMcTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3458092 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| Capt. John Smith surveyed the coast of New England, created his famous map, and labelled the Boston peninsula Shawmut.
*''Some Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston: Being a Collection of Sketches of Notable Men and Mercantile Houses Prominent During the Early Half of the Nineteenth Century in the Commerce and Shipping of Boston'' (Boston, 1918), vii, 53 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/somemerchantssea00stat Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=IZoWAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2601692 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Some Ships of the Clipper Ship Era: Their Builders, Owners, and Captains'' (Boston, 1913), 45 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/someshipsofclipp00stat Internet Archive] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007703570 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4629337 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| circa 1618
*Jacqueline Barbara Carr, ''After the Siege, A Social History of Boston 1775-1800'' (Boston, 2005), xv, 317 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/56912124 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| An epidemic likely of smallpox brought to New England by early European explorers decimated the local population by 75% leaving many villages uninhabited. The closest village to Boston was in present-day Jamaica Plain.
*Samuel Gardner Drake, ''The History and Antiquities of Boston ... from its Settlement in 1630, to the Year 1770'' (Boston, 1856), x, 840 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyantiquiti00dra Internet Archive] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/010027932 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60721856 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|345333|item|disp=FHL film 475646 or 823723 Item 1}} with digital link.<br>
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*Ralph M. Eastman, ''Pilots and Pilot Boats of Boston Harbor'' (Boston, 1956), 91 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3043139 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| in 1625
*Ronald P. Formisano and Constance K. Burns, ''Boston 1700-1980, The Evolution of Urban Politics'' (Westport, Conn., 1980), vii, 296 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9918536 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| Rev. William Blaxton moved up from the Weymouth area when his company returned to England and he settled on the western slope of what we call Beacon Hill.
*Jay Mack Holbrook, ''Boston Beginnings 1630-1699'' (Oxford, Mass., 1980), xxi, 295 pp.<br>Compiled from a variety of sources (church, tax lists, etc.), this is an alphabetical list of people in Boston before 1700.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7236574 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|17956|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 D2h}}.<br>
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*Harold Kirker, ''Bulfinch's Boston, 1787-1817'' (New York, 1964), ix, 305 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/475016 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|582916|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2ki}}.<br>
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| in 1630
*Peter R. Knights, ''The Plain People of Boston, 1830-1860: A Study in City Growth'' (New York, 1971), xx, 204 pp.<br>This was the first in a planned series of three books [''it ended up being two books''], and thus was a prologue that is more statistical in nature.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/172140 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|185748|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2k}}.<br>
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| The John Winthrop fleet of almost 1000 English landed in Salem. Most that survived made their way to Trimountain, their name for Boston as it had three hills [see a map of the [http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/Boston_1630_1675.jpg hills overlaid on a modern map] showing the ridge and ridge of now Beacon Hill, Copp's Hill, and the southern Fort Hill that is no longer extant]. Many in the following year leave to establish other nearby towns.
*Peter R. Knights, ''Yankee Destines, The Lives of Ordinary Nineteenth-Century Bostonians'' (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1991), xxv, 281 pp.<br>The final book that sampled Boston families from four censuses and the research to discover everything about their lives.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22892652 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|505289|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2kp}}.<br>
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*Roger Lane, ''Policing the City Boston 1822-1885'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1967), x, 299 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/265544 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| in 1630
*Douglas Philip, ''Who Fought? Boston Soldiers in the Revolutionary War'' (Medford, Mass., Honors Thesis, 1981), 273 pp.<br>Not on WorldCat or at FHL; [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1015958~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society Library].<br>
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| Winthrop established the cemetery now called King's Chapel Burying Ground.
*Darrett B. Rutman, ''Winthrop's Boston, Portrait of a Puritan Town, 1630-1649'' (Williamsburg, Va., 1965; rep. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1975), x, 324 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/965367 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Robert Francis Seybolt, ''The Public Schools of Colonial Boston 1635-1775'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1935), ix, 101 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/503814143 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| in 1635
*Caleb H. Snow, ''A History of Boston, the Metropolis of Massachusetts, from its origin to the present period with some account of the environs'' (Boston, 1825; Boston, 2nd ed., 1828), iv, 398 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyofbostonm1825snow Internet Archive] (1825), [http://books.google.com/books?id=7eovZyvw7S8C Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23102 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14210765 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|569216|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2sc}}.<br>
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| Boston Latin Grammar School established.
*Jack Tager, ''Boston Riots, Three Centuries of Social Violence'' (Boston, 2000), xi, 289 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44172952 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Jim Vrabel, ''When in Boston, A Time Line &amp; Almanac'' (Boston, 2004), xx, 415 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54759462 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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| in 1640
*Justin Winsor, ''The Memorial History of Boston, Including Suffolk County Massachusetts, 1630-1880'' (Boston, 1880-1881), in 4 vols.<br>Digital version at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/memorialhistoryo00jeweuoft v. 3 only]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=1z8OAAAAIAAJ v. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=U0AOAAAAIAAJ v. 2], [http://books.google.com/books?id=WsR4AAAAMAAJ v. 3], [http://books.google.com/books?id=eD8OAAAAIAAJ v. 4]), and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24021 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/978152 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|191622|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2wj v. # or films 1036727-1036728}} with digital links.  
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| First smallpox outbreak.
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Massachusetts Boston Wikipedia page].
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| in 1653
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| First great fire in Boston.
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| in 1666
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| Second smallpox outbreak.
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| 27 Nov. 1676
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| Second great fire destroyed 45 buildings in the North End including the North Meeting House.
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| 1677-1678
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| Third smallpox outbreak.
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| 29 Oct. 1679
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| Third great fire destroying 150 buildings.
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| in 1683
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| Fourth great fire.
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| 1689-1690
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| Fourth smallpox outbreak.
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| in 1690
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| Fifth great fire on Hanover Street in the North End.
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| 19 June 1691
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| Sixth great fire in North Square in the North End.
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| in 1702
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| Fifth smallpox outbreak left 313 persons dead.
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| 11 Mar. 1702
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| Seventh great fire at Dock Square.
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| 2 Oct. 1711
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| Eighth great fire destroyed the Town House, Meeting House, and many buildings leaving 110 families homeless.
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| May 1713
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| Bread riots involving more than 200 people protesting the high prices of bread. Similar smaller riots occurred in April 1710 and October 1711. These events led to laws against price-fixing, exporting grain during shortages, and a public granary.
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| in 1721
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| Sixth smallpox outbreak where 5759 persons caught the disease "in the natural way" and only 844 died from it. Inoculations were done and a list of families involved are listed in a copied manuscript at the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library], Ms.B.10.2(4) enumerating the heads of families, number with smallpox, natural way, died, by inoculation, died, strangers, now sick, removed, and exposed. Learn more about inoculation in the [http://jhmas.oxfordjournals.org/content/VIII/July/284.extract ''Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences''].
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| in 1730
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| Seventh smallpox outbreak included about 4000 persons and nearly 500 died.
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| 9 Dec. 1747
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| The courthouse and many buildings were destroyed by fire, though all the records were saved.
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| in 1752
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| A smallpox epidemic affected 7669 person (about half the population). Few of the inoculated persons died but this left 569 dead.
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| in 1754
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| Outbreak of smallpox.
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| 18 Nov. 1755
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| Earthquake struck the region centered on Cape Ann.
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| 20 Mar. 1760
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| Fire destroyed 349 buildings, several ships, and the Quaker Meeting House.
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| 13 Jan. 1761
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| Faneuil Hall and several building burned.
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| 5 Mar. 1770
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| Boston Massacre.
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| 19 Apr. 1775
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| Siege of Boston by British troops began.
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| 17 Mar. 1776
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| Evacuation of Boston by British troops.
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| in 1776
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| Outbreak of smallpox.
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| in 1778
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| Outbreak of smallpox.
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| 20 Apr. 1787
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| A fire destroyed the Hollis Street Church and about 100 other buildings.
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| 30 July 1794
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| Fire destroyed 90 buildings and 7 ropewalks.
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| 21 Nov. 1832
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| Fire destroyed part of the State House on State Street.
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| in 1857
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| Filling in of Back Bay which was completed in 1882.
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| in 1872
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| Another [http://forgottennewengland.com/2012/01/13/worries-of-the-past-smallpox-and-bostons-epidemic-of-1872/ smallpox epidemic in Boston].
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| 9 Nov. 1872
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| The great fire burned 776 buildings covering 65 acres. Read a brief history of the [http://www.bostonfirehistory.org/firestorygreatfireof1872.html Great Fire of 1872].
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| 15 May 1894
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| Roxbury Conflagration destroyed or damaged 206 buildings.
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| 1901-1903
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| Last smallpox outbreak. Read more about this in [http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM200102013440511 ''The New England Journal of Medicine''].
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| 24 Dec. 1911
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| Boston Molasses Company fire.
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| 4 July 1913
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| Firecrackers started a fire destroying 31 building around Leroy Street in Dorchester.
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| 28 Nov. 1942
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| Cocoanut Grove Fire in nightclub killed 492 people and resulted in the change in fire codes for the city.
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=== Boston Massachusetts Town Histories  ===
<center>'''Back Bay''' </center>  
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*''also see Beacon Hill''  
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Works written on the town include: {{MASufBosMap}}
*William A. Newman and Wilfred E. Holton, ''Boston's Back Bay: The Story of America's Greatest Nineteenth-Century Landfill Project'' (Boston, 2006), xiv, 228 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/62755485 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.
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*''List of Persons, Copartnerships, and Corporations who were taxed on ten thousand dollars and upwards, in the city of Boston in the year'' (1847-18??).<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/listofpersonscop192331bost Internet Archive] (1861) and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002131263 Hathi Trust] (1847-1854 issues).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/32604047 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''New Division of Wards in 1805'' (Boston, 1805), broadside, and published in ''The Bostonian Society Publications'', 2nd ser., 3 [1919]: 131-135.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/set2publications03bostuoft#page/130/mode/2up Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=P7MTAAAAYAAJ&pg=131 Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/35914083 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] (broadside); Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston: Being More Information About the Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston Who Played Such an Important Part in Building up the Commerce of New England Together with Some Quaint and Curious Stories of the Sea'' (Boston, 1919), 70 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/othermerchantsa00bosgoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=b-Z7FbeSWfkC Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/983054 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Some Events of Boston and Its Neighbors'' (Boston, 1917), v, 62 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/someeventsofbost01stat Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=N_0MAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/005806659 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3754947 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Some Interesting Boston Events'' (Boston, 1916), 78 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/someinterestingb01stat Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=RMcTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3458092 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Some Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston: Being a Collection of Sketches of Notable Men and Mercantile Houses Prominent During the Early Half of the Nineteenth Century in the Commerce and Shipping of Boston'' (Boston, 1918), vii, 53 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/somemerchantssea00stat Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=IZoWAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2601692 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*''Some Ships of the Clipper Ship Era: Their Builders, Owners, and Captains'' (Boston, 1913), 45 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/someshipsofclipp00stat Internet Archive] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007703570 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4629337 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Jacqueline Barbara Carr, ''After the Siege, A Social History of Boston 1775-1800'' (Boston, 2005), xv, 317 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/56912124 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Samuel Gardner Drake, ''The History and Antiquities of Boston ... from its Settlement in 1630, to the Year 1770'' (Boston, 1856), x, 840 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyantiquiti00dra Internet Archive] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/010027932 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60721856 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|345333|item|disp=FHL film 475646 or 823723 Item 1}} with digital link.<br>
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*Ralph M. Eastman, ''Pilots and Pilot Boats of Boston Harbor'' (Boston, 1956), 91 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3043139 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Ronald P. Formisano and Constance K. Burns, ''Boston 1700-1980, The Evolution of Urban Politics'' (Westport, Conn., 1980), vii, 296 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9918536 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Jay Mack Holbrook, ''Boston Beginnings 1630-1699'' (Oxford, Mass., 1980), xxi, 295 pp.<br>Compiled from a variety of sources (church, tax lists, etc.), this is an alphabetical list of people in Boston before 1700.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/7236574 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|17956|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 D2h}}.<br>
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*Harold Kirker, ''Bulfinch's Boston, 1787-1817'' (New York, 1964), ix, 305 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/475016 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|582916|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2ki}}.<br>
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*Peter R. Knights, ''The Plain People of Boston, 1830-1860: A Study in City Growth'' (New York, 1971), xx, 204 pp.<br>This was the first in a planned series of three books [''it ended up being two books''], and thus was a prologue that is more statistical in nature.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/172140 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|185748|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2k}}.<br>
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*Peter R. Knights, ''Yankee Destines, The Lives of Ordinary Nineteenth-Century Bostonians'' (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1991), xxv, 281 pp.<br>The final book that sampled Boston families from four censuses and the research to discover everything about their lives.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22892652 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|505289|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2kp}}.<br>
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*Roger Lane, ''Policing the City Boston 1822-1885'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1967), x, 299 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/265544 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Douglas Philip, ''Who Fought? Boston Soldiers in the Revolutionary War'' (Medford, Mass., Honors Thesis, 1981), 273 pp.<br>Not on WorldCat or at FHL; [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1015958~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society Library].<br>
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*Darrett B. Rutman, ''Winthrop's Boston, Portrait of a Puritan Town, 1630-1649'' (Williamsburg, Va., 1965; rep. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1975), x, 324 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/965367 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Robert Francis Seybolt, ''The Public Schools of Colonial Boston 1635-1775'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1935), ix, 101 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/503814143 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Caleb H. Snow, ''A History of Boston, the Metropolis of Massachusetts, from its origin to the present period with some account of the environs'' (Boston, 1825; Boston, 2nd ed., 1828), iv, 398 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyofbostonm1825snow Internet Archive] (1825), [http://books.google.com/books?id=7eovZyvw7S8C Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23102 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14210765 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|569216|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2sc}}.<br>
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*Jack Tager, ''Boston Riots, Three Centuries of Social Violence'' (Boston, 2000), xi, 289 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44172952 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Jim Vrabel, ''When in Boston, A Time Line &amp; Almanac'' (Boston, 2004), xx, 415 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54759462 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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*Justin Winsor, ''The Memorial History of Boston, Including Suffolk County Massachusetts, 1630-1880'' (Boston, 1880-1881), in 4 vols.<br>Digital version at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/memorialhistoryo00jeweuoft v. 3 only]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=1z8OAAAAIAAJ v. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=U0AOAAAAIAAJ v. 2], [http://books.google.com/books?id=WsR4AAAAMAAJ v. 3], [http://books.google.com/books?id=eD8OAAAAIAAJ v. 4]), and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24021 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/978152 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|191622|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2wj v. # or films 1036727-1036728}} with digital links.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Massachusetts Boston Wikipedia page].
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<center>'''Back Bay''' </center>  
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*''also see Beacon Hill''  
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*William A. Newman and Wilfred E. Holton, ''Boston's Back Bay: The Story of America's Greatest Nineteenth-Century Landfill Project'' (Boston, 2006), xiv, 228 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/62755485 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.
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<center>'''Beacon Hill''' </center>  
 
*Allen Chamberlain, ''Beacon Hill: Its Ancient Pastures and Early Mansions'' (Boston, 1925), xiv, 309 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/beaconhillitsanc00cham Internet Archive], [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001262078 Hathi trust], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23057 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/806616 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
*Allen Chamberlain, ''Beacon Hill: Its Ancient Pastures and Early Mansions'' (Boston, 1925), xiv, 309 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/beaconhillitsanc00cham Internet Archive], [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001262078 Hathi trust], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23057 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/806616 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
*Ted Clarke and Theodore G. Clarke, ''Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the Building of Boston's Golden Age'' (Charleston, S.C., 2010), 125 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/642684318 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.
 
*Ted Clarke and Theodore G. Clarke, ''Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the Building of Boston's Golden Age'' (Charleston, S.C., 2010), 125 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/642684318 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.
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*Annie Haven Thwing, ''The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston'' (Boston, 1920; 2nd ed., 1925; Tercentenary ed., 1930), xi, 282 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/crookednarrowstr20thwi Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=7ugQAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23084 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20531908 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1025656|item|disp=FHL CD no. 1693}} with in-library link.
 
*Annie Haven Thwing, ''The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston'' (Boston, 1920; 2nd ed., 1925; Tercentenary ed., 1930), xi, 282 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/crookednarrowstr20thwi Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=7ugQAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23084 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20531908 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1025656|item|disp=FHL CD no. 1693}} with in-library link.
 
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== Vital Records  ==
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== Boston Massachusetts Town and City Records  ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts Vital Records  ===
  
 
To understand the issues with the vital records for Boston, we need to understand its history. Massachusetts Bay enacted laws early on for the recording of vital events. The town of Boston dutifully recorded these events. From a study by Lemuel Shattuck using the baptismal records, he determined that the practice of civil recording of '''births''' saw a slow and steady decline since 1725 when the reported rate of was 3.3% (religious baptisms were near 5%) and down to 2.0% by 1845 (i.e. less than half of what should be expected). Turning to '''marriages''', Shattuck found that the rate of marriages was relatively unchanged all the way up to 1845. He observed two gaps that should be noted. From '''1663 to 1689''', not one marriage was recorded in the civil records, and from '''1751 to 1761''' only a few marriages were found. '''Deaths''' were well recorded in the early years, but like the marriages, none appear from '''1663 to 1689'''. A separate volume was used after this period and seem to be representative until 1719. But, from '''1719 to 1810''', few deaths were recorded. In 1810, recording was done by the Superintendent of Burials so then appear complete from then forward. Shattuck found that from 1704 to 1774, sextons made weekly returns to the newspapers for the number who died each week. In this period as the town grew, the annual average death toll rose from 334 to 521, so many thousands of deaths were not recorded. '''''These gaps and issues should be kept in mind when using Boston vital records'''''. [See Lemuel Shattuck, [http://archive.org/details/60421860R.nlm.nih.gov ''Report to the Committee of the City Council Appointed to Obtain the Census of Boston for the Year 1845''] (Boston, 1846), 126-133, Ap. 71-73.]<br><br>The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
To understand the issues with the vital records for Boston, we need to understand its history. Massachusetts Bay enacted laws early on for the recording of vital events. The town of Boston dutifully recorded these events. From a study by Lemuel Shattuck using the baptismal records, he determined that the practice of civil recording of '''births''' saw a slow and steady decline since 1725 when the reported rate of was 3.3% (religious baptisms were near 5%) and down to 2.0% by 1845 (i.e. less than half of what should be expected). Turning to '''marriages''', Shattuck found that the rate of marriages was relatively unchanged all the way up to 1845. He observed two gaps that should be noted. From '''1663 to 1689''', not one marriage was recorded in the civil records, and from '''1751 to 1761''' only a few marriages were found. '''Deaths''' were well recorded in the early years, but like the marriages, none appear from '''1663 to 1689'''. A separate volume was used after this period and seem to be representative until 1719. But, from '''1719 to 1810''', few deaths were recorded. In 1810, recording was done by the Superintendent of Burials so then appear complete from then forward. Shattuck found that from 1704 to 1774, sextons made weekly returns to the newspapers for the number who died each week. In this period as the town grew, the annual average death toll rose from 334 to 521, so many thousands of deaths were not recorded. '''''These gaps and issues should be kept in mind when using Boston vital records'''''. [See Lemuel Shattuck, [http://archive.org/details/60421860R.nlm.nih.gov ''Report to the Committee of the City Council Appointed to Obtain the Census of Boston for the Year 1845''] (Boston, 1846), 126-133, Ap. 71-73.]<br><br>The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
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*Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, ''Deaths in Boston 1700 to 1799'' (Boston, 1999), in 2 vols., xxviii, 1136 pp.<br>This voume draws on the town records, coroner's records, church records, contemporary accounts, bible records, histories and genealogies, newspapers, articles in ''The New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', and other town vital records.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/43387776 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|956415|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V2dr v. #}}.<br>
 
*Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, ''Deaths in Boston 1700 to 1799'' (Boston, 1999), in 2 vols., xxviii, 1136 pp.<br>This voume draws on the town records, coroner's records, church records, contemporary accounts, bible records, histories and genealogies, newspapers, articles in ''The New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', and other town vital records.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/43387776 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|956415|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V2dr v. #}}.<br>
 
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== City Directories and Almanacs  ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts City Directories and Almanacs  ===
  
 
Boston '''city directories''' are one of the most complete record of the city's adult male population, business women, and later the widows of the men previously listed. Boston was the third place to start publishing directories (after New York and Philadelphia) in 1789. They were published annually (for the most part) after 1825. The directory evolved from a simple entry (ex. Herring Ebenezer, mason and sexton, Lynde-street) to one of name, occupation and location, residence (boarding or house), and would list you if you worked in the city but lived elsewhere (then it would name the town of residence). Added features were usually a map (often not digitized and missing), lists of a few trades (such as lawyer, physician, etc.), a few civic items (fire companies, justices, etc.), and business advertisements. More categories appeared over time. By the later 1800s, when someone was being dropped because they died, their death date would be given, or moved, their new town of residence was given. By 1930, there was a very helpful reverse directory added (arranged by street). This resource ceased publication in 1981. The years published are:  
 
Boston '''city directories''' are one of the most complete record of the city's adult male population, business women, and later the widows of the men previously listed. Boston was the third place to start publishing directories (after New York and Philadelphia) in 1789. They were published annually (for the most part) after 1825. The directory evolved from a simple entry (ex. Herring Ebenezer, mason and sexton, Lynde-street) to one of name, occupation and location, residence (boarding or house), and would list you if you worked in the city but lived elsewhere (then it would name the town of residence). Added features were usually a map (often not digitized and missing), lists of a few trades (such as lawyer, physician, etc.), a few civic items (fire companies, justices, etc.), and business advertisements. More categories appeared over time. By the later 1800s, when someone was being dropped because they died, their death date would be given, or moved, their new town of residence was given. By 1930, there was a very helpful reverse directory added (arranged by street). This resource ceased publication in 1981. The years published are:  
  
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*''Boston Almanac and Business Directory'' from 1872 (v. 37) to 1894 (v. 59)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/261227285 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL<br>  
 
*''Boston Almanac and Business Directory'' from 1872 (v. 37) to 1894 (v. 59)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/261227285 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL<br>  
 
*''Boston Register and Business Directory'' from 1895 (v. 60) to 1926 (v. 89)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22665930 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 
*''Boston Register and Business Directory'' from 1895 (v. 60) to 1926 (v. 89)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22665930 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
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=== Boston Massachusetts Maps, Wards, and City Streets  ===
  
== Maps, Wards, and City Streets  ==
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==== Maps  ====
 
 
=== Maps  ===
 
  
 
This is a list of map resource sites of particular interest to genealogists, and is not an effort to trace the vast cartographic history of Boston in full. There will be many maps of Boston in every major library including the Family History Library. Consult the catalog for the particular holdings of a library. The earliest map specifically of Boston is by Capt. John Bonner in 1722. There are many versions available on the internet, one is at [http://maps.bpl.org/id/11122 Boston Public Library]. Since Boston covers a majority of Suffolk County, look for [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#Land_Records_and_Atlases|Suffolk County Atlases]].<br>  
 
This is a list of map resource sites of particular interest to genealogists, and is not an effort to trace the vast cartographic history of Boston in full. There will be many maps of Boston in every major library including the Family History Library. Consult the catalog for the particular holdings of a library. The earliest map specifically of Boston is by Capt. John Bonner in 1722. There are many versions available on the internet, one is at [http://maps.bpl.org/id/11122 Boston Public Library]. Since Boston covers a majority of Suffolk County, look for [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#Land_Records_and_Atlases|Suffolk County Atlases]].<br>  
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*Sanborn maps, [http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/5959512?n=1&imagesize=1200&jp2Res=.0625 Boston, 1885].<br>  
 
*Sanborn maps, [http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/5959512?n=1&imagesize=1200&jp2Res=.0625 Boston, 1885].<br>  
 
*Tufts Digital Collections and Archives, [http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/places/atlas.html Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data]<br>
 
*Tufts Digital Collections and Archives, [http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/places/atlas.html Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data]<br>
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=== Wards of Boston  ===
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==== Wards of Boston  ====
  
 
==== Introduction  ====
 
==== Introduction  ====
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==== 1735  ====
 
==== 1735  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1735'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10913 ''A New Plan of ye Great Town of Boston''] (1743) with ward boundaries<br>Note: 15 churches in the city </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1735'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10913 ''A New Plan of ye Great Town of Boston''] (1743) with ward boundaries<br>Note: 15 churches in the city </center>  
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==== 1805  ====
 
==== 1805  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1805'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10103 ''A New Plan of Boston''] (1806)<br>Note: 19 churches in the city<br></center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1805'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10103 ''A New Plan of Boston''] (1806)<br>Note: 19 churches in the city<br></center>  
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| Starting at the Charles River Basin across Elliot Street, left on Orange Street, right on Beach Street and across Front Street to the harbor -- all land south of this line and South Boston included.
 
| Starting at the Charles River Basin across Elliot Street, left on Orange Street, right on Beach Street and across Front Street to the harbor -- all land south of this line and South Boston included.
 
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==== 1822  ====
 
==== 1822  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1822'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10344 ''Plan of Boston''] (1826) with ward boundaries - colored section were proposed new wards for 1832<br>Note: 35 churches in the city </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1822'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10344 ''Plan of Boston''] (1826) with ward boundaries - colored section were proposed new wards for 1832<br>Note: 35 churches in the city </center>  
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| Starting at Ward 11's southern border of Pleasant to Elliot to Warren and the Pine Streets as the northern border of Ward 12, all land south of this along the Boston Neck and also South Boston. [Note: Full ward not shown on map and no churches visible]
 
| Starting at Ward 11's southern border of Pleasant to Elliot to Warren and the Pine Streets as the northern border of Ward 12, all land south of this along the Boston Neck and also South Boston. [Note: Full ward not shown on map and no churches visible]
 
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==== 1838  ====
 
==== 1838  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1838'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10952 A New &amp; Complete Map of the City of Boston] (1839) [colorized by wards] </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1838'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10952 A New &amp; Complete Map of the City of Boston] (1839) [colorized by wards] </center>  
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| All of South Boston.
 
| All of South Boston.
 
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==== 1850  ====
 
==== 1850  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1850'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10962 Plan of Boston Comprising a Part of Charlestown and Cambridge] (1851) [colorized wards]<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10953 New Map of Boston ... with the new boundaries of the wards] (1851)<br>Note: 83 churches in the city </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1850'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10962 Plan of Boston Comprising a Part of Charlestown and Cambridge] (1851) [colorized wards]<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/10953 New Map of Boston ... with the new boundaries of the wards] (1851)<br>Note: 83 churches in the city </center>  
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| All that part of the city called South Boston on the Dorchester Neck including the South Boston and Free bridges. [Note: Ten churches]
 
| All that part of the city called South Boston on the Dorchester Neck including the South Boston and Free bridges. [Note: Ten churches]
 
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==== 1865  ====
 
==== 1865  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1865'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/11024 Plan of Boston] (1867)<br>Note: 114 churches in the city in 1867<br>Note: 127 churches in the city in 1869 (with addition of Roxbury) </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1865'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/11024 Plan of Boston] (1867)<br>Note: 114 churches in the city in 1867<br>Note: 127 churches in the city in 1869 (with addition of Roxbury) </center>  
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==== 1868  ====
 
<center>'''Roxbury annexation adds Wards 13-15 in 1868'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/11029 Plan of Boston with Additions and Corrections] (1869) </center>  
 
<center>'''Roxbury annexation adds Wards 13-15 in 1868'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/11029 Plan of Boston with Additions and Corrections] (1869) </center>  
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| Starting on Shawmut Avenue [''now Washington Street''] at the town of West Roxbury border, north along this border to the Muddy River, northeast along this river (being the border with the town of Brookline) almost to the river, right along the old border between the cities of Boston and Roxbury, right along the same border, right again and coming down to Tremont Street, right on that street , left on Culvert Street, right on an unnamed street [''Cabot Street?''] through Shailers Avenue and Putnam Street, right on Dudley Street, sharp left at Eliot Square and down Bartlett Street, right on Shawmut Avenue to the beginning. [Note: Two churches]
 
| Starting on Shawmut Avenue [''now Washington Street''] at the town of West Roxbury border, north along this border to the Muddy River, northeast along this river (being the border with the town of Brookline) almost to the river, right along the old border between the cities of Boston and Roxbury, right along the same border, right again and coming down to Tremont Street, right on that street , left on Culvert Street, right on an unnamed street [''Cabot Street?''] through Shailers Avenue and Putnam Street, right on Dudley Street, sharp left at Eliot Square and down Bartlett Street, right on Shawmut Avenue to the beginning. [Note: Two churches]
 
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==== 1870  ====
 
==== 1870  ====
 
<center>'''Dorchester annexation adds Ward 16 in 1870'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12114 Map of Boston from the Lastest surveys] (1870) </center>  
 
<center>'''Dorchester annexation adds Ward 16 in 1870'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12114 Map of Boston from the Lastest surveys] (1870) </center>  
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<center>'''Brighton, Charlestown, and West Roxbury annexation adds Wards 17-22 in 1873'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12156 Map of Boston, for 1874] (1874) </center>  
 
<center>'''Brighton, Charlestown, and West Roxbury annexation adds Wards 17-22 in 1873'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12156 Map of Boston, for 1874] (1874) </center>  
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| Starting at the Charles River and going up Chapman Street, diagonally right onto Austin Street, left on Main Street, right up Green Street, left on High Street, and right on Pearl Street in a line down to the Mystic River - all the land northwest of this line.
 
| Starting at the Charles River and going up Chapman Street, diagonally right onto Austin Street, left on Main Street, right up Green Street, left on High Street, and right on Pearl Street in a line down to the Mystic River - all the land northwest of this line.
 
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==== 1875  ====
 
==== 1875  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1875'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12163 Map of Boston] (1876)<br>[''includes the amended border change in 1876 and shows the old borders with Roxbury and Dorchester''] </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1875'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12163 Map of Boston] (1876)<br>[''includes the amended border change in 1876 and shows the old borders with Roxbury and Dorchester''] </center>  
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| Starting at Dorchester Bay and a straight line to Dorchester Avenue, across and up Mount Vernon Street, left on Dorchester Street through Boston Street and Columbia Street, right on Quincy Street, left on Blue Hill Avenue, veer right on Back Street to the border with the town of Hyde Park, left along the town line to the Neponset River, and down the river to Dorchester Bay.
 
| Starting at Dorchester Bay and a straight line to Dorchester Avenue, across and up Mount Vernon Street, left on Dorchester Street through Boston Street and Columbia Street, right on Quincy Street, left on Blue Hill Avenue, veer right on Back Street to the border with the town of Hyde Park, left along the town line to the Neponset River, and down the river to Dorchester Bay.
 
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==== 1895  ====
 
==== 1895  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1895'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12478 Map of the City of Boston and Vicinity] (1896)<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12480 An Outline Map of Boston showing the old &amp; new ward lines also the old Congressional lines] (1896) - no streets </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1895'''<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12478 Map of the City of Boston and Vicinity] (1896)<br>[http://maps.bpl.org/id/12480 An Outline Map of Boston showing the old &amp; new ward lines also the old Congressional lines] (1896) - no streets </center>  
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| Starting at the Charles River at St. Mary's Street [''Abbey Street on map''] to Commonwealth Avenue -- all lands west of this line being the former town of Brighton.
 
| Starting at the Charles River at St. Mary's Street [''Abbey Street on map''] to Commonwealth Avenue -- all lands west of this line being the former town of Brighton.
 
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==== 1912  ====
 
==== 1912  ====
 
<center>'''Hyde Park annexation adds Ward 26 in 1912'''<br>The entirety of the former town of Hyde Park constitutes the whole of Ward 26 </center>  
 
<center>'''Hyde Park annexation adds Ward 26 in 1912'''<br>The entirety of the former town of Hyde Park constitutes the whole of Ward 26 </center>  
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<br> By this time, the wards come more neighborhood centric and so only the neighborhoods will be given from here forward to describe the ward geography.  
 
<br> By this time, the wards come more neighborhood centric and so only the neighborhoods will be given from here forward to describe the ward geography.  
  
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| Brighton Dist. North
 
| Brighton Dist. North
 
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==== 1924  ====
 
==== 1924  ====
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1924'''<br>No ward map found online<br>You can use the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/guide/noncity.asp Boston Atlases, 1873-1938] by neighborhood </center>  
 
<center>'''Boston Wards in 1924'''<br>No ward map found online<br>You can use the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/guide/noncity.asp Boston Atlases, 1873-1938] by neighborhood </center>  
 
This redistricting for the first time reduced the number of wards from 26 down to 22. Also, the harbor island were not included in any ward, so it is assumed no one was then living there.  
 
This redistricting for the first time reduced the number of wards from 26 down to 22. Also, the harbor island were not included in any ward, so it is assumed no one was then living there.  
  
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| Brighton North
 
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=== City Streets  ===
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==== Introduction  ====
 
==== Introduction  ====
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:#[http://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/streetbook/ Online database] that gives the street's beginning and end, whether public, ward, precinct, district, Public Works Department section, and zip code.
 
