Sunday, February 10, 2013

Church Record Sunday: American Church Records Resources

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the San Diego Genealogical Society on the topic of American Church Records. For this Church Record Sunday, I thought I would share a list of the resources I provided in the handout for this presentation.


American Catholic Historical Society <>

University of Notre Dame Archives  <>

Early California Population Project at

Local Catholic Church and Family History  < >

Women of Vision, Index of Catholic Nuns in Australia


General Commission of Archives and History

Archives of Ohio United Methodism <>

Boston University Methodist Organizations and Archives

Latter-day Saints

Links for Researching Mormon Pioneers  on Gena’s website <>

Church History Library <>

L. Tom Perry Special Collections (BYU Library)


Nu? What’s New? A Jewish Genealogy E-Zine <>

350 Years of Jewish Life in America via the Library of Congress <>

American Jewish Historical Society

General Resources on the Internet

PERSI at or Heritage Quest

Cyndi’s List. Religion & Churches  

In Family Search,,  to find Church Records do a library catalog subject or keyword search for the name of the religion or do a locality search and then click on Church History or Church Records.

The FamilySearch Wiki has various research topics including church records. Go to the Wiki <> and use the search engine to find the information about the religion you are researching.

Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library  <>

Beverly Whitaker’s Genealogy Tutor on Religious Features for the Family Historian

Locating Church Records by Val D. Greenwood 

Church Records: Genealogical Clues by Myra Vanderpool Gormley


Humling, V. (1995). U.S. Catholic sources: a diocesan research guide. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry.

Warner, M. D. L. W., Munnick, H. D., Beckham, S. D., & Munnick, A. R. (1972). Catholic Church records of the Pacific Northwest. St. Paul, OR: French Prairie Press.

Sperry, Kip (2007). A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources. Utah: My, Incorporated.

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (1994). Genealogical Publishing, Inc.

Berry, Ellen Thomas and Berry, David. Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding them in Quaker Records (2002). Genealogical Publishing Company.

Church Records by Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, In The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (2006). Ingram Publishing Services.

Vosburgh, Roydon Woodward. Early New York church records; a report and digest of the records transcribed by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1918 to 1920.


Mariann said...

Thank you! I'm copying this URL. There are a lot of good records here. Having just been introduced to FamilySearch Wiki, I'm going to look at SC and see what kind of databases are there for churches.

Gena Philibert-Ortega said...

Thanks Mariann! I hope the resources help. Always good to have more websites and books to look at.

I love the FamilySearch Wiki and with over 70,000 articles you're sure to find some answers.

Thanks for stopping by!