Sunday, June 30, 2013

Church Record Sunday: St. Mary's Seminary Maryland

I've talked before about Seminary Libraries on Church Record Sunday. Today's resources is the St. Mary's Seminary & University Associated Archives. You will find that their website specifically addresses genealogical requests and provides answers to how you can use their collection to trace Catholic ancestors.

Resources housed here include Sacramental Records and Registers. Their collection is limited to:

"...parishes within the current boundaries of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (est. 1789), which is comprised of the following counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, and Washington. Records for parishes that now comprise the Archdiocese of Washington, DC (est. 1939), Diocese of Wilmington, DE(est. 1868), Diocese of Richmond (est. 1820), and Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (est. 1850) can only be accessed through those respective dioceses."

Check their website for more information about genealogical requests and materials available, including guides.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Church Record Sunday: Internet Archive Genealogy Collection

One of my favorite digitized book websites is Internet Archive. I use their Cookbooks and Home Economics collection for ideas for my other blog,  Food. Family.Ephemera . They also have other great books for genealogy research including a collection called Genealogy.

Now, this isn't the only place you can find family history related resources but for today's Church Record Sunday let's look at just the Genealogy collection.

Here's how you get to that collection. First go to the Internet Archive website. Choose Texts, found on the right hand side of the page

Then click on Additional Collections

Then scroll down and click on Genealogy

Once inside the collection you can browse through titles that have been digitized.
Internet Archive's Texts collection are public domain books so you may download or copy what you need. Some examples of church related sources include histories and parish records.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Church Record Sunday: Western Kentucky University

Have Kentucky ancestors? You may want to check out Western Kentucky University's Manuscript and Folklife Archives Collections. It's here that you can learn about their church record holdings and the South Union Shaker collection.

According to their website, their Church Records collection includes:

"records (either originals or photocopies) from churches of many denominations in Kentucky and elsewhere. Typically, these records consist of minutes of church meetings and registers of members, but may also include other information such as the church constitution, articles of faith and rules of decorum, and lists of pastors, elders, deacons, baptisms, marriages and deaths."

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Church Record Sunday: The United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada Archives web page offers researchers  virtual exhibits as well as a listing of their collections and Research Guides. One of their archival efforts includes Making Room for Women, a coordinated effort to preserve the personal papers of women.