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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Brighton'''  
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk County]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Brighton'''<br>
<center>Brighton (1807-1874) </center><br>
Brighton '''''was'' ''' a town in [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex County]] that was created from the south parish of [[Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge]]. It was annexed to [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] in [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk County]] in 1874 along with [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown]] and [[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury]]. This guide discusses the records created by this town and includes references to material of present-day Allston-Brighton (the neighborhood of Boston) as well. Be careful of the time period you are researching here as the records you need may be in one of two counties or one of two towns.
=== Brief History  ===
=== Brief History  ===
The area was first granted to [[Watertown, Massachusetts|Watertown]] in 1630, but this south of the river land was transferred to Newtown (now [[Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge]]) in 1634. Rev. John Eliot's "Praying Indian" village was established at Nonantum in 1646 along the Brighton-Newton border. The main village of the rural town is what is now called Brighton Center. It was known for its cattle farms. Its split from [[Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge]] came when that town would not repair the bridge connecting the two parts and made decisions that hurt Brighton's cattle industry. The largest agriculture fair in the state was held in Brighton annual in the early 19th century. A railroad was built through the northern end of town in 1835 that greatly helped its meat packing industry become the biggest in the area with 41 slaughter houses by 1866. The electric streetcar was introduced in 1889 and spurred a population boom as a suburban community of [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]].
== Historical Data ==
=== Resources ===
The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series&lt;ref&gt;William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 43. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}&lt;/ref&gt; with additions from various sources.
==== Town Records  ====
&lt;center&gt;'''Associated names''' &lt;/center&gt;<br>Brighton at one time was called Little Cambridge and Cambridge South Parish.<br> <br>Village or section names include Aberdeen, Albany, Allston, Brighton, Cattle Fair, Faneuil, North Brighton, Oak Square, Union Sqaure.  
'''Brighton''' was annexed to [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] in 1874.<ref name="long">Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716; ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 747; ch. 314, sec. 1, p. 810.</ref> Starting in 1874 look for information about residents of Brighton in [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] town records. Before 1874 Brighton town records are separate from Boston records.  
&lt;center&gt;'''Border changes''' &lt;/center&gt;
=== References  ===
Works written on the town include:
*J. P. C. Winship, ''Historical Brighton: An Illustrated History of Brighton and Its Citizens'' (Boston, 1899, 1902; rep. 1975), 2v. (238, 220 pp.).&lt;br&gt;Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/historicalbright02wins vol. 2] only) and Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=CXkUAAAAYAAJ vol. 2] only).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/10189067 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|707299|item|disp=FHL book 974.46/B2 H2w}}.<br>*Debra L. Mascott, ''A Bibliography of Sources on Brighton, Massachusetts'' ([Boston?], 1979), 24 pp.&lt;br&gt;Only at Boston Public Library - [http://catalog.mbln.org/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=134V176U29L37.2770&profile=bpl1&uri=link=3100019~!5096572~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab440&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=A+bibliography+of+sources+on+Brighton%2C+Massachusetts.&index=ALTITLP Government Documents reference desk].<br>*William P. Marchione, ''The Bull in the Garden: A History of Allston-Brighton'' (Boston, 1986), viii, 173 pp.&lt;br&gt;[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13358514 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; Not at FHL.<br>*Brighton Allston Historical Society has several historical articles on their [http://www.bahistory.org/bahhistfirst.html website].<br>*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton,_Massachusetts Brighton Wikipedia page].<br>*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allston Allston Wikipedia page] (the eastern part of the old town of Brighton).&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;
'''Adjacent towns: ''Suffolk Co.: '' [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] | ''Middlesex Co.: '' [[Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge]] | [[Newton, Massachusetts|Newton]] | [[Watertown, Massachusetts|Watertown]] | ''Norfolk Co.: '' [[Brookline, Massachusetts|Brookline]]'''  
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== Vital Records  ==
[[Image:{{MASufBriMap}}]]The town's vital records are available in many locations: <br>&lt;center&gt;'''Original records''' &lt;/center&gt; <br>*[http://www.cityofboston.gov/registry/ '''Boston Registry Division''']&lt;br&gt;1 City Hall Square Room 213&lt;br&gt;Boston MA 02201&lt;br&gt;Phone 617-635-4175&lt;br&gt;Email [mailto:Registry@cityofboston.gov Registry@cityofboston.gov] <br>*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Township Records Index (1771-1874) {{FHL|31897|item|disp=FHL film 859616 Items 1-2}}, being an index to births, marriages, and deaths.&lt;br&gt; <br>*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and intentions of marriage, 1771-1874, baptisms, 1809-1812 (church not listed), tax list for 1752, and voting list for 1816 on 33 fiche. It is part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index.&lt;br&gt;Also available at the [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1004249~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston. <br>*Official state copy of vital records started in 1841. See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
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== City Directories  ==
Brighton was published in 1868, 1871-1889, 1891, 1893-1901, 1903-1908, 1910-1920, 1922, 1924-1932, 1934, 1940, 1944 (under Brookline).
