Church Records

Church records can be of many types:

Marriages, births, deaths, baptisms or other rites, burials, cemetery records, memberships, and transfers.

Guides

Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources.  Edited by Alice Eichholz. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.
2nd ed., 1992. Location: UD Morris Library – Reference (Ref
CS49 .A55 1992
3rd ed., 2004. Not available at the UD Library.

Delaware Genealogical Research Guide. 3rd ed. Wilmington, DE: Delaware Genealogical Society, 2002.
Location: UD Morris Library – Reference (Ref F163 .D349 2002)
Location: UD Morris Library – Special Collections (Del F163 .D349 2002)

The most important guide for doing genealogical research in Delaware. It covers specific types of records and where they can be found in the state. Edited by Thomas P. Doherty and published by the Delaware Genealogical Society (http://delgensoc.org).

Delaware Church Records: A Research Guide (UD Library)

Finding Church Records

Most church records are retained by the churches themselves. Some records have been transcribed, abstracted or indexed and published, microfilmed, or scanned.

Library or Archives Catalogs & Databases

Examples: WorldCat Local, DELCAT, Family History Library (FamilySearch)

Ancestry Library Edition (UD Library Databases)

Also available: the New Castle County public libraries (see databases list) and the Delaware Public Archives.

Best viewed using the Internet Explorer browser. Select the Search tab,then “Browse by location,” “Delaware.” Or select the Search tab, then select “Card Catalog” under the Search Resources section. Use Database title or Keywords options to search for the name of a church or for descriptive words, such as church or parish. Also see the Learning Center available free through Ancestry.com.

PERSI

Part of the Heritage Quest Online database. The University of Delaware Library does not have access to this. Available at the New Castle County public libraries (see databases list), the Kent and Sussex public libraries (see the Delaware Library Catalog: Heritage Quest), and the Delaware Public Archives.

PERSI (Periodical Source Index) is the largest subject index to genealogical and historical periodical articles in the world. Covers genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. The time period of the articles ranges from the 1700s to the present. More than 1.8 million index entries from nearly ten thousand titles are represented in this index.

Search for family names, church names, and descriptive phrases, such as bible records.

Internet Resources

Record Inventory (19th Century Immigrant Roots: Records for Wilmington, Delaware, USA and Vicinity)

Includes: Catholic baptisms, marriages, and burial records and Tatnall & WPA Tombstone Data.

Records of Old Swedes Church, available on Google Books.

Records of Old Swedes Church

Records of Old Swedes Church


Church Histories or Local Histories

Information about the church, contact information. May include where the records are held.

Rose Hill (NC) Methodist Church

Rose Hill (NC) Methodist Church

Church Organization (local, regional, national)

City or Business Directories

May include listings of associations, churches, schools, government offices, charitable societies, fraternal organizations, and more.

Bible Records

Some records have been transcribed, abstracted or indexed, and published, microfilmed, or scanned.

Delaware Church Records: A Research Guide

Bible records are available on the Internet, usually from individuals or from digital library collections.

Example: Library of Virginia

Online Catalog of the Library of Virginia includes digital images for 6,000 family Bible records. Use the Archives and Manuscripts search.

Page from Turner Bible. Found by searching the Online Catalog of the Library of Virginia.

Page from Turner Bible. Found by searching the Online Catalog of the Library of Virginia.

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