Sunday, April 28, 2013

Church Record Sunday #NGS2013 Edition: UNLV Libraries

The National Genealogical Society Conference in Las Vegas is almost here. So to gear up for that week, I thought I would share some resources for church records in Las Vegas.

So right about now, you're thinking, "I don't have ancestors in Vegas." Well, neither do I but the methodology  and the type of resources I'm going to point out might be of use to you no matter where your ancestors are from.

So for Church Records Sunday this week, let's explore the library collections of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UNLV has all kinds of collections for local history and that include images from early Vegas which is decidedly different than the mental picture most people have when they hear the words "Las Vegas."

For example, here's a link for one early  photo of the First Methodist Church. There's other photos available including one for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

UNLV Libraries website, like most university libraries,  includes  some digitized collections and online exhibits including one on Nevada Women's Archives  that includes materials from church groups and clubs.

UNLV Library  has a Nevada History guide that includes links for Nevada historical research including newspapers, history timelines, and an online encyclopedia among other collections. Genealogists with Nevada roots should check out this list.

Make sure as you seek out church records that you check out the collections of a university library for the state or the region your ancestor was from.

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