:#[http://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/streetbook/ Online database] that gives the street's beginning and end, whether public, ward, precinct, district, Public Works Department section, and zip code.
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== Cemeteries  ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts Cemeteries  ===
  
 
The following is a '''chronological''' list of cemeteries in present-day Boston proper, Boston Harbor, East Boston, and South Boston. For information on the areas annexed to Boston, see those separate town pages. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br><br> The city's Parks and Recreation Department runs a public / private cooperative program called the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/hbgi/ Historic Burying Grounds Initiative]. From their website, you can learn more about the eighteen historic burying grounds in their oversight, find maps of them, newsletters of the program, and a mid-1980s database of fourteen of the cemeteries (missing Evergreen, Fairview, Mount Hope, and South End) giving the name, death date, cemetery, and location for each entry.<br>  
 
The following is a '''chronological''' list of cemeteries in present-day Boston proper, Boston Harbor, East Boston, and South Boston. For information on the areas annexed to Boston, see those separate town pages. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br><br> The city's Parks and Recreation Department runs a public / private cooperative program called the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/hbgi/ Historic Burying Grounds Initiative]. From their website, you can learn more about the eighteen historic burying grounds in their oversight, find maps of them, newsletters of the program, and a mid-1980s database of fourteen of the cemeteries (missing Evergreen, Fairview, Mount Hope, and South End) giving the name, death date, cemetery, and location for each entry.<br>  
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Inventories of Some Boston Cemeteries'' (Boston, 1990)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30789971 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br> (B). Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, ''Inscriptions and Records of The Old Cemeteries of Boston'' (Boston, 2000), xiii, 914 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44743341 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|981158|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V3d}}.<br>Available in an online database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=207 New England Historic Genealogical Society] ($).<br> (C). Charles Chauncey Wells and Suzanne Austin Wells, ''Preachers, Patriots &amp; Plain Folks: Boston's Burying Ground Guide to King's Chapel, Granary, Central'' (Oak Park, Ill., 2004), 288 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55858289 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1223467|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V37wc}}.<br><br>  
 
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Inventories of Some Boston Cemeteries'' (Boston, 1990)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30789971 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br> (B). Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, ''Inscriptions and Records of The Old Cemeteries of Boston'' (Boston, 2000), xiii, 914 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44743341 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|981158|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V3d}}.<br>Available in an online database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=207 New England Historic Genealogical Society] ($).<br> (C). Charles Chauncey Wells and Suzanne Austin Wells, ''Preachers, Patriots &amp; Plain Folks: Boston's Burying Ground Guide to King's Chapel, Granary, Central'' (Oak Park, Ill., 2004), 288 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55858289 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1223467|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V37wc}}.<br><br>  
 
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== Churches  ==
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=== Boston Massachusetts Churches  ===
  
 
The following is a list of churches established in Boston, East Boston, and South Boston by date founded. The earliest list of churches found was from Thomas Prince, ''The Vade Mecum for America: Or a Companion for Traders and Travellers'' (Boston, 1732), page 215, with "A List of the Houses of Publick Worship in Boston, with the Streets where they Stand, and the Times of the Foundation of the several Churches." There were fourteen listed then and by all accounts, there nothing established that were closed by then. The next authority used was John Hayward, ''A Gazetteer of Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1847), pp. 70-102, and Carroll D. Wright, ''Report of the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties'' (Boston 1889). For information specific to Congregational churches, Harold Field Worthley, ''An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1970) was consulted.<br>  
 
The following is a list of churches established in Boston, East Boston, and South Boston by date founded. The earliest list of churches found was from Thomas Prince, ''The Vade Mecum for America: Or a Companion for Traders and Travellers'' (Boston, 1732), page 215, with "A List of the Houses of Publick Worship in Boston, with the Streets where they Stand, and the Times of the Foundation of the several Churches." There were fourteen listed then and by all accounts, there nothing established that were closed by then. The next authority used was John Hayward, ''A Gazetteer of Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1847), pp. 70-102, and Carroll D. Wright, ''Report of the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties'' (Boston 1889). For information specific to Congregational churches, Harold Field Worthley, ''An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1970) was consulted.<br>  
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::*First Church in Boston, Records, 1844-1996 (bulk 1923-1953) at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Collection [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00712 bMS 712].<br>  
 
::*First Church in Boston, Records, 1844-1996 (bulk 1923-1953) at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Collection [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00712 bMS 712].<br>  
 
::*First Church, records, 1630-1847, {{FHL|229936|item|disp=FHL film 856693 Item 2, 856694 Item 1, 856697 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
::*First Church, records, 1630-1847, {{FHL|229936|item|disp=FHL film 856693 Item 2, 856694 Item 1, 856697 Item 2}}.<br>  
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::*First Church, accounts, 1711-1788, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Am.2313.<br>
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::*List of marriages by Benjamin Wadsworth, 6 Apr. 1713 - 25 Mar. 1714, sent to town clerk, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ch.F.7.61.<br>
 
:Online resources:<br>  
 
:Online resources:<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
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::*Boston Preparative Meeting, 1879-1883 are<br>All part of the Salem Monthly Meeting records held by the Rhode Island Historical Society.<br>  
 
::*Boston Preparative Meeting, 1879-1883 are<br>All part of the Salem Monthly Meeting records held by the Rhode Island Historical Society.<br>  
 
::*Boston Monthly Meeting, 1883-1944, held by the Rhode Island Historical Society.<br>  
 
::*Boston Monthly Meeting, 1883-1944, held by the Rhode Island Historical Society.<br>  
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::*Friends' Meeting House, account of losses in fire in 1760, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.Am.1809(45).
 
:Publications:<br>  
 
:Publications:<br>  
 
::*George Selleck, ''Quakers in Boston, 1656-1964: Three Centuries of Friends in Boston and Cambridge'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1976), xii, 349 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3185998 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|383731|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2sg}}.<br>  
 
::*George Selleck, ''Quakers in Boston, 1656-1964: Three Centuries of Friends in Boston and Cambridge'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1976), xii, 349 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3185998 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|383731|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 K2sg}}.<br>  
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::*This church was organized by twenty-eight members from the First Church who believed in the Halfway Covenant in 1669.<br>  
 
::*This church was organized by twenty-eight members from the First Church who believed in the Halfway Covenant in 1669.<br>  
 
::*This congregation occupied King's Chapel from 1777 to 1782 during the Revolutionary War when that church's ministers fled.<br>  
 
::*This congregation occupied King's Chapel from 1777 to 1782 during the Revolutionary War when that church's ministers fled.<br>  
::*This church joined with the Park Street Church to form the City Mission Society for the purpose of serving the city's poor in 1816.<br>  
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::*This church joined with the Park Street Church to form the City Mission Society for the purpose of serving the city's poor in 1816. These records are held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-cms Congregational Library, RG 1031], Boston.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
::*Old South Church, Records, 1669-1997, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bosc Congregational Library].<br>Old South Church, records, 1669-1875, {{FHL|277700|item|disp=FHL film 856694 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
::*Old South Church, Records, 1669-1997, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bosc Congregational Library].<br>Old South Church, records, 1669-1875, {{FHL|277700|item|disp=FHL film 856694 Item 2}}.<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*This church merged with the '''Bulfinch Street Church''' in 1863 though this church society was active until 1884. The merged church ceased not long after this date.<br>  
 
::*This church merged with the '''Bulfinch Street Church''' in 1863 though this church society was active until 1884. The merged church ceased not long after this date.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
::*New North Church, records, 1714-1870 (microfilm), held by the Boston Public Library.<br>Being church registers, v. 1 (1714-1797) and v. 2 (1813-1870).<br>Are original records held by the Rare Books and Manuscript Department?<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/654786926 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].<br>  
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::*New North Church, records of minutes, baptisms, marriages, and deaths, 1714-1870, being church registers, v. 1 (1714-1797) and v. 2 (1813-1870), held by the [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/654786926 Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z2.<br>  
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::*New North Church, minutes of the New North Religious Society, 1860-1884, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z2.<br>  
 
::*New North Church, records, 1714-1863 (microfilm), {{FHL|228527|item|disp=FHL films 837130 Item 1 and 856699 Item 5}}, being church registers, 1714-1797 and 1800-1863.<br>  
 
::*New North Church, records, 1714-1863 (microfilm), {{FHL|228527|item|disp=FHL films 837130 Item 1 and 856699 Item 5}}, being church registers, 1714-1797 and 1800-1863.<br>  
::*New North Church, Record of the sales of pews, 1799-1813, [50] pp., held by the [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/51326932 Boston Public Library].<br>  
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::*New North Church, Record of the sales of pews, 1799-1813, [50] pp., held by the [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/51326932 Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.F.4.4.<br>  
 
::*Minutes of the New North Religious Society, 1860-1884 (microfilm), held by the Boston Public Library.<br>Are original records held by the Rare Books and Manuscript Department?<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/654800549 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].<br>  
 
::*Minutes of the New North Religious Society, 1860-1884 (microfilm), held by the Boston Public Library.<br>Are original records held by the Rare Books and Manuscript Department?<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/654800549 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].<br>  
 
::*"A list of marriages performed by John Webb," [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1070984~S0 Mss C 1025], R Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, and digital version at [http://library.nehgs.org/tmp/_webpac2_1070984.7871 American Ancestors].<br>  
 
::*"A list of marriages performed by John Webb," [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1070984~S0 Mss C 1025], R Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, and digital version at [http://library.nehgs.org/tmp/_webpac2_1070984.7871 American Ancestors].<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
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| Andrew Eliot (1742-1778)  
 
| Andrew Eliot (1742-1778)  
| Joshua Young (1849-1853)
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| William R. Alger (1855?-1872+)
 
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::*This church merged with the '''Suffolk Street Chapel''' and the '''Concord Street Chapel''' and reorganized in 1867 as a Unitarian church. The new church did not survive long after the merger per Harold Worthley (1970), but it appears as the New South Church in the 1885 survey.<br>  
 
::*This church merged with the '''Suffolk Street Chapel''' and the '''Concord Street Chapel''' and reorganized in 1867 as a Unitarian church. The new church did not survive long after the merger per Harold Worthley (1970), but it appears as the New South Church in the 1885 survey.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
::*New South Church, records, held by City Hall per Harold Worthley survey, 1970.<br>  
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::*New South Church, records, 1714-1866, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z1.<br>  
 
::*New South Church, baptisms and marriages, 1719-1812, {{FHL|228485|item|disp=FHL film 837129 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
::*New South Church, baptisms and marriages, 1719-1812, {{FHL|228485|item|disp=FHL film 837129 Item 2}}.<br>  
::*New South Church (Boston, Mass.), records, 1800, 1815-1846, correspondence and pew deeds, [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082542~S0 Mss 826], R Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society.<br>  
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::*New South Church (Boston, Mass.), records, 1800, 1815-1846, correspondence and pew deeds, [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082542~S0 Mss 826, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston.<br>  
 
::*New South Church, minutes of meetings, 1719-1868 (microfilm), held by the Boston Public Library, being a transcription from the manuscript Minutes of meetings of the church and society, 1719-1868. Consists of records of members admitted into the church, notes and transactions of the church, children and adult persons baptized, persons that renewed covenants of baptism, and lists of marriages by the ministers of the church, ca. 1719-1811.<br>  
 
::*New South Church, minutes of meetings, 1719-1868 (microfilm), held by the Boston Public Library, being a transcription from the manuscript Minutes of meetings of the church and society, 1719-1868. Consists of records of members admitted into the church, notes and transactions of the church, children and adult persons baptized, persons that renewed covenants of baptism, and lists of marriages by the ministers of the church, ca. 1719-1811.<br>  
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::*New South Church, charity books, 1812-1824, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z1.
 
:Online:<br>  
 
:Online:<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
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::*New Brick Church, records, 1722-1776, {{FHL|277942|item|disp=FHL 856701 Item 4}}.<br>  
 
::*New Brick Church, records, 1722-1776, {{FHL|277942|item|disp=FHL 856701 Item 4}}.<br>  
 
::*New Brick Church, committee book, 1761-1800 [''sic''], one stitched quire, [76 pp.], held by [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60456127 Boston Public Library - Special Collections].<br>  
 
::*New Brick Church, committee book, 1761-1800 [''sic''], one stitched quire, [76 pp.], held by [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60456127 Boston Public Library - Special Collections].<br>  
 +
::*New Brick Church, committee records, 1761-1800, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.Bos.Z16(2).<br>
 +
::*New Brick Church, records of covenant (1728-1757), admissions (1722-1773), church records (1722-1754), and baptisms (1722-1775), held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.Bos.Z16(1) fol.<br>
 
:Online:<br>  
 
:Online:<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
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:Rectors: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Rectors: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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:Rectors: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>Code to Ministers: [C] Congregational; [P] Presbyterian; [U] Unitarian; [UU] Unitarian Universalist<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>Code to Ministers: [C] Congregational; [P] Presbyterian; [U] Unitarian; [UU] Unitarian Universalist<br>
  
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::*Hollis Street Church, ledger, 1787-1788, subscriptions to rebuild the church, Ms. N-1407 (Tall) held by the Massachusetts Historical Society.<br>  
 
::*Hollis Street Church, ledger, 1787-1788, subscriptions to rebuild the church, Ms. N-1407 (Tall) held by the Massachusetts Historical Society.<br>  
 
::*Hollis Street Church records, [1787-1879], Andover-Harvard Theological Library, [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00005 bMS 5], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
 
::*Hollis Street Church records, [1787-1879], Andover-Harvard Theological Library, [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00005 bMS 5], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
 +
::*Hollis Street Church, proprietors' records, 1809-1887, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z4.
 +
::*Hollis Street Church, membership, meetings, and baptisms, 1732-1739 (by Mather Byles), held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.q.Am.2290.
 
:Online:<br>  
 
:Online:<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
 
::*Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., ''The Records of the Churches of Boston'' (Boston, 2002) [''records to 1800''] in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=31 American Ancestors] ($).<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*The congregation's 1806 building was deeded to the city in 1894 and served as a branch of the library. The '''First Methodist Church''' and '''Copley Religious Society''' merged in 1962, bought this building from the city, and became '''Old West Church''', a United Methodist congregation.<br>  
 
::*The congregation's 1806 building was deeded to the city in 1894 and served as a branch of the library. The '''First Methodist Church''' and '''Copley Religious Society''' merged in 1962, bought this building from the city, and became '''Old West Church''', a United Methodist congregation.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
::*All the records were listed in 1970 by Harold Worthley as being with the City Clerk.<br>  
+
::*West Church, records, 1736-1889, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z3.<br>  
 
::*West Church, records, 1826-1876, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00010 bMS 10], Harvard Divinity School.<br>Note: There are no vital records in this collection.<br>  
 
::*West Church, records, 1826-1876, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00010 bMS 10], Harvard Divinity School.<br>Note: There are no vital records in this collection.<br>  
 
::*West Church records, baptisms, marriages, 1737-1880, {{FHL|277720|item|disp=FHL film 856695 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
::*West Church records, baptisms, marriages, 1737-1880, {{FHL|277720|item|disp=FHL film 856695 Item 2}}.<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
 
<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
<br> 17. '''Tenth Church''', '''Bennet Street Church''', or '''Samuel Mather's Church''', 1742-1785.<br>  
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<br> 17. '''Tenth Church''', '''Bennett Street Church''', or '''Samuel Mather's Church''', 1742-1785.<br>  
  
 
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*The South End building was sold at that time and was abandoned in the 1960s when arsonists burnt the building in 1967. The land was cleared and is now the beautiful James Hayes Park.<br>  
 
::*The South End building was sold at that time and was abandoned in the 1960s when arsonists burnt the building in 1967. The land was cleared and is now the beautiful James Hayes Park.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 +
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1743-1787, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.Bos.Z9.<br>
 
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1743-1787, 0824 Microfilm held by the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass., and also at the Boston Public Library (who had the records microfilmed - and thus likely hold the originals), {{FHL|228518|item|disp=FHL film 837132 Item 1}}.<br>  
 
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1743-1787, 0824 Microfilm held by the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass., and also at the Boston Public Library (who had the records microfilmed - and thus likely hold the originals), {{FHL|228518|item|disp=FHL film 837132 Item 1}}.<br>  
 
::*Baldwin Place Baptist Church, records, 1769-1881, {{FHL|277881|item|disp=FHL film 856702 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
::*Baldwin Place Baptist Church, records, 1769-1881, {{FHL|277881|item|disp=FHL film 856702 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1787-1793, 0825 and 0826 Microfilm held by the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass.<br>  
 
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1787-1793, 0825 and 0826 Microfilm held by the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass.<br>  
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1789-1811, {{FHL|278065|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 5}}.<br>  
+
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1789-1811 (transcript), {{FHL|278065|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 5}}.<br>  
 
::*"Record of marriages in Boston by Thomas Baldwin, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, 1790-1826", [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1066930~S0 Mss A 1586], R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society.<br>  
 
::*"Record of marriages in Boston by Thomas Baldwin, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, 1790-1826", [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1066930~S0 Mss A 1586], R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society.<br>  
 
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1788-1920, 42 volumes, held by the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass., but not in their online catalog.<br>  
 
::*Second Baptist Church, records, 1788-1920, 42 volumes, held by the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Mass., but not in their online catalog.<br>  
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::*First Universalist Church, proprietors' records, 1792-1815, on microfilm at the Massachusetts Historical Society (but not in their online catalog).<br>  
 
::*First Universalist Church, proprietors' records, 1792-1815, on microfilm at the Massachusetts Historical Society (but not in their online catalog).<br>  
 
::*First Universalist Church, records, 1792-1909, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00302 bMS 302], Harvard Divinity School.<br>Note: There are no vital records in this collection and most of the post-1864 records are from the Sunday school.<br>  
 
::*First Universalist Church, records, 1792-1909, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00302 bMS 302], Harvard Divinity School.<br>Note: There are no vital records in this collection and most of the post-1864 records are from the Sunday school.<br>  
 +
::*First Universalist Church, proprietor's meetings, 1834-1864, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z11.
 
::*First Universalist Church, marriages, 1813-1840, {{FHL|228538|item|disp=FHL film 837130 Item 4}}.<br>  
 
::*First Universalist Church, marriages, 1813-1840, {{FHL|228538|item|disp=FHL film 837130 Item 4}}.<br>  
 
:Online:<br>  
 
:Online:<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
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:[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Cross_Church,_Boston Wikipedia page for Holy Cross Boston]; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_the_Holy_Cross_%28Boston%29 Wikipedia page for the Cathedral].<br>  
 
:[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Cross_Church,_Boston Wikipedia page for Holy Cross Boston]; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_the_Holy_Cross_%28Boston%29 Wikipedia page for the Cathedral].<br>  
 
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:Locations:<br>  
::*They bought a church building on School Street from the '''Eleventh Church''' or School Street Church'''in 1788 that was built by the '''French Huguenot Church'''in 1715.<br>'''
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::*They bought a church building on School Street from the '''Eleventh Church''' or '''School Street Church''' in 1788 that was built by the '''French Huguenot Church''' in 1715.<br>  
 
::*They built a chapel on the southern end of Franklin Place at what would now be 214 Devonshire Street in 1803. [See an image of the [http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/HolyCrossB.png Cathedral in 1859].]<br>  
 
::*They built a chapel on the southern end of Franklin Place at what would now be 214 Devonshire Street in 1803. [See an image of the [http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/HolyCrossB.png Cathedral in 1859].]<br>  
 
::*Built a new cathedral building at 1400 Washington Street in the South End in 1875.<br>  
 
::*Built a new cathedral building at 1400 Washington Street in the South End in 1875.<br>  
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:Priests associated with this church before 1900: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Priests associated with this church before 1900: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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| Philip Lariscy (1818-1821)  
 
| Philip Lariscy (1818-1821)  
 
| Hilary Tucker (1846-1872)  
 
| Hilary Tucker (1846-1872)  
| Josue P. Bodfish (1875-1888)
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<br>  
 
<br>  
  
23. '''First Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1792-1828), later the '''Hanover Street Methodist Episcopal Church''', and since 1873 called '''Grace Church''', 1792-1962.<br>  
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23. '''First Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1792-1828), '''North Bennett Street Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1828-1849), later the '''Hanover Street Methodist Episcopal Church''', and since 1873 called '''Grace Church''', 1792-1962.<br>  
  
 
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::*After merging, the church moved to Temple Street in 1873.<br>  
 
::*After merging, the church moved to Temple Street in 1873.<br>  
 
:Notes:<br>  
 
:Notes:<br>  
::*They sold their North Bennett Street location to the Freewill Baptist Society in 1850.<br>  
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::*The '''Richmond Street Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1842) merged with this church in 1849.<br>
 +
::*They sold their North Bennett Street location to the '''Freewill Baptist Society''' in 1850.<br>  
 
::*The front of the church was demolished in 1869 for the widening of Hanover Street.<br>  
 
::*The front of the church was demolished in 1869 for the widening of Hanover Street.<br>  
 +
::*The '''Four Methodist Episcopal Church''' or '''North Russell Street Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1837) merged with this church in 1873.<br>
 
::*This church merged with the '''Grace Methodist Episcopal Church''' in 1873 to form the '''First Methodist Episcopal Church (Temple Street)''' but variously called '''First Methodist Church''', Grace Methodist Church''', or the '''Temple Street Methodist Church'''(sometimes using all three names).<br>'''  
 
::*This church merged with the '''Grace Methodist Episcopal Church''' in 1873 to form the '''First Methodist Episcopal Church (Temple Street)''' but variously called '''First Methodist Church''', Grace Methodist Church''', or the '''Temple Street Methodist Church'''(sometimes using all three names).<br>'''  
 
::*This church merged with '''Copley Methodist Church''' in 1962 and formed a new church called '''First-Copley Methodist Church''' (that later became '''''Old West Methodist Church''''').<br>  
 
::*This church merged with '''Copley Methodist Church''' in 1962 and formed a new church called '''First-Copley Methodist Church''' (that later became '''''Old West Methodist Church''''').<br>  
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::*Hanover Street, records, 1851-1873 (mostly Sunday School), held by [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#boston-hanover School of Theology Library, Boston University, CAH CH-MA B6 H3].<br>  
 
::*Hanover Street, records, 1851-1873 (mostly Sunday School), held by [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#boston-hanover School of Theology Library, Boston University, CAH CH-MA B6 H3].<br>  
 
::*First, Grace, Temple Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1859-1925 (no vital records), held by [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#first-grace-temple School of Theology Library, Boston University, CAH CH-MA B6 T4].<br>  
 
::*First, Grace, Temple Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1859-1925 (no vital records), held by [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#first-grace-temple School of Theology Library, Boston University, CAH CH-MA B6 T4].<br>  
 +
::*Bennett Street Methodist Episcopal Church, membership records, 1830-1849, {{FHL|494832|item|disp=FHL film 1508864 Items 28-29}}.<br>
 +
::*Hanover Street Methodist Episcopal Church, membership list, 1863-1872, and brief history, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z5.
 +
::*Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, baptisms, marriages, and membership, 1863-1881, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z8.
 
:Online:<br>  
 
:Online:<br>  
 
::*None.<br>  
 
::*None.<br>  
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:Ministers ['''very''' incomplete - help needed]: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers ['''very''' incomplete - help needed]: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*Bromfield Street Methodist Church records, 1790-1922, held by the [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#bromfield School of Theology Library, CAH CH-MA B6 B7], Boston University.<br>  
 
::*Bromfield Street Methodist Church records, 1790-1922, held by the [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#bromfield School of Theology Library, CAH CH-MA B6 B7], Boston University.<br>  
 
::*Bromfield Street, Tremont Street, and People's Temple Methodist Church records (Boston, Mass.), 1856-1922, held by the [http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/b/bromfield_tremont.htm Special Collections Research Center], Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, N.Y., that include offerings and accounts, 1886-1901, for this church.<br>  
 
::*Bromfield Street, Tremont Street, and People's Temple Methodist Church records (Boston, Mass.), 1856-1922, held by the [http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/b/bromfield_tremont.htm Special Collections Research Center], Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, N.Y., that include offerings and accounts, 1886-1901, for this church.<br>  
::*Bromfield Street Methodist Episcopal Church, records, 1806-1922, includes baptisms and marriages, 1879-1882, 1890-1922, {{FHL|494821|item|disp=FHL film 1508865 Items 1-5}}.<br>  
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::*Bromfield Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1806-1922, includes baptisms and marriages, 1879-1882, 1890-1922,{{FHL|494821|item|disp=FHL film 1508865 Items 1-5}}.<br>
 +
::*Bromfield Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1838-1854 (transcript), {{FHL|277870|item|disp=FHL film 856702 Item 3}}.<br>  
 
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:Ministers ['''very''' incomplete]: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers ['''very''' incomplete]: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>  
 
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>  
 +
::*Hawes Place Congregational Church records, 1823-1878 (transcript), {{FHL|278079|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 4}}.<br>
 
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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:Ministers [''incomplete list with years served'']:<br>
 
:Ministers [''incomplete list with years served'']:<br>
  
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:[Note: For a list of Bishops at this church, see the [http://www.diomass.org/about/history-diocese Diocesan history]].<br>
 
:[Note: For a list of Bishops at this church, see the [http://www.diomass.org/about/history-diocese Diocesan history]].<br>
  
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::*This Society was formed as Universalist and changed to a Unitarian Society.<br>  
 
::*This Society was formed as Universalist and changed to a Unitarian Society.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
::*Bulfinch Street Society records, 2 vols., 1844-1863, were with the City Clerk in 1899.<br>  
+
::*Bulfinch Street Society records, 1838-1863, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.f.Bos.Z6.<br>  
 
::*Bulfinch Street Church records, 1839-1854, {{FHL|278976|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 1}}.<br>  
 
::*Bulfinch Street Church records, 1839-1854, {{FHL|278976|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 1}}.<br>  
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*This church had some of the congregation of the '''Leyden Church''' join them, including their minister, in 1845 to form the '''Messiah Church''' in 1844 and disbanded in 1846.<br>  
 
::*This church had some of the congregation of the '''Leyden Church''' join them, including their minister, in 1845 to form the '''Messiah Church''' in 1844 and disbanded in 1846.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
::*Greet Street Church records, 1822-1844, 1 vol., held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70951007 Congregational Library], Boston.<br>  
+
::*Green Street Church records, 1822-1844, 1 vol., held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70951007 Congregational Library], Boston.<br>  
 
::*Green Street Church (Boston, Mass.) records, 1826-1865, 1 vol., [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082390~S0 Mss C 5645], R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.<br>  
 
::*Green Street Church (Boston, Mass.) records, 1826-1865, 1 vol., [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082390~S0 Mss C 5645], R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.<br>  
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*The built a new church on Broadway near Dorchester Street in 1859.<br>  
 
::*The built a new church on Broadway near Dorchester Street in 1859.<br>  
 
::*An addition building called Phillips Chapel was dedicated at East 7th Street near I Street in 1883.<br>  
 
::*An addition building called Phillips Chapel was dedicated at East 7th Street near I Street in 1883.<br>  
::*The congregation worshiped at the Presbyterian Church at Silver and Dorchester Streets from 1948 to 1954.<br>  
+
::*The congregation worshipped at the Presbyterian Church at Silver and Dorchester Streets from 1948 to 1954.<br>  
 
::*They bought a building on Atlantic Street and Fourth Street in 1954.<br>  
 
::*They bought a building on Atlantic Street and Fourth Street in 1954.<br>  
 
::*The congregation bought a second building at 381 West Broadway near E Street in 1983 as their '''Winipress Christian Resource Center'''.<br>  
 
::*The congregation bought a second building at 381 West Broadway near E Street in 1983 as their '''Winipress Christian Resource Center'''.<br>  
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:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
::*Phillips Church records, 1823-1913, 1981-2002, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bpc Congregational Library, RG 1228], Boston.<br>  
 
::*Phillips Church records, 1823-1913, 1981-2002, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bpc Congregational Library, RG 1228], Boston.<br>  
 +
::*Phillips Church records, 1825-1884 (transcript), {{FHL|278086|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 3}}.<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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::*The first minister Ripley left to start the Utopian community of Brook Farm in West Roxbury in 1841.<br>  
 
::*The first minister Ripley left to start the Utopian community of Brook Farm in West Roxbury in 1841.<br>  
 
::*The second minister Coolidge became an Episcopalian after leaving this church.<br>  
 
::*The second minister Coolidge became an Episcopalian after leaving this church.<br>  
 +
::*This church was dissolved soon after 1858.<br>
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
::*Thirteenth Congregational Society records, 1836-1860, held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00008 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS8], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
 
::*Thirteenth Congregational Society records, 1836-1860, held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00008 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS8], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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<br> 43. '''Salem Street Church''', 1827-1879.<br>  
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 +
 
 +
43. '''Tuckerman Chapel''', '''Bulfinch Place Church''' or '''Pitts Street Chapel''', 1826-1943.<br>  
  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
::*On Salem Street in the North End.<br>  
+
::*Not mentioned in city directories during Tuckerman's tenure.<br>
 +
::*The group worshipped in the Friend Street Chapel from 1828 to 1836.<br>
 +
::*The group worshipped in the Pitts Street Chapel from 1836 to 1869.<br>
 +
::*The group moved to Bulfinch Place after that until their merger.<br>  
 
:Notes:<br>  
 
:Notes:<br>  
::*This church merged with the '''Mariner's Church''' in 1866.<br>  
+
::*Joseph Tuckerman was a minister-at-large in the city of Boston.<br>
:Records:  
+
::*The group was called the '''Bulfinch Street Society''' in 1840.<br>
::*Salem Street Church records, 1827-1879, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70948625 Congregational Library], Boston.<br>  
+
::*This church merged with the '''Theodore Parker Memorial''' in 1943.<br>  
::*Salem Street Church records, 1834-1867, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70948629 Congregational Library], Boston, part of RG 160.<br>
+
:Records:<br>
::*Salem Street Church, Examination Committee records, 1827-1837 [includes members and residences], [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=50024442 Massachusetts Historical Society], Boston.<br>  
+
::*Bulfinch Place Church records, 1826-1957 [mostly '''Howard Sunday School''' - no vital records], held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00002 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 2], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
::*Salem Street Church records, 1848-1862, [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082711~S0 Mss A 5549, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston.<br>
+
::*Bulfinch Place Church records, 1827-1957 [mostly '''Howard Sunday School''' - no vital records], held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00140 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 140], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
:Publications:<br>
+
::*Pitts Street Chapel records, 1835-1845, {{FHL|277860|item|disp=FHL film 856702 Item 4}}.<br>  
::*Stephen H. Hayes, ''Memorial Volume of Salem Church, Boston, Mass.'' (Boston, 1874), 52 pp.<br>No digital version available.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9905695 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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|  
 
|  
| Justin Edwards (1828-1829)  
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| Joseph Tuckerman (1826-1840)  
| Edward Beecher (1844-1855)  
+
| Samuel Hobart Winkley (1846-1896)  
| S. P. Fay (in 1865)
+
| Robert W. Jones (1927-1931)
 
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|  
 
|  
| George W. Blagden (1830-1836)  
+
| Frederic Tarrall Gray (1834-1839)  
| Henry Dexter (1849-1856)  
+
| Christopher Rhodes Eliot (1894-1927)  
 +
| Chester Arthur Drummond (1932-1943)
 +
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|  
 
|  
 +
| Robert Cassie Waterston (1839-1845)
 +
| Andrew Dewey Keegan Shurtleff (1898-1901)
 +
| Agnes Cecelia Larson Cook (1938-1940)
 
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|-
 
|  
 
|  
| Joseph H. Towne (1837-1844)  
+
| Andrew Bigelow (1845-1846)
 +
| Harold Lionel Pickett (1923-1926)
 +
| Ivan Anton Klein (1942-1957)
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44. '''Salem Street Church''', 1827-1879.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*On Salem Street in the North End.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This church merged with the '''Mariner's Church''' in 1887.<br>
 +
:Records:
 +
::*Salem Street Church records, 1827-1879, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70948625 Congregational Library], Boston.<br>
 +
::*Salem Street Church records, 1834-1867, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70948629 Congregational Library], Boston, part of RG 160.<br>
 +
::*Salem Street Church, Examination Committee records, 1827-1837 [includes members and residences], [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=50024442 Massachusetts Historical Society], Boston.<br>
 +
::*Salem Street Church records, 1848-1862, [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082711~S0 Mss A 5549, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston.<br>
 +
:Publications:<br>
 +
::*Stephen H. Hayes, ''Memorial Volume of Salem Church, Boston, Mass.'' (Boston, 1874), 52 pp.<br>No digital version available.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9905695 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
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| Justin Edwards (1828-1829)
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| Edward Beecher (1844-1855)
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| S. P. Fay (in 1865)
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 +
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 +
| George W. Blagden (1830-1836)
 +
| Henry Dexter (1849-1856)
 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
| Joseph H. Towne (1837-1844)  
 
| George W. Field (1856-18xx)  
 
| George W. Field (1856-18xx)  
 
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<br>  
  
44. '''Pine Street Church''', '''Berkeley Street Church''', or '''Berkeley Temple''', 1827-1907.<br>  
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45. '''Pine Street Church''', '''Berkeley Street Church''', or '''Berkeley Temple''', 1827-1907.<br>  
  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
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:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
::*Pine Street Church records, 1827-1907, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bpisc Congregational Library], Boston.<br>  
 
