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Sari Mauro from the Congregational Library and Archives Kicks Off the Winter/Spring Local and Family History Lecture Series

by awilliams

Sari MauroSari Mauro, Digital Archivist for the Congregational Library and Archives (CLA), paid a visit to the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday night to share tips on navigating the CLA’s records for the audience of amateur genealogists and researchers.

The CLA, located at 14 Beacon Street, was established in 1853 and houses materials documenting the history and records of the Congregational Church, a religious tradition descended from Puritanism. However, the CLA’s collections are not just for those seeking information on the history of New England’s churches; as Mauro noted, because colonial churches kept track of all town business, the CLA is a great resource for genealogists trying to track down an ancestor’s birth, death, or marriage dates as well as property and tax information.

To help the audience with their research, Mauro provided tips for navigating the CLA’s archives, both online and in-person. She reviewed key denominational search terms and examined how to best use those terms when locating materials. She also explored digital resources that genealogists can access remotely, including the CLA catalog, over 18,000 digitized church records as part of the New England’s Hidden Histories project, the obituary database, and more. Mauro also pointed audiences to a digitized Spider-Man comic book, in which the super hero travels back in time to fight Puritan and Salem witch trial judge Cotton Mather.

The Local and Family History Lecture Series runs through May and features lectures of interest to both amateur genealogists and local historians. See the full schedule via www.bpl.org/localhistory.

2 Responses to “Sari Mauro from the Congregational Library and Archives Kicks Off the Winter/Spring Local and Family History Lecture Series”

  1. Cassie Prichard says:

    Did the first Baptist church of Charlestown Mass,keep records of such As birth,marriages,deaths,etc also names of the decons,my 4th great-grandfather David Goodwin son of John housewright:decon of the baptist church,married Abigail Jenner she died Nov 1,1764 at Boston her family are buried in the Philips st burial ground all connected with the First Church there. Was just wondering Thank you