Genealogy Source Checklist
Today’s blog will list records associated with Church Records. Keep in mind over the years that people were immigrating to the “colonies” to escape religious persecution. You may find them in one type of religious church in their homeland, a different one for the colonies. Some even created their own religion. Note that in the early years that the different religious sectors, that were similar in belief, would share a traveling preacher. Like with the newspapers, look in surrounding towns, counties, states, regional areas and even counties that border where they lived. Boundaries change even in this day and age. In some religions people are not baptized until they are adults. Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning. I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.
Confirmation Marriage Banns
Ministerial Journals/Logs Deacon Lists
Service to Church Annual family Booklets
Dedication to Faith Confirmation
Vestry Disciplinary Actions
Church achieves/Records Church Biography/History
Seminary Records Membership list
Account Books Town Tax records of payment to church support
Ordination Missionary service logs
Church activity records Church Bulletins
Church Advertisements Prayer cards
Memorial Cards Mass logs
Church Bibles Hymnals
Prayer Books Photographs of members/church
Activity photographs Synagogue/Rabi records
Seating records Prayer logs
Holy Day Services Deacon lists
Records from early days of our county formation, may be found in the home or in family records of the traveling pastor/minister. You may, not find those early records at all, except for mention in a town record.
In my own family records, I have encountered documents from various religions: Baptist (Free Will & Southern), Congregational, Unitarian, Methodist, Jewish, Wicca, Catholic, Lutheran, Mormon, Christian Science and Jehovah Witness. I even found an Atheist in the family tree. Who knows what I will find in future research.
Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, Webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.