::*Pine Street Church records, 1827-1907, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bpisc Congregational Library], Boston.<br>  
 +
::*Pine Street Church records, 1834-1865 (transcript), {{FHL|278057|item|disp=FHL film 856700 Item 6}} [''mislabeled as Methodist Episcopal''].<br>
 +
::*Berkeley Street Church, records, 1888-1907, 1v. (ca. 200 p.), includes minutes of meetings and membership lists held by held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books].
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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<br>  
  
45.'''South Congregational Church''' and sometimes '''Hale's Church''', 1827-1929.<br>  
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46. '''South Congregational Church''' and sometimes '''Hale's Church''', 1827-1929.<br>  
  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
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::*South Congregational Church records, 1825-1924, held by [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00501.html Andover-Harvard Theological Library], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
 
::*South Congregational Church records, 1825-1924, held by [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00501.html Andover-Harvard Theological Library], Harvard Divinity School.<br>  
 
::*South Congregational Church records, 1823-1887 [''mostly Sunday School Library records and of the South Friendly Society''], held by [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1056815~S0 Mss 12, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston.<br>  
 
::*South Congregational Church records, 1823-1887 [''mostly Sunday School Library records and of the South Friendly Society''], held by [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1056815~S0 Mss 12, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston.<br>  
 +
::*South Congregational Church marriages, baptisms, burials, 1828-1885, {{FHL|277955|item|disp=FHL film 856701 Item 3}}.<br>
 +
::*South Congregational Church, day book, 1875-1885, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.q.Bos.Z14. <br>
 +
::*South Congregational Church, records, 1827-1870, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Msq.Am.2287.<br>
 +
::*South Congregational Church, meeting records, 1828-1842, register of the poor in the neighborhood, 1856-1859, held by the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library Rare Books], Ms.q.Am.2287(2).<br>
 
:Publications:<br>  
 
:Publications:<br>  
 
::*Edward Everett Hale, ''Memorials of the History for Half a Century of South Congregational Church, Boston'' (Boston, 1878), 119 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=tE0sAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/15131229 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
::*Edward Everett Hale, ''Memorials of the History for Half a Century of South Congregational Church, Boston'' (Boston, 1878), 119 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=tE0sAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/15131229 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>  
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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46. '''Federal Street Baptist Church''', later '''Rowe Street Baptist Church''', and finally '''Clarendon Street Baptist Church''', 1827.<br>  
+
47. '''Federal Street Baptist Church''', later '''Rowe Street Baptist Church''', and finally '''Clarendon Street Baptist Church''', 1827.<br>  
  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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<br> 47. '''Bethel Church''', 1828-present.<br>  
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 +
48. '''Bethel Church''', 1828-present.<br>  
  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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<br>  
  
48. '''Mariners' Church''', 1828-1866.<br>  
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49. '''Mariner's Church''', 1828-1871.<br>  
  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
::*The church was built on Purchase Street in 1829 [see image of the [http://exhibits.congregationallibrary.org/items/show/46 Mariners' Church] in 1843].<br>  
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::*The church was built on Purchase Street in 1829 [see image of the [http://exhibits.congregationallibrary.org/items/show/46 Mariner's Church] in 1843].<br>  
 
::*The congregation had moved to Summer Street at the corner of Sea Street [''no longer existing''] by 1855 and had no settled minister then.<br>  
 
::*The congregation had moved to Summer Street at the corner of Sea Street [''no longer existing''] by 1855 and had no settled minister then.<br>  
 
::*The location in 1860 and 1865 was given as Summer Street at the corner of Federal Street [''which is likely the same place as before''].<br>  
 
::*The location in 1860 and 1865 was given as Summer Street at the corner of Federal Street [''which is likely the same place as before''].<br>  
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::*The patrons of this church were connected with the Sailor's Home Society.<br>  
 
::*The patrons of this church were connected with the Sailor's Home Society.<br>  
 
::*Record book 1 burned with home and church on 10 July 1852.<br>  
 
::*Record book 1 burned with home and church on 10 July 1852.<br>  
::*This church merged with the '''Salem Street Church''' in 1866.<br>  
+
::*This church merged with the '''Salem Street Church''' in 1871.<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
:Records:<br>  
 
::*Mariners' Church records, 1837-1865, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70951009 Congregational Library], boston.<br>
 
::*Mariners' Church records, 1837-1865, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=70951009 Congregational Library], boston.<br>
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
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49. '''St. Stephen's Chapel''' and later '''St. Stephen's Church''' [''Episcopal''], 1829-1872/1880?<br>  
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50. '''St. Stephen's Chapel''' and later '''St. Stephen's Church''' [''Episcopal''], 1829-1872/1880?<br>  
  
 
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50. '''Grace Church''' [''Episcopal''], 1829-1865.<br>  
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51. '''Grace Church''' [''Episcopal''], 1829-1865.<br>  
  
 
:[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Church_%28Boston,_Massachusetts%29 Grace Church Wikipedia page].<br>  
 
:[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Church_%28Boston,_Massachusetts%29 Grace Church Wikipedia page].<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
 
:Locations:<br>  
::*The congregation worshiped at a building on Piedmont Street [''now Church Street''] from 1829 to 1834.<br>  
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::*The congregation worshipped at a building on Piedmont Street [''now Church Street''] from 1829 to 1834.<br>  
 
::*The congregation moved to a building on Bedford Street in 1834.<br>  
 
::*The congregation moved to a building on Bedford Street in 1834.<br>  
 
::*The congregation moved to a building on Temple Street in 1836 [see an image of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1836_GraceChurch_TempleSt_Boston_AmericanMagazine.png Grace Church] in 1836].<br>  
 
::*The congregation moved to a building on Temple Street in 1836 [see an image of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1836_GraceChurch_TempleSt_Boston_AmericanMagazine.png Grace Church] in 1836].<br>  
 
:Notes:<br>  
 
:Notes:<br>  
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::*The incorporated name was '''Grace Church in the City of Boston'''.<br>
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::*This church was dissolved in 1864.<br>
 
::*Their building was sold to the Methodist Episcopal Society of North Russell Street in 1865.<br>  
 
::*Their building was sold to the Methodist Episcopal Society of North Russell Street in 1865.<br>  
 
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52. '''Fourth Universalist Society''', '''Broadway Universalist Society''', and '''Church of Our Father''', 1830-1920.<br>  
  
== Resources  ==
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::*At 540 East Broadway in South Boston.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*The names changed to '''Church of Our Father''' by 1880.<br>
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::*The church was not listed in the 1920 city directory.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*Broadway Universalist Society records, 1833-1920, held by the [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00250.html Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 250], Harvard Divinity School.<br>
  
==== Emigration and immigration  ====
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53. '''South Baptist Church''', 1831-present.<br>
  
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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:Locations:<br>
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::*This group purchased the unoccupied Methodist Religious Society on the southwest corner of Broadway and C Street in South Boston.<br>
  
*[[Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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54. '''Third Methodist Episcopal Church''' or '''Church Street Methodist Episcopal Church''', 1834-1879.<br>  
*[[Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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:Locations:<br>
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::*Church Street in Bay Village.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*Under the leadership of Rev. John W. Hamilton, the congregation developed into the '''People's Temple''' in 1877.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*Church Street Methodist Church records, 1835-1874, 1899-1908, 4 vols., held by the [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#churchst School of Theology Library, CAH CH-MA B6 C3], Boston University. The newer records were from the '''People's Temple'''.<br>
  
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=3091 {{nowrap|Boston City newspapers}}]. Some libraries including the [http://www.bpl.org/electronic/alpha.asp#b Boston Public Library] provide free access to this database.<br>
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55. '''Free Will Baptist Church''', 1834-bef. 1850.<br>
*[http://www.bpl.org/catalogs/interpro/bpl_search/obits.htm ''Boston Globe ''and the ]''[http://www.bpl.org/catalogs/interpro/bpl_search/obits.htm Boston Herald] ''obituaries 1953-2010 available from the Boston Public Library.
 
  
==== Notarial records - Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775  ====
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:Locations:<br>
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::*The congregation worshipped in Bethel Hall on Union Street near Dock Square.<br>
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::*On Fourth Street in South Boston in 1845.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The location of the original records of this church are unknown.<br>
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<br> 56. '''First Methodist Society''', then '''D Street Methodist Episcopal Church''' or '''Fifth Methodist Episcopal Church''', next '''Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church''', and finally '''Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church''', 1834-1885.<br>
  
Early notarial records for the city of Boston were published in volume 32 of the [[Boston Record Commissioners Reports|Boston Record Commissioners Reports]].  
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:Locations:<br>
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::*Founded in South Boston in 1834 renting Harding Hall.<br>
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::*Moved to rented Franklin Hall in 1836.<br>
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::*Built a church on D Street in South Boston in 1840.<br>
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::*Moved to Broadway in South Boston in 1870.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*The name was change to Centenary in 1850 and due to the building being planned in 1839, the centenary of Methodism.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1837-1882, 6 vols., held by the [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#s-boston-centenary School of Theology Library, CAH CH-MA B6 C2], Boston University.<br>
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::*Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1843-1885, 5 vols., held by the [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#s-boston-broadway School of Theology Library, CAH CH-MA B6 B6], Boston University.<br>
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::*Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1835-1872, {{FHL|494818|item|disp=FHL film 1508865 Items 6-7}}.<br>
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::*Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1835-1885, {{FHL|494823|item|disp=FHL film 1508864 Item 31}}.<br>
  
*'''Volume 32. '''''A Volume Relating to the Early History of Boston, containing the Aspinwall Notarial Records from 1644 to 1651''. Boston: Municipal Printing Office, 1903.&nbsp;(FHL book 974.461 H2b v. 32). Digital version at [http://www.archive.org/details/volumerelatingto00aspi Internet Archive] <br><br>
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57. '''Warren Street Chapel''', '''Barnard Memorial''', '''Warrenton Street Chapel''', and '''Barnard Memorial Church''' [''Unitarian''], 1834-1925.<br>  
  
==== Orphans and orphanages  ====
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::*Warren Street [''now Warrenton Street''] in the present-day Theater District.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church merged with the '''Christ Church''' or '''Third Unitarian Society''' in Dorchester in 1925.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*Warren Street Chapel records, 1863-1892, held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~div00009 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 9], Harvard Divinity School.<br>
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
*Holloran, Peter C. ''Boston's Waywards Children: Social Services for Homeless Children, 1830-1930''. Boston: Northeastern University Press, c1989. {{FHL|569231|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 J3h}}.
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<br> 58. '''Fifth Universalist Society''', '''Shawmut Universalist Society''', (unofficially as) '''Every-Day Church''', and '''Beacon Universalist Parish''', 1835-1943.<br>
  
==== Poorhouses  ====
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:Locations:<br>
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::*The congregation worshipped at Boylston Hall from 1835 to 1838.<br>
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::*They built a brick church on Warren Street [''now Warrenton Street''] in the present-day Theater District in 1838.<br>
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::*They worshipped at the Concord Street Chapel of the South Church for several months in 1863.<br>
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::*They bought a church on Shawmut Avenue in the South End in 1863.<br>
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::*They move to Harvard Avenue in Brookline in 1905, but sold this building in 1906.<br>
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::*They held occasional services in a rented chapel for many years and then were ministered by the '''Church of our Savior''' in Waltham from 1939 to 1941.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This congregation merged with the '''Church of the Paternity''' sometime after 1859.<br>
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::*The congregation changed its name to '''Shawmut Universalist Society''' in 1863.<br>
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::*They were joined with the '''South Universalist Church''' in 1863.<br>
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::*This congregation created the [http://www.bethanyunion.org/ Bethany Union] in 1890 to provide a supportive, stable environment for young women.<br>
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::*The congregation changed its name to ''Beacon Universalist Parish''' in 1905.<br>
 +
::*The congregation merged with the '''Church of our Savior''' in Waltham in 1943.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Beacon Universalist Parish records, 1837-1944, held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00357 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 357], Harvard Divinity School.<br>
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
*Downer, Lawrence W. "The Indentures of Boston's Poor Apprentices: 1734-1805," ''The Colonial Society of Massachusetts'' (Mar. 1962):417-434. Digital version at [http://www.primaryresearch.org/pr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=378&catid=68&Itemid=106 Primary Research] - free.  
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| Joseph S. Dennis (1847-1848)
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| Joseph K. Mason (1876-1880)
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| Otis A. Skinner (1849-1857)
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| Henry Blanchard (1880-1882)
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| Thomas B. Thayer (1858-1867)
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| George L. Perin (1883-1890)
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[http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/default.asp '''City of Boston Archives''']<br>201 Rivermoor Street<br>West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132<br>Telephone: 617-635-1195<br>Fax: 617-635-1194<br>Email: [mailto:Archives@cityofboston.gov Archives@cityofboston.gov] <br>Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. by appointment only<br>[http://www.facebook.com/cityofbostonarchives Facebook]
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59. '''Franklin Street Church''' and later '''Central Church''' or '''Central Congregational Church''' [''Trinitarian''], 1835-1931.<br>  
  
[http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ '''The National Archives at Boston''']'''<br>'''Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center<br>380 Trapelo Road<br>Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-6399<br>Telephone: 781-663-0130<br>Fax: 781-663-0154<br>Email: [mailto:boston.archives@nara.gov boston.archives@nara.gov] &nbsp;
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::*The congregation worshipped at the Federal Street Theatre [''later called the Odeon''] until 1841.<br>
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::*They built a church on Winter Street in 1841 [see image of the [http://exhibits.congregationallibrary.org/items/show/50 Central Congregational Church] in 1843].<br>
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::*They moved to Berkeley Street at the corner of Newbury Street in 1875, which is now numbered as 67 Newbury Street.<br>
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::*This church merged with the '''First Presbyterian Church''' in 1931 to form the federated [http://www.cotcbos.org/index.html '''Church of the Covenant'''].<br>  
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::*The location of the original records is likely with the federated church.<br>
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<br> 60. '''First Free Church''' or '''Marlborough Chapel''' [''Trinitarian''], 1835-1843.<br>  
  
==== Libraries  ====
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::*The congregation worshipped at Congress Hall and Amory Hall from 1835 to 1838.<br>
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::*The built the Marlboro Chapel on Washington Street in 1838.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*The largest hall of the several in the new church held 2000 people.<br>
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::*The church was split over the doctrine of perfection. A number following the Orthodox view along with the minister William R. Chapman dismissed themselves and organized the new '''Garden Street Chapel''' in 1841.<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
  
[http://www.bpl.org '''Boston Public Library''']<br>700 Boylston Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116<br>Telephone: 617-536-5400<br>Email: [mailto:ask@bpl.org ask@bpl.org] <br>[http://www.facebook.com/bostonpubliclibrary Facebook]
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[http://www.congregationallibrary.org/ '''Congregational Library''']<br>14 Beacon Street, 2nd Floor<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02108<br>Telephone: 617-523-0470<br>Fax: 617-523-0491<br>Email: [mailto:circ@14beacon.org circ@14beacon.org] &nbsp;
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61. '''North Baptist Church''', 1835-ca. 1840<br>  
  
The Congregational Library has an impressive collection of records documenting the history of American Congregationalism for the last 300 years. Equally impressive is their collection of New England local, town, and family histories. They also have a strong collection of published Massachusetts vital records. Congregational church records include membership lists, dismissals, baptisms, marriages, minutes of meetings, etc.  
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::*No known location.<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
  
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62. '''East Boston Unitarian Church''' or '''Church of Our Father''', 1835-1974.<br>
  
[[New England Historic Genealogical Society|'''New England Historic Genealogical Society''']]<br>101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: 617-536-5740<br>Fax: 617-536-7307<br>Email: [mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org] <br>Website: [http://www.americanancestors.org www.americanancestors.org] <br>  
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::*On Maverick Street in East Boston in 1865.<br>  
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::*At 50 Meridan Street in East Boston in 1870 through 1875.<br>  
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::*At 54 Meridan Street in East Boston in 1880 through 1900.<br>
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::*At 85 Marion Street in East Boston in 1905 through 1925.<br>
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::*The name was changes by 1870.<br>  
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::*The church building was sold in 1901.<br>  
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::*The congregation built a new church in 1904.<br>
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::*The church was not listed in the city directory from 1931 forward.<br>  
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:Records:<br>
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::*Church of Our Father records, 1835-1974, held by [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00138.html Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 138], Harvard Divinity School.<br>
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<br> 63. '''St. Mary's Church''' [''Roman Catholic''], 1836-1992.<br>  
  
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has a substantial collection of published New England genealogies and local histories. They also have a strong microform collection that contains copies of original town, probate, land, and vital records; censuses; city directories; and immigration records for most of the New England states and neighboring Canadian provinces. Their manuscript department, which is open only to members, houses over 2 million manuscript items. Some of the items date to the late fourteenth century. Much of the collection emphasizes the New England area. Included in the collection are thousands of unpublished family histories and genealogies, bibles and bible records, church, cemetery, town, and vital records, maps, photographs, etc.  
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::*The church built on Endicott Street in the North End was consecrated in 1836.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church was suppressed on 1 Aug. 1992.<br>
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:Records:<br>
 +
::*St. Mary's Church, baptisms (1836-1921), marriages (1836-1921), first communions (1866-1915), and confirmations (1866-1911) held by the [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12304&pid=1484 Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston], Braintree, Mass.<br>
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::*All records not listed above have been moved to '''St. Leonard of Port Maurice''' in Boston.<br>
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64. [http://www.saintpatricksroxbury.com/ '''St. Patrick's Church'''] [''Roman Catholic''], 1836-present.<br>
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:Locations:<br>
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::*The church built a wooden church on Northampton Street in the South End was consecrated in 1836.<br>
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::*The church moved to 10 Magazine Street and the corner of Dudley Street in Roxbury between 1872 and dedicated in 1880.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The identity of this church and thus location of the original records is unknown.<br>
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65. '''Maverick Church''' [''Trinitarian''], 1837-bef. 1936.<br>
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::*The worshipped in a building they built in East Boston in 1837 [''the exact location is unknown''].<br>
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::*They built a church on Maverick Street at Havre Street in East Boston in 1845.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church merged with the '''Baker Congregational Church''' to form the '''Baker-Maverick Congregational Church''' sometime around 1936. That church federated with the '''St.Andrew's-St. Johns Episcopal Church''' to form '''Grace Church Federated''' in 1949.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The location of the original records are unknown, but likely to be with Grace Church Federated.<br>
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<br> 66. '''St. Mary's Free Church for Sailors''' or '''Free Church of St. Mary''' (for sailors), 1837-1878, 1891-bef. 1946.<br>
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::*On Cottage Street at the corner of Marginal Street in East Boston in 1895.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church was not listed in the city directories for the earlier period, nor mentioned in John Hayward's ''A Gazetteer of Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1847).<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*There is no explanation for the gap in the records below.<br>
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::*St. Mary's Free Church for Sailors records, 1837-1878, 1891-1903, held by the [http://www.diomass.org/content/archives Diocesan Archives, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston].<br>
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::**St. Mary's Free Church for Sailors records, 1837-1878, 1891-1903 (microfilm of the above records), {{FHL|262196|item|disp=FHL film 1289680 Items 5-7}}.<br>
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67. '''Suffolk Street Unitarian Chapel''', 1837-bef. 1865.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church was gone by 1865.<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
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68. '''Second African Methodist Episcopal Church''' or '''Zion Church''' and now '''Columbus Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church''', 1838-present.<br>
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::*The congregation worshipped in a house on West Centre Street [''now Anderson Street''] on back side of Beacon Hill in 1841.<br>
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::*The congregation moved to the nearby 28 North Russell Street in 1866.<br>
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::*The congregation moved to Columbus Avenue at the corner of Northampton Street in the South End in 1902.<br>
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::*This Methodist Episcopal church was a church of black congregants that left the '''Revere Street Methodist Church'''.<br>
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::*The name changed when the church moved to Columbus Avenue.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown, but likely to be with the church.<br>
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<br> 69. '''Fourth Methodist Episcopal Church''' or '''North Russell Street Methodist Episcopal Church''', 1839-1873.<br>
  
[http://www.masshist.org/ '''Massachusetts Historical Society''']<br>1154 Boylston Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02215<br>Telephone: 617-646-0532<br>Fax: 617-859-0074<br>Email: [mailto:library@masshist.org library@masshist.org]
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::*The congregation built a church on North Russell Street in the West End in 1839.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This congregation merged with the '''First Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1792) in 1873.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*Originals of the microfilmed records below are at the School of Theology Library, Boston University.<br>
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::*North Russell Street Methodist Episcopal Church, membership records, 1837-1864, {{FHL|500045|item|disp=FHL film 1508912 Item 10}}.<br>
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70. '''Harvard Street Church''' [''Baptist''], 1839.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>  
 +
::*The congregation first worshipped at Boylston Hall and then Meldeon Hall.<br>
 +
::*They built a church on Harvard Street at the corner of Harrison Avenue in present-day Chinatown in 1842 through 1905.<br>  
 +
:Notes:<br>  
 +
::*The church was not listed in the 1910 city directory.<br>  
 +
:Records:<br>  
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
 
 +
71. '''First Baptist Free Church''' or '''Tremont Street Baptist Church''', 1839-1863.<br>
  
== Websites  ==
+
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation first worshipped at a hall on Tremont Street at the corner of Bromfield Street.<br>
 +
::*They bought the Tremont Theater and converted it into '''Tremont Temple''' in 1843.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This church changed its name to the '''Tremont Street Baptist Church''' in 1844.<br>
 +
::*The building was completely destroyed by fire on 31 Mar. 1852.<br>
 +
::*The burden of rebuilding their church forced the society to deed the church to thirty-seven men in 1855 who formed the Evangelical Baptist Benevolent and Missionary Society to hold this asset.
 +
::*This church merged with the '''Union Baptist Church''' to form a new '''Union Temple Baptist Church''' on 5 Dec. 1863. This is today's [http://www.tremonttemple.org/ '''Tremont Temple Baptist Church'''] at 88 Tremont Street.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The records were held by the Baptist Missionary Union per the 1885 survey.<br>
 +
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<br> 72. '''Chardon Street Chapel''' [''Christian''], 1839.<br>
  
*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Suffolk%2C+Boston|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for the City of Boston
+
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They worshipped at the Chardon Street Chapel by the present-day courthouse.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*The church hosted the "Chardon Street Convention" in Nov. 1840, Mar. 1841, and Nov. 1841.<br>
 +
::*It was described in 1847 as being "blended with Millerites, who worship in a hall on Milk Street, and the chapel belongs to the West Society of Universalists."<br>
 +
::*This church was not listed in the city directory for 1840 or 1845.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
 
 +
73. '''German Lutheran Church''' or '''German Evangelical Lutheran Church''', then '''Zion's Church''', '''Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church''', '''Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church''', 1839-aft. 1946.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped at a building on Suffolk Street [''now Shawmut Avenue''] near Dover Street [''now East Berkeley Street''] in 1839.<br>
 +
::*The congregation had a church on Shawmut Avenue at the corner of Waltham Street by 1855.<br>
 +
::*The congregation moved to 87 West Newton Street in the South End by 1900.<br>
 +
::*By 1905, the church was listed at 91 West Newton Street.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*Called Evangelical by 1850.<br>
 +
::*Called Zion's Church by 1875.<br>
 +
::*Called Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church by 1880.<br>
 +
::*Called Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1900.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
 
 +
74. '''Bowdoin Square Baptist Church''', 1840-1876.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The church was built in Bowdoin Square at the corner on Chardon Street.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Bowdoin Square Baptist Church records, 1840-1876, held by the [http://abhsarchives.org/docs/Colgate_Original.pdf American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library], Atlanta, Ga.<br>
 +
::*Bowdoin Square Baptist Church of Christ, minutes, 1840-1876, {{FHL|247960|item|disp=FHL film 14733}}.<br>
 +
 
 +
75. '''Sixth Universalist Church''' or '''East Boston Universalist Church''', then '''Central Square Universalist Church''', 1840-1948.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They built their church on Webster Street at the corner of Orleans Street in East Boston in 1842.<br>
 +
::*The congregation was renting Sumner Hall in 1865.<br>
 +
::*They had moved to Central Square by 1870.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*The church changed its name to '''Central Square Universalist Church''' by 1875.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*East Boston Universalist Parish records, 1842-1948, held by the [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00259.html Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 259], Harvard Divinity School. These records include those for '''All Souls Universalist Church''', 1897-1948.<br>
 +
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 +
76. '''German Evangelical Church''' or '''German Reformed Church''', 1840-bef. 1880.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in a building at 8 Shawmut Street near Pleasant Street in Bay Village in 1840.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*Did this church merge with the '''Zion's Church''' (a Lutheran church at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Waltham Street in the South End) to form the '''Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church''' at the same location by 1880?<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
 
 +
77. '''Church of the Disciples''' [''Unitarian''], 1841-1942.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped at the Masonic Temple in 1841.<br>
 +
::*Their chapel at Freeman Place was dedicated in 1848.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*The '''Indiana Street Church''' (1841) merged into this church in 1855.<br>
 +
::*This church merged with the '''Arlington Street Church''' in 1942.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Church of the Disciples records, 1855-1884, held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00003 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 3], Harvard Divinity School.<br>
 +
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 +
 
 +
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| James Freeman Clarke (1841-1888)
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| Charles Gordon Ames (1889-1912)
 +
| Abraham Mitre Rihbany (1911-1938)
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
78. '''Garden Street Chapel''' and later '''Garden Street Church''', 1841.
 +
 
 +
::Locations:<br>
 +
::*On Garden Street on Beacon Hill.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*The church was created from part of the congregation from the '''First Free Church''' split off with their minister William R. Chapman because of their Orthodox views on perfection in 1841.<br>
 +
::*The '''Green Street Church''' (1823) congregation merged with this church in 1844.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
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 +
 
 +
79. '''Mount Vernon Church''' [''Trinitarian''], 1842-1970.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped at the Masonic Temple from 1842 to 1843.<br>
 +
::*They built their church on Somerset Place [''later Allston Street, but since the 1960s is a government building''] on Beacon Hill in 1844.<br>
 +
::*At some later point, they built a church on the corner of Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Back Bay.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This church was formed by a group interested in "fighting the indifference and Unitarianism."<br>
 +
::*The church merged with the '''Old South Church''' or '''Third Congregational Church''' in 1970.<br>
 +
::*Their old building was burned in the summer of 1977.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Mount Vernon Congregational Church records, 1842-1970, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bmvcc Congregational Library, RG 0026], Boston.<br>
 +
 
 +
80. '''Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1842-1880) and later '''Meridian Bethel Mission''' (1880-1917), 1842-1917.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped at the corner of Meridian and Paris Streets in East Boston.<br>
 +
::*They soon moved to Meridian and Decatur Streets in East Boston.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This congregation merged with the '''Saratoga Street Methodist Church''' to form the '''Union Methodist Church''' in 1917.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1844-1909, 9 vols. (includes baptisms, 1856-1857, 1861-1909, and marriages 1859-1908), held by the [http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/archives/collections/neccah/records-files-state/ma-records/#e-boston-meridian School of Techology Library, CAH-CH-MA E3 M4], Boston University.<br>
 +
::*Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1844-1909 (microfilm of the above), {{FHL|505125|item|disp=FHL film 1508945 Items 14-17}}.<br>
 +
 
 +
81. '''Richmond Street Methodist Episcopal Church''', 1842-1849.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*On Richmond Street in the North End.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This congregation merged with the '''First Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1792) [''then called the '''North Bennett Street Methodist Episcopal Church'''''] in 1849.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown, but likely part of the '''First Methodist Episcopal Church''' (1792) descendancy.<br>
 +
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 +
<br> 82. '''West Universalist Society''', 1843-1847?.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation purchased the '''Chardon Street Chapel''' as their church at Chardon Street.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*Listed in the 1845 through 1847 city directories, but not after that.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 +
 
 +
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 +
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 +
| Thomas C. Adam (1845-1846)
 +
| D. H. Plumb (1847)
 +
|
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
83. '''Church of the Messiah''' [''Episcopal''], 1843-1923.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in a building at the corner of Washington and Common Streets in the present-day Theater District.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Church of the Messiah records, 1843-1923, held by the [http://www.diomass.org/content/archives Diocesan Archives, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston].<br>
 +
::*Church of the Messiah records, 1843-1864 (includes communicants, confirmations, baptisms, burials, and marriages being microfilm of part of the above), {{FHL|261759|item|disp=FHL film 1289676 Item 5}}.<br>
 +
::*Church of the Messiah records, 1843-1923 (includes lists of families, officers, records of meetings, communicants, marriages, confirmations, baptisms, burials, offerings, historical notes, transferals being microfilm of part of the above), {{FHL|683130|item|disp=FHL film 1289677 Items 1-9}}.<br>
 +
 
 +
84. '''The Third Christian Church''', 1843-1843?.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in a chapel in the Coliseum on Tremont Street.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*Never listed in the city directories for 1843 through 1848.<br>
 +
::*Several members were received by the '''Maverick Church''' in East Boston in 1847 through 1849.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 +
 
 +
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|
 +
| R. P. Russell (1843)
 +
|
 +
|
 +
|}
 +
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 +
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 +
 
 +
85. '''East Boston Baptist Church''' or '''Central Square Baptist Church''', 1844-1916.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in a hall in East Boston.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Central Square Baptist Church records, 1843-1916, held by the [http://abhsarchives.org/docs/Colgate_Original.pdf American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library], Atlanta, Ga.<br>
 +
 
 +
86. '''Leyden Church''' [''Congregational''], 1844-1846.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The location of this church is unknown.<br>
 +
 
 +
87. '''Church of St. Peter and St. Paul''' [''Roman Catholic''], 1844-1995.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They built a church on Broadway in South Boston in 1847.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*The parish was suppressed on 1 Jan. 1996 and all current records sent to '''St. Vincent de Paul Parish''' in South Boston.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Baptisms (1847-1917), Marriages (1847-1910), and confirmations (1865-1905) held by the [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12304&pid=1484 Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston], Braintree, Mass.<br>
 +
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 +
88. '''Free Church''', '''St. John's Church''', and then '''St. Stephen's Church''' [''Roman Catholic''], 1844-1992.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They built a church on Moon Street in the North End in 1844.<br>
 +
::*They bought a church at 401 Hanover Street in the North End from the '''New North Church''' (1714) in 1862.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*Called '''St. John's Church''' by 1847.<br>
 +
::*The church changed from '''St. John the Baptist''' to '''St. Stephen's Church''' in 1862.<br>
 +
::*This parish was suppressed and current records sent to '''St. Leonard of Port Maurice''' parish in the North End.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Baptisms (1842-1947), marriages (1842-1928), first communions (1875-1930), and confirmations (1875-1930) held by the [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12304&pid=1484 Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston], Braintree, Mass. Records after 1930 are closed to the public.<br>
 +
 
 +
89. '''Church of the Advent''' [''Episcopal''], 1844.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in a hall on Merrimack Street near North Station.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown, but likely at the [http://www.diomass.org/content/archives Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts].<br>
 +
::*Church of the Advent, baptisms (1844-1923), marriages (1889-1904), and burials (1889-1919), {{FHL|15234|item|disp=FHL film 1306085 Items 1-3}}.<br>
 +
 
 +
90. '''Messiah Church''' [''Congregational''], 1844-1846.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The location of this church is unknown.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This church was formed from the merger of the '''Garden Street Church''' (1841) and the '''Green Street Church''' (1823) in 1844.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Likely part of the [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1082390~S0 Green Street Church (Boston, Mass.) records, Mss C 5645], R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.
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 +
91. '''Church of the Pilgrim''' or '''Pilgrim Congregational Society''' [''Trinitarian''], 1844-1852.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped at the '''Tremont Temple''' in downtown.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This congregation was associated with the '''Messiah Church''' (1844) listed above.<br>
 +
::*This congregation was dissolved in 1852.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
 
 +
92. '''Church of the Holy Trinity''' [''Roman Catholic''], 1844-2008.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They built a church on Suffolk Street [''now Shawmut Avenue''] in the South End in 1844.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This was a German congregation.<br>
 +
::*The church was suppressed on 30 June 2008.<br>
 +
::*The Archdiocese of Boston tried to sell the building in 2011, but after an uproar, it took the building off the market.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Baptisms (1836-1921), marriages (1836-1914), and deaths (1856-1877) held by the [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12304&pid=1484 Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston], Braintree, Mass.<br>
 +
::*The remainder of records are with the '''Cathedral of the Holy Cross'''.<br>
 +
 
