Class: Researching U.S. Church Records

Due to the coronavirus threat, library class cancellations, and Colorado Governor’s Stay at Home order, this class will only be online only! Please register below to receive the Zoom online instructions and handout!

This class will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 9 am to noon. Everyone interested in genealogy or family history is welcome to attend our free online classes!

First Hour: Intro to U.S. Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church. U.S. church records of many denominations can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships, overseas birthplaces and other residences and religious lives. From the co-author of the acclaimed book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what these records may look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records and access them.

Second Hour: Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians—Oh My! These 3 faiths dominated the 1800s religious scene in the United States. Learn a little of their intertwined history; explore a variety of sample records; and learn strategies for finding church records for Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians.

Third Hour: Find Your Family in Catholic Church Records. Roman Catholic sacramental records often contain vital events, relationships, and overseas hometowns. They’re also confidential, so they can be tricky to access–except that millions are coming online. Learn about Catholicism in the U.S., what’s in sacramental records and what they look like, how to identify an ancestral parish, and tips for accessing Catholic records. You’ll take home a handout packed with tools for tracing your Catholic ancestors’ records.

How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records
A Genealogist’s Guide: With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900

Included in this book are hundreds of links to church research resources, as well as chapters devoted to specific resources for the major Christian denominations before 1900. More than 30 archivists, historians, and genealogical experts in specific faith traditions have contributed their knowledge to these denominational chapters. Get your copy on Amazon (shipping in August) or straight from Genealogical Publishing Company. At the Genealogical Publishing Company website, use couponcode CHURCH22 for 20% off the price.


Sunny Morton

Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally known genealogy speaker and award-winning writer and editor. Her lectures are packed with try-this-now strategies and delivered with humor, humanity, and plenty of motivating examples and stories. She is a longtime Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Contributing Editor and Content Manager for; frequent contributor to FamilySearch’s blog; and past Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. Her books include How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, with Harold Henderson, CG, and Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, now in its 2nd edition.

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