Thursday, January 30, 2014

Early New England Church records online: Congregational Library and Archives

Thanks to this blog post by Lisa Louise Cooke I am now aware of a wonderful new resource for early New England relatives.

The Congregational Library and Archives has a lovely set of early church records.  They have the following 17 collections already online, each with images of the original records. 

Abington, Mass. First Congregational Church (1714-1749)

Bradford, Mass. First Church of Christ (1682-1915)

Danvers, Mass. First Church (1689-1845)

Falmouth, Mass. First Congregational Church (1731-1790)

Franklin, Mass. First Congregational Church (1737-1887) 
founded as Second Church in Wrentham

Georgetown, Mass. First Congregational Church (1736-1886)
founded as Second/West Parish in Rowley

Grafton, Mass. Congregational Church (1731-1828)
originated as Hassanimisco Plantation

Hanover, Mass. First Congregational Church (1728-1800)

Haverhill, Mass. West Parish Congregational Church (1734-1900)

Hawley, Gideon, Missionary Journal and Letterbook (1754-1807)

Mattapoisett, Mass. Congregational Church (1736-1886)
founded as Second Precinct in Rochester

Natick, Mass. First Congregational Church (1721-1794)

Oxford, Mass. First Congregational Church (1721-1850)

Rowley, Mass. First Congregational Church (1728-1835)

Sanford, Maine. North Parish Congregational Church (1786-1823)
founded when Maine was part of Massachusetts

Somerset, Mass. Congregational Christian Church (1840-1912)

Wenham, Mass. First Congregational Church (1643-1847)

They plan to make the following collections available soon:

Byfield, Mass. First Parish Church (1709-1845)

Dorchester, Mass. First Church (1757-1781)

Haverhill, Mass. First Congregational Church (1717-1756)

Marblehead, Mass. First Church (1684-1866)

Marblehead, Mass. Third Congregational Church (1858-1876)

Middleboro, Mass. First Church of Christ (1707-1865) 

Most of the collections are not yet transcribed. If you would like to help transcribe these valuable records, check out this link.  I would like to note that they appear to be working on a different type of church record, a type called "relations", for transcriptions at this time.