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
Share |
BOOKMARK PRINT
Did you enjoy this article?
Please share it!
Recent Blog Posts »
Recent Articles »

Free Genealogy Downloads



USA Genealogy Premium Collection


With the USA Genealogy Premium Collection you’ll receive all the information you need on every state in the Union, all in one convenient kit.
 
Only available in July, this collection has a retail value of $128.97, but is yours this month only for $59.98!

©  F+W All rights reserved.