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Genealogy Resources

Church Records

  • American Catholic Historical Society.
  • Baker, Russell Pierce. Obituaries and Marriages Notices from the Tennessee Baptist: 1844-1862. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1979.
  • Baptist Info Independent Baptist Church Directory.
  • Hull, William I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2007, 1935.
  • Catholic Information Center.
  • Catholic Online.
  • Haberstroh, Richard. The German Churches of Metropolitan New York, A Research Guide. New York: NYG &B Society, 2000.
  • Holcomb, Brent. Marriage and Death Notices from the Lutheran Observer, 1831-1861 and the Southern Lutheran, 1861-1865, Columbia, S.C. 1979.
  • Humling, Virginia. U.S. Catholic Sources: A Diocesan Research Guide. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Inc., 1995.
  • Humphrey, John T. Understanding and Using Baptismal Records. NGS, 1996. This book explores baptismal beliefs and practices of the various religious denominations that established churches in Colonial America. In addition the author details many of the reasons why genealogists experience difficulty finding some early records and provides both research hints and solutions to some of the mysteries behind problem baptismal records.
  • Kirkham,  E. Kay. A Survey of American Church Records: Major Denominations before 1880. Volume 1. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1971.
  • Kirkham, E. Kay. A Survey of American Church Records: Minor Denominations. Volume 2. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1969.
  • Lutheran Genealogy.
  • Official Catholic Directory. New York: P.J. Kennedy & Sons, annual.
  • Olive Tree Genealogy - Free ship's passenger lists, church records, land records, family surnames and much more will help you find that elusive ancestor.
  • Online U.S. Directory of the Catholic Church.
  • Presbyterian Church in America.
  • Primitive Baptist. Extensive website with history of Primitive Baptist Churches, county by county, in over thirty states, mostly in the Midwest, but including some information for states across the northern tier of America.  For some of these states there is only sketchy information, but for others (such as Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa) there is a fair amount of detailed information. The authors have tried to locate and obtain church records, and have entered the names of members into a database, and have also put the surnames of the members on the website for each church, county by county.  They began working on our database in 1986, and it presently has over 53,000 entries, and they are adding to it all the time as they find more church records.
  • The Quaker Corner. A repository of resources for enhancing the research of your Quaker heritage.
  • Quaker Roots

  • Ryan, James G. Irish Church Records: Their History, Availability, and Use in Family and Local History Research. Glenageary, Co. Dublin, Ireland: Flyleaf Press, 2001. This book contains chapters by experts on the records of the 8 major Irish religious denominations.   For each, it provides details of the record-keeping practices, their history as it affected record-keeping or record survival, and current availability of the records. It also describes the types of records and their relevance to Irish family, church and local history. The locations of the records of each church, and guidelines for their access are also provided. It is extensively illustrated and indexed.

  • Sperry, Kip. A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources. Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2007. It contains chapters on the history of the Mormon church; beginning research; indexes, finding aids, and guides; compiled and printed sources; original records; migration, emigration, and immigration records; computer resources and databases; Internet sites; and periodicals, as well as an extensive bibliography.
  • U.S. Catholic Parishes/Diocese Online
  • USGenWeb FTP Site. Pennsylvania. Lehigh County. Records of Egypt Reformed Church, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 1734-1807. Baptismal records transcribed from the Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 6.
  • The Vatican Museum.
  • Vatican: The Holy See.