How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records

With Specific Resources for Major Christian Denominations before 1900

By Sunny Jane Morton & Harold A. Henderson, CG

Records created by the major Christian denominations before 1900 in the United States are an underutilized resource for family historians. In these records, you may find ancestors’ births, maiden or married names, marriage details, deaths, family relationships, other residences, and even immigrants’ overseas birthplaces. You may uncover information about ancestors who have been unnamed in other records–women, children, ethnic minorities, immigrants, and the poor. You may find details about your ancestors recorded long before the existence of civil records.

How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records

However, it is not always an easy task to track down U.S. church records. That’s where this unique book comes in. For it takes readers step-by-step through the process of identifying, locating, and gaining access to these genealogical gems; included 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. There is simply no other book has so much to offer about American church records.

Any serious genealogist should add this groundbreaking book to their reference collection today!

Sunny Jane Morton ( is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, the NGS-award-winning Editor of Ohio Genealogy News, and a past Contributing Editor for the Genealogy Gems Podcast. She has degrees in History and Humanities from Brigham Young University, and in preparation for writing this book reviewed hundreds of original church record collections.

Harold A. Henderson, CG ( is a professional writer and board certified genealogist whose research focuses on the Midwest and its feeder states. He has served on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Harold has taught and lectured nationally and has published more than 100 genealogy articles.

8 ½” x 11″. 154 pp., illustrated, indexed, paperback. 2019.  ISBN 9780806320953. $29.95 

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