 +
93. '''Church of St. Nicholas''' and later [http://www.parishesonline.com/scripts/HostedSites/Org.asp?ID=872 '''Catholic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer''']], 1844-present.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They bought the '''Maverick Congregational Church''' at 72 Maverick Street in East Boston in 1844.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*Irish immigrants established this church in 1844 as the first Catholic church in East Boston.<br>
 +
::*The name was changed to '''Catholic Church of the Most Holy Redeemer''' in 1856.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Baptisms (1844-1926), marriages (1844-1939), and confirmations (1851-1956) held by the [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12304&pid=1484 Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston], Braintree, Mass. All records after 1930 closed to the public.<br>
 +
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 +
94. '''Union Baptist Church''', 1845-1863.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*On Merrimack street near North Station.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This church merged with the '''Tremont Street Baptist Church''' (1839) to form the '''Union Temple Church''' in 1863 and now called [http://www.tremonttemple.org/ Tremont Temple Baptist Church] at 88 Tremont Street.<br>
 +
::*John Hayward, ''A Gazetteer of Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1847), called this '''Friend Street Baptist Church''' who worshipped at a building at the corner of Friend Street and Deacon Street [''now near New Sudbury Street''] in downtown. The minister, William Howe, matched this church in the city directories from 1846 through 1848.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The records were held by the Baptist Missionary Union per 1885 survey.<br>
 +
::*Perhaps the records still reside with the merged church.<br>
 +
:Publications:<br>
 +
::*''A history of the Union Baptist Church, Boston&nbsp;: the declaration of faith, the Church covenant, and list of members'' (Boston, 1857), 32 pp.<br>No digital copy available.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/35647700 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>
 +
 
 +
95. '''Church of the Saviour''' [''Unitarian''], 1845-1863.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They purchased the site of Judge Prescott's mansion and built their church on Bedford Street in downtown.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*The congregation merged into the '''Second Church''' (1650) in 1863.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown, but likely with the succession of merged churches.<br>
 +
 
 +
96. '''Broadway Church''' [''Unitarian''], 1845-bef.1870.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped on Broadway in South Boston.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
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 +
97. '''Payson Church''' [''Trinitarian''], 1845-1860.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They built a church on West Broadway at the corner of B Street in South Boston.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This congregation merged into the '''E Street Congregational Church''' in 1860.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The original records of the church have not been located, but like were given to the merged church.<br>
 +
 
 +
98. '''Boston Baptist Bethel''', 1845-1921.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*They built a church on Commercial Street at the corner of Lewis Street in the North End across from Lewis Wharf.<br>
 +
:Notes:<br>
 +
::*This church merged with the '''City Mission Society''' (1898) to form the '''Boston Baptist Bethel City Mission Society''' in 1921 (with later merged with the Massachusetts Baptist Convention to form The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts in 1969).<br>
 +
::*Another entity called Boston Baptist Bethel was founded in 1970.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*Boston Baptist Bethel City Mission Society records, 1846-1969, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/39253405 Andover-Newton Theological School], Newton, Mass.<br>
 +
 
 +
99. '''South Universalist Society''', 1845-ca. 1855.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in a hall on the corner of Canton and Suffolk [''now Shawmut Avenue''] Streets in the South End.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 +
 
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| E. W. Coffin (1845-1846)
 +
| J. T. Sargent (1850)
 +
| M. M. Preston (1852)
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|-
 +
|
 +
| D. Mott (1848)
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| D. D. Smith (1851)
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| Daniel F. Goddard (1854)
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100. '''Universalist Free Church''', 1845-ca. 1848.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped in the Samaritan Hall at the corner of Purchase and Pearl Streets just east of South Station.<br>
 +
:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
 +
:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
 +
 
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| A. P. Cleverly (1847)
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|
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101. '''Seamen's Chapel''' [''Episcopal''], 1845-bef. 1870.<br>
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:Locations:<br>
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::*The congregation worshipped at the corner of Ann Street [''now North Street''] and Ferry Street [''no longer extant - just southeast of the Sumner Tunnel entrance''].<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown, but perhaps with the [http://www.diomass.org/content/archives Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts].<br>
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 +
102. '''Suffolk Street Union Church''' and soon after the '''Shawmut Avenue Church''' [''Trinitarian''], 1845-1954.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
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::*Their chapel was on Suffolk Street [''now Shawmut Avenue''] in the South End.<br>
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::*By 1865, the congregation moved to Tremont Street at the corner of [now ''West''] Brookline Street in the South End.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church merged into the '''Park Street Church''' (1809) in 1954.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
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::*Park Street Church records, 1804-1976, held by the [http://www.congregationallibrary.org/resources/efg/efg-bpsc Congregational Library, RG 1284], Boston, include a few records from the Shawmut Avenue Church, 1876-1954.<br>
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103. '''Indiana Street Church''' [''Unitarian''], 1845-1856.<br>
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:Locations:<br>
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::*On Indiana Place at the corner with Calflen Place [''neither now extant''].<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This congregation merged into the '''Church of the Disciples''' (1841) in 1855.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
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104. '''Twenty-Eighth Congregational Church''', 1846-1888.<br>
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:Locations:<br>
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::*They worshipped at The Melodeon on Washington Street near Boylston Street [''where the Paramount Theater is today''].<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*The '''Theodore Parker Memorial Church''' (1873) was considered a continuation of this church.<br>
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::*This church was officially dissolved in 1888.<br>
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:Records:<br>
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::*Twenty-eighth Congregational Society records, 1845-1889, [''no vital records but has membership lists''] held by the [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00007 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, bMS 7], Harvard Divinity School.<br>
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::*Twenty-Eighth Congregational Society records, 1845-1888, held by the [http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/15910419 Massachusetts Historical Society, Ms. N-1871], Boston.<br>
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
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| Theodore Parker (1846-1860)
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| Samuel Robert Calthorp (1867-1868)
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| James Vila Balke (1868-1871)
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| David Atwood Wasson (1865-1867)
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|
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105. '''First Presbyterian Church''', 1846-1932.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
 +
::*The congregation worshipped on Phillips Place across from '''King's Chapel'''.<br>
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::*This church was known to have moved many times.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*This church merged into the '''Central Congregational Church''' (1835) [commonly called the ''Central Church''] and renamed the [http://www.cotcbos.org/ '''Church of the Covenant'''] in 1931 after a fire in the Presbyterian Church.<br>
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:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown, but likely with the merged church.<br>
 +
 
 +
106. '''First Independent Irish Protestant Church''', 1846-1848.<br>
 +
 
 +
:Locations:<br>
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::*The congregation rented a hall on Chapman Place off School Street in 1847.<br>
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::*The congregation moved to Cross Street in 1848.<br>
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:Notes:<br>
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::*''The Christian Examiner'' reported in January 1847 on page 151, "In our last number we spoke of an attempt which had been made to gather a congregation of Irish Protestants in this city, under the care of Rev. Mr. Fisher, formerly pastor of a congregation at Markethill, in the North of Ireland. Although commenced only a few weeks since, the undertaking has been successful, and a society has been organized under the name of "The First Independent Irish Protestant Church and Society." They have removed from their former place of worship to a much more commodious and central hall in Chapman Place, School Street. -- We find in the "Harbinger" of December 19th the following notice: -- "We learn that Rev. William H. Channing has accepted the invitation to hold religious services in Boston this winter, with a view to the establishment of a church on the broad, humanitary principles of the Gospel, irrespective of creeds or dogmas."
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:Records:<br>
 +
::*The location of the original records is unknown.<br>
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:Ministers: [''with years served'']<br>
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| J. Fisher (1847-1848)
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[NOTE: This section will be worked on at a later point to fill in the above and hopefully to add the churches after 1846.]
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=== Boston Massachusetts Town records  ===
 +
 
 +
The records for the town of Boston, '''1630 to 1822''', are mostly with the [http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/ Boston Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department] at the central library. Miscellaneous early records may be found in other local repositories as well. The call numbers are found within '''square brackets'''.
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<center>'''Boston Town Papers'''<br>[Ms.f.Bos.7]</center>
 +
<br> These records are in seven bound volumes. They are not in the catalog, but there is a finding aid in the department.<br>
 +
 
 +
:#1637-1712: Earliest town record, indentures, accounts, probate matters, taxes, notices, meeting minutes, petitions, bills, boundaries, land issues, etc.; over 350 individual documents.<br>
 +
:#1713-1733: Bills, selectmen actions, petitions, notices, accounts, meeting minutes, court documents, list of ship arrivals, warnings out, votes, indentures, receipts, land issues, etc.; over 350 individual documents.<br>
 +
:#1734-1740: Bills, petitions, votes, receipts, accounts, memorial, contracts for settlements for 1736 beyond the Connecticut River, meeting minutes, etc.; over 375 individual documents.<br>
 +
:#1741-1748: Accounts, bills, receipts, debts, petitions, reports, oaths, etc.; over 375 individual documents.<br>
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:#1749 [''i.e. 1720'']-1758: Bills, accounts, petitions, letters, votes, reports, receipts, leases, lists, court records, oaths, etc.; over 350 individual documents.<br>
 +
:#1759-1764: Petitions, accounts, leases, reports, bills, lists, accounts (esp. of 1760 fire damage), agreements, smallpox of 1764, etc.; about 350 individual documents.<br>
 +
:#1765-1776: Accounts, bills, petitions, reports, receipts, warnings out, lists, letters, etc.; over 375 individual documents.<br>
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<center>'''Boston Town Papers'''<br>[Ms.Bos.11]</center>
 +
<br> Loose papers, 1686, 1709/10-1767, 1 box, chronologically arranged, bulk after 1733, miscellaneous town records coming before the selectmen - calendar of contents in Department.<br><br>These papers, folded and tied or sealed and kept in several large boxes, were discovered at the Old City Hall around the time of the opening of the New City Hall, ca. 1970. They had been stored in the basement undisturbed since the 1830s. They were brought to the Boston Public Library but forgotten again until late 1983, when they attracted a research librarian's attention and were assigned to the Rare Book Department.<br>
 +
<center>'''Boston Town Records'''<br>[Ms.f.Bos.1]</center>
 +
<br> This collection has no finding aid. It was microfilmed in 1941 and previously published verbatim in the Boston Record Commissioners Series listed below. There are ten bound volumes:<br>
 +
 
 +
:#p. 58 [in pencil] This copy was made by Charles Shaw in 1814; p. 60-303 [noting original page numbers] Boston Town Records, 1634-1660, published as first part of BRC, 2: 1-159 [also 1855 copy on vellum with extensive index used for publication, Vol. 1B].<br>Original volume 1 at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
 +
:#1661-1728, 20 leaves in reverse direction, one undated 1600s, one 1652, rest 1717-1728 not in chronological order.<br>
 +
:#1728-1743.<br>
 +
:#1743-1767.<br>
 +
:#1767-1774.<br>
 +
:#1774-1781.<br>
 +
:#1781-1786.<br>
 +
:#1786-1796.<br>
 +
:#1796-1813.<br>
 +
:#1813-1822 [brief one-page notes of annual citizen's meetings from 1822-1847].<br>
 +
 
 +
Bylaws and town orders, 1786, 1801, and 1818, along with a cattle book (1693), immigrants book (1763-1769), and port receipts (1773-1775) held by the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
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<br>
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<center>'''Boston Selectmen's Minutes'''<br>[Ms.f.Bos.3]</center>
 +
<br> This collection is in 23 bound volumes covering 1701 to 1822. It was published verbatim in the Boston Record Commissioners Series listed below.<br>
 +
 
 +
Miscellaneous papers, 1634-1813, found at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
 +
<center>'''Boston Book of Possession'''<br>[Ms.f.Bos.2 and 2A]</center>
 +
<br> The first is the original disbound volume that was encapsulated in tissue paper and rebound. The second is a copy of the first on vellum pages. This record of land holdings of the residents of Boston was undated but very likely compiled in the summer of 1652. Though not the official record of deeds, it establishes the ownership of land at this time when the original deeds only reach back to 1640 with some gaps. It was published verbatim in the Boston Record Commissioners Series, v. 2, listed below.<br>
 +
<center>'''Boston Tax and Assessor's Records'''<br>[no call number]</center>
 +
<br> The tax records before 1782 were destroyed by fire except for 1673-1698 [original at BPL, Ms.Bos.5 and Ms.q.Bos.5; published in BRC, v. 1]. This collection was microfilmed by the library in 2002. As part of the collection, there are "Directions for Assessing Taxes" - 1860, etc., printed for every ten years (but from what source?).<br>
 +
 
 +
There are three books for each tax years:<br>
 +
 
 +
:#'''Taking books''' - arranged by ward, then entries by date of assessment containing the name of resident, street, occupation, real estate value, personal value, owner, to whom assessed.<br>
 +
:#'''Transfer books''' - arranged by ward, then entries alphabetically by name of resident with same information as above.<br>
 +
:#'''Tax books''' - arranged by ward, the entries alphabetically by resident recording assessed values and amount of state, poll, town, and county taxes paid.<br>
 +
 
 +
To find a person in these records, you must know the ward of the town they lived in. If you do not know this information, you can use city directories (after 1789), census (after 1790), or Suffolk County deeds to help you identify the street. From there, you can use the ward boundaries with maps or guides to streets. All this resources are mentioned in this guide above.<br>
 +
 
 +
The complete Taking books for 1780 were published in the ''Bostonian Society Publications'', 9: 9, 137. Notable but exclusively missing records are:<br>
 +
 
 +
:1782-1783 - Taking books complete (3 vols.), tax books (2 vols. - tax abatement book, 1782, Ms.B.10.2 (10)), also "Selectman" valuation book 10, 1783 [Ms.Qto.6014].<br>
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:1785 - Taking book Ward 12 at Massachusetts Historical Society.<br>Taking Book Ward 5 and 6 at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
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:1786 - Taking books Wards 6 and 11 only.<br>Taking Books Wards 2, 4, 5, and 9 at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
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:1795 - Taking books Wards 1-5 at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
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:1803 - Transfer books only.<br>
 +
:1809 - missing Taking books for Wards 5-8.<br>
 +
:1820 - Taking Book without the Neck at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
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<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br> <center>'''Overseers of the Poor'''</center><br>
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:*Overseers of the Poor, Indentures, 1734-1805, 6v. [Ms.Bos.W1(5)]<br>Together with photocopy of Lawrence W. Towner, "The Indentures of Boston's Poor Apprentices, 1734-1805" in the ''Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts'', v. 43, Transactions, 1956-1963, p. 417-468 (text part up to p. 434 is [http://www.primaryresearch.org/ootp_pdf/towner.pdf online]).<br>Microfilm of the original records at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
 +
:*Overseers of the Poor, records, 1792-1853. [Ms.qBos.W1(2)]<br>
 +
:*Overseers of the Poor, vote book, 1788-1809, actions taken. [Ms.qBos.W1(1)]<br>
 +
:*Overseers of the Poor, vote book, no. 2, 1809-1820. [Ms.qAm.2322(1)]<br>
 +
:*Overseers of the Poor, vote book, no. 4, 1827-1838. [Ms.qAm.2322(2)]<br>
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:*Overseers of the Poor, register of gaol paupers, 1806-1816. [Ms.fAm.2323]<br>
 +
:*Overseers of the Poor, loose papers, 171?-1874. [Ms.Bos.W2]<br>
 +
<center>'''Miscellaneous Boston town records at Boston Public Library'''</center><br>
 +
:*Bonds, 1679-1700, For security against strangers (1v., ca. 100p.), includes list of French people admitted to the colony. [Ms.qBos.679.1]<br>
 +
:*Bonds, 1749-1807, Collector's bonds from the treasurer or selectmen, no index. [Ms.Bos.749B folio]
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:*Boundaries, extract from the General Court relating to the boundary between Charlestown and Boston by Edward Rawson, 1635. [Ms.228]<br>
 +
:*Census for 1790, Inhabited islands in the harbor of Boston, Roxbury, Brookline, Dorchester, Milton, Hingham, Cohasset, Hull, and Chelsea (1v., 92p.), Boston section published in BRC, v. 22. [Ms.pfBos.4]<br>
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:*Census of 1810, includes wards 1-12, South Boston, Chelsea, and island within and without jurisdiction by Boston (1v., 131p.). [Ms.f.Bos.810.11.13]<br>
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:*Deeds, 1726-1748, Deeds to and from Selectmen and Town Treasurer at the end (noted an early Indian deed on folio 5), first few are late recording of earlier deeds, with index. [Ms.Bos.726D folio]<br>
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:*Distribution of the town of Boston into wards, 1713 and 1715; published in BRC, 1: 15-19. [Ms.Bos.6]<br>
 +
:*Fire Department - various listings for journals and log books of several Engine companies, but not the department records - see catalog.<br>
 +
:*Fire of 30 July 1794, Losses, moneys collected from churches and inhabitants, allowances, general account. [Ms.fBos.795.1]<br>
 +
:*Names of heads of families, n.d. [Ms.B.10.2(4)]<br>Being the number with small pox, number in the natural way, died, by inoculation, died, strangers, now sick, removed, and exposed - copy, not original, likely recording an event from the mid-1700s.<br>
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:*Original papers, 1634-1734, 2v., uncataloged. [Ms.f.Bos.9]<br>Contemporary copies of town records, county deeds, and county court records along with original deeds, petitions, requests, bills, reports, etc. brought before the town meeting or selectmen some with signatures and seals, and notes used for said meetings; v. 1 index in back and v. 2 index in front.<br>
 +
:*Treasurer's accounts, 1688-1691/2. [Ms.Bos.Tr.1.Folio]<br>Miscellaneous records, 1785-1821 at the [http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Boston%20records_tcm3-20743.pdf City Archives], Collection 1000.001.<br>
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<br>
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<center>'''Boston Record Commissioners Series (Vols. 1-39)'''</center>
 +
<br>[[Image:A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, vol. 7.jpg|thumb|right|280px]] In 1875 the City of Boston appointed Record Commissioners to “directly assist in perfecting the record of the vital statistics of Boston.” Their duty was “to complete, so far as practicable, the record of births, marriages and deaths, in the town and city of Boston, prior to A.D. 1849, and to receive and collect all documents obtainable therefor [''sic''].”<ref>''First Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston'' (Boston, 1876), 1.</ref> As a result of the hard work and dedication of the Record Commissioners, thirty-nine volumes of records relating to the town and city of Boston were published between 1876 and 1909. Six of the volumes (for Boston, v. 9, 24, 28, 30; for Dorchester, v. 21, 36) pertain to vital records. The remaining thirty-three volumes are comprised of an assortment of record which includes town records, selectmen’s records, tax lists, censuses, directories, notarial records, warnings out, and miscellaneous papers. Also included are town records for Charlestown, Dorchester, and Roxbury. They are all verbatim transcriptions.<br><br>
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 +
All thirty-nine volumes of the record commissioners’ series can be accessed for free online in various digital formats. They are available from [http://books.google.com Google Books], [http://www.heritagequestonline.com Heritage Quest Online] ($), and [http://www.archive.org Internet Archive]. The [http://www.bpl.org/online/govdocs/record_commissioners_reports.htm Boston Public Library] has an online list with note on content and a link to an online version. In the Family History Library, they are {{FHL|51395|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2b}} with digital links. There are separate catalog records for individual volumes that were microfilmed.<br>
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 +
Below is a description of each record volume, year published (with other editions), contents, and a link to a free digital version of the book. The title started out as [''report number''] ''Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston'' and by the sixth volume the title was simply ''A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston'' usually followed by the subject of that volume. '''This is the verbatim publication of the Boston town records to 1822'''.<br>
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|-
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| <center>1</center>
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| 1876, 1881
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| Statistics on churches and town records, tax list for 1674 (p. 21-59), 1676 (p. 60-67), 1681 [''imperfect''] (p. 68-77), 1685 (p. 78-82), 1686 (p. 82-84), 1687 (p. 84-134), 1688 (p. 134-145), 1689 (p. 146-147), 1691 (p. 147-157), and 1695 (p. 158-170).
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/firstreportofrec00bost Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>2</center>
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| 1877, 1881
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| Boston town records, 1634-1660 (p. 1-160), the "Book of Possessions" [''earliest records of land before 1652''], and created maps of Boston for 1630, 1635, 1640, and 1645 locating the residents [''they were fold out maps in the first edition and differently arranged in the second edition'']. There was a supplement to the second edition (1905) that had all the folded maps.
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/secondreportofre1881bost Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>3</center>
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| 1878
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| Charlestown "Book of Possessions" [''i.e. the earliest land records''] (bulk 1638-1649, but to 1717), Streets in 1670 (p. 186-188), proprietor's records (1681-1686, 1714-1715) (p. 189-219), survey of 1767 (p. 220-244), survey of 1771 (p. 245-247), survey of 1802 (p. 247-262).
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/charlestownlandr00charl Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>4</center>
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| 1880, 1883, 1896
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| Dorchester town records, 1632-ca. 1654.
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/dorchestertownre00dorch Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>5</center>
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| 1880, 1884
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| This is a reprint of the "Gleaner" articles that were published in the ''Boston Daily Transcript'' for the second half of the year 1855 on various historical topics covering different parcels of land or estates, some churches, streets, legal issues, houses, monuments, and several families all written by Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch (1805-1861).
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/fifthreportofrec00bost Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>6</center>
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| 1880, 1884
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| Roxbury land records, 1639-1717 (p. 1-70) and the Roxbury church records (p. 73-212). The latter includes the Rev. John Eliot's Record of the Church Members [''it begins with how each of the earliest members arrived in Mass. Bay and continues with those admitted to 1775''], baptisms (1641-1775), deaths/burials (1641-1688), Rev. John Eliot's records (1642-1677), and Rev. Samuel Danforth's records (1649-1674).
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/reportofrecordco00bost Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>7</center>
 +
| 1881
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| Boston town records, 11 Mar. 1660/1 to 10 Mar. 1700/1.
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco1881bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>8</center>
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| 1883
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| Boston town records, 11 Mar. 1700/1 to 30 Sept. 1728.
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco08bost#page/n7/mode/2up Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>9</center>
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| 1882
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| Boston births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths, 1630-1699.
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| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco09bost#page/n7/mode/2up Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>10</center>
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| 1886
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| Miscellaneous papers: '''(1)''' will of Robert Keayne, 1653 (p. 1-54); '''(2)''' admissions to the town of Boston, 1670-1700 (p. 55-82); '''(3)''' town deeds and agreements (p. 83-87); '''(4)''' males in Maj. Townsend's Camp, 1698 (p. 88-89); '''(5)''' abatements of taxes, 1700 (p. 90-104); '''(6)''' abatements of taxes, 1702 (p. 105-110); '''(7)''' Muddy River petition, 1704 (p. 111); '''(8)''' Poor fund, 1704 (p. 112); '''(9)''' Warnings out of town, 1707 (p. 113); '''(10)''' census of 1707 (p. 114-126); '''(11)''' agreement for a drain, 1685 (p. 127-128); '''(12)''' tax list, 1691-1693 (p. 129-135); '''(13)''' shop under the Town House, 1696 (p. 136-137); '''(14)''' abatements, 1701-2 (p. 138-150); '''(15)''' apprentice's indenture, 1701 (p. 151-152); '''(16)''' out-wharves, 1708 (p. 153-156); '''(17)''' Wood Lane, 1709 (p. 157); '''(18)''' fortifications on the Neck, 1711 (p. 158); '''(19)''' vessels entered in 1714 (p. 159-161); '''(20)''' index to first part (p. 161a-k-162); '''(21)'''Boston Directory for 1789 with map (p. 163-212); '''(22)''' Boston Directory for 1796 with map (p. 213-302).
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/recordsrelatingt10bost Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>11</center>
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| 1884
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| Boston Selectmen's records, 29 Sept. 1701 to 17 Mar. 1715/6.
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| [http://www.archive.org/details/selectmensminute11bost Internet Archive]
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|-
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| <center>12</center>
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| 1885
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| Boston town records, 10 Mar. 1728/9 to 27 Dec. 1742.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco12bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>13</center>
 +
| 1885
 +
| Boston Selectmen's records, 20 Mar. 1715/6 to 8 Sept. 1736.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/selectmensminute13bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>14</center>
 +
| 1885
 +
| Boston town records, 14 Mar. 1742/3 to 1 Nov. 1757.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/reportofrecordco14bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>15</center>
 +
| 1886
 +
| Boston Selectmen's records, 15 Sept. 1736 to 29 Dec. 1742.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco14bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>16</center>
 +
| 1886
 +
| Boston town records, 13 Mar. 1758 to 13 Dec. 1769.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco15bost#page/n3/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>17</center>
 +
| 1887
 +
| Boston Selectmen's records, 1 Jan. 1742/3 to 31 Dec. 1753.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco16bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>18</center>
 +
| 1887
 +
| Boston town records, 6 Mar. 1770 to 23 Jan. 1778.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco18bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>19</center>
 +
| 1887
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 28 Jan. 1754 to 2 Jan. 1764.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco19bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>20</center>
 +
| 1889
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 2 Jan. 1764 to 28 Dec. 1768.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/recordsrelatingt20bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>21</center>
 +
| 1891
 +
| Dorchester births, marriages, and deaths to the end of 1825.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/dorchesterbirths21dorc Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>22</center>
 +
| 1890, 1910
 +
| Direct Tax of 1798 and U.S. Census for 1790 (with corrections fro the first town directory of 1789).
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco22bost#page/n3/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>23</center>
 +
| 1893
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 4 Jan. 1769 to 19 Apr. 1775 [''record is suspended due to the British occupation''].
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco23bost#page/n7/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>24</center>
 +
| 1894
 +
| Boston births, 1700-1817 [''Note: The record after 1745 is notably diminished''].
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/recordsrelatingt24bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>25</center>
 +
| 1894
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 20 May 1776 to 27 Dec. 1786.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco25bost#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>26</center>
 +
| 1895
 +
| Boston town records, 5 Mar. 1778 to 24 Dec. 1783.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofrecordco26bost#page/n1/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>27</center>
 +
| 1896
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 3 Jan. 1787 to 31 Dec. 1798.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/selectmensminute27bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>28</center>
 +
| 1898
 +
| Boston marriages, 1700 to 1751 [''Note: This volume includes church marriages in the city clerk's archives that are not part of the town records plus a similar list from 28 June 1695 to 4 Mar. 1696/7''].
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/volumeofrecordsr28bost#page/n3/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>29</center>
 +
| 1900
 +
| Miscellaneous papers: '''(1)''' Great Fire of 1760 (p. 1-132); '''(2)''' Lists of freemen, 1630-1691 [''includes other Suffolk County towns''] (p. 133-180); '''(3)''' Timber building book, 1707-1727 [''i.e. 1729''] (p. 181-225); '''(4)''' Inhabitants of Capt. Allen's Company, 1698 (p. 226-228); '''(5)''' Port arrivals, 1715-1716 (p. 229-242); '''(6)''' List of scholars, 1753 (p. 243); '''(7)''' Port arrivals, 1762-1775 (p. 243-332).
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/volumeofrecordsr29bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>30</center>
 +
| 1903
 +
| Boston marriages, 1752 to 1809 (includes intentions and church records) [''with addenda sheet''].
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/volumeofrecords30bost#page/n3/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>31</center>
 +
| 1903
 +
| Boston town records, 23 Feb. 1784 to 20 May 1796.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/volumeofrecords31bost#page/n1/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>32</center>
 +
| 1903
 +
| William Aspinwall notarial records, 1644 to 1651.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/volumerelatingto00aspi Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>33</center>
 +
| 1904
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 9 Jan. 1799 to 26 Dec. 1810.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/selectmensminute33bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>34</center>
 +
| 1905
 +
| Francis S. Drake, ''The Town of Roxbury its memorable persons and places its history and antiquities, with numerous illustrations of its old landmarks and notes personages'' (with map).
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/townofroxburyits00drake Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>35</center>
 +
| 1905
 +
| Boston town records, 4 July 1796 to 10 Nov. 1813.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/volumeofrecords35bost#page/n1/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>36</center>
 +
| 1905
 +
| Dorchester births, marriages, and deaths, 1826 to 1849 (including deaths from the First Burying Ground not in town records).
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/recordsrelating09unkngoog#page/n9/mode/1up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>37</center>
 +
| 1906
 +
| Boston town records, 14 Mar. 1814 to 1 Apr. 1822.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/stream/volumeofrecords35bost#page/n1/mode/2up Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>38</center>
 +
| 1908
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 2 Jan. 1811 to 25 Aug. 1818.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/selectmensminute38bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| <center>39</center>
 +
| 1909
 +
| Boston Selectmen's minutes, 1 Sept. 181 to 24 Apr. 1822.
 +
| [http://www.archive.org/details/selectmensminute39bost Internet Archive]
 +
|}
 +
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 +
<br>
 +
<center>'''Miscellaneous Published Boston town and other early records'''</center>
 +
<br>
 +
 
 +
:*Thomas Lechford, Edward Everett Hale, ed., ''Note-book kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, from June 27, 1638, to July 29, 1641'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1885; rep. Camden, Me., 1988), xxciii, 480 pp.<br>Note: Original manuscript at Yale Law School Library. Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/notebookkeptby07lechrich Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=_posAAAAIAAJ Google Books] being ''Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society'', Vol. 7.<br>First edition: [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/60731247 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|496213|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2L}}.<br>Reprint edition: [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18557994 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|439964|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 H2L 1988}}.<br>
 +
:*Brigitte Burkett, ''Genealogical Data Extracted from the Boston Selectmen's Minutes 1736-1775'' (Bowie, Md., 1993), ii, 486 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/30686153 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|664043|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 N2b}}.<br>
 +
:*Lewis Bunker Rohrbach, ''Boston Taxpayers in 1821'' (Camden, Me., 1988), 256 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/18281246 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|632825|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 R4b}} with digital link.<br>
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<br>
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 +
=== Boston Massachusetts City records  ===
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<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>
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<br>
 +
 
 +
== Boston Massachusetts Genealogy and History Resources  ==
 +
 
 +
==== Boston Massachusetts Newspapers  ====
 +
 
 +
This is a list derived from the microtext holdings of the [http://www.bpl.org/research/microtext/BostonNewspapers.pdf Boston Public Library] and augmented with other sources. For more detailed information on the earliest newspapers, see ''Check-List of Boston Newspapers 1704-1780 by Mary Farwell Ayer With Bibliographical Notes by Albert Matthews'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1907) digitally on [http://archive.org/stream/checklistboston01mattgoog#page/n9/mode/2up Internet Archive] or {{FHL|127097|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 B4cs v. 9 or film 844522 Item 1}} and the common offprint without the checklist Albert Matthews, ''Bibliographical Notes on Boston Newspapers 1704-1780'' (Cambridge, Mass., 1907) digitally on [http://books.google.com/books?id=XlavAAAAIAAJ Google Books]. The reprint book on [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49407591 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; not at FHL.<br>
 +
 
 +
It is common for a newspaper title to change over time and also to merge and separate from other newspapers. Be aware of that situation when using this chronological list. Every effort has been made to put obvious continued newspapers together. '''''Newspaper titles in bold italic''''' were published for over thirty (30) years. '''''NEWSPAPER TITLES IN BOLD ITALIC CAPS''''' were published for over seventy-five (75) years. If you want to find ANY title or foreign-language paper, use the search feature of our browser.<br>
 +
 
