Religious groups in early American communities and in Europe often kept valuable church documents decades, or even centuries before government registrations
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FamilySearch Wiki - United States Church Records. The United States is a country of religious diversity. Sometimes church records are the only records containing birth, marriage and death about individuals. Therefore, they are a valuable substitute when vital records do not exist.
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Religious Resources. Nearly every religion, from Jewish and Southern Baptist to Mormon and Lutheran, boasts detailed records regarding its members, and as such, it is quite possible for you to make great gains in your genealogy research through the use of religious genealogy.
Finding Your Ancestors’ Religious Records. While the types of records available vary from religion to religion and even from church to church, the baptismal or christening, confirmation, marriage, death registers, membership, and other records of the church are often among the most valuable to be found in family history research.
JewishGen is committed to ensuring Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet to come. Free, easy to use website features thousands of databases, research tools and other resources.
The Knowles Collection is a six databases, each one for a geographical region, linking many generations of Jewish families from all over the world. This year, the collection as a whole surpassed 1 million profiles.
Quebec Records held at Drouin Institute. The Genealogical Site of French America French America: old and new records and effective collections. Repertory of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials from the beginning of French settlement with links to the original records.
The Reformation began on October 31, 1517, when German monk Saint Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This was one of the greatest events of the past 1000 years.
Martin Luther translation the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into German. All of Europe followed his example by translating the Bible into their languages.
February 20, 1:00 p.m. Albion's Seed: Finding Our British Ancestors
British History Online is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800. BHO was founded by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust and contains over 1,250 volumes and is always growing.
Familiar groups are the Mayflower Pilgrims, New England Puritans and the congregational churches readily accessible with Internet searches to popular websites.
Parish Registers - Family History before 1837. Parish Registers are records of baptisms, marriages, and burials made by the Church. They are a valuable resource for researching your family tree because the census and official records of birth, marriage and death do not go back further than 1837. They can extend your research back to the time of King Henry VIII, with many records going back to the 1600s.
The Methodists of the 19th century continued the interest in Christian holiness that had been started by their founder, John Wesley in England. Though it became a multi-denominational movement over time and furthered by the Second Great Awakening which energized churches of all stripes, the Holiness movement has its roots in Wesleyanism.
Lutheran Church. 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation leader Martin Luther's nailing the 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church.
Church of the Brethren (Dunkers) German Baptists 1723 organized in Germantown, PA. Example: 1656 John Witt was Anglican landowner but his grandson settled in southern VA but as a Baptist (Dunker) Minister, and Daniel Carroll was a Baptist minister though I'm unsure which type of Baptist, