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WEBSITES (GENERAL)

Association of Religion Data Archives Denominational Trees

FamilySearch Wiki: United States Church Records

Locating Church Records

WEBSITES (BY RELIGION)

Baptist/Southern Baptist/Free Will Baptist

American Baptist Historical Society

Baptist Roots

Southern Baptist Historical Library & Archives

National Association of Free Will Baptists

Catholic

American Catholic Historical Society

The Catholic Internet Directory

Catholic Diocese and Bishop Addresses

CatholicLinks.org: Archives, Libraries

Catholic Parishes Online

Church of the Brethren

Brethren Historical Library and Archives

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library

FamilySearch

Congregational Christian Church

Congregational Library

Episcopal

Episcopal Church Archives

Greek Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Lutheran

Concordia Historical Institute

Evangelical Lutheran Church Archives

Huguenot

Huguenot Society of America

National Huguenot Society

Mennonite

Pennsylvania and Mennonite Research Center

Methodist

Methodist General Commission on Archives & History

Moravian

Moravian Archives (North)

Moravian Archives (South)

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society

Reformed Church in America

Reformed Church in America Archives

Quaker

The Quaker Corner

Swarthmore: Friends Historical Library

Seventh-Day Adventist

Seventh-Day Adventist General Conference Archives

Shaker

Shaker Heritage Society

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS* (GENERAL)

The Encyclopedia of American Religions, 7th edition, edited by John Gordon Melton (Gale Research)

German Church Books: Beyond the Basics by Kenneth L Smith (Picton Press)

Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 11th edition, by Frank S. Mead, revised by Samuel S. Hill (Abingdon Press)

A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada by Mark A. Noll (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

How to Find Your Family History in US Church Records by Sunny Jane Morton (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

National Directory of Churches, Synagogues, and Other Houses of Worship, four volumes, by John Gordon Melton (Gale Research)

New Historical Atlas of Religions in America by Edwin S. Gaustad (Oxford University Press)

A Religious History of the American People by Sydney E Ahlstrom (Yale University Press)

A Survey of American Church Records, 4th Rev Ed. by E Kay Kirkham (Everton Brothers)

Researching American Religious Records by Kyle Betit & Beverly Whitaker CG (Heritage Productions)

Searching American Church Records by Fran Carter (American Genealogical Lending Library)

Understanding and Using Baptismal Records by John T. Humphrey (Humphrey Publications)

Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches edited by Eileen W. Lindner (Abingdon Press): Published annually since 1916.

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS* (BY RELIGION)

Catholic

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

Huguenot

Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors by Kathy Chater (Pen and Sword)

Presbyterian 

Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Presbyterian Church by Robert Benedetto (Greenwood Press)

Quaker

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, six volumes, edited by William Wade Hinshaw (Edwards Bros.)

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

Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records by Ellen Thomas Berry and David Allen Berry (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

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