The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
Other holdings:
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1868, 1871-1889, 1891, 1893-1901, 1903-1908, 1910-1920, 1922, 1924-1932, 1934, 1940, 1944 (under Brookline). <br>*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1868, 1871-1889, 1891, 1893-1899 (under Brookline). <br>*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1848, 1850 on [https://familysearch.org/search/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Massachusetts,+Suffolk,+Brighton&author_givenName=&author_surname=&uri=http%3A//catalog-search-api%3A8080/www-catalogapi-webservice/search%3Fquery%3Dsubject_id%3A642136%26count%3D50&subjectId=642136 FHL various films]. <br>*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none. <br>*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1868, 1871-1889, 1891, 1893-1901, 1903-1908, 1910-1920, 1922, 1924-1932, 1934, 1940, 1944 (under Brookline). <br>*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1018141~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1868, 1873/4, 1875, 1877-1889, 1891, 1893-1901, 1903-1908, 1910-1920, 1922, 1924-1932, 1934, 1940, 1944 (under Brookline).
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== Maps  ==
*The [http://www.bahistory.org/maps.html Brighton Allston Historical Society] has maps available online for 1875, 1884, 1885, 1890, 1899, 1909, 1916, 1925.<br>*Other maps available from the Boston map page.
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== Cemeteries  ==
The following is a list of cemeteries within the old borders of the town of Brighton. Remember that this was first part of Cambridge and later annexed to Boston. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.&lt;br&gt;
:#Market Street Cemetery, 1762.<br>::Note: The closure of this cemetery created the need a new cemetery, Evergreen.<br>::In 1872, about 150 burials were removed to Evergreen Cemetery.<br>::Anna M. McGonagle, "Inscriptions from the Market Street Burying Ground, Brighton, Massachusetts (sometimes called the Old Brighton Buring Ground)" typed by Winifred Lovering Holman, 1933, 7 leaves.&lt;br&gt;Manuscript at the [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1078570~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston, and {{FHL|608140|item|disp=FHL film 1597818 Item 19}}.<br>::[http://www.dar.org/ NSDAR] has transcriptions in G.R.C., Series 1, v. 20 and 48, with index in v. 28.<br>:#Evergreen Cemetery, 1848.<br>::[http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Evergreen%20Cemetery%20records_tcm3-33022.pdf Evergreen Cemetery records], 1881-1967.<br>::[https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&dps_pid=IE202035&dps_dvs=1346186120324~226&dps_pid=IE202035&change_lng=en Catalogue of Lot Owners] for Mount Hope and Evergreen cemeteries, 1908.
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== Churches  ==
The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.
:#First Parish of Brighton [Unitarian, formerly Congregational], 1783, records good after 1828.&lt;br&gt;Note: Wright gives church establishment in 1730 with records starting im 1783. Worthley, noting the early date as incorrect with his reason, gave the church as being the Third, or South, Parish of Cambridge, 1783, with no known surviving records before 1828.&lt;br&gt;First Parish records, 1721-1955, held at [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00011.html Andover-Harvard Theological Library], Harvard Divinity School, include marriages, 1903-1955, and a second [http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/bms/bms00134.html collection of records], 1886-1966.&lt;br&gt;Frederic Augustus Whitney, "Names of the families connected witht he First Society Brighton at the date of ordination Feb. 21, 1844, together with such as have been since added. Also dates of visits made in my pastoral relation to the families, 1844-ca. 1876" [First Congregational Church], 1v. (242 p.).&lt;br&gt;Manuscript at the [http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1078010~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston.<br>:#Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church (now [http://www.brightonucc.org/ Brighton Allston Congregational Church] (United Church of Christ)), 1827, records good, 1827-1849 and after 1872 (others burned in Boston's Fire of 1872).&lt;br&gt;''Brief History of the Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church'' ([Boston?, 1868?]), 47 pp.&lt;br&gt;Merged with the Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church to for the Brighton Allston Congregational Church.<br>:#Brighton Avenue Baptist Church, Allston, 1853, records good.&lt;br&gt;Still active, but no website.<br>:#Universalist Church, 1872-1885, records go back to 1860 and are good.&lt;br&gt;First Universalist Society records, 1858-1885, held at [http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=div00238 Andover-Harvard Theological Library], Harvard Divinity School.<br>:#[http://www.brightoncatholic.org/ St. Columbkille Church] (Roman Catholic), 1871, records good.