Church Records Toolkit
6/24/2011
Here's a sampling of the resources available for church groups your ancestors may have belonged to.
A sampling of the resources available for some common and historically important church groups:

African Methodist Episcopal Church

Dennis Dickerson, Historiographer

Box 301, Williamstown, MA 01267, (413) 597-2484, <www.ame-church.com>

Baptist

American Baptist Historical Society

Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482, (610) 768-2378, <www.abhsarchives.org>

Canadian Baptist Archives

McMaster Divinity College, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1, Canada, (905) 525-9140 Ext. 23511, <www.mcmaster.ca/divinity/archives.html>

Samuel Colgate Historical Library

(American Baptist) 1106 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620, (716) 473-1740, <www.crds.edu/abhs>

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archive

901 Commerce St., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 244-0344, <www.sbhla.org>

Church of Christ, Scientist

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Christian Science Plaza, 175 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115, (617) 450-2000, <www.themotherchurch.org>

Church of the Brethren

Brethren Historical Library and Archives

1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. (847) 742-5100, <www.cob-net.org/fobg/library.htm>

Congregatioal

Congregational Library

14 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108, (617) 523-0470, <www.14beacon.org>

Disciples of Christ (Christian Church)

Disciples of Christ Historical Society

1101 19th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212, (615) 327-1444, <users.aol.com/dishistso>

Episcopal Church

Archives of the Episcopal Church

606 Rathervue Place, Box 2247, Austin, TX 78768, (512) 472-6816, <www.episcopalarchives.org>

Free Will Baptist

National Association of Free Will Baptists

Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011, (615) 731-6812, <www.nafwb.org>

Greek Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

8 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10021, (212) 570-3500, <www.goarch.org>

Huguenot

Huguenot Historical Society

Box 339, New Paltz, NY 12561, <www.hhs-newpaltz.net>

National Huguenot Society

9033 Lyndale Ave. S. #108, Bloomington, MN 55420, (952) 885-9776, <www.huguenot.netnation.com/general>

Jewish

American Jewish Archives

3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220, (513) 221-1875

American Jewish Historical Society Library

Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, (617) 891-8110, <www.ajhs.org>

Avotaynu

<www.avotaynu.com>

Center for Jewish History

15 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, (212) 294-8301, <www.cjh.org/archives>

JewishGen

<www.jewishgen.org>

Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Family History Library

35 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT84150, (801) 240-2364, <www.familysearch.org>

Lutheran

Concordia Historical Institute

(Missouri Synod) 801 De Mun Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 505-7900, <chi.lcms.org>

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Archives

321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, (847) 690-9410, <www.elca.org/os/archives>: Records of disbanded US ELCA churches are here and in regional archives <www.elca.org/os/archives/regsyn.html>.

Lutherans Online Genealogy Exchange <www.thrivent.com/lutheransonline/genealogy>

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

Augustana College, 639 38th St., Rock Island, IL 61201, (309) 794-7204, <www.augustana.edu/administration/swenson>: Also has microfilmed records of Swedish Baptist, Evangelical Covenant, Evangelical Free Church and Swedish-American Methodist congregations.

Mennonite

Archives of the Mennonite Church

1700 S. Main St., Goshen College, Goshen, IN 46526, <www.goshen.edu/mcarchives>

Menno Simons Historical Library

1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 432-4175, <www.emu.edu/library/histlib.html>

Pennsylvania and Mennonite Research Center

<www.ristenbatt.com/genealogy/mennonit.htm>

Methodist

Drew University United Methodist Archives Center

Drew University, Madison, Nj 07940, (973) 408-3590, <www.depts.drew.edu/lib/uma.html>

General Commission on Archives and History

Box 127, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940, (201) 408-3189, <www.gcah.org>

Researching Your United Methodist Ancestors

<www.gcah.org/Searching.htm>

Moravian

Moravian Archives (North)

41 W. Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018, (610) 866-3255, <www.moravianchurcharchives.org>

Moravian Archives (South)

4 E. Bank St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101, (336) 722-1742, <www.moravianarchives.org>

Moravian Church Genealogy Links

<www.enter.net/-smschlack>

Presbyterian

• Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Presbyterian Church by Robert Benedetto (Greenwood Press, $130.95)

Presbyterian Historical Society (North)

425 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19147, (215) 627-1852, <history.pcusa.org/about/phila.html>

Presbyterian Historical Society (South)

Box 849, 318 Georgia Terrace, Montreat, NC 28757, (704) 669-7061, <history.pcusa.org/about/montreat.html>

Reformed Church in America

Reformed Church in America Archives

21 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, <www.rca.org/aboutus/archives>

Roman Catholic

Most records are kept in individual parishes or in diocesan offices.

American Catholic Historical Society

263 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, (856) 424-4728, <www.amchs.org>

Catholic Internet Directory

<www.catholic-church.org/cid>

CatholicLink.org: Archives, Libraries

Holy Cross Provincial Archives

Box 568, South Bend, IN 46556, (219) 631-5371: Keeps some older North American church records.

Local Catholic Church History and Genealogy Research Guide

<home.att.net/~local_catholic>

The Official Catholic Directory (P.J. Kenedy & Sons): Published annually since 1817; see <www.catholicdir.com>.

US Catholic Sources: A Diocesan Research Guide by Virginia Humling (Ancestry)

Seventh-Day Adventist

Adventist Heritage Center

James White Library, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Ml 49104, (269) 471-3274. <www.andrews.edu/library/ahc>

Seventh-Day Adventist General Conference Archives

6840 Eastern Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20012, <www.adventistarchives.org>

Shakers

Shaker Heritage Society

1848 Shaker Meeting House, 875 Watervliet Shaker Road, Suite 2, Albany, NY 12211, (518) 456-7890, <www.crisny.org/not-for-profit/shakerwv>

Society of Friends (Quakers)

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, six volumes, edited by William Wade Hinshaw (Edwards Bros.): Available on a CD from Genealogy.com.

Friends Historical Library

(Hicksite records), Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081, (610) 328-8496, <www.swarthmore.edu/library/friends>

Magill Historical Library

(Orthodox records) Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041, (610) 896-1175, <www.haverford.edu/library/sc/special>

Monthly Meetings in North America: An Index, 2nd edition, edited by Thomas C. Hill (self-published): Family History Library book

973 K22h 1993, film 1698282 item 11, computer number 703086.

The Quaker Corner

<www.rootsweb.com/~quakers>

Unitarian Universalist

Harvard Divinity School

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, 45 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, <www.hds.harvard.edu/library>

• Unitarian Universalist Association

25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108, (617) 742-2100, <www.uua.org>

United Church of Christ

Includes the Evangelical and German Reformed churches and some Congregational churches.

Eden Archives

475 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Grove, MO 63119, <www.eden.edu/archives/edenarch.html>

Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society and Archives

555 W.James St., Lancaster, PA 17603, (717) 290-8711, <www.erhs.info>

UCC Historical Agencies

700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 736-2106, <www.ucc.org/aboutus/archives>
 
Find it on the Web
Start your church records research with these Web sites.

Cyndi's List — Religion

<www.cyndislist.com/religion.htm>

Locating Church Records

<www.genealogy.com/genealogy/5_grnwd.html#locations>

Religious Organizations

<www.atlconnect.org/rorgs>

RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees: Church Records

<www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/-rwguide/lesson17.htm>

UNESCO Archives Portal

 
From the February 2004 Family Tree Magazine
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