 +
Useful guide to early Boston newspapers:
 +
 
 +
:*Ogden Codman, ''Index of Obituaries in Boston Newspapers, 1704-1800'' (Boston, 1968), 3 vols.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/27021 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|230790|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 V4b or film 823596 Items 1-3}}.<br>
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{| width="50%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto"
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|+ <center>'''Key to Notes / Online Column''' </center>
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|-
 +
! scope="col" | '''Code'''
 +
! scope="col" | '''Source'''
 +
|-
 +
| ''Early Am. Ser. 1-9''
 +
| [http://www.newsbank.com/readex/index.cfm?content=362 Early American Newspapers], Series 1-9 (''number of issues'') available through many libraries around the country ($).
 +
|-
 +
| ''Gen. Bank''
 +
| [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ Genealogy Bank] available through many libraries around the country and personal subscriptions ($).
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|+ <center>'''1690 - 1800''' </center>
 +
|-
 +
! width="200" scope="col" | '''Dates'''
 +
! width="275" scope="col" | '''Newspaper Title'''
 +
! width="407" scope="col" | '''Notes / Online'''
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Sept. 1690
 +
| ''Public Occurrences''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (1); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 Apr. 1704 - 29 Feb. 1776
 +
| '''''Boston News Letter'''''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (3500); Gen. Bank<br>Andrew Pollock, ''Advertisement Index to the Boston Newsletter and Massachusetts Gazette'' (Duxbury, Mass., 1987), 674 pp. in 2 vols.; [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/254746617 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] or [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1027026~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston; not at FHL.
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 21 Dec. 1719 - 27 Feb. 1831
 +
| '''''BOSTON COMMERCIAL GAZETTE'''''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1, 1719-1798 (3717) and 1821-1826 (531); Gen. Bank, 1719-1798
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Aug. 1721 - 25 June 1726
 +
| ''New-England Courant''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (243); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Mar. 1727 - 13 Oct. 1741
 +
| ''New-England Weekly Journal''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (760); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 27 Sept. 1731 - 11 Aug. 1735
 +
| ''Weekly Rehearsal''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (199); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 18 Aug. 1735 - 24 Apr. 1775
 +
| '''''Boston Evening Post'''''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (2066); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 21 Apr. 1735 - 10 Apr. 1775
 +
| '''''Boston Post-Boy'''''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (1650); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Jan. 1748 - 5 Dec. 1749
 +
| ''Independent Advertiser''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 22 Oct. 1767 - 21 June 1770
 +
| ''Boston Chronicle''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (204); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 July 1770 - 6 Apr. 1775
 +
| ''Massachusetts Spy''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (283); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 23 Nov. 1771 - 21 May 1772
 +
| ''Censor and Evening Star''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (24); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Apr. 1776 - 12 Dec. 1782
 +
| ''New England Chronicle''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1, 1776 (21); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 30 May 1776 - 21 June 1787
 +
| ''Continental Journal''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (567); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 19 Sept. 1776 - 29 May 1817<br>4 June 1817 - 23 May 1840
 +
| '''''Independent Chronicle'''''<br>'''''Independent Chronicle &amp; Boston Patriot'''''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (2951); Gen. Bank<br>Early Am. Ser. 1, 1817-1823 (914); Gen. Bank, 1817-1820
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 15 June 1778 - 16 Oct. 1786
 +
| ''Independent Ledger''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (435); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 18 Oct. 1781 - 22 Nov. 1785
 +
| ''Salem Gazette''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Oct. 1781 - 10 Jan. 1784
 +
| ''Boston Evening Post''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (117); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 19 Jan. 1784 - 30 June 1788
 +
| ''American Herald''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (249); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 Mar. 1784 - 12 June 1790<br><br>16 June 1790 - 29 Apr. 1840
 +
| ''Massachusetts Centinel''<br><br>''Columbian Centinel''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1, 1784-1788 (410); Gen. Bank<br>Early Am. Ser. 2, 1788-1790 (244)<br>Early Am. Ser. 1, 1790-1823 (3411), Ser. 2, 1790-1825 (270); Gen. Bank, 1790-1825<br>''Index of Obituaries in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel, 1784-1840'' (Boston, 1961), 5 vols.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1830193 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|339308|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V42i or fiche 6051402-6051406}}.
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 30 Dec. 1784 - 4 Jan. 1787
 +
| ''Exchange Advertiser''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 28 Nov. 1785 - 11 Nov. 1788
 +
| ''Massachusetts Gazette''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (271); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 15 Sept. 1788 - 19 July 1791
 +
| ''Herald of Freedom''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (298); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 23 Apr. 1789 - 15 Oct. 1789
 +
| ''Courier de Boston''
 +
| French weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (26); Gen. Bank; [http://archive.org/details/courierdebostona1789116bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 July 1790<br>30 Aug. 1790 - 13 Dec. 1790
 +
| ''Saturday Evening Herald''<br>''American Herald and the Washington Gazette''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (10); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 22 July 1791 - 28 June 1793
 +
| ''Argus''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (160); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 6 Jan. 1792 - 25 Dec. 1794
 +
| ''American Apollo''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (119); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1793 - 8 Mar. 1803<br>1 Jan. 1801 - 8 Mar. 1803
 +
| ''Massachusetts Mercury''<br>''Mercury and New-England Palladium''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (1089); Gen. Bank<br>semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1; Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 28 July 1794 - 15 Oct. 1808
 +
| ''Times or the Evening Entertainer''
 +
| tri-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (62); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Oct. 1794 - 8 Dec. 1796
 +
| ''Federal Orrery''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (213)
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 July 1795 - 5 Mar. 1797
 +
| ''Courier''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (53); Gen. Bank, 1795
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Sept. 1795 - 4 June 1798
 +
| ''Boston Price Current''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (196); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 6 Oct. 1796 - 2 Feb. 1797
 +
| ''Polar Star''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (102); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1798 - 26 Mar. 1798
 +
| ''Federal Gazette''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (61); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 June 1798 - 6 Oct. 1800
 +
| ''Russell's Gazette''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (244); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 Oct. 1799 - 22 May 1802
 +
| ''Constitutional Telegraph''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (276); Gen. Bank
 +
|}
 +
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|+ <center>'''1801 - 1825''' </center>
 +
|-
 +
! width="200" scope="col" | '''Dates'''
 +
! width="275" scope="col" | '''Newspaper Title'''
 +
! width="407" scope="col" | '''Notes / Online'''
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 26 May 1802 - 30 Mar. 1803<br>2 Apr. 1803 - 31 Dec. 1803
 +
| ''Republican Gazetteer''<br>''Gazetteer''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (89); Gen. Bank<br>semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (79); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 11 Mar. 1803 - 16 May 1840
 +
| '''''New-England Palladium'''''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (1856), 1803-1820; Gen. Bank, 1803-1820; see Mercury (1793)
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Jan. 1804 - 2 June 1809
 +
| ''Democrat''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (563); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Jan. 1804 - 29 July 1826
 +
| ''Repertory''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (3096), 1804-1820; Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 13 June 1805 - 27 Oct. 1864<br>25 Mar. 1808 - 31 Dec. 1808
 +
| '''''Boston Courier'''''<br>''Boston Daily Courier''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (198), 1805-4 May 1809; Gen. Bank<br>daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 12 Dec. 1807 - 15 Oct. 1808
 +
| ''Times''
 +
| Saturday evening weekly; with ''Agricultural Intelligencer''; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 22 Oct. 1808 - 21 July 1810
 +
| ''Boston Mirror''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (92); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Nov. 1808 - 19 May 1809
 +
| ''Columbian Detector''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (44); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Mar. 1809 - 31 May 1817<br>2 June 1817 - 31 Dec. 1831<br>4 June 1817 - 31 Dec. 1825
 +
| ''Boston Patriot''<br>''Boston Patriot &amp; Daily Chronicle''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (860); Includes: ''Boston Patriot &amp; Daily Chronicle, Boston Patriot &amp; Daily Mercantile Advertiser, Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle, Boston Patriot and Morning Advertiser, Independent Chronicle &amp; Boston Patriot''<br>semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (1110)<br>Early Am. Ser. 1 (914); Gen. Bank, 1809-1817, 1817-1820<br>Gen. Bank, 1817-1825
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 June 1809 - 29 July 1809<br>3 Mar. 1813 - 14 Feb. 1929
 +
| ''Daily Advertiser''<br>'''''BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER'''''
 +
| daily; Early Am. Ser. 1 (48); Gen. Bank<br>morning daily; Early Am. Ser. 1 (2736), 1813-1821; Early Am. Ser. 2 (620), 1822-1823; Early Am. Ser. 4 (12781), 1860-1900; Gen. Bank, 1813-1900
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Feb. 1810 - 15 May 1810
 +
| ''Fredonian''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (13); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 10 Aug. 1811 - 28 Dec. 1811
 +
| ''Scourge''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (16); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Oct. 1811 - 26 Dec. 1867
 +
| '''''Boston Weekly Advertiser'''''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (484), 1811-1820;
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Oct. 1811 - 26 May 1831
 +
| ''Weekly Messenger''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 5 (578), 15 June 1820-1831; Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Jan. 1812 - 20 Jan. 1820
 +
| ''Yankee''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (422); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 16 Jan. 1812 - 9 May 1812
 +
| ''Satirist''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (13); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 23 Sept. 1812 - 16 Jan. 1813
 +
| ''Pilot''
 +
| semi-weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (33); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1814 - 25 Feb. 1815
 +
| ''Boston Spectator''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (61); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Aug. 1814 - 13 Oct. 1906
 +
| '''''SATURDAY EVENING GAZETTE'''''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Jan. 1816 - 23 Dec. 1820<br>1 Jan. 1821 - 3 May 1872
 +
| '''''Boston Recorder'''''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (261); Gen. Bank<br>Early Am. Ser. 6 (2296); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 Aug. 1816 - 30 Dec. 1820
 +
| ''Boston Intelligencer''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (334); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 10 Oct. 1817 - 29 Dec. 1820
 +
| ''New-England Galaxy''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (171); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Dec. 1817 - 2 Jan. 1819
 +
| ''Idiot''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (53); Gen. Bank
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|-
 +
| align="center" | 12 Dec. 1818 - 13 Nov. 1819
 +
| ''Kaleidoscope''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (43); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 May 1819 - 31 Dec. 1820<br>6 Jan. 1821 - 29 Dec. 1827
 +
| ''Boston Weekly Report''
 +
| public sales and ship arrivals; weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (89); Gen. Bank<br>with the ''Agricultural Intelligencer'' (1820); NO digital version
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|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 July 1819 - 12 Jan. 1828
 +
| ''Universalist Magazine''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 3 (112); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 29 May 1819 - 30 Dec. 1820
 +
| ''Christian Watchman''
 +
| weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (81); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1820 - 8 July 1820
 +
| ''Ladies' Port Folio''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (26); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1821 - 28 Dec. 1826
 +
| ''Boston Commerical Gazette''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 1 (531)
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 14 Jan. 1820 - 7 July 1820
 +
| ''Agricultural Intelligencer and Mechanic Register''
 +
| Friday weekly; Early Am. Ser. 1 (25); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 6 Feb. 1821 - 31 Jan. 1822
 +
| ''American Statesman''
 +
| semi-weekly
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 20 Apr. 1821 - -- Dec. 1942
 +
| '''''CHRISTIAN REGISTER'''''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Feb. 1822 - -- Sept. 1893<br>4 Dec. 1827 - 12 May 1829
 +
| '''''Boston Statesman''''' or '''''Weekly Post'''''<br>''Boston Statesman'' or ''Tri-Weekly Post''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version<br>tri-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 13 July 1822 - 5 July 1823
 +
| ''Bostonian &amp; Mechanics Journal'' aka ''Independent Bostonian''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Aug. 1822 - 25 Dec. 1886
 +
| '''''New England Farmer'''''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 Jan. 1823 - 23 Jan. 1840
 +
| ''Boston Commercial Gazette''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 6 (592)
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1824 - 28 Dec. 1827
 +
| ''Boston Recorder &amp; Telegraph''
 +
| weekly
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1824 - 23 Dec. 1824
 +
| ''Boston Telegraph''
 +
| Religious weekly, Hallock ed.; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | Mar. 1824 - Dec. 1914<br>Jan. 1915 - Jan. 1948
 +
| '''''BOSTON COURIER'''''<br>'''''Boston Courier and Hotel News'''''
 +
| daily to 1866, weekly after; gen. news to 1890, after hotel news; Early Am. Ser. 4 (513), 1844-1863
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1825 - 1 Dec. 1827
 +
| ''Boston Spectator''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 July 1825 - 8 July 1967
 +
| '''''American Traveller''''' or '''''BOSTON TRAVELLER'''''<br>'''''Boston Evening Traveller'''''
 +
| semi-weekly, then weekly; Early Am. Ser. 7 (1236), 1825-1837<br>Early Am. Ser. 9, 1837-1876<br>Early Am. Ser. 9, 1854-1876; Gen. Bank, 1825-1862, 1854-1967
 +
|}
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|+ <center>'''1826 - 1840''' </center>
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|-
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 +
! width="275" scope="col" | '''Newspaper Title'''
 +
! width="407" scope="col" | '''Notes / Online'''
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Jan. 1826 - 12 Nov. 1831<br>1 Jan. 1829 - 29 Sept. 1829<br>6 Feb. 1830 - 18 Feb. 1832
 +
| ''Massachusetts Journal''<br>''Massachusetts Daily Journal''<br>''Massachusetts Journal''
 +
| tri-weekly; NO digital version<br>daily; NO digital version<br>weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Mar. 1826 - 30 June 1830
 +
| ''National Philanthropist''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 19 June 1826 - 29 Dec. 1851<br>4 Jan. 1830 - 27 Oct. 1864
 +
| ''Boston Courier''<br>''Boston Daily Courier''
 +
| semi-weekly; NO digital version<br>Early Am. Ser. 4 (1428)
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 26 Nov. 1827 - 26 Aug. 1843<br>20 Dec. 1827 - 29 Apr. 1830
 +
| ''Boston Evening Bulletin and U.S. Republican''
 +
| daily; NO digital version<br>semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 15 Feb. 1828 - -- May 1830
 +
| ''L'Aurora''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 July 1828 - 28 June 1834
 +
| ''Trumpet and Universalist Magazine''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 6 (313); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Aug. 1828 - 26 Dec. 1828
 +
| ''Anti-Masonic Free Press''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 9 Aug. 1828 - 31 Dec. 1828
 +
| ''Jackson Republican''
 +
| semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Sept. 1828 - 23 Dec. 1886
 +
| ''Boston Weekly Journal''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Dec. 1828 - 17 Sept. 1830
 +
| ''American Manufacturer''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1829 - 13 Nov. 1835
 +
| ''Daily Commercial Gazette''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 Jan. 1829 - 5 May 1830
 +
| ''Anti-Masonic Christian Herald''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 Sept. 1829 - 27 Jan. 1838
 +
| ''Pilot'' or ''Catholic Sentinel'' or ''U.S. Catholic Intelligencer''
 +
| Catholic weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 Oct. 1829 - 19 Dec. 1838
 +
| ''Free Press and Advocate''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 12 Dec. 1829 - 27 Feb. 1831
 +
| ''Commentator and Sunday Times''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 12 May 1830 - 10 Apr. 1833
 +
| ''Boston Christian Herald''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 July 1830 - 30 Apr. 1941<br>19 Nov. 1831 - 28 Dec. 1839
 +
| '''''BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT'''''<br>''Saturday Morning Transcript''
 +
| daily; Early Am. Ser. 4 (4470), 1842-1856; Early Am. Ser. 8, 1857-1866<br>Early Am. Ser. 6 (184); Gen. Bank, 1842-1866; Gen. Bank, 1831-1839
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 13 Sept. 1830 - 1 May 1840
 +
| ''Daily Centinel &amp; Gazette'' aka ''Daily Columbian Centinel''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 23 Nov. 1830 - 18 Jan. 1886
 +
| '''''Boston Press &amp; Post''''' or '''''Semi-Weekly Advocate'''''
 +
| semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Jan. 1831 - 15 Apr. 1906
 +
| '''''LIBERATOR'''''
 +
| Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 23 Apr 1831 - -- July 1904
 +
| '''''Boston Investigator'''''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Sept. 1831 - 24 Nov. 1832
 +
| ''Banner of the Church''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 9 Nov. 1831 - -- Oct. 1956
 +
| '''''BOSTON POST'''''
 +
| daily; Early Am. Ser. 4 (134), incomp. 1840-June 1857; Early Am. Ser. 7 (729) July 1858-Oct. 1876
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 27 Dec. 1831 - 31 Dec. 1838
 +
| ''Boston Daily Advocate''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Jan. 1832 - 4 Feb. 1835
 +
| ''New England Telegraph'' or ''Boston Telegraph''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 July 1832 - 30 June 1857
 +
| ''Boston Daily Atlas''
 +
| daily; Early Am. Ser. 2 (4923); Gen. Bank, both 18 Dec. 1835-11 Apr. 1857
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 29 Aug. 1832 - 2 Jan. 1833
 +
| ''Christian Soldier''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 8 Feb. 1833 - 23 Dec. 1882<br>29 Sept. 1835 - -- Dec. 1842
 +
| '''''Boston Evening Journal'''''<br>''Boston Mercantile Journal''
 +
| daily<br>semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 Sept. 1834 - 24 Apr. 1835
 +
| ''Boston Daily Whig''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 Nov. 1834 - 21 Mar. 1838
 +
| ''New England Spectator''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 9 Jan. 1835 - 1 Feb. 1872
 +
| '''''Christian Witness'''''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 10 Mar. 1836 - 23 Apr. 1857
 +
| ''Boston Daily Times''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 10 Sept. 1836 - 30 Apr. 1837
 +
| ''Saturday Morning Transcript''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 Dec. 1836 - 7 July 1837
 +
| ''Boston Weekly Reformer''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 31 Dec. 1836 - 3 Nov. 1838
 +
| ''Boston Pearl &amp; Galaxy''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | -- Jan. 1837 - 8 Dec. 1860
 +
| ''Boston Olive Branch''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 28 Apr. 1837 - 26 Dec. 1839
 +
| ''Youth's Cabinet''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1838 - 1840
 +
| ''Yankee Farmer''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Feb. 1838
 +
| ''American''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 Oct. 1838 - 1 Jan. 1840<br>-- Jan. 1841 - 11 Apr. 1857
 +
| ''Atlas''<br>''Semi-Weekly Atlas''
 +
| semi-weekly; NO digital version<br>semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 Aug. 1838 - 9 May 1845<br>24 June 1840 - 28 Feb. 1844<br>1 Jan. 1840 - 16 Nov. 1844
 +
| ''Bay State Democrat''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version<br>semi-weekly; NO digital version<br>daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 Sept. 1838 - 6 Nov. 1844
 +
| ''Nettle''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 11 Sept. 1838 - 11 aug. 1840
 +
| ''Thorn''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1839 - 1840
 +
| ''Robert's World of Romance''
 +
| monthly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 11 Jan. 1839 - 27 Dec. 1839
 +
| ''Republic''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Feb. 1839 - 18 Feb. 1841
 +
| ''Massachusetts Abolitionist''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 Aug. 1839 - 6 Nov. 1839
 +
| ''Facts for the People''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 28 Sept. 1839 - 18 Spet. 1847
 +
| ''Boston Notion''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Apr. 1840 - 5 Nov. 1840
 +
| ''Harrison Democrat''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 8 Sept. 1840 - 15 Sept. 1840
 +
| ''Monument''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|}
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|+ <center>'''1841 - 1855''' </center><br>
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|-
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 +
! width="275" scope="col" | '''Newspaper Title'''
 +
! width="407" scope="col" | '''Notes / Online'''
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 Jan. 1841 - 21 Dec. 1853
 +
| ''Boston Daily Mail''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 8 Jan. 1841 - 15 July 1841
 +
| ''Puritan''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 8 Jan. 1841 - 1 Nov. 1872
 +
| ''''Puritan Recorder'''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 9 Jan. 1841 - 31 Dec. 1842
 +
| ''Trumpet and Universalist Magazine''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 9 Oct. 1841 - 15 Apr. 1843
 +
| ''Quarto Boston Notion''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 22 Oct. 1841 - 24 Nov. 1841
 +
| ''Boston Daily News''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 Feb. 1842 - 26 Dec. 1850
 +
| ''Emancipator and Republican''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 2 (459); Gen. Bank
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 26 Mar. 1842 - 21 Feb. 1852
 +
| ''Uncle Sam''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Apr. 1842 - 14 Nov. 1857
 +
| ''Boston Bee''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 30 July 1842 - 21 May 1853
 +
| ''Yankee Blade''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 7 Jan. 1843 - 20 Feb. 1847
 +
| ''Sheet Anchor''
 +
| maritime semi-monthly; [http://archive.org/details/sheetanchor00bost Internet Archive]
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 31 Aug. 1843 - 7 Nov. 1844
 +
| ''Massachusetts Whig''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 13 Sept. 1843 - 30 Dec. 1874
 +
| '''''Boston Shipping List'''''
 +
| semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Jan. 1844 - 7 Nov. 1844
 +
| ''New England Democrat''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 Feb. 1844 - 30 Mar. 1850
 +
| ''New England Washingtonian''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 22 Mar. 1844 - 19 Sept. 1845
 +
| ''Boston Morning Chronicle''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Sept. 1844 - 15 Jan. 1845
 +
| ''Social Reformer and Herald of the Universal Health''
 +
| semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 Oct. 1844 - 17 Nov. 1906
 +
| '''''Massachusetts Ploughman'''''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | Dec. 1844 - July 1855
 +
| ''Orphans Advocate''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 8 Aug. 1845 - 17 Dec. 1847
 +
| ''Massachusetts Temperance Standard''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 29 Oct. 1845 - 8 Apr. 1848
 +
| ''Boston Daily Star'' or ''National Whig and Star''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 3 Nov. 1845 - 8 Aug. 1848
 +
| ''Boston Daily Whig''
 +
| daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 27 Nov. 1845 - 6 Nov. 1856
 +
| ''Boston Weekly Atlas''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 Jan. 1846 - 17 Dec. 1847
 +
| ''Christian Alliance &amp; Family Visiter''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 16 Mar. 1846 - 1 Jan. 1851<br>28 May 1846 - 22 Sept. 1849
 +
| ''Boston Daily Chronotype''<br>''Weekly Chronotype''
 +
| daily; NO digital version<br>weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | May 1846 - Aug. 1846
 +
| ''City Crier &amp; Country Advertiser''
 +
| monthly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | -- May 1846 - 2 Dec. 1847
 +
| ''Rechabite and Family Instructor''
 +
| Temperance weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 2 May 1846 - 14 Dec. 1850
 +
| ''Saturday Rambler''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | -- Nov. 1846 - 1 Jan. 1848
 +
| ''Boston Merkur''
 +
| German weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 5 Dec. 1846 - 13 Apr. 1850
 +
| ''American Sentinel'' with ''Anglo Sacsun''
 +
| weekly with spelling section; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Feb. 1847 - 10 May 1849
 +
| ''Boston Reporter''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | May 1847 - July 1848
 +
| ''American Signal''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 May 1847 - 15 July 1858
 +
| ''Excelsior''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 15 Sept. 1847 - 2 Oct. 1847
 +
| ''Exhibition Intelligencer''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 25 Mar. 1848 - 23 Sept. 1848
 +
| ''Christian Rationalist''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 May 1848 - PRESENT
 +
| '''''BOSTON HERALD''''' or ''Boston Herald Traveller'' or ''Boston Herald American''
 +
| Early Am. Ser. 9, 1855-1922; Gen. Bank, 1848-28 Feb. 1990
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 July 1848 - 21 Oct. 1848
 +
| ''Young Guard''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 9 Aug. 1848 - 15 Nov. 1849<br>12 Aug. 1848 - 29 May 1850
 +
| ''Daily Republican''<br>''Boston Semi-Weekly Republican''
 +
| daily; NO digital version<br>semi-weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 17 May 1849 - 13 May 1849
 +
| ''Puritan Recorder''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 May 1849 - -- Mar. 1934
 +
| '''''CONGREGATIONALIST'''''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 6 Oct. 1849 - 4 Jan. 1868
 +
| ''Norfolk County Journal''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 1 Dec. 1849 - 9 Nov. 1850
 +
| ''Protective Union''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | Jan. 1850 - May 1850
 +
| ''Index for Boston and Vicinity, &amp; Country Advertiser''
 +
| business-oriented
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Jan. 1850 - 17 Oct. 1851
 +
| ''Christian Times''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 6 Apr. 1850 - 28 Dec. 1850
 +
| ''New Englander''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 26 July 1850 - 29 Apr. 1854<br>1 Jan. 1851 - 21 Sept. 1854
 +
| ''Weekly Commonwealth''<br>''Daily Commonwealth''
 +
| weekly; NO digital version<br>daily; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 21 Sept. 1850 - 19 July 1851
 +
| ''Gazette Francaise''
 +
| French weekly; NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 24 Sept. 1850 - 24 Dec. 1851
 +
| ''Index of the City of Boston''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
 +
| align="center" | 4 Oct. 1850 - 26 July 1851
 +
| ''Democrat Standard''
 +
| NO digital version
 +
|-
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| ''American Union''
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| align="center" | 28 Mar. 1851 - 23 July 1852
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| ''Boston Christian Observer''
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| weekly; NO digital version
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| align="center" | 29 Mar. 1851 - 26 Mar. 1853
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| ''Carpet Bag''
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| weekly; NO digital version
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| align="center" | 12 June 1851 - 6 Oct. 1917
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| '''''Boston Morning Journal'''''
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| align="center" | 18 Oct. 1851 - 13 Nov. 1852
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| ''Old Bay State''
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| align="center" | 8 Nov. 1851 - 22 Sept. 1877
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| ''True Flag''
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| ''Campaign Post''
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| align="center" | 28 July 1852 - 24 Dec. 1853
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| ''International Journal''
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| ''Massachusetts Life Boat''
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| align="center" | 18 Feb. 1853 - 11 Apr. 1857
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| ''Boston Daily Chronicle''
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| align="center" | 7 Jan. 1854 - 28 Dec. 1917
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| '''''Boston Weekly Transcript'''''
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| ''Boston Evening Telegraph''<br>''Boston Weekly Telegraph''
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| ''Ladies' Enterprise''
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| ''Anglo Saxon, European &amp; Colonial Gazette''
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==== Boston Massachusetts Orphans and orphanages  ====
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*Holloran, Peter C. ''Boston's Waywards Children: Social Services for Homeless Children, 1830-1930''. Boston: Northeastern University Press, c1989. {{FHL|569231|item|disp=FHL book 974.461 J3h}}.
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==== Boston Massachusetts Poorhouses  ====
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*Downer, Lawrence W. "The Indentures of Boston's Poor Apprentices: 1734-1805," ''The Colonial Society of Massachusetts'' (Mar. 1962):417-434. Digital version at [http://www.primaryresearch.org/pr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=378&catid=68&Itemid=106 Primary Research] - free.
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*Nellis, Eric and Anne Decker Cecere. ed. ''The Eighteenth-Century Records of the Boston Overseers of the Poor''. Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, c2007. {{FHL|1474297|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 B4cs v. 69}}.
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[http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords/default.asp '''City of Boston Archives''']<br>201 Rivermoor Street<br>West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132<br>Telephone: 617-635-1195<br>Fax: 617-635-1194<br>Email: [mailto:Archives@cityofboston.gov Archives@cityofboston.gov] <br>Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. by appointment only<br>[http://www.facebook.com/cityofbostonarchives Facebook]
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[http://www.bpl.org '''Boston Public Library''']<br>700 Boylston Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116<br>Telephone: 617-536-5400<br>Email: [mailto:ask@bpl.org ask@bpl.org] <br>[http://www.facebook.com/bostonpubliclibrary Facebook]
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[http://www.congregationallibrary.org/ '''Congregational Library''']<br>14 Beacon Street, 2nd Floor<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02108<br>Telephone: 617-523-0470<br>Fax: 617-523-0491<br>Email: [mailto:circ@14beacon.org circ@14beacon.org] &nbsp;
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The Congregational Library has an impressive collection of records documenting the history of American Congregationalism for the last 300 years. Equally impressive is their collection of New England local, town, and family histories. They also have a strong collection of published Massachusetts vital records. Congregational church records include membership lists, dismissals, baptisms, marriages, minutes of meetings, etc.
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[http://www.masshist.org/ '''Massachusetts Historical Society''']<br>1154 Boylston Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02215<br>Telephone: 617-646-0532<br>Fax: 617-859-0074<br>Email: [mailto:library@masshist.org library@masshist.org]
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[[New England Historic Genealogical Society|'''New England Historic Genealogical Society''']]<br>101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: 617-536-5740<br>Fax: 617-536-7307<br>Email: [mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org] <br>Website: [http://www.americanancestors.org www.americanancestors.org] <br>
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The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has a substantial collection of published New England genealogies and local histories. They also have a strong microform collection that contains copies of original town, probate, land, and vital records; censuses; city directories; and immigration records for most of the New England states and neighboring Canadian provinces. Their manuscript department, which is open only to members, houses over 2 million manuscript items. Some of the items date to the late fourteenth century. Much of the collection emphasizes the New England area. Included in the collection are thousands of unpublished family histories and genealogies, bibles and bible records, church, cemetery, town, and vital records, maps, photographs, etc.
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town and city of Boston. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, deeds (i.e. land records), town and city records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are general history and genealogy topics such as ward boundaries, census, street guides, and much more. There are detailed guides for the towns Boston annexed: Brighton (1807-1874); Charlestown (1630-1874); Dorchester (1630-1870); Hyde Park (1868-1912); Roxbury (1630-1868); and West Roxbury (1851-1874).

Boston Massachusetts History

Boston Massachusetts Brief History

Historical Boston, then only the land of a peninsula, was a faction of the land mass it is today after massive land-fill projects of the mid- to late-19th century (the rubble from the Great Boston Fire of 1872 help fill in the waterfront) and the annexing of six towns from two counties (as listed above). Boston was first settled by passengers of the Winthrop Fleet of 1630 who first lodged in Charlestown. These first settlers were Puritans, the religious group wanting to change the Church of England from working inside the church. Called the "City on the Hill" by Gov. John Winthrop, the "hub" as we now call it became the center of trade, education, government, wealth, and power. It was the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, then the Royal colony of Massachusetts, and finally the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Shortly after its settlement, Boston had become a major settlement. It was the largest town in British North America for the first hundred years. Because of that, the town and later city became a draw for immigrants from around the world. Though the first two hundred years saw mostly English arrivals, Scots, Irish, and French were found here, too. It was after 1820 that immigrants from other European countries started arriving in large numbers. The gate was opened by the Irish fleeing the potato famine in 1847. The next wave included more Irish (their dominance starting in the early 20th century is a testament to their number), but also Germans, Italians, and Syrians. The end of the century saw French Canadians, Russian and Polish Jews, and Swedes arriving. The 21st century brought African Americans from the South, Southeast Asian immigrants (especially Chinese and Vietnamese), Muslims, and Puerto Ricans. Many other ethnicities can be found in pockets all over Boston, and walking in downtown one will likely here many languages being spoken.

Boston Massachusetts Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Boston at times was called Shawmut, Tremont, and Trimountaine.

Sections (excluding most of the named squares) in downtown Boston [see annexed towns listed above for names in those areas] include Andrew Square, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Boston Harbor, Chinatown, City Point, Copley Square, East Boston (Eastie), Faneuil Hall, Fenway, Financial District, The Flat (i.e. of Beacon Hill), Fort Point, Government Center, Haymarket Square, Kenmore, Leather District, Logan Airport, Longwood, North End, Scollay Square, Seaport, South End, South Bay, South Boston (Southie), Washington Village, and West End.

Islands that are currently part of Boston are: Apple Island*, Belle Island (formerly Hog's Island)*, Bird Island*, Breed's Island*, Calf Island (formerly Apthrop Island), Castle Island*, Deer Island*, Gallop's Island, George's Island, Governor's Island, Great Brewster Island, Green Island (or North Brewster Island), Little Brewster Island, Little Calf Island, Long Island, Lovell's Island, Middle Brewster Island, Nixes mate, Noddle Island*, Outer Brewster Island, Rainsford Island, Shag Rocks, Spectacle Island, The Graves, Thompson's Island, and Wood Island*.

[* denotes land-fill has made it part of the mainland now and the others are part of the Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area]

Border changes
Dates Events
7 Sept. 1630 The first reference was "that Trimountaine shalbe called Boston ...." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 75]
7 Nov. 1632 It was "... ordered, that the necke of land betwixte Powder Horne Hill & Pullen Poynte (now Winthrop) shall belonge to Boston ...." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 101]
4 Mar. 1633 Border between Boston and Roxbury established.
14 May 1634 "... Boston shall haue convenient inlargemt att Mount Wooliston, ... & Prsent it to the nexte Genall court ...." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 125]
3 Sept. 1634 It was "... ordered, that Wunetsemt shall belonge to Boston, ... as pte of that towne." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 125]
25 Sept. 1634 It was "... ordered, that Boston shall haue inlargemt att Mount Wooliston (now Quincy and Braintree) & Rumney Marsh (now Revere)." [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 139]
4 Mar. 1635 Border between Boston and Dorchester, at Mount Wooliston and Wessaguscus (now Weymouth) to be determined.
Deer Island, Hog Island, Long Island, and Spectacle Island granted to Boston. [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 139]
8 July 1635 Border between Boston and Charlestown established.
Border to be established between Boston and Saugus about Rumney Marsh (now Revere).
28 Mar. 1636 Border between Boston and Charlestown, and Boston and Dorchester established.
9 Mar. 1637 Noddle Island (the largest of five islands that made up East Boston) annexed.
6 June 1639 Border between Boston, Charlestown, and Lynn to be settled.
13 May 1640 The part called Mount Wollaston set off as the new town of Braintree.
7 Oct. 1641 Border between Boston and Roxbury established at Muddy River (now Brookline).
Border between Boston and Cambridge established.
13 Nov. 1705 The part called Muddy River set off as the new town of Brookline.
10 Jan. 1739 The parts called Winnissimet, Rumney Marsh, and Pullen Point, except Noodle Island and Hog Island, set off as the new town of Chelsea.
6 Mar. 1804 The section of Dorchester called Dorchester Neck (and now called South Boston) annexed.
4 Mar. 1822 Boston was incorporated as a city per act of 23 Feb. 1822.
22 Feb. 1825 Border between Boston and Brookline established.
25 Mar. 1834 Thompson's Island was set off from Dorchester and annexed to Boston as long as it is used for charitable purposes.
16 Mar. 1836
19 Apr. 1837
Border between Boston and Roxbury established.
3 May 1850 Part of Roxbury annexed and border established.
21 May 1855 Part of Dorchester annexed called Washington Village.
8 May 1860 Part of Roxbury annexed and border established per act of 3 Apr. 1860.
5 Jan. 1868 City of Roxbury annexed by Boston per act of 1 June 1867.
3 Jan. 1870 Town of Dorchester annexed by Boston per act of 4 June 1869.
2 Apr. 1870 Border between Boston and West Roxbury established.
4 Nov. 1870 Part of Brookline annexed per act of 18 June 1870.
12 Apr. 1872 Mount Hope Cemetery in West Roxbury annexed to Boston.
27 May 1873 Border between Boston and Brookline established.
5 Jan. 1874 City of Charlestown annexed by Boston per act of 14 May 1873.
Town of Brighton annexed by Boston per act of 21 May 1873.
Town of West Roxbury annexed by Boston per act of 29 May 1873.
8 May 1874 Part of Brookline annexed.
29 May 1874 Border between Boston and Newton established.
1 July 1875 Part of Newton annexed by Boston per act of 5 May 1875.
27 May 1890 Border between Boston and Brookline established.
4 May 1891 Border between Boston and Somerville established.
13 Apr. 1894 Border between Boston and Brookline established.
29 Mar. 1898 Border between Boston and Newton established.
Border between Boston and Cambridge established.
1 Apr. 1898 Border between Boston and Hyde Park established.
13 May 1898 Border between Boston and Newton established.
29 Mar. 1910 Border between Boston and Cambridge established.
1 Jan. 1912 Town of Hyde Park annexed by Boston per act of 24 May 1911.
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Boston Massachusetts Historical Events

Date Event
in 1614 Capt. John Smith surveyed the coast of New England, created his famous map, and labelled the Boston peninsula Shawmut.
circa 1618 An epidemic likely of smallpox brought to New England by early European explorers decimated the local population by 75% leaving many villages uninhabited. The closest village to Boston was in present-day Jamaica Plain.
in 1625 Rev. William Blaxton moved up from the Weymouth area when his company returned to England and he settled on the western slope of what we call Beacon Hill.
in 1630 The John Winthrop fleet of almost 1000 English landed in Salem. Most that survived made their way to Trimountain, their name for Boston as it had three hills [see a map of the hills overlaid on a modern map showing the ridge and ridge of now Beacon Hill, Copp's Hill, and the southern Fort Hill that is no longer extant]. Many in the following year leave to establish other nearby towns.
in 1630 Winthrop established the cemetery now called King's Chapel Burying Ground.
in 1635 Boston Latin Grammar School established.
in 1640 First smallpox outbreak.
in 1653 First great fire in Boston.
in 1666 Second smallpox outbreak.
27 Nov. 1676 Second great fire destroyed 45 buildings in the North End including the North Meeting House.
1677-1678 Third smallpox outbreak.
29 Oct. 1679 Third great fire destroying 150 buildings.
in 1683 Fourth great fire.
1689-1690 Fourth smallpox outbreak.
in 1690 Fifth great fire on Hanover Street in the North End.
19 June 1691 Sixth great fire in North Square in the North End.
in 1702 Fifth smallpox outbreak left 313 persons dead.
11 Mar. 1702 Seventh great fire at Dock Square.
2 Oct. 1711 Eighth great fire destroyed the Town House, Meeting House, and many buildings leaving 110 families homeless.
May 1713 Bread riots involving more than 200 people protesting the high prices of bread. Similar smaller riots occurred in April 1710 and October 1711. These events led to laws against price-fixing, exporting grain during shortages, and a public granary.
in 1721 Sixth smallpox outbreak where 5759 persons caught the disease "in the natural way" and only 844 died from it. Inoculations were done and a list of families involved are listed in a copied manuscript at the Boston Public Library, Ms.B.10.2(4) enumerating the heads of families, number with smallpox, natural way, died, by inoculation, died, strangers, now sick, removed, and exposed. Learn more about inoculation in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.
in 1730 Seventh smallpox outbreak included about 4000 persons and nearly 500 died.
9 Dec. 1747 The courthouse and many buildings were destroyed by fire, though all the records were saved.
in 1752 A smallpox epidemic affected 7669 person (about half the population). Few of the inoculated persons died but this left 569 dead.
in 1754 Outbreak of smallpox.
18 Nov. 1755 Earthquake struck the region centered on Cape Ann.
20 Mar. 1760 Fire destroyed 349 buildings, several ships, and the Quaker Meeting House.
13 Jan. 1761 Faneuil Hall and several building burned.
5 Mar. 1770 Boston Massacre.
19 Apr. 1775 Siege of Boston by British troops began.
17 Mar. 1776 Evacuation of Boston by British troops.
in 1776 Outbreak of smallpox.
in 1778 Outbreak of smallpox.
20 Apr. 1787 A fire destroyed the Hollis Street Church and about 100 other buildings.
30 July 1794 Fire destroyed 90 buildings and 7 ropewalks.
21 Nov. 1832 Fire destroyed part of the State House on State Street.
in 1857 Filling in of Back Bay which was completed in 1882.
in 1872 Another smallpox epidemic in Boston.
9 Nov. 1872 The great fire burned 776 buildings covering 65 acres. Read a brief history of the Great Fire of 1872.
15 May 1894 Roxbury Conflagration destroyed or damaged 206 buildings.
1901-1903 Last smallpox outbreak. Read more about this in The New England Journal of Medicine.
24 Dec. 1911 Boston Molasses Company fire.
4 July 1913 Firecrackers started a fire destroying 31 building around Leroy Street in Dorchester.
28 Nov. 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire in nightclub killed 492 people and resulted in the change in fire codes for the city.
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Boston Massachusetts Town Histories

Works written on the town include:


Boston - General
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Back Bay
  • also see Beacon Hill
  • William A. Newman and Wilfred E. Holton, Boston's Back Bay: The Story of America's Greatest Nineteenth-Century Landfill Project (Boston, 2006), xiv, 228 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
Beacon Hill
East Boston
Harbor Island
North End
  • Alex R. Goldfled, The North End: A Brief History of Boston's Oldest Neighborhood (Charleston, S.C., 2009), 190 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Stephen Puleo, The Boston Italians (Boston, 2007), xv, 323 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Anthony V. Riccio, Boston's North End, Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood (Guilford, Conn., 2006), xii, 180 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Arnold A. Wieder, The Early Jewish Community of Boston's North End (Waltham, Mass., 1962), 100 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
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South Boston
South End

[No general history of this area of the city found.]

Clubs and Social Registers
  • Search online for the histories and directories of the many social clubs in Boston.
  • Social Register, Boston (New York, various years).
    Digital version at Internet Archive various editions and Google Books 1904, 1910
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • The Clubs of Boston containing a complete List of Members and Addresses of all Boston Clubs of Social and Business Prominence (Boston, 1891), 442 pp. with map.
    Digital version at Internet Archive (1888 ed.).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
Guidebooks
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Immigration - Ethnicity

[For Italian, also see the North End section]

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Topographical - Pictorial
  • Boston's Growth. A Bird's Eye View of Boston's Increase in Territory and Population From It's Beginning to the Present (Boston, 1910), 45 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive and Hathi Trust.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL.
  • Boston - One Hundred Years a City. A Collection of Views Made from Rare Prints and Old Photographs Showing the Changes Which Have Occurred in Boston During One Hundred Years of its Existence as a City, 1822-1922 (Boston, 1922), xii, 49 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Thomas Pemberton, "A Topographical and Historical Description of Boston, 1794" in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, for the year 1794, 3: 241-[304].
    Digital version at Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Nancy S. Seasholes, Gaining Ground A History of Landmaking in Boston (Cambridge, Mass., 2003), xiv, 533 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Charles Shaw, A Topographical and Historical Description of Boston, from the first settlement of the town to the present period : with some account of its environs (Boston, 1817), 311 pp.
    Digital version at Ancestry ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, A Topographical and Historical Description of Boston (Boston, 1871; 3rd ed., 1890), lvi, 720 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive (1871 ed.) and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) (1871 ed.); Not at FHL.
  • Annie Haven Thwing, The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston (Boston, 1920; 2nd ed., 1925; Tercentenary ed., 1930), xi, 282 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive, Google Books, and on Ancestry ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL CD no. 1693 with in-library link.
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Boston Massachusetts Town and City Records

Boston Massachusetts Vital Records

To understand the issues with the vital records for Boston, we need to understand its history. Massachusetts Bay enacted laws early on for the recording of vital events. The town of Boston dutifully recorded these events. From a study by Lemuel Shattuck using the baptismal records, he determined that the practice of civil recording of births saw a slow and steady decline since 1725 when the reported rate of was 3.3% (religious baptisms were near 5%) and down to 2.0% by 1845 (i.e. less than half of what should be expected). Turning to marriages, Shattuck found that the rate of marriages was relatively unchanged all the way up to 1845. He observed two gaps that should be noted. From 1663 to 1689, not one marriage was recorded in the civil records, and from 1751 to 1761 only a few marriages were found. Deaths were well recorded in the early years, but like the marriages, none appear from 1663 to 1689. A separate volume was used after this period and seem to be representative until 1719. But, from 1719 to 1810, few deaths were recorded. In 1810, recording was done by the Superintendent of Burials so then appear complete from then forward. Shattuck found that from 1704 to 1774, sextons made weekly returns to the newspapers for the number who died each week. In this period as the town grew, the annual average death toll rose from 334 to 521, so many thousands of deaths were not recorded. These gaps and issues should be kept in mind when using Boston vital records. [See Lemuel Shattuck, Report to the Committee of the City Council Appointed to Obtain the Census of Boston for the Year 1845 (Boston, 1846), 126-133, Ap. 71-73.]

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Online records

There are two collections of original records online. Further details can be found below under Original records below.

FamilySearch [browsable but not yet indexed as of Nov. 2012]:
  • Births, 1630-1920.
  • Marriages, 1646-1910.
  • Deaths, 1849-1910.
Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988 at Ancestry ($) [Indexed]:
  • Births, 1630-1895.
  • Marriages, 1630-1890.
  • Deaths, 1630-1890.
Original records

Boston City's Registry Division
1 City Hall Square - Rm. 213
Boston MA 02201-2006
Phone 617-635-4175

Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library:
Note: These records below (except for births after 1920) are browsable (i.e. not yet indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.

Birth records
Marriage records
Birth and Marriage certificates
Out-of-town marriages
Marriage indexes
Death records
  • No death records filmed before 1849.
  • 1849-1895 records and certificates, out-of-town, 1889-1895 (except 1892), stillborn, 1889-1895, index (several), 1630-1891, FHL films 593709 (first of 112.
  • 1896-1905 certificates, index, 1892-1955, Death index of annexed towns, 1629-1912, FHL films 830627.
  • 1905-1910 certificates, out-of-town, 1905-1909, stillborn, 1906-1910, "burials and deaths," 1905-1910, FHL films 804551 (first of 64).
Out-of-town deaths
Death indexes
Boston Female Asylum, records (inc. names, finance, minutes, some baptisms, deaths, and subscribers), 1800-1866, FHL films 954449-954451.
Note: The "Register of Births, British Consulate at Boston, United States" on FHL film 1494362 are births, 1871-1902, in Mass. (mostly Boston); births, 1903-1932, mostly in Mass.; and deaths, 1902-1929, most all at sea.

Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records:
Note: All are part of Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988 at Ancestry ($); Index.

Boston Vital Records, 1630-1849 (inc. all Suffolk Co., 1643-1660, county marriages, 1716-1731, church marriages, 1751-1761), marriage intentions, 1707-1849, including early deaths, 1630-1848 (not found in above originals), and many indexes, on 540 fiche.
Boston Births and indexes, 1849-1881, on 234 fiche.
Boston Births and indexes, 1882-1895, on 325 fiche.
Boston Marriages and indexes, 1849-1890, on 310 fiche.
Boston Out-of-town marriages and indexes, 1858-1895, on 41 fiche.
Boston Deaths and indexes, 1849-1890, on 369 fiche.

Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:
[Caveat: Boston did not start submitting records to the state until 1850.]
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston MA 02125
Phone 617-727-2816
Email archives@sec.state.ma.us
Hours and Directions
See the online guide for more information.

Published records - Original
Published records - Derivative
  • Robert J. Dunkle and Ann Smith Lainhart, comp., John Haven Dexter's Memoranda of the Town of Boston in the 18th & 19th Centuries (Boston, 1997), iv, 713 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V2d.
  • Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, Deaths in Boston 1700 to 1799 (Boston, 1999), in 2 vols., xxviii, 1136 pp.
    This voume draws on the town records, coroner's records, church records, contemporary accounts, bible records, histories and genealogies, newspapers, articles in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and other town vital records.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V2dr v. #.
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Boston Massachusetts City Directories and Almanacs

Boston city directories are one of the most complete record of the city's adult male population, business women, and later the widows of the men previously listed. Boston was the third place to start publishing directories (after New York and Philadelphia) in 1789. They were published annually (for the most part) after 1825. The directory evolved from a simple entry (ex. Herring Ebenezer, mason and sexton, Lynde-street) to one of name, occupation and location, residence (boarding or house), and would list you if you worked in the city but lived elsewhere (then it would name the town of residence). Added features were usually a map (often not digitized and missing), lists of a few trades (such as lawyer, physician, etc.), a few civic items (fire companies, justices, etc.), and business advertisements. More categories appeared over time. By the later 1800s, when someone was being dropped because they died, their death date would be given, or moved, their new town of residence was given. By 1930, there was a very helpful reverse directory added (arranged by street). This resource ceased publication in 1981. The years published are:

1789 1796 1798 1800 1803 1805-1810
1813 1816 1818 1820-1823 1825-1975 1981

To see the publishers, page counts, and number of names indexed to 1886, refer to the Boston Record Commissioners' Report, 10: 164-165.

The entire run of directories was microfiched at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1992 and made available through many great libraries including the Boston Public Library, Family History Library, Library of Congress, Massachusetts State Library, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library in Boston. Online copies of these Boston directories can be found on Internet Archive and Google Books. There are two paid sites. Ancestry ($) is the first one everyone turns to as they created a large library of U.S. city directories from 1821 to 1989. The first caveat is that they do not have the earliest years and some of the "directories" are actually "almanacs." The best website for Boston directories is fold3 that has all the directories from 1789 through 1926.

The Boston Almanac started publication in 1836 as a simple almanac of climate, astrological, farm, and other tables along with a calendar. Soon, city and state officials were added along with history sections for the previous year and listings of all the streets, wharves, ward boundaries, public buildings, stage coach tables, societies and institutions, newspapers, and other handy information. The contents can change annually. The title changed over time:

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Boston Massachusetts Maps, Wards, and City Streets

Maps

This is a list of map resource sites of particular interest to genealogists, and is not an effort to trace the vast cartographic history of Boston in full. There will be many maps of Boston in every major library including the Family History Library. Consult the catalog for the particular holdings of a library. The earliest map specifically of Boston is by Capt. John Bonner in 1722. There are many versions available on the internet, one is at Boston Public Library. Since Boston covers a majority of Suffolk County, look for Suffolk County Atlases.

Reference Books
  • "List of Maps of Boston, Published Between 1614 and 1822" printed as Appendix J of the Thirty-fifth Annual Report of the City Engineer Boston for the year 1901 (Boston, 1902), pp. 129-161.
    Digital version at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) [rep.]; Not at FHL.
  • List of maps of Boston published subsequent to 1600, copies of which are to be found in the possession of the city of Boston or other collectors of the same ... February 1, 1904 (Boston, 1904), 95 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    This is another reprint of the 1902 list with supplementary list.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Alex Krieger and David Cobb, Mapping Boston (Cambridge, Mass., 1999), xiv, 278 pp.
    A series of historical and current maps with essays by Anne Mackin discussing the important events and landmarks of the day.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
Maps Online
  • Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library.
    This is the largest single collection of Boston maps with a listing of 584.
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Atlas.
    This can be a complicated site for the first time user. Click on one of the three viewer choices and wait for the new window to open and fill in with a map. Any of the three will allow a search of a specific address. Here, we are concerned about the historical overlays only. The user can select (or unselect) any overlay desired. For the Flash viewer, unselect all except the historic map (choice of 1775, 1814, 1826, or 1881). The two Java viewers are similar. Unselect all items in the menu except the last. Click on the named box and an extensive menu with sub-menus will appear. The largest collection of historical maps is under "Future Boston Map Collection". Play around until you find what you need.
  • Library of Congress, American Memory project, Boston maps.
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.
    Scroll part way down to the Boston section and then click on "Launch GIS Professional Browser" to view historical maps.
  • Sanborn maps, Boston, 1885.
  • Tufts Digital Collections and Archives, Boston Streets: Mapping Directory Data
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Wards of Boston

Introduction

The town of Boston was divided into companies, or districts, to help keep the order, fighting fires, etc. The concept of the Ward was first codified in 1735. The Overseers of the Poor were having difficulty covering the whole town and proposed to divide the town into twelve wards. The freemen agreed and added that these wards would be the districts for "military considerations," too. The division was given to the Overseers to create and the resulting report for such divisions was accepted by the freeman with the caveat that these boundaries would stay in force until the town decided to change them.[See A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing the Boston Records from 1729 to 1742 (Boston, 1885) [i.e. v. 12], 127, 131-133.] The next change in the ward boundaries came in 1805. [See Lemuel Shattuck, Report to the Committee of the City Council Appointed to Obtain the Census of Boston for the Year 1845 (Boston, 1846), Ap. 4-10, wrongly dating the first division as 1746.]

When Boston incorporated as a city in 1822. Wards were drawn and redefined in 1822, 1838, 1850, 1865, 1875, 1895, 1914, and 1924. The 1875 was set aside by the court and never officially used. These ward boundaries were defined in A Catalogue of the City Councils of Boston, 1822-1890, Roxbury, 1846-1867, Charlestown, 1847-1873 and of the selectmen of Boston, 1634-1822, also of various other town and municipal officers (Boston, 1891), xxxix, 270 pp. (Boston, 2nd ed., 1909), 402 pp., at pages 7 through 40 [see WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL; online at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Hathi Trust (1909 ed.); and in the Municipal Register for 1912, 1924, and 1927 [WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL; online links for all years, see the Boston Public Library].

It is important to understand these changes ward boundaries as they are referenced in city directories, census, tax records, and other documents. Voter lists and governmental representation was established by wards. The following is a description and associated map to help learn where these boundaries were. Note that the descriptions are the official boundary and the maps sometimes vary from the descriptions (Note: boundaries and colored areas may differ).

1735

Boston Wards in 1735
A New Plan of ye Great Town of Boston (1743) with ward boundaries
Note: 15 churches in the city
Ward Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 Copps Hill area Starting at the Charlestown Ferry and going up Prince Street (including both sides) to Gee's Corner, left on Salem Street, right on Charter Street, left on Henchman's Lane across Lyn Street to the harbor.
Ward No. 2 Union Wharf area Starting at the harbor (at the end of No. 1 above) up Henchman's Lane, right diagonally across Charter Street [description called this Elder Barker's Corner], along Salem Street [as far as the Rev. Dr. Cutler's], left on Love Street, left on North Street, right on Foster's Lane, across Ship Street to the harbor and to which is added Rumney Marsh [now Chelsea].
Ward No. 3 Fleet Street area Starting at the harbor (at the end of No. 2 above) up Foster's Lane, left on North Street, right on Love Lane, left on Salem Street [to Peirce's Corner though called Gee's Corner for No. 1], left on Prince Street through Bell Alley, right at Clark's Square [Mr. Mountfort's Corner and so the Dolphin Tavern] to Fish Street, and at that point, out to the harbor.
Ward No. 4 Center of North End [Since the description does not match the map, we give the map description first] Starting at Fish Street up Clark's Square, left on Bell Alley through Prince Street, left on Back Street (both sides) to the Mill Creek Bridge, sharp left out Middle Street, right on Wood Lane to Fish Street and the beginning. [From the northeast corner of Prince Street, running down the south side as far as Boucher's Corner, and then on both sides of the way to the Mill Bridge, and from thence on the west side of Middle Street to Prince Street, taking in the Square from Cox's Corner, down the north side of Wood Lane, through Bell Alley, to Capt. Wadsworth's.]
Ward No. 5 Christopher Columbus Park north Starting at Wood Lane, left on Middle Street across the Mill Bridge, left on Union Street to the town dock and out to the harbor, including all of Ann Street and Fish Street to Wood Lane and to include the Red Lion Wharf on Fish Street at the corner of Clark's Square.
Ward No. 6 Lower Hanover Street toward City Hall Starting at the Mill Pond and up the Mill Creek to the Mill Bridge, right on Hanover Street, left on Union Street, right on Wing's Lane [to Bradford's Corner], left on Hanover Street to the "Orange Tree", right on Sudbury Street, left on Hawkins Street [description called it Kneeland's Lane] to the corner of it, then right out the Mill Pond to include Jackson's Still House.
Ward No. 7 Beacon Hill and its back Starting just west of the Jackson's Still House (above) on the Mill Pond and back to the same corner on Hawkins Street, and down it, right on Sudbury Street, right on Southack's Court to its end, then drawn a line southwest over the hill [Beacon Hill] to a point where Southack Street and Beacon Street meet -- all land west of this line including Barton's Point.
Ward No. 8 Faneuil Hall to Long Wharf Starting at the town dock near the intersection of Union and Ann Streets, up Wing's Lane, left on Hanover Street, left on Queen Street around the corner through King Street and out Long Wharf.
Ward No. 9 Old South Meeting House north [From the description not found on the map] Starting at Mr. Bowdoin's Corner on Tremont Street taking in the western side of Beacon Street, down to the bottom of the Common, down School Street, right on Marlborough Street, left on Milk Street, left on Horn Street [Taunan Lane on map], right on Water Street to Oliver's Dock, left on Mackerel Lane, left on King Street through Queen Street to the beginning.
Ward No. 10 Franklin Street area Starting at Mr. Secretary Willard's [on Common Street?], down Rawson's Lane, crossing over Penniman's Corner [i.e. right on Marlborough Street], left on Summer Street, left on Cow Lane, over the Hill [i.e. Fort Hill, so right on Gibbs's Lane, left on Battery March] to Halloway's Shipyard, [assumed up Water Street, left on Taunan Lane, and right] to Milk Street, across South Meeting House Square [i.e. right on Marlborough Street], left on School Street to the beginning [the corner of Tremont and Common Streets].
Ward No. 11 South of Summer Street Starting at the Rawson's Lane and going down Common Street, left on West Street, diagonally across Newbury Street and down Pond Street, left on Blind Street onto Summer Street to Barton's Rope Walk [not on map], along the harbor [not stated so] to Mr. Hubbard's [wharf], up the hill [i.e. Gibbs's Lane], left on Cow Lane, up Summer Street, right on Marlborough Street, left on Rawson's Lane to the beginning.
Ward No. 12 West Street south Starting at the School House on the Common, down West Street, diagonally across Newbury Street and down Pond Street, left on Blind Lane onto Summer Street to Bull's Wharf -- all land south of this line.
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1805

Boston Wards in 1805
A New Plan of Boston (1806)
Note: 19 churches in the city
Ward Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 Copps Hill area Starting at the Charles River Bridge onto Prince Street, left on North Street to the Winnisimit Ferry.
Ward No. 2 Christopher Columbus Park and north Starting at the Winnisimit Ferry up North Street through Middle Street, left on Proctor's Lane to the Town Slip.
Ward No. 3 Central North End Starting at the Charles River Bridge onto Prince Street, right on Middle Street, left on Proctor's Lane to the Town Slip (as the northern border) and Mill Creek and causeway (as the southern border) -- all land in between.
Ward No. 4 Quincy Market area Starting at the Mill Creek and onto Hanover Street, left on Court Street passed Pemberton Hill and around through State Street and out Long Wharf.
Ward No. 5 North Station area Starting at the Mill Creek and onto Hanover Street, right to Southack's Court, right on Bulfinch Street to Bowdoin Square, left up Cambridge Street, right on Lynde Street and Leverett Street, right on the causeway to the extension of Mill Creek.
Ward No. 6 Mass. General Hospital area Starting from the causeway down Leverett Street through Lynde Street and through Hancock Street, right on Myrtle Street, right on South Russell Street, left on May Street to the water.
Ward No. 7 State House and the flat of Beacon Hill Starting at the Charles River and up May Street, right on South Russell, left on Myrtle Street, left on Hancock Street, right on Cambridge Street through Bowdoin Square, right on Bulfinch Street, left on Southack's Court, right on Tremont Street, right on Park Street, left on Beacon Street to the Charles River.
Ward No. 8 School Street to Post Office Square area Starting at the Long Wharf and up State Street through Court Street, left on Tremont Street, left on Bromfield Lane, right on Marlborough Street, left on Milk Street to the harbor.
Ward No. 9 Rowe's Wharf area Starting at the harbor and up Milk Street, left on Federal Street, right on High Street, left on Summer Street to the harbor.
Ward No. 10 Downtown Crossing area Starting at Common Street down Bromfield Lane, left on Marlborough Street, right on Milk Street, right on Federal Street, right on High Street, diagonally across and up Pond Street through West Street, right on Common Street to the beginning.
Ward No. 11 Leather District - Chinatown to the Common Starting at the harbor and up Summer Street, veer left onto Pond Street through West Street, left on Common Street onto Pleasant Street [??], left on Elliot Street, left on Orange Street, right on Beach Street and across Front Street to the harbor.
Ward No. 12 South of the Common along Washington Street and South Boston Starting at the Charles River Basin across Elliot Street, left on Orange Street, right on Beach Street and across Front Street to the harbor -- all land south of this line and South Boston included.
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1822

Boston Wards in 1822
Plan of Boston (1826) with ward boundaries - colored section were proposed new wards for 1832
Note: 35 churches in the city
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 Copp's Hill area From Winnesimett Ferry (at the northeast point), then westerly along North and Middle to Prince Street, northerly side of Prince to Thacher Street to easterly side of Medford Street to the river. [Note: Four churches]
Ward No. 2 Lewis's Wharf area From Winnesimett Ferry (at the north point), then southwesterly along North and Middle on the easterly side to Cross Street, then along the north side of Cross Street to the harbor. [Note: Three churches]
Ward No. 3 North Station / Mill Pond area From Medford Street at the river along the southerly side of Medford, Thacher, and Prince Streets, then the western side of Middle to Cross Street; From the town dock through Market Square to Union Street on the northeasterly side to Hanover Street, along the west side of Hanover to Friend Street, then northeasterly side of Friend to the river. [Note: Two churches]
Ward No. 4 Strip from Charles River Dam to Long Wharf plus the islands From the river on the southwesterly side of Friend to Hanover Streets, east on Hanover Street on the southerly side to through Market Square and to the Town Dock, and out to the end of Long Wharf; including all the islands (670 inhabitants); at the head of Long Wharf west on the northerly side of State Street, through Court Street, Bowdoin Square, and Cambridge Street, north of Staniford Street on the easterly side through Leverett Place along Prospect Street to where it meets Causeway Street on the river. [Note: Three churches]
Ward No. 5 West End / Mass. Gen. Hospital Starting at the last point in Ward 4 tracing back to Cambridge Street, then west on the northerly side of Cambridge to the West Boston Bridge [now Longfellow Bridge]. [Note: Two churches, the hospital, and the city court house with two gaols]
Ward No. 6 West side of Beacon Hill Starting at the West Boston Bridge (above) at the river along the south side of Cambridge Street, along the westerly side of South Russell Street to Myrtle east on the southerly side of Myrtle Street to Belknap Street, along Belknap south on the westerly side to Beacon Street, west on Beacon along the northerly side to Charles Street (at the meeting of the Charles River and the Receiving Basin that was divided by the mill dam at the Boston / Roxbury line. [Note: One church]
Ward No. 7 State House / King's Chapel area Starting on Beacon Street at the Common, north on Belknap Street on the easterly side to Myrtle Street, the west to South Russell Street, then north along that to Cambridge Street, east on Cambridge along the southerly side along Court Street to Cornhill, then west on Cornhill along the northerly side through Marlborough and Newbury Streets to West Street, northwest on West to the Common, follow the Common to the beginning along Common, Park, and Beacon Streets back to Belknap. [Note: Seven churches]
Ward No. 8 Downtown Crossing area Starting at the corner of Court Street and Cornhill (above), southwest as above to Bedford Street, southeast on Bedford to the harbor; then from Russian Wharf onto Atkinson Street north to Milk Street, then east to Adams Street, north on Adams through Kilby to State Street, then west on State to Cornhill. [Note: Seven churches]
Ward No. 9 Financial District / Fort Hill - Washington Place Starting at the northerly end of India Street on the harbor west along State Street, then south on Kilby Street through Adams Street to Milk Street, then west on Milk to Atkinson Street, then south on Atkinson to the harbor. [Note: Two churches]
Ward No. 10 North side of Chinatown Starting on the south side of Bull's Wharf on the harbor out westward along Bedford and West Streets to the Common, south and west along the Common on Common Street to Boylston Street, east along Boylston through Essex Street to Rainsford Lane, south on the lane to the harbor. [Note: Two churches]
Ward No. 11 South side of Chinatown / Tufts Medical Center Starting at Ward 10 on west side of Rainsford Lane on the harbor north to Essex Street, then west on Essex through Boylston Street, then north along Charles Street to the Mill Dam [actually, to the Roxbury line in the Receiving Basin], along the Charles to Pleasant Street a short distance then east along Elliot Street to Warren Street, then south on Warren to Orange Street, diagonally across to continue on Pine Street to the harbor. [Note: Two churches]
Ward No. 12 Boston Neck along present Washington Street and South Boston Starting at Ward 11's southern border of Pleasant to Elliot to Warren and the Pine Streets as the northern border of Ward 12, all land south of this along the Boston Neck and also South Boston. [Note: Full ward not shown on map and no churches visible]
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1838

Boston Wards in 1838
A New & Complete Map of the City of Boston (1839) [colorized by wards]
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 Copp's Hill area Starting at the Winnisimet (now Chelsea) Ferry along Hanover Street, right on Richmond Street through Cooper Street, across Charlestown Street and right along Beverly Street to the river.
Ward No. 2 Lewis's Wharf area Starting at the Ferry (above) along Hanover Street, left at Union Street [different on map] to Dock Square, then left on North Market Street to the City Wharf.
Ward No. 3 North Station / Mill Pond area Starting at the river [at Trull's Wharf] along Beverly Street, across Charlestown Street left along Cooper Street through Richmond Street to Hanover Street, right along Hanover Street, left onto Union Street, right onto Elm Street [different on map] to Hanover Street, diagonally across along Portland Street, left on Sudbury Street, right onto Hawkins Street, left on Chardon Street to Bowdoin Square, right on Green Street [different on map], right at Lyman Place, right on Prospect Street [not named on map] to the intersection with Causeway Street through to Lowell Street to the river.
Ward No. 4 Strip from Beacon Hill (behind State House) to Long Wharf plus East Boston and the islands Starting at the end of City Wharf going along North Market Street, through Dock Square, along Elm Street to Hanover Street, diagonally across that street to the right up Portland Street, left on Sudbury Street, right on Hawkins Street, left on Chardon Street to Bowdoin Square, right on Green Street [different on map], left on Staniford Street, right on Cambridge Street, left on Belknap Street [now Joy Street], left on Mt. Vernon Street, [missing - right on Temple Street], left on Beacon Street, left on Tremont Street, right on Court Street through State Street out Long Wharf, then including all of East Boston and all the islands in the harbor.
Ward No. 5 West End / Mass. Gen. Hospital Starting at the Cambridge Bridge on the river (now Longfellow Bridge) along Cambridge Street, left on Staniford Street across Green Street through Lyman Place, right onto Prospect Street [not named on map], across Causeway Street, and along Lowell Street to the river.
Ward No. 6 West side of Beacon Hill Starting at the Cambridge Bridge on the river (now Longfellow Bridge) along Cambridge Street, right on Belknap Street [now Joy Street], right on Beacon Street to the receiving basin.
Ward No. 7 State House / Downtown Crossing / King's Chapel area Starting at the corner of Belknap Street [now Joy Street] and Beacon Street on the Common, up Belknap Street, right on Mt. Vernon Street, [missing - right on Temple Street], left on Beacon Street, left on Tremont Street, right on Court Street through State Street, right on Congress Street, right on Milk Street, left on Federal Street, right on Franklin Street, left on Hawley Street, left on Summer Street, across Chauncey Place and Bedford Place [not labeled on map] through Rowe Street, right on Essex Street, across Washington Street along Boylston Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Park Street, left on Beacon Street to the first point.
Ward No. 8 Financial District / Fort Hill - Washington Place On the harbor at Long Wharf out along State Street, left on Congress Street, right on Milk Street, left on Federal Street, left on Berry Street, right on Atkinson Street to the harbor west of the Russia Wharf.
Ward No. 9 Chinatown North area Starting at and including Hobb's Wharf [Lloyd's Wharf on map], up Beach Street, right on Washington Street, right on Essex Street, left on Rowe through Bedford and Chauncey Place [neither named on map], left on Summer Street, right on Hawley Street, right on Franklin Street, right on Federal Street, left on Berry Street, right on Atkinson Street to the harbor west on the Russia Wharf.
Ward No. 10 South Station - Chinatown area Starting at Hobb's Wharf above [Lloyd's Wharf on map], up Beach Street, right on Washington Street, left on Boylston Street along the Common, left on Pleasant Street and left again on Eliot Street [slightly different on map], right onto Carver Street, left on Pleasant Street, right onto Washington Street, left on Indiana Street [Distilhouse on map], right across the railroad tracks on Harrison Avenue [Front Street on map], and left on the new road to the Cove [Orange Street on the map] to the south side of Guild and Cowdin's Wharf.
Ward No. 11 The Neck - Central South End area Starting at the corner of Boylston and Pleasant streets, down Pleasant Street and left again on Eliot Street [slightly different on map], right onto Carver Street, left on Pleasant Street, right onto Washington Street, left on Indiana Street [Distilhouse on map], right across the railroad tracks on Harrison Avenue [Front Street on map], and left on the new road to the Cove [Orange Street on the map] to the south side of Guild and Cowdin's Wharf. The ward being all land south and west of this line to the Roxbury town border.
Ward No. 12 South Boston All of South Boston.
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1850

