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Church Records Resources
WEBSITES (BY RELIGION)
Baptist/Southern Baptist/Free Will Baptist
Church of the Brethren
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Congregational Christian Church
Reformed Church in America
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)
US Catholic Sources: A Diocesan Research Guide by Virginia Humling (Ancestry)
Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors by Kathy Chater (Pen and Sword)
Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Presbyterian Church by Robert Benedetto (Greenwood Press)
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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