&lt;br&gt;Baptisms, 1857-1900, Marriages, 1857-1907, and confirmations, 1855-1895, held at the [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12304&pid=1484 Archdiocese of Boston Archives]. Note the earlier records than the church.<br>:#St. Margaret's Protestant Episcopal Church, 1872, records good.&lt;br&gt;Merged with St. Luke's Church in 1967.<br>:#Harvard Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, Allston, 1874, records good.&lt;br&gt;No further status of this church other than it was listed in the Boston Business Directory of 1921 and no longer extant.<br>:#Allston Congregational Church, 1886-2003.&lt;br&gt;Merged with the Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church to for the Brighton Allston Congregational Church.<br>:#Unity Church [Unitarian] of Allston, 1886.&lt;br&gt;Status of this church is unknown. It was not in a list of churches in 1921, but extant in 1898.<br>:#St. Luke's Church [first Protestant Episcopal], Allston, 1892-2010.&lt;br&gt;Merged with St. Margaret's in 1967 and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Luke%27s_and_St._Margaret%27s_Church closed in 2010].Location of records has not been determined.<br>:#[http://www.chaiodom.com/ Congregation Chai Odom], 1902.<br>:#[http://www.gbgm-umc.org/community-brightma/ Brighton Community United Methodist Church], 1906.<br>:#[http://www.abundantgraceboston.org/ Abundant Grace Church], n.d.<br>:#[http://www.abislamiccenter.org/ Allston Brighton Islamic Center], n.d.<br>:#[http://www.bostonupc.org/ Boston's United Pentecostal Church], n.d.<br>:#[http://catedraldeadoracao.com/site/ Catedral de Adoracao], n.d.<br>:#[http://www.bccsf.org/ Centro Comunidade Brasileira], n.d.<br>:#Church of Pentecost, n.d.<br>:#[http://www.cfcfboston.org/ Community of Faith Christian Fellowship], n.d..<br>:#Greater Boston Chinese Alliance Church, n.d.<br>:#[http://www.thehillinallston.org/ Hill Memorial Baptist Church], Allston, n.d.<br>:#[http://hrocboston.org/ Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church], Allston (Bulgarian), n.d.<br>:#Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, n.d.<br>:#[http://www.bostoncbc.org/ New England City Blessing Church], n.d.<br>:#Our Lady of the Presentation Church [Roman Catholic], n.d.<br>:#St. James Catholic Church, n.d.
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== Town Records  ==
&lt;center&gt;'''Originals''' &lt;/center&gt;<br>[http://www.cityofboston.gov/archivesandrecords '''City of Boston Archives and Records Management Division''']&lt;br&gt;201 Rivermoor Street&lt;br&gt;West Roxbury MA 02132&lt;br&gt;Phone 617-635-1195&lt;br&gt;Email [mailto:Archives@cityofboston.gov Archives@cityofboston.gov]&lt;br&gt;[http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Town%20of%20Brighton%20records_tcm3-30009.pdf Link] to the inventory that include financial records (property tax, etc.), deeds, and annual reports.&lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;These originals were microfilmed by the city. The [http://bostonpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2476008042_boston_records_1634-1914_finding_list_for_microfilm_collection guide to the microfilm] is available in Government Documents and at the Microtext Reference Desk where the microfilm can be used.
&lt;center&gt;'''Microfilm''' &lt;/center&gt;<br>Town minutes (1807-1874) and selectmen's records (1816-1874).&lt;br&gt;{{FHL|247437|item|disp=FHL films 478574-478576}}.
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== Newspapers  ==
:#''Brighton Messenger'', 1872-1876.<br>:#''Brighton Item'' (title varies), 1886-1944.<br>:#''Brighton Citizen'', 1942.<br>:#''Allston Brighton Citizen Item'', 1967-1990.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
The following is a list of research facilities in town:
[http://www.bpl.org/branches/brighton.htm '''Boston Public Library - Brighton Branch''']&lt;br&gt;40 Academy Hill Road&lt;br&gt;Brighton MA 02135&lt;br&gt;Phone 617-782-6032&lt;br&gt;
[http://www.bpl.org/branches/allston.htm '''Boston Public Library - Honan-Allston Branch''']&lt;br&gt;300 North Harvard Street&lt;br&gt;Allston MA 02134&lt;br&gt;Phone 617-787-6313&lt;br&gt;
<br>[http://www.bahistory.org/ '''Brighton Allston Historical Society''']<br>;No phone or physical address.
== References  ==
{{reflist}} <br>'''Adjacent towns: ''Suffolk Co.: '' [[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston]] | ''Middlesex Co.: '' [[Cambridge, Massachusetts|Cambridge]] | [[Newton, Massachusetts|Newton]] | [[Watertown, Massachusetts|Watertown]] | ''Norfolk Co.: '' [[Brookline, Massachusetts|Brookline]]'''  
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Brief History


Town Records

Brighton was annexed to Boston in 1874.[1] Starting in 1874 look for information about residents of Brighton in Boston town records. Before 1874 Brighton town records are separate from Boston records.


  1. Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716; ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 747; ch. 314, sec. 1, p. 810.

Adjacent towns: Suffolk Co.: Boston | Middlesex Co.: Cambridge | Newton | Watertown | Norfolk Co.: Brookline