churchYour Guide to Finding and Using Church Records for Genealogical Research


Church records may inlcude baptisms, marriages, burials, as well as membership and participation in church activities. Church affiliation often accounts for migration patterns.

Don't assume your ancestors had the same church affiliationas that of your contemporary relatives.

How do you find which church your ancestors attended? Look at proximity. Notice the names of clergymen who married and buried them; see if the obituary includes church membership. With a little research you can determine the chruch with which that person was affiliated.

The LDS has filmed many church records; more so for churches in other countries than those in America.. The D.A.R. transcriptions often include church records and transcriptions are often in local periodicals published by county, regional and state societies. Some churches have archives of their records.

* General Guides to using church records and registers *

* Baptist * Catholic * Church of England * Church of Ireland * Church of the Bretheren Congregationalist * Jewish * Mennonite * * Methodist * Moravian * Reformed Dutch * Quaker *
* United Chruch of Canada *
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Online Articles about finding and using church records:

Message Boards: Religions and Religious at



Church of Ireland Church of Ireland Genealogy and Family History



Mennonite: Mennonite Church Historical Committee, with links to archives, indexed obituaries and their Historical Bulletin


Moravian:The website of the Moravian Church Archives devotes a whole section to the interests of the family historian. See also: Moravian Church Genealogy Links

Reformed Dutch: Reformed Dutch Church Records

Quaker Quaker . You may want to consult the WPA Inventory of Church Archives of Society of Friends: Pennsylvnia (find in a library). although it concentrates on Ohio resources, Friendly Research provides an extremely helpful guide to understanding and finding Quaker ancestors, .

United Church of the Brethren: The Church of Brethern Network offers a very comprehensive website on Brethern History and Genealogy You will want to take time to explore the several pages on this site.

United Chruch of Canada

More links: | UK & Ireland Church Records | Cyndi's List: Religion and Churches |