Boston Wards in 1850
Plan of Boston Comprising a Part of Charlestown and Cambridge (1851) [colorized wards]
New Map of Boston ... with the new boundaries of the wards (1851)
Note: 83 churches in the city
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 The North End Starting at the end and including all of the Eastern Packet Pier on the harbor and running across and up Richmond Street, right on Salem Street, left on Cooper Street, crossing Charlestown Street diagonally right onto Beverly Street out to the river along and including Trull's Wharf. [Note: Eleven churches]
Ward No. 2 East Boston and the harbor islands Including all that part of the city called East Boston and all the islands in the harbor. [Note: Five churches]
Ward No. 3 North Station area Starting between the Fitchburg Railroad depot and Trull's Wharf on the river and out along Beverly Street across Charlestown Street and left onto Cooper Street, right on Salem Street, left on Richmond Street, right on Hanover Street, right on Court Street through Bowdoin Square and onto Green Street, right on Leverett Street, verse right onto Causeway Street, and left on Lowell Street in a line passed the Boston & Lowell Railroad depot to the river. [Note: Six churches]
Ward No. 4 Government Center to Long Wharf Starting at the harbor next to, but not including, the Eastern Packet Pier and up Richmond Street, left on Hanover Street, right on Court Street through Bowdoin Square and onto Green Street, left on Staniford Street, diagonally across Cambridge Street onto Temple Street through Mount Vernon Street through Park Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Winter Street, left on Washington Street, right on Milk Street across India Street, and out and including Central Wharf. [Note: Thirteen churches and the largest part of the business district]
Ward No. 5 West End / Mass. Gen. Hospital Starting at the Cambridge Bridge and out along Cambridge Street, left on Staniford Street, left on Green Street, right on Leverett Street, and left on Lowell Street to the Boston & Lowell Railroad bridge. [Note: Three churches, Mass. Gen. Hospital, and the new county jail]
Ward No. 6 West side of Beacon Hill including State House Starting at the Cambridge Bridge and out along Cambridge Street, right on Temple Street through Mount Vernon Street, right on Beacon Street and onto Western Avenue to the river. [Note: Five churches, reservoir, State House, and the Eye and Ear Infirmary]
Ward No. 7 Financial District to Rowe's Wharf including Fort Hill Starting where the Central Wharf meets India Street and up Milk Street, left on Washington Street, right on Winter Street, left on Tremont Street, left on West Street through Bedford Street, right on Kingston Street, left on Essex Street, left on South Street, right on Summer Street and straight out to the harbor between Summer Street Wharf (not included) and Bull Wharf (included). [Note: Eleven churches]
Ward No. 8 South Station west to the Common Starting at a point between Bull and Summer Street wharfs on the harbor and up Summer Street, left on South Street, right on Essex Street, right on Kingston Street, left on Bedford Street though West Street to the Common, turn left on Tremont Street, left on Elliot Street through Kneeland Street crossing Sea Street to a point between Howe's and Emery's wharfs. [Note: Four churches]
Ward No. 9 Bay Village north to the Common - Public Garden Starting at the boundary between Roxbury and Boston on Western Avenue at the northwest corner of the planned public garden on Western Avenue through Beacon Street, right on Park Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Warren Street, right on Washington Street, right on West Castle Street and crossing Tremont Street to the Worcester Railroad bridge, then up the receiving basin to the beginning. [Note: Four churches]
Ward No. 10 Tufts Medical Center area south to the Traveler's / Herald building Starting at a point on the harbor between and including Emery's Wharf and not including Howe's Wharf across Sea Street and up Kneeland Street continuing on Elliot Street, left on Tremont Street, left on Warren Street, right on Washington Street, left on Dover Street [now East Berkeley Street] to the South Boston Bridge. [Note: Six churches]
Ward No. 11 The Neck - Central South End area Starting at the boundary between Roxbury and Boston at the Worcester Railroad bridge out across Tremont Street and down West Castle Street, right on Washington Street, and left on Dover Street [now East Berkeley Street] to the South Boston Bridge -- south and west of this line to the Roxbury border down the Neck is included in this ward. [Note: Five churches]
Ward No. 12 South Boston All that part of the city called South Boston on the Dorchester Neck including the South Boston and Free bridges. [Note: Ten churches]
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1865

Boston Wards in 1865
Plan of Boston (1867)
Note: 114 churches in the city in 1867
Note: 127 churches in the city in 1869 (with addition of Roxbury)
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 East Boston and the harbor islands All that part of the city called East Boston and all the islands in the harbor. [Note: Twelve churches]
Ward No. 2 The North End Starting at but not including Warren Bridge at the river along Lovejoy's Wharf, right on Causeway Street, left on Haverhill Street across Haymarket Square through Blackstone Street, left on Clinton Street to the harbor. [Note: Thirteen churches]
Ward No. 3 North Station - Mass. Gen. Hospital area Start at the Cambridge [West Boston on map] Bridge at the river and out along Cambridge Street, left on Staniford Street, left on Green Street, right on Leverett, veer right on Causeway Street to a point just passed the Fitchburg Depot and before Lovejoy's Wharf, then left to the river to the right of and including Warren Bridge. [Note: Seven churches, four railroad depots, Mass. General Hospital, a medical collage, and the county jail]
Ward No. 4 Government Center to Long Wharf Starting at the harbor and up along Clinton Street, right on Blackstone Street across Haymarket Square through Haverhill Street, left on Causeway Street, onto Leverett Street, left on Green Street, right on Staniford Street across Cambridge Street to Temple Street, left on Mount Vernon Street, right on Park Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Winter Street, left on Washington Street, right on Milk Street across India Street to the south side and including Central Wharf. [Note: Seventeen churches, city hall, county courthouse, and many businesses]
Ward No. 5 Financial District to Rowe's Wharf including Fort Hill Starting at the ending point above but excluding Central Wharf across India Street and up Milk Street, left on Washington, right on Winter Street to the Common, left on Tremont Street, left at the Masonic Temple onto Boylston Street, right on Washington Street, left on Beach Street, right on Federal Street, and left on Mount Washington Avenue to Fort Point Channel. [Note: Twelve church, two theaters, and three railroad depots]
Ward No. 6 West side of Beacon Hill including State House, Common and Public Garden Start at the Cambridge [West Boston on map] Bridge at the river and out along Cambridge Street, right on Temple Street, left on Mount Vernon Street, right on Park Street, right on Tremont and right on Boylston Street to follow along the southerly border of the Common and Public Garden, right on Arlington Street, and left out the newly planned Commonwealth Avenue to the border with the city of Roxbury and following that until to meets the river. [Note: Seven churches, the State House, reservoir, the Common, and Public Garden]
Ward No. 7 Fort Point Channel area Starting at Mount Washington Avenue on Fort Point Channel up to and turning right onto Federal Street, left on Beach Street, left on Albany Street, right on Curve Street, left on Harrison Avenue, left on Dover [now East Berkeley] Street across the Dover Street Bridge to the waterline of South Boston, following the shoreline to the point where Dorchester Avenue [Federal Street on map] and the Old Colony & Newport Railroad tracks cross, continuing out the tracks and turn left on E Street out to and across First Street to the harbor. [Note: Five churches, numerous railroad buildings, and the foundry area]
Ward No. 8 Tufts Medical Center and Chinatown Starting on the south side of the Common on Boylston Street at the junction of Carver Street and down Boylston Street, right on Washington Street, left on Beach Street, right on Albany Street, right on Curve Street, diagonally across Harrison Avenue and up Indiana Street, right on Washington Street, left on Pleasant Street, right onto Carver Street to the beginning. [Note: Eight churches, theater, and public library]
Ward No. 9 Bay Village west including southern Back Bay and northern South End Starting on Harrison Avenue at Florence Street and up Florence Street, diagonally across Washington Street and up Champman Street, left on Tremont Street, right on Berkeley Street, left on Warren Avenue, across Columbus Avenue up Newton Street [not named on map], left on the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks to the city of Roxbury border, right up the border to the newly planned Commonwealth Avenue, right on that avenue, right on Arlington Street, left Boylston Street, right on Carver Street onto Pleasant Street, right on Washington Street, left Indiana Street, right on Harrison Avenue to the beginning. [Note: Ten churches and two railroad depots]
Ward No. 10 Eastern South End At the start of Ward No. 9 above then up Florence Street, diagonally across Washington Street and up Champman Street, left on Tremont Street, right on Berkeley Street, left on Warren Avenue, left on Brookline Street to South Bay. [Note: Eight churches and piano factory]
Ward No. 11 West South End Starting at the border between the cities of Boston and Roxbury at the point where the Boston & Providence Railroad crosses and continue on the tracks east, right on Newton Street [not named on map], crossing Columbus Avenue at a diagonal onto Warren Avenue, right on Brookline Street to the South Bay and the city of Roxbury border, then west along this border through the Roxbury Canal and beyond, right traveling up the border, then right again to meet at the beginning. [Note: Seven churches, piano factory, city hospital complex, and city water and sewer plants]
Ward No. 12 South Boston All that section of the city now known as South Boston lying south of E Street and south and west of the track of the Old Colony & Newport Railroad. [Note: Eight churches, idiotic school, insane hospital, and house of correction]

1868

Roxbury annexation adds Wards 13-15 in 1868
Plan of Boston with Additions and Corrections (1869)
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 13 Lower Roxbury east of Dudley Square Starting at and including the Roxbury Canal and following a line between Fellows Street and Harrison Avenue west along the old border between the cities of Boston and Roxbury, right up the same border just east of Hunneman Street, left on Washington Street, left at Dudley Square down Dudley Street to the border with the town of Dorchester, then left following Line Brook that is the border to the South Bay. [Note: No churches, loom, cotton, and watch factories, and the lead and gas works]
Ward No. 14 Southeast of Dudley Square to Washington Park Starting at the point where Dudley Street is crossed by the Line Brook and continuing west along that brook until reaching and continuing on Vale Street until it intersects with Lawrence Avenue, then west on the city of Boston and town of Dorchester line to a corner just southwest of Grove Hall, right to Brush Hill Turnpike [now Blue Hill Avenue] and up Seaver Street though Egleston Square [the border with West Roxbury], right on Shawmut Avenue [now Washington Street], left on Bartlett Street to Eliot Square, sharp right on Dudley Street, left on Putnam Street through Shailers Avenue through unnamed street [Cabot Street?], left on Culvert Street, right on Tremont Street, right on Hammond Street and continuing along the old border between the cities of Boston and Roxbury, right on Washington Street through Dudley Square, left on Dudley Street to the beginning. [Note: Eleven churches]
Ward No. 15 Longwood Medical Area, Mission Hill, Back of the Hill, Hyde Square, Highland Park Starting on Shawmut Avenue [now Washington Street] at the town of West Roxbury border, north along this border to the Muddy River, northeast along this river (being the border with the town of Brookline) almost to the river, right along the old border between the cities of Boston and Roxbury, right along the same border, right again and coming down to Tremont Street, right on that street , left on Culvert Street, right on an unnamed street [Cabot Street?] through Shailers Avenue and Putnam Street, right on Dudley Street, sharp left at Eliot Square and down Bartlett Street, right on Shawmut Avenue to the beginning. [Note: Two churches]
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1870

Dorchester annexation adds Ward 16 in 1870
Map of Boston from the Lastest surveys (1870)
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 16 Town of Dorchester Being all the part of the town of Dorchester before annexation.
Brighton, Charlestown, and West Roxbury annexation adds Wards 17-22 in 1873
Map of Boston, for 1874 (1874)
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 17 West Roxbury Being all the part of the town of West Roxbury before annexation.
Ward No. 18 Brookline This was to be the former town of Brookline, but Brookline declined to be annexed so this ward never existed.
Ward No. 19 Brighton Being all the part of the town of Brighton before annexation.
Ward No. 20 Charlestown Square Starting at the Charles River and going up Chapman Street, diagonally right onto Austin Street, left on Main Street, right up Green Street, right on High Street, right on Winthrop Street, left along the north side of Winthrop Square [i.e. Adams Street], right on Chestnut Street, right on Chelsea Street, sharp diagonal left on Wapping Street to the Charles River.
Ward No. 21 Bunker Hill and Navy Yard From the river follow the previous border up Wapping, Chelsea, and Chestnut streets to Winthrop Square, along the north side of the square, up High Street, and right on Pearl Street in a line down to the Mystic River.
Ward No. 22 West Charlestown Starting at the Charles River and going up Chapman Street, diagonally right onto Austin Street, left on Main Street, right up Green Street, left on High Street, and right on Pearl Street in a line down to the Mystic River - all the land northwest of this line.
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1875

Boston Wards in 1875
Map of Boston (1876)
[includes the amended border change in 1876 and shows the old borders with Roxbury and Dorchester]
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 Northeast East Boston Beginning at Front Street on the harbor and up Porter Street through Central Square to Border Street, and left out between Week's Wharf and Jackson's Shipyard (that is included) on the Mystic River -- all land northeast of this line and including Breed's Island.
Ward No. 2 East Boston and the harbor islands Using the line above -- all land southwest of this line and including all of the harbor islands.
Ward No. 3 Northeast Charlestown and Navy Yard Starting on the Mystic River at the extension of Pearl Street, up Pearl Street, left on High Street, left on the east side of Monument Square, right on Chestnut Street, left on Mount Vernon Avenue, right on Mount Vernon Street, left on Adams Street, right on the southwestern border of the Navy Yard to the Charles River.
Ward No. 4 West Charlestown As described, being all the land in that part called Charlestown that was not included in Wards 3 and 5.
Ward No. 5 Charlestown City Square Beginning at the Charles River at Caswell's Wharf and up the southwestern border of the Navy Yard, left on Adams Street, right up Mount Vernon Street, left on Mount Vernon Avenue onto Chestnut Street, left down the east side of Monument Square, right on High Street, left on Walker Street, diagonally across Main Street onto Lincoln Street through its extension to the border with the city of Somerville.
Ward No. 6 North End Beginning at and including the Charles River Bridge down Prince Street, right on Salem Street, diagonally across Hanover Street and left on Blackstone Street, right on North Street across Dock Square, left on Devonshire Street, left on Milk Street, left on India Street [different than map] and out and excluding India Wharf.
Ward No. 7 West End Beginning at and including the Charles River Bridge down Prince Street, right on Salem Street, diagonally across Hanover Street and left on Blackstone Street, right on North Street across Dock Square, left on Devonshire Street, right on State Street through Court Street, left on Howard Street, right on Bulfinch Street though Bowdoin Square, left onto Cambridge Street, right on Lynde Street through Leverett Street, veer right onto Causeway Street, and left on Beverly Street out to the Charles River.
Ward No. 8 Spaulding Rehab. Hospital - Suffolk County Jail Beginning at the Warren Bridge and out Beverly Street, right on Causeway Street, left on Leveret Street and through Lynde Street, right on Cambridge Street, left on Blossom Street, left on Allen Street to the Charles River.
Ward No. 9 Mass. General Hospital Starting at the Charles River and up Allen Street, right on Blossom Street, left on Cambridge Street, right on Joy Street, right on Beacon Street, right on Otter Street to the Charles River.
Ward No. 10 Public Garden / Common - State House - Downtown Crossing Starting at the northwest corner of the Public Garden east on Beacon Street, left on Joy Street, right on Cambridge Street through Bowdoin Square, right on Bulfinch Street, left on Howard Street, right on Court Street through State Street, right on Devonshire Street through Lincoln Street, right on Beach Street, left on Hudson Street, right on Kneeland Street through Eliot Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Boylston Street, and right on Arlington Street to the beginning.
Ward No. 11 Back Bay - Bay Village Beginning on the Charles River and out Otter Street, left on Beacon Street, right on Arlington Street, left on Boylston Street, right on Carver Street, left on Eliot Street, right on Warrenton Street, right on Tremont Street, veer right onto Chandler Street, lef on Berkeley Street, right on Lawrence Street, left on Dartmouth Street, right on Warren Avenue, left on West Newton Street, left on the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks, and right on West Chester Park to the Charles River.
Ward No. 12 South Station Starting at and including India Wharf, across and out India Street, left on Milk Street, right on Devonshire Street through Lincoln Street, right on Beach Street, left on Hudson Street, right on Kneeland Street through Eliot Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Boylston Street, left on Carver Street, left on Eliot Street, right on Warrenton Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Pleasant Street, right on Washington Street, left on Pine Street through Way Street, and veer right onto Broadway to the bridge at Fort Point Channel.
Ward No. 13 Northwestern side of South Boston Starting on Fort Point Channel at the Dover Street Bridge down into South Bay to the junction of the with the New York & New England Railroad and the Old Colony Railroad tracks, continuing right out the Old Colony tracks, left on D Street, right on West Sixth Street, and left on E Street out the Boston Harbor.
Ward No. 14 East end of South Boston Starting on the Boston Harbor and down E Street, left on West Broadway, right on Dorchester Street, and left on Old Harbor Street to Dorchester Bay -- all lands east of this line.
Ward No. 15 Andrew Square Starting on Dorchester Bay and up Old Harbor Street, right on Dorchester Street, left on West Broadway, left on E Street, right on West Sixth Street, left on D Street, right on the Old Colony Railroad tracts, left on the New York and New England Railroad tracks, left on the extension and then onto Willow Court, left on Dorchester Street, right on Mount Vernon Street to Dorchester Avenue, and then a straight line to Dorchester Bay.
Ward No. 16 Castle Square Starting at Fort Point Channel and up Broadway, left on Way Street through Pine Street, right on Washington Street, left on Pleasant Street, left on Tremont Street, veer right onto Chandler Street, left on Berkeley Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Milford Street through Bradford Street and through Medford Street, left on Washington Street, right on Ashland Place onto Bristol Street, left on Albany Street, and right on the Dover Street Bridge on Fort Point Channel.
Ward No. 17 East side of the South End Beginning at Fort Point Channel and South Bay at the Dover Street Bridge, left on Albany Street, right on Bristol Street through Ashland Place, left on Washington Street, right on Medford Street through Bradford Street and Milford Street, right on Tremont, left on Berkeley Street, left on Lawrence Street, left on Dartmouth Street, right on Warren Avenue, left on West Brookline Street through East Brookline Street to the South Bay.
Ward No. 18 West side of the South End Starting on the South Bay and up East Brookline Street through West Brookline Street, left on Warren Avenue, right on West Newton Street, left on the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks, left on Camden Street, right on Washington Street, left on Lenox Street, left on Fellow Street, sharp right on Northampton Street, and sharp left onto Albany Street to the Roxbury Canal and out to the South Bay.
Ward No. 19 Madison Square At Camden Street on the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks out, left on Tremont Street, right on Pynchon Street, left on Roxbury Street, left on Washington Street, and left on Camden Street to the beginning.
Ward No. 20 Dudley Square - Cottage Avenue Starting at the South Bay and up the Roxbury Canal, left on Albany Street, sharp right onto Northampton Street, sharp left on Fellow Street, right on Lenox Street, left on Washington Street, veer left on Warren Street, left on Dudley Street, right on Greenville Street, right on Blue Hill Avenue, left on Quincy Street, left on Columbia Street through Boston Street and Dorchester Street, and left on Willow Court out to South Bay.
Ward No. 21 Fort Hill - Washington Park - Grove Hall Starting at where Tremont Street crosses the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks, right on Pynchon Street, left on Roxbury Street, left on Washington Street, right on Warren Street, left on Dudley Street, right on Greenville Street, right on Blue Hill Avenue, left on Seaver Street through Egleston Square, right on Washington Street, left on Codman Avenue, sharp right on Amory Street until it meets Centre Street and the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks, and right along the tracks to the beginning.
Ward No. 22 Mission Hill to the planned Fenway and all of Brighton
[This is the 1876 amended version that added Ward 25 (Brighton) to this ward]
Starting at the Charles River and down West Chester Park, right on the Boston & Providence Railroad tracks, right on Centre Street through Perkins Street, right on Pond Avenue to the Muddy River and border for the town of Brookline, right along this border with Brookline, left on Brighton Avenue along the northern town border and then including everything west of this point being the former town of Brighton.
Ward No. 23 West Roxbury - Roslindale - Jamaica Plain Starting at the border with the town of Brookline and down Pond Avenue, right on Perkins Street through Centre Street, right on Amory Street, left on Codman Avenue, right on Washington Street, left through Egeleston Square and Searver Street, right on Blue Hill Avenue, veer right on Back Street to the border with the town of Hyde Park -- all land west of this line.
Ward No. 24 Dorchester - Mattapan Starting at Dorchester Bay and a straight line to Dorchester Avenue, across and up Mount Vernon Street, left on Dorchester Street through Boston Street and Columbia Street, right on Quincy Street, left on Blue Hill Avenue, veer right on Back Street to the border with the town of Hyde Park, left along the town line to the Neponset River, and down the river to Dorchester Bay.
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1895

Boston Wards in 1895
Map of the City of Boston and Vicinity (1896)
An Outline Map of Boston showing the old & new ward lines also the old Congressional lines (1896) - no streets
Ward Modern Description Boundary
Ward No. 1 Northeast East Boston Starting at the harbor going up Front Street [not shown on map] and up Marion Street, left on Bennington Street through Central Square, right onto Border Street past first main pier and left out to the Mystic River -- all land northeast of this line plus Breed's Island.
Ward No. 2 East Boston and the harbor islands Using the line from above -- all land southwest of this line plus all the harbor islands.
Ward No. 3 Northeast Charlestown and Navy Yard Starting at and including Brook's Wharf on the Mystic River, across Medford Street and up Pearl Street, left on High Street along the south side of Monument Square, left up the east side of the square, right on Chestnut Street, verge left onto Mount Vernon Avenue, right on Mount Vernon Street, across Adam and Chelsea streets along the Navy Yard's southwest border to the Charles River -- all land northeast of this line.
Ward No. 4 West Charlestown Beginning at the Mystic River at the border between the city of Boston and Somerville and along this border to a point on the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks where the extension of Lincoln Street would be, left up that extension along Lincoln Street, right on Main Street, left up Walker Street. right on High Street, left on Pearl Street in a straight line to the west of Brook's Wharf on the Mystic River -- all land west of this line plus the island on the north side of the Mystic River where the Malden Bridge lands.
Ward No. 5 Charlestown City Square Starting at Miller's River up the city of Boston and Somerville line, right on the extension of Lincoln Street (above mentioned) through Lincoln Street, right on Main Street, left on Walker Street, right on High Street along the south side of Monument Square, left up the east side of the square, right on Chestnut Street, verge left onto Mount Vernon Avenue, right on Mount Vernon Street, across Adam and Chelsea streets along the Navy Yard's southwest border to the Charles River -- all the land south of this line to the Miller's and Charles rivers.
Ward No. 6 North End Starting at the south side of Long Wharf across Atlantic Avenue, up Central Street, right on India Street, left on Milk Street, right on Washington Street, left on School Street across and up Beacon Street, right on Bowdoin Street, right on Cambridge Street, left on Chardon Street, left on Portland Street, right on Travers Street, left on Charlestown Street, right on Causeway Street, left on Prince Street to the Charles River.
Ward No. 7 Boston Common - Chinatown - South Station - Financial District Starting at Fort Point Channel up Broadway, left on Way Street, left on Harrison Avenue, right on Motte Street through Castle Street, right on Tremont Street, left on Pleasant Street, right on Columbus Avenue through Park Square, left on Charles Street, right on Beacon Street across through School Street, right on Washington Street, left on Milk Street, left on India Street, right on Central Street to the south side on Long Wharf on the harbor.
Ward No. 8 Mass. General Hospital - North Station Starting at the West Boston Bridge [now Longfellow Bridge] down Cambridge Street, right on Joy Street, left on Beacon Street, left on Bowdoin Street, right on Cambridge Street through Bowdoin Square, left on Chardon Street, sharp left on Portland Street, right on Travers Street, diagonal left on Charlestown Street, right on Causeway Street, and left on Prince Street to the river.
Ward No. 9 Southeastern South End Starting at Fort Point Channel up Broadway, left on Way Street, left on Harrison Avenue, right on Motte Street through Castle Street, left on Tremont Street, left on West Dedham Street, right on Shawmut Avenue, left on East Canton Street through to its extension to South Bay.
Ward No. 10 East Fenway through northern South End Starting at the Back Bay Fens at Boylston Street on the east, in on Boylston Street, right on Exeter Street, left on Blagden Street through Copley Square onto St. James Street, left on Berkeley Street, right on Providence Street to Park Square, right down Pleasant Street, right on Tremont Street, right on Dartmouth Street, left on Warren Avenue, diagonally across Columbus Avenue onto West Newton Street, left along the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad tracks, sharp right on Rogers Avenue, left on Huntington Avenue, right on the entrance to the Back Bay Fens, and along the Muddy River to the beginning.
Ward No. 11 Boston University - West Fenway - Back Bay - Flat of the Hill Starting on the Charles River at the West Boston Bridge [now Longfellow Bridge] out Cambridge Street, tight on Joy Street, right on Beacon Street, left on Charles Street through Park Square, right on Providence Street, left on Berkeley Street, right on St. James Avenue through Copley Square onto Blagden Street, right on Exeter Street, left on Boylston Street across the Muddy River and continue on Boylston Street, along the Muddy River to the extension of St. Mary's Street, down St. Mary's Street to the Charles River.
Ward No. 12 Western side of the South End Starting at the South Bay up East Canton Street, right on Shawmut Avenue, left on West Dedham Street across Tremont Street and up Dartmouth Street, left on Warren Avenue, diagonally across Columbus Square up West Newton Street, left on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad tracks, left on Camden Street, right on Washington Street, left on East Lenox Street, right on Fellows Street, right on Northampton Street, left on Albany Street, right on Massachusetts Avenue, left along the Roxbury Canal out to South Bay.
Ward No. 13 Northwestern side of South Boston Starting at a point on South Bay where the Dorchester Avenue and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad and go along Dorchester Avenue, left on D Street, right onto the tracks, left on E Street, right on West Broadway, left on F Street to the harbor -- all lands northwest of this line.
Ward No. 14 East end of South Boston Starting at the Old Harbor up K Street, left on East 6th Street, right on H Street, left on East Broadway and turn onto West Broadway, right on F Street to the harbor -- all land east of this line.
Ward No. 15 North Andrew Square to Telegraph Hill Starting at a point on South Bay where the Dorchester Avenue and the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad and go along Dorchester Avenue, left on D Street, right onto the tracks, left on E Street, right on West Broadway, turn onto East Broadway, right on H Street, left on East 6th Street, right on K Street to the old harbor, right along the water, right up Old Harbor Street, left on Burnham Street, left on Mercer Street, right on Newman Street, left on Dorchester Street through Andrew Square and out Swett Street to South Bay.
Ward No. 16 South Andrew Square - Everett Square - Western Upham's Corner Starting on the Old Harbor up Old Harbor Street, left on Burnham Street, left on Mercer Street, right on Newman Street, left on Dorchester Street through Andrew Square and out Swett Street out the bridge, left on New York and New England Railroad tracks crossing Massachusetts Avenue, right on East Cottage through West Cottage Street, left on Blue Hill Avenue, left on Quincy Street, left on Columbia Street through Upham's Corner onto Boston Street to Everett Square, left on East Cottage across Town Meeting Square onto Crescent Avenue, left on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, right on the Carson Street extension to the Old Harbor.
Ward No. 17 Dudley Square of Roxbury Starting at South Bay and up the Roxbury Canal, right on Massachusetts Avenue, left on Albany Street, right on Northampton Street, left on Fellows Street, right on East Lenox Street, left on Washington Street, left on Warren Street, left on Moreland Street, right on Blue Hill Avenue, left on West Cottage onto East Cottage, left on New York and New England Railroad to South Bay.
Ward No. 18 Madison Square area of Roxbury Starting on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad tracks at Camden Street, out on the tracks, left on Linden Park Street, right on Gay Street, right on Roxbury Street to Eliot Square, very sharp left Bartlett Street onto Dudley Street, left on Warren Street onto Washington Street, and left on East Camden Street back to the beginning.
Ward No. 19 Mission Hill area of Roxbury Starting at the Back Bay Fens on the Muddy River (and the border with the town of Brookline), out the entrance, left on Huntington Avenue, right on Rogers Avenue, right on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, left on Linden Park Street, right on Gay Street, right on Roxbury Street across Eliot Square, left on Highland Street, right on Marcella Street, left on Centre Street, right on Heath Street [different than on map] to New Heath Street, left on Bickford Street, right on Minden Street, left on Day Street, right on Grotto Glen and extension across the Jamaicaway to the Muddy River, right along the river and border with the town of Brookline back to the beginning.
Ward No. 20 Mount Bowdoin northeast to Savin Hill in Dorchester Starting on Dorchester Bay up Greenwich Street, left on Dorchester Avenue, right Centre Avenue to what now is Codman Square, right on Talbot Avenue, right on Blue Hill Avenue, right on Quincy Street, left on Columbia Street through Upham's Corner onto Boston Street to Everett Square, left on East Cottage across Town Meeting Square onto Crescent Avenue, left on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, right on the Carson Street extension to the Old Harbor.
Ward No. 21 Washington Park to Grove Hall of Roxbury Starting at Eliot Square out on Bartlett Street onto Dudley Street, right on Warren Street, left on Moreland Street through Emmanuel Street, right on Blue Hill Avenue through Grove Hall, right on Seaver Street, right on Walnut Avenue, left on Westminster Avenue, right on Washington Street, left on Valentine Street, right on Thornton Street, left on Ella Street, left on Hawthorn Street, right on Highland Street to Eliot Square.
Ward No. 22 Jamaica Plain - Egleston Square Starting at Jamaica Pond out on Pond Street on the border with the town of Brookline, right on Myrtle Street, right on Centre Street, veer left onto South Street at the Soldier's Monument, left on Carolina Avenue, left on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad tracks, right on Green Street across Washington Street onto Glen Road across Forest Hills Street onto Sigourney Street onto Walnut Street, left on Westminster Avenue, right on Washington Street, left on Valentine Street, right on Thornton Street, left on Ella Street, left on Hawthorn Street, left on Highland Street onto Marcella Street, merge onto Centre Street, left on Centre Street, right on Heath Street [different than on map] to New Heath Street, left on Bickford Street, right on Minden Street, left on Day Street, right on Grotto Glen and extension across the Jamaicaway to the Muddy River, left along the Muddy River and the border with the town of Brookline to the beginning.
Ward No. 23 West Roxbury - Roslindale - Forest Hills Starting at Jamaica Pond out on Pond Street on the border with the town of Brookline, right on Myrtle Street, right on Centre Street, veer left onto South Street at the Soldier's Monument, left on Carolina Avenue, left on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad tracks, right on Green Street across Washington Street onto Glen Road across Forest Hills Street onto Sigourney Street onto Walnut Street, right on Seaver Street, right on Blue Hills Avenue, right on Harvard Street to the border of the city of Boston and town of Hyde Park, left along the border with Hyde Park, right onto the border with the town of Dedham, right onto the border with the city of Newton, right onto the border with the town of Brookline back to the beginning.
Ward No. 24 Mattapan - Lower Mills - Ashmont - Neponset - Harrison Square Starting on Dorchester Bay up Greenwich Street, left on Dorchester Avenue, right Centre Avenue to what now is Codman Square, right on Talbot Avenue, left on Blue Hill Avenue, diagonally across Blue Hill Avenue onto Harvard Street to the border of the city of Boston and town of Hyde Park, left along the border with Hyde Park to the Neponset River, left down the river along the border with the town of Milton and city of Quincy to Dorchester Bay.
Ward No. 25 Allston - Brighton Starting at the Charles River at St. Mary's Street [Abbey Street on map] to Commonwealth Avenue -- all lands west of this line being the former town of Brighton.
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1912

Hyde Park annexation adds Ward 26 in 1912
The entirety of the former town of Hyde Park constitutes the whole of Ward 26


1914

Boston Wards in 1914
No ward map found online
You can use the Boston Atlases, 1873-1938, by neighborhood


By this time, the wards come more neighborhood centric and so only the neighborhoods will be given from here forward to describe the ward geography.

Ward Description Ward Description
Ward No. 1 East Boston Dist. North
Ward No. 14 Roxbury Dist. West
Ward No. 2 East Boston Dist. South and the harbor islands Ward No. 15 Roxbury Dist. - Roxbury St. to Franklin Park
Ward No. 3 Charlestown Dist. West Ward No. 16 Roxbury Dist. - Moreland St. to Franklin Park
Ward No. 4 Charlestown Dist. East Ward No. 17 Dorchester Dist. - Blue Hill Ave. to Savin Hill
Ward No. 5 Boston Proper - North End, and East Side to Broadway Ward No. 18 Dorchester Dist. - Grove Hall to Field's Corner
Ward No. 6 Boston Proper - South End to Tremont St. Ward No. 19 Dorchester Dist. - Franklin Park to Dorchester Ctr.
Ward No. 7 Boston Proper - Back Bay East Ward No. 20 Dorchester Dist. - Ashmont to Neponset River
Ward No. 8 Boston Proper - West End and Back Bay West Ward No. 21 Dorchester Dist. - Franklin Park to Lower Mills
Ward No. 9 South Boston Dist. North Ward No. 22 Jamaica Plain and Forest Hills
Ward No. 10 South Boston Dist. South Ward No. 23 West Roxbury Dist. and Roslindale
Ward No. 11 Dorchester Dist. - South Bay to Upham's Corner Ward No. 24 Hyde Park Dist. and Mattapan West
Ward No. 12 Roxbury Dist. East Ward No. 25 Brighton Dist. South
Ward No. 13 Roxbury Dist. Center Ward No. 26 Brighton Dist. North
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1924

Boston Wards in 1924
No ward map found online
You can use the Boston Atlases, 1873-1938 by neighborhood

This redistricting for the first time reduced the number of wards from 26 down to 22. Also, the harbor island were not included in any ward, so it is assumed no one was then living there.

Ward Description Ward Description
Ward No. 1 East Boston
Ward No. 12 Roxbury East
Ward No. 2 Charlestown Ward No. 13 Dorchester North
Ward No. 3 Boston Proper Ward No. 14 Dorchester West
Ward No. 4 Back Bay South and the Fenway Ward No. 15 Dorchester North Central
Ward No. 5 Back Bay Ward No. 16 Dorchester South
Ward No. 6 South Boston North Ward No. 17 Dorchester Center
Ward No. 7 South Boston South Ward No. 18 Hyde Park and Mattapan
Ward No. 8 South End and Roxbury North Ward No. 19 Jamaica Plain and Roslindale East
Ward No. 9 Roxbury Center Ward No. 20 West Roxbury and Roslindale West
Ward No. 10 Roxbury West Ward No. 21 Brighton South
Ward No. 11 Roxbury South and Forest Hills Ward No. 22 Brighton North
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City Streets

Introduction

With Boston's aggressive program of landfill and annexation of neighboring towns, the city landscape of streets was ever-changing. This is the researcher's guide to these streets, the additions, but also the deletions or moving of a name from one area to another.

The first listing of streets for the town of Boston was published as a broadside called The Names of the Streets, Lanes & Alleys within the Town of Boston, in New England (Boston, 1708). The Vade Mecum for America (Boston, 1732) was the first commercial guide designed for travellers. After the Revolution, some names of English or Royal bent were changed. The town ordered a new list made and it was recorded in the Town Records in 1788 that was recorded in book 8 starting on page 81. A second unofficial list was published called Names of the Streets, Lanes and Alleys in the Town of Boston in 1800. Street lists began to appear in the Boston City directories starting in 1803. The next official list came in 1834 when the 1708 and 1788 lists were reprinted and then updated with streets in the annexed South Boston, formerly Dorchester Neck. This was reprinted later the same year. An update to this report was published in 1842. As a byproduct of a project to index plans at the Suffolk Registry of Deeds in 1860, Francis Lincoln found it necessary to prepare a list of streets and their changes. This can be found there in manuscript form.

Because of the annexation of Roxbury, a list of changes in names for street in Boston proper and Roxbury was given in 1868 to eliminate the confusion caused by the duplication of names [see Municipal Records, Vol. 46, pp. 286-408, city Doc. No. 49, 1868]. The great study of street names and their history post-1708 was published in 1879 [see City Doc. No. 119 for 1879, Appendix J]. This included the work in 1860, but the problem was it only focused on Boston proper and many more towns had been annexed by that time. The Street Commissioners reported on 27 December 1880 to the city Council a Report of the Street Commissioners on the Nomenclature of the City's Streets [see City Doc. No. 141 for 1880] of suitable names the duplicate streets could be given. The rest of the publication history is presented in the lists to follow.

Unofficial lists (early)

  1. Vade Mecum for America; or a companion for traders and travellers (Boston, 1732), pp. 206-214.
    Digital version at Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  2. Boston Streets, Wards and Landmarks (Boston, 1826-1873) - 24 issues.
    No known digital versions.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  3. A List of Boston Streets, etc., etc. (Boston, 1868), 52 pp.
    Digital version at Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  4. Boston Street Directory, a complete pocket guide to the streets, avenues, places, parks, squares, wharves, etc., containing also hotels, etc. (Boston, 1876), p. 24to.
    No digital version found.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  5. Boston Street Directory, a complete pocket guide to the streets, avenues, places, parks, squares, wharves, etc., containing also hotels, etc. (Boston, 1885), unknown pagination.
    No digital version found.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.

Official lists

  1. The Names of the Streets, Lanes & Alleys within the Town of Boston, in New England (Boston, 1708), broadside, Note: This was reproduced in the front of the records of streets published in 1910 (below).
    No digital version found of original, but see the 1910 reprint.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries - one of many versions); Not at FHL.
  2. The 1788 street name list published in the Documents of the City of Boston for the year 1903.
    Digital version at Google Books.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL.
  3. By a committee of the Board of Alderman, a third official list of streets was created in 1834 that utilized the first two lists and additions and deletions to 1834. This work included the streets from the recently annexed South Boston (in 1804). See city Records, Vol. 12, p. 179. This listed was formally submitted and adopted later in the year.
  4. The Committee on Laying Out and Widening Streets submitted a list an update to the previous report in 1842. See Municipal Record, Vol. 20, p. 297.
  5. Francis Lincoln who was preparing an index to plans at the Suffolk Registry of Deeds found it necessary to prepare a list of streets with their various names in 1860. This file was placed at the registry (so noted in 1910).
  6. An order was present to the Board of Aldermen in 1868 providing fo changes in the names of a number of streets in Boston proper and Roxbury that was intended to eliminate the confusion caused by the duplication of names in the newly annexed Roxbury bearing the same names as streets in Boston proper. See Municipal Records, Vol. 46, pp. 286-408, city Doc. No. 49 for 1868.
  7. The Joint Standing Committee on Ordinances in 1879 submitted a report consisting of a statement of the manner in which the streets of the city had been named and their names changed, together with the reasons of the committee for limiting their research into the history of the streets to the period subsequent to 1708, and explanation of the difficulty of the work and the process by which the committee had arrived at the result, being appendix J of their report. See City Doc. No. 119 for 1879. Note: This study was only for Boston proper and thus left the rest of the city unstudied.
  8. Report of the Street Commissioners on the Nomenclature of the City's Streets which was a list of the public streets in different parts of the city with similar names and "the title which the Commissioners have suggested to themselves as suitable for such of those streets as in their opinion should be renamed and appended to them." See city Doc. No. 141 for 1880.
  9. List of Streets, Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc. showing the number and divisions of those extending through more than one ward by the Board of Registrars of Voters.
    Digital versions at 1880 ed. and 1888 ed.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  10. James R. Carret agreed to prepare for the city a record of names of the streets in the city as found in its records, alphabetically arranged, showing the dates of laying out and the date of change in name of any streets which had taken place from 1871 to 1894. See city Doc. No. 35 for 1894.
  11. The above work was continued by J. H. Jenkins, John W. Morrison, and Irwin C. Cromack and appeared as Appendix B in the report of the Street Laying-Out Department for 1894. See city Doc. No. 35 for 1895.
  12. List of Streets, Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc. showing the number and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct together with the location of hotels, apartment-houses, etc. by the Board of Election Commissioners (Boston, 1896), 128 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  13. A Record of the Streets, Alleys, Places, Etc. in the City of Boston compiled under the Direction of the Street Commissioners and Printed by Order of the City Council with an Appendix containing a description of the Boundary, Wards and Aldermanic Districts of the City ... by the Street Laying-out Department (Boston, 1902), 466 pp.
    No digital version found.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  14. Boston Streets also its Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc., showing the numbers and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct, together with the location of hotels, apartment-houses, etc. by the Board of Election Commissioners (Boston, 1906), 156 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  15. A Record of the Streets, Alleys, Places, Etc. in the City of Boston ... with an Appendix containing a description of the Boundary Line of the City and also a Description of the Changes which have been made in it by Annexations, etc., from the date of the Settlement of the Town to 1910 by the Street Laying-out Department (Boston, 1910), xvi, 543 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  16. Boston Streets also its Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc., showing the numbers and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct, together with the location of hotels, apartment-houses, engine houses, school houses, institutions and hospitals by the Board of Street Commissioners (Boston, year varies).
    Digital versions by year: 1913; 1916; 1919; 1921; 1923; 1925; 1926; 1928; 1930; 1932; 1933; 1935.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) - choose year; Not at FHL.
  17. Boston Streets also its Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc., showing the numbers and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct, together with the location of hotels, apartment-houses, engine houses, school houses, institutions, hospitals and Squares named in honor of World War veterans by the Board of Street Commissioners (Boston, year varies)
    Digital versions by year: 1936; 1939; 1941; 1944; 1948; 1951.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) - choose year; Not at FHL.
  18. Boston Streets also its Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc., showing the numbers and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct, together with the location of Squares named in honor of World War veterans, hotels, fire stations, schools, institutions and hospitals, public libraries, parks and playgrounds by the Public Works Department (Boston, year varies).
    Digital versions by year: 1955; 1957 (supp. only); 1958; 1959 (supp. only); 1960 (supp. only); 1963.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) - choose year; Not at FHL.
  19. Boston Streets also its Avenues, Courts, Places, Etc., showing the numbers and divisions of those extending through more than one ward or precinct, together with the location of Squares named in honor of veterans, hotels, fire stations, police stations, schools, institutions and hospitals, public libraries, little city halls, parks, playgrounds, public buildings, historical sites, parking locations, and places of religious worship by the Public Works Department (Boston, year varies).
    Digital versions by year: 1971; 1976; 1982; 1989.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries) - choose year; Not at FHL.
  20. Street Directory including location of all streets with numbers at which other streets intersect by the Boston Transportation Department (Boston, year varies).
    Digital versions by year: 1993; 1999.
    Not in WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.

Official database

  1. Online database that gives the street's beginning and end, whether public, ward, precinct, district, Public Works Department section, and zip code.
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Boston Massachusetts Cemeteries

The following is a chronological list of cemeteries in present-day Boston proper, Boston Harbor, East Boston, and South Boston. For information on the areas annexed to Boston, see those separate town pages. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department runs a public / private cooperative program called the Historic Burying Grounds Initiative. From their website, you can learn more about the eighteen historic burying grounds in their oversight, find maps of them, newsletters of the program, and a mid-1980s database of fourteen of the cemeteries (missing Evergreen, Fairview, Mount Hope, and South End) giving the name, death date, cemetery, and location for each entry.

Boston proper cemeteries


1. King's Chapel Burying Ground, Tremont St., 1630. (B, C)

Note: There are interior tombs in the chapel dating back to 1749.
Wikipedia entry.

2. Copp's Hill or North Burying Ground, between Hull St. and Charter St., 1660. (B)

City of Boston cemetery website.
Wikipedia entry.

3. Granary Burying Ground, Common [now Tremont] St., 1660. (B, C)

City of Boston cemetery website.
Wikipedia entry.
  • "Burials in Boston's South (Granary) burial ground, 1708-1710" (Mss C 1040), 14 items, R Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society.
  • Thomas Bridgman, The Pilgrims of Boston and their Descendants: also, inscriptions form the monuments in the Granary Burial Ground, Tremont Street (New York, 1856; rep. West Jordan, Utah, 1984), xvi, 406 pp.
    Note: Reprint printed with six original pages on one reprinted page.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Ancestry ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); WorldCat (Other Libraries) (reprint); FHL book 974.461 D2b and film 1425546 Item 1 (with digital link).
  • A Sketch of the Original and History of the Granary Burial Ground: With a list of the past and present owners of tombs (Boston, 1879), 21 pp.
    Digital version at Google Books.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL.
  • William Henry Whitmore, The Graveyards of Boston: Second Volume, Granary and Boston Common Epitaphs (Albany, N.Y., 188-), 128 pp.
    No digital version available.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL; NEHGS Library, Boston.
  • "Historical Sketch and Matters Appertaining to the Granary Burial-Ground" in Annual Report of the Cemetery Dept. of Boston, Fiscal Year 1901-1902 (Boston, 1902), p. 35-65. Offprint (Boston, 1902), 37 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Ogden Codman, Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass. (Salem, Mass., 1918; rep. Bowie, Md., 1997), 255 pp.
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V3g and film 873757 Item 4 (with digital link); FHL book 974.461 V3c (reprint ed.).
  • Alphabetical Indexes to Boston Burying Grounds (Boston, 1984-1985), 6 parts in 1 volume.
    Note: 6th part is the Granary Burying Ground.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL; NEHGS Library, Boston.

4. Quaker Burying Ground [site], Congress St., 1709. (B)

Note: The meeting house was burned in the Great Fire of 1760. Thwing [see History - Topographical above], 145, said the remains were re-interred in Lynn in 1827. Dunkle and Lainhart [see below as item B], 800, say William Mumford bought land on Brattle Square in 1694 for a Quaker meeting house and burying ground. The Society moved to Quaker Lane [now Congress Street] in 1708. This Society voted to discontinue in 1808. After eleven years of non-use, the remains of 111 people were exhumed and removed to Lynn. It was uncommon for Quakers to inscribe stones, so this lost cemetery was likely marked with fieldstones. The source for the later is not given.

5. Jewish Burial Ground, Chamber St., before 1734. (B)

Note: This burying ground was referenced in a deed of Isaac Solomon in 1735 as a "Burying Ground as it is now fenced in to the Jewish nation." Nothing more is known about this site. See Thwing [see History - Topographical above], 205-206.

6. Central or Boston Common Burying Ground, Boylston St., 1756. (B, C)

Wikipedia entry.
  • William Henry Whitmore, The Graveyards of Boston: Second Volume, Granary and Boston Common Epitaphs (Albany, N.Y., 188-), 128 pp.
    No digital version available.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL; NEHGS Library, Boston.
  • Ogden Codman, Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground, Boston Common, and Inscriptions in the South Burying Ground, Boston (Salem, Mass., 1917), 167 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V3cb or film 873757 Item 5 (with digital link).
  • Alphabetical Indexes to Boston Burying Grounds (Boston, 1984-1985), 6 parts in 1 volume.
    Note: 6th part is the Granary Burying Ground.
    Not on WorldCat; Not at FHL; NEHGS Library, Boston.

7. South Burying Ground or South End Cemetery, Washington St. between East Newton and East Concord Sts., South End, 1810-1866. (A, B)

From the city's Historic Burying Ground Initiative: When the South End Burying Ground was opened in 1810, it was located on the narrow strip of marshland, Roxbury Neck, which connected the peninsula of Boston to the mainland. The gallows stood at the east edge of the burying ground, near the tidewaters of South Boston Bay, leading to the persistent myth that primarily hanged pirates and other criminal were buried here. In fact, it is difficult to know exactly who is buried here. In the nineteenth century, people of modest means had recorded, but unmarked graves. They could not afford elaborate headstones or other types of monumentation. While there are only 20 grave markers, records indicate that over 11,000 are buried at this site. Successive filling of the marshy site permitted burials in several tiers. It has been reported that South End Burying Ground contains the graves of paupers from the Alms House and inmates from the House of Industry. Mostly, though, this site is known as a working man's burying ground, where families paid a small fee to the City for burials. Interments ceased in this graveyard in 1866.

Note: Others have taken the short list of inscriptions (noted above and given below) into a long lost cemetery on Boston Neck, but in fact there is only one cemetery in this part of the city.

8. St. Paul's Cathedral Tombs [site], Tremont St., 1823-1914.

Note: The tombs were used to the late 19th century and the burials removed in 1914 -- some to Mount Hope Cemetery.

9. Park Street Church Tombs, Park St., 1824-1861.

Note: Some burials were re-interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, in 1861.

10. Old Trinity Church Tombs [site], Summer St., burned in the Great Fire of 1872.

Boston Harbor Island cemeteries


What is known about the cemeteries on the island comes from Edward Rowe Snow, The Islands of Boston Harbor, Their History and Romance 1626-1935 (Andover, Mass., 1935), 367 pp. with map, WorldCat (Other Libraries), Not at FHL. The only islands with cemeteries there now are "Deer Island" and "Long Island" - neither are technically islands any more.

11. Nix's Mate Island Cemetery [site], Mix Mate Island, Boston, Harbor, 1724-1735.

Note: Used for the burial of some pirates.

12. Castle Island Cemetery, now through landfill, the tip of South Boston, 1762.

There were several individual sites on the island and the cemetery on the southern point. Some burials were moved to Governor's Island in 1892 and others to Deer Island in 1908.

13. Thompson's Island Cemetery [site], Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor, 1842.

A Boston Death record lists a Charles H. Austin who was buried there in 1842.

14. Deer Island Cemetery, Deer Island, Boston Harbor, 1847.

This island has a Native American burial site from the King Philip's War in 1675-1676. The island was home to a quarantine station and many immigrants, mostly Irish, who died at the station were buried there in nameless graves. These are two separate sites. The burial grounds are now part of the park and the cemetery listed on maps nearby is Resthaven Cemetery (listed below) but included Waster Water Treatment Facility.

15. Governor's Island Cemetery [site], 19th century.

The cemetery was on the north slope of the hill and every grave was moved in 1908 to Deer Island.

16. Rainsford Island Cemetery [site], 1871-1920.

Note: This cemetery may no longer exist and it not mentioned in the history above or David Allen Lambert, A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries. The island was home to the adult male Paupers' House from 1871 to 1888. Those residences were moved over to nearby Long Island then and the building housed the adult female paupers. It became the House of Reformation from 1895 to 1920 that was renamed the Suffolk School for Boys. Burials were made from the Paupers' House.

17. Long Island Hospital Cemetery, Long Island, Boston Harbor, 1893.

The Almshouse was here and buried over 2500 there by 1935. These graves are only marked by lot numbers.

18. Resthaven Cemetery, Deer Island, Boston Harbor, 1918.

Note: This island was home to a prison, reform school, a fort, and other buildings. There were two cemeteries for these different facilities, one for prisoners and hospital patients and the other for military personnel. The military remains wer re-interred at Fort Devens Cemetery in Ayer, Mass. The others were moved to the New Rest Haven Cemetery.

East Boston cemeteries


19. Bennington Street Burying Ground, Bennington corner of Swift Sts., East Boston, 1819. (A)

20. Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery, Wordsworth St., East Boston, 1844.

South Boston cemeteries


21. South Boston Tombs [site], West Seventh and Dorchester Sts., South Boston, 1810.

Note from Toomey and Rankin, History of South Boston, p. 127: Fifteen tombs were built on the spot where the Shurtleff school was and it was supposed that it was used only for a short time.

22. Hawes Burying Ground, Old Road now Emerson St., South Boston, 1816. (A, B)

Thomas Hill, "The Only Protestant Burial Ground in South Boston" (mss., 1901) (Mss C 3389), 10 p., R Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

23. St. Augustine's Cemetery, West Sixth St. west of Dorchester St., South Boston, 1819.

Note: This cemetery was filled not long after 1900.
The Archdiocese of Boston Archives holds the lot sales (1840-1859), burials (1850-1859), copies of gravestones (1819-1850), and an undated list of graves copied from the original records.

24. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Tombs [site], Broadway near E St., South Boston, 1819.

Note: Tombs were built in the cellar of the church and these were removed in 1864 and re-interred at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Roslindale [a former section of West Roxbury].

25. Union Cemetery, East Fifth St., South Boston, 1841 (A).

Note: This is the newest and smallest cemetery in South Boston and adjoins the Hawes Burying Ground.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Inventories of Some Boston Cemeteries (Boston, 1990)
WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
(B). Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, Inscriptions and Records of The Old Cemeteries of Boston (Boston, 2000), xiii, 914 pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V3d.
Available in an online database at New England Historic Genealogical Society ($).
(C). Charles Chauncey Wells and Suzanne Austin Wells, Preachers, Patriots & Plain Folks: Boston's Burying Ground Guide to King's Chapel, Granary, Central (Oak Park, Ill., 2004), 288 pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V37wc.

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Boston Massachusetts Churches

The following is a list of churches established in Boston, East Boston, and South Boston by date founded. The earliest list of churches found was from Thomas Prince, The Vade Mecum for America: Or a Companion for Traders and Travellers (Boston, 1732), page 215, with "A List of the Houses of Publick Worship in Boston, with the Streets where they Stand, and the Times of the Foundation of the several Churches." There were fourteen listed then and by all accounts, there nothing established that were closed by then. The next authority used was John Hayward, A Gazetteer of Massachusetts (Boston, 1847), pp. 70-102, and Carroll D. Wright, Report of the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns, and Counties (Boston 1889). For information specific to Congregational churches, Harold Field Worthley, An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805 (Cambridge, Mass., 1970) was consulted.

The best resource for the vital records of the churches of Boston is Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., The Records of the Churches of Boston (Boston, 2002) on CD [see WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL CD-ROM no. 1547]. The transcribers copied all baptisms, marriages, deaths, admissions, and dismissals from all Boston churches established before 1800 where records were found and include the first three parishes of Roxbury. Some transcriptions go beyond 1800. The only church not giving permission for their records to be included was the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (the oldest Catholic Church in New England). This is available online as a database at New England Historic Genealogical Society ($).

Another interesting source for early churches is Martin Moore, Boston Revival, 1842: A Brief History of the Evangelical Churches of Boston (Boston, 1842; rep. Wheaton, Ill., 1980), viii, 148 pp., digital versions of the first edition at Internet Archive and Google Books.

1. First Church, Old Church or Old Brick Church [now First Church of Boston], 1630.

Wikipedia page.
Locations:
  • King Street [later called State St.] at the corner of Devonshire St., 1632-1639 [see sketch].
  • Cornhill [later called Washington St.], 1639-1808. This building burned in 1711 and a new brick church built on the same spot the following year called the Old Brick Church [see painting of building, 1712-1808]. This building was sold in 1808.
  • Chauncey Place, 1808-1868 [see sketch].
  • 66 Marlborough Street, 1868 to present [see 19th century image or 1920 view].
Note:
  • A fire destroyed its building in 1968, and after it merged with the Old North Church to form The First and Second Church of Boston.
  • Voted to change its name to the Society of the First Church in Boston in 2005.
Records:
Online resources:
Publications:
  • William Emerson, An Historical Sketch of the First Church in Boston: from its formation to the present period (Boston, 1812), [2], 256 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Hathi Trust.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Jeremiah Colburn, "Marriages in Boston, Mass. from the Original Certificates of the Clergymen Officiating" in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 34 [1880]: 94-96, for 1707.
  • Arthur B. Ellis, History of the First Church in Boston, 1630-1880 (Boston, 1881), lxxxviii, 356 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699 (Boston, 1883; rep. 1908), vii, 281 pp.
    This volume includes baptisms from the First Congregational Church only.
    This volume was microfiched by the Family History Library, FHL fiche 6013405-6013407 and in digital versions at Internet Archive, Google Books, and Ancestry ($). In a database at American Ancestors or browse ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries), 1883 ed., 1908 ed.; FHL fiche 6013405-6013407.
    Sanford Charles Gladden, An Index to the Vital Records of Boston, 1630-1699 ([Boulder, Colo.], 1969), ii. 188 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 V22g.
  • Anson Titus, "Marriages of Rev. Thomas Foxcroft, A.M., Boston. 1717-1769" in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 42 [1888]: 152-155, 250-254.
  • Memorials in the First Church in Boston (Boston, 1926?), [40] pp., photographs with descriptive text.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Richard D. Pierce, ed., The Records of The First Church in Boston, 1630-1868 being vols. 39 to 41 in the Publications of The Colonial Society of Massachusetts: Collections (Boston, 1961), 1254 pp.
    Digital version of Vol. 1 only at DigitalCommons for viewing only (this takes a couple minutes to download file) and cannot be saved.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Leo W. Collins, This is Our Church: The Seven Societies of the First Church in Boston 1630-2005 (Boston, 2005), iii, 181 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
Ministers: [with years served]
John Wilson (1632-1667) Benjamin Wadsworth (1696-1725) Rufus Ellis (1853-1886)
John Cotton (1633-1652) Thomas Bridge (1705-1715) Stopford Wentworth Brooke (1886-1898)
John Norton (1656-1663) Thomas Foxcroft (1717-1769) James Eells (1898-1905)
John Davenport (1668-1670) Charles Chauncey (1727-1787) Charles Edward Park (1906-1946)
James Allen (1668-1710) John Clarke (1778-1798) Duncan Howlett (1946-1958)
John Oxenbridge (1670-1674) William Emerson (1799-1811) Rhys Williams (1960-2000)
Joshua Moody, asst. (1684-1693) John Lovejoy Abbott (1813-1814) Stephen Kendrick (2001-20--)
John Bailey, asst. (1693-1697) Nathaniel L. Frothingham (1815-1850) Rosemary Lloyd (2005-20--)
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2. Second Church or North Church and latter the Old North Church, 1650-1970.

Wikipedia pages: Second Church, Boston (historic church) and Second Church in Boston (last building).
Locations:
  • North Square [called Church Square in 1732] in the North End, 1650-1776 [see sketch].
    Burned in 1676, rebuilt on old site, British troops tear down building for firewood in 1776.
  • Middle Street [became part of Hanover Street in 1824] in the North End, 1779-1849.
    This was formerly the church for the Seventh Church or so-called New Brick Church and became the Old North Church.
  • Freeman Place on Beacon Hill, 1849-1854.
  • Bedford Street in the Financial District, 1854-1872.
  • Boylston Street at Copley Square, 1874-1914.
  • 874 Beacon Street on the corner with Park Drive, 1914-1970.
Notes:
  • Some members left to form the New North Church in 1714.
  • A group of Old Light members led by Samuel Mather seceded in 1742 to form the Tenth Church. When their pastor died in 1785, they rejoined this church.
  • Congregation invited to combined services at the New Brick Church (i.e. Seventh Church ) after British troops destroyed the Old North Church in 1776.
  • This church merged with the Seventh Church [or so-called New Brick Church] to be called the Old North Church in 1779.
  • Church shifts to Unitarian doctrine in 1802.
  • Church building demolished in 1844 and rebuilt on the same site in 1845 and called The Second Church.
  • Church purchased the Freeman Place Chapel and moved there. They sold their Hanover Street building to a Methodist congregation.
  • Church merged with the Church of Our Savior and moved into their building on Bedford Street in 1854. They sold the Freeman Place building.
  • Church on Bedford Street dismantled, the land sold, and reassembled the building with slight modifications in Copley Square that opened in 1874.
  • Brought property at the corner of Beacon Street and Park Drive in 1913 and built a church in 1914.
  • The Second Church joined the First Church to form The First and Second Church of Boston in 1970.
Records:
  • A note in the earliest original book state that after 23 years of existence, the church had yet to get a record book and that this sad state of affairs was impossible to restore it to a desirable record. The contemporary records begin in 1673.
  • The church vital records from 1741 to 1768 were lost during the Revolutionary War according to Worthley, but most seem present.
  • Second Church (Boston, Mass.), Records, 1650-1970, held at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • John Lathrop, account book, 1780-1802, minister of the Second Church, held by the Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
  • Second Church, records, 1676-1816, FHL film 856699 Item 2.
Online:
  • Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., The Records of the Churches of Boston (Boston, 2002) [records to 1800] in a database at American Ancestors ($).
Publications:
  • Richard Mather, John Cotton, and James Allen, A platform of church-discipline; : gathered out of the Word of God; and agreed upon by the elders and messengers of the churches assembled in the Synod at Cambridge in N.E. : To be presented to the churches & General Court for their consideration & acceptance in the Lord, the 8th. month, anno. 1649 (1649; rep. Boston, 1701, by the Second Church), [26], 64, [6] pp.
    Digital transcription online.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Henry Ware, Two Discourses containing the History of the Old North and New Brick Churches, united as the Second Church in Boston (Boston, 1821), 61 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Catalogue of Books Belonging to the Library of the Second Church, 1832 (Boston, 1832), 17 pp.
    No digital version available.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Chandler Robbins, A History of the Second Church, or Old North, in Boston: to which is added a History of the New Brick Church (Boston, 1852), viii, 320 pp.
    Admissions and baptisms on pp. 226-291.
    Digital versions available at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.461 K2rc.
  • Catalogue of Books Belonging to the Library (Boston, 1854), 56 pp.
    No digital version available.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Jeremiah Colburn, "Marriages in Boston, Mass. from the Original Certificates of the Clergymen Officiating" in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 34 [1880]: 94-96, for 1701 and 1715.
  • Francis H. Brown, The Historical and Other Records Belonging to the Second Church in Boston ([Boston, 1888]), 12 pp.
    Digital version available at Hathi Trust.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • George Henry Eager, Historical Sketch of the Second Church in Boston (Boston, 1894), 43 pp.
    Digital Version available at Internet Archive.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • Three Centuries of Christian Church Life, 1649-1949 ([Boston], 1949), 13 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
  • John Nicholls Booth, The Story of the Second Church in Boston, the original Old North; including the Old North Church Mystery (Boston, 1959), 92 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); Not at FHL.
Ministers: [with years served]
John Mayo (1655-1673) Ralph Waldo Emerson (1829-1832) Dudley Hays Ferrell (1931-1932)
Increase Mather (1664-1723) Chandler Robbins (1833-1874) DuBois LeFevre (1933-1940
Cotton Mather (1685-1728) Robert Laird Collier (1876-1878) Walton E. Cole (1941-1945)
Joshua Gee (1723-1748) Edward Augustus Horton (1880-1892) G. Ernest Lynch Jr. (1947-1949)
Samuel Mather (1732-1741) Thomas Van Ness (1893-1913) Clayton Brooks Hale (1950-1957)
Samuel Checkley Jr. (1747-1768) Samuel Raymond Maxwell (1914-1919) John Nicholls Booth (1958-1964)
John Lathrop (1768-1816) Eugene Rodman Shippen (1920-1929) John K. Hammon (1964-1970)
Henry Ware Jr. (1817-1830)
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3. Quaker Meetinghouse, 1661-1808, 1870-present.

Locations:
  • Brattle Street on the part that was later called Brattle Square, to ca. 1710.
    The Society of Friends met in Boston as early as 1664. They built the first brick meeting house in Boston in 1694.
  • Leverett's Lane [also called Quaker Lane and later became Congress Street], ca. 1710-1808.
Notes:
  • Their meeting house was burned in the Great Fire of 1760 and they rebuilt on the same site.
  • They voted to "laid down" in 1808, though they met informally at Milton Place (in 1847).
  • The Boston meeting was officially restarted in 1870 and became a Monthly Meeting in 1883.
  • Boston Monthly Meeting merged into the Cambridge Monthly Meeting in 1944.
Records:
  • Boston Working Group, 1661-1707;
  • Boston Preparative Meeting, 1707-1792;
  • Boston Working Group, 1792-1808;
  • Boston Working Group, 1870-1879; and
  • Boston Preparative Meeting, 1879-1883 are
    All part of the Salem Monthly Meeting records held by the Rhode Island Historical Society.
  • Boston Monthly Meeting, 1883-1944, held by the Rhode Island Historical Society.
  • Friends' Meeting House, account of losses in fire in 1760, held by the Boston Public Library Rare Books, Ms.Am.1809(45).
Publications:
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4. Annabaptist Church or First Baptist Church, 1665.

Wikipedia page.
Locations:
  • The group first met usually at the home of Thomas Gould, the first pastor, in Charlestown [not then part of Boston] and later at his place on Noodle's Island [now East Boston], 1665-1679.
  • The first meetinghouse built off from Back Street on the shore of the Mill Pond in the North End [later it became Stillman Street], 1679-1771.
  • They built a larger structure on the same site, 1771-1829.
  • They built a brick church on Hanover Street at the corner of Union Street, 1829-1854.
  • They moved to a brick building on Somerset Street on Beacon Hill, 1854-1877.
  • They moved to the Suffolk Street Chapel at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Rutland Street in the South End, 1877-1882.
  • They moved to the church at 110 Commonwealth Avenue at the corner of Clarendon Street, 1882-present.
Notes:
  • This church was formed by two women and seven men in Charlestown in 1665.
  • Its doors were ordered nailed shut in 1680 by order of the Governor and Council for a week.
  • Its pastor Samuel Stillman help to establish Rhode Island College [now Brown University] and the first Baptist Missionary Society in America [now The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts] in 1764.
  • First African Church [now the People's Baptist Church in Roxbury] gathered here in 1805.
  • Established a sabbath school in 1816.
  • Found the Newton Theological School [now the Andover Newton Theological School] in 1825.
  • The congregation sold their church to a new congregation that formed in South Boston and the building was floated over to its new location in 1829.
  • The Shawmut Avenue Baptist Church merged with this church in 1877.
  • The church bought its present building from the Brattle Square Unitarian Society who had it constructed in 1872.
Records:
Online:
  • Part of Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart, trans., The Records of the Churches of Boston (Boston, 2002) [records to 1800] in a database at American Ancestors ($).
Publications:
  • James M. Winchell, Jubilee Sermon: Two Discourses Exhibiting an Historical Sketch of the First Baptist Church in Boston from its First Formation in Charlestown 1655 to the Beginning of 1818 (Boston, 18