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Church, Parish & Religious Records

Church, parish and other religious records can be vital in reconstructing your family tree. Learn how to locate them both online and offline, the types of records available, and how they can help you in your genealogy research.

How to Research Methodist Ancestors
Wondering if your ancestor was really an ordained Methodist minister? If records exist for your Methodist ancestors? Learn what records are available, and how and where to access them, for individuals and churches in the United Methodist and its predecessor denominations, including Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Presbyterian, Evangelical and...

Historical Methodist Church Records & Archives
Learn where and how to find historical United Methodist Church records, both online and off, including records of ministers, missionaries, and members of the United Methodist, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Presbyterian, and United Brethren church in the United States and United Kingdom.

The American Jewish Archives
The American Jewish Archives located in Cincinnati, OH has a wealth of items useful to Jewish genealogists including family genealogies, personal papers and records from local synagogues. The site includes information on how to make genealogical research requests.

Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Information on the genealogical records available at the ELCA and a checklist for writing to local Lutheran churches for genealogical information.

Baptist Roots
A good place to start for people with Baptist ancestors, this site includes links to Baptist repositories and archives, online records, publications, mailing lists, historical articles, research outlines and more.

Canadian Baptist Archives
The Canadian Baptist Archives maintains records from local Canadian Baptist churches, but the type of records kept by Baptist churches do not usually provide many details about births, deaths and burials which are frequently kept by churches of other denominations.

Church of the Brethren
Links to online genealogical resources of the Brethren Church including birth, marriage, death, and baptism records, plus membership rolls.

Church and Parish Records of Ontario, Canada
Locations, contact info and Web sites for local churches and church archives in Ontario, CA.

Dutch Genealogy - Church Records
Miriam Klaassen explains why church registers are the primary resources for genealogical research in the Netherlands before 1811 and what information they contain.

Genealogical Research in the Netherlands - Church Records
Eric Hennekam explains how to do genealogy research in church records in Holland and the Netherlands.

How to Discover Your Ancestor's Religion
Suggestions for documents which may include information on the religious affiliation of your ancestors.

Local Catholic Church History and Genealogy Research Guide
This extensive Web site introduces you to the types of records and the locations of those records. It also includes links to Archdioceses, Dioceses, churches, history, genealogy, biographies for countries and locations around the world.

Locating Church Records: Genealogy.com
In this excerpt from Val Greenwood's The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, the author gives suggestions for locating the records of the church your ancestor attended.

The Quaker Corner
The Web site of the Quaker-Roots discussion group is packed with information on Quaker genealogy including surnames, terms and abbreviations used in Quaker records, lookup offers and much, much more.

Reformed Dutch Church Records
Donna Speer Ristenbatt introduces one of the most valuable tools for a researcher looking for Dutch ancestors in America - Reformed Dutch Church Records.

Researching Your United Methodist Ancestors
An introduction to researching your UMC ancestors from the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church.

RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees: Church Records
An extensive introduction to using church records in your genealogy research.

This and That Genealogy Tips on Religions
Shirley Hornbeck offers a variety of tips on using religious records in your genealogy research.

United Church of Canada Archives
A guide to the local church records of the United Church of Canada and its antecedent denominations: Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Evangelical United Brethren Churches. Descriptions of all pre-1925 local church records are available on the Local Church Records Index Page.

United Methodist Church - Local Churches & Regional Archives
Links to local UMC churches, archives and repositories for states across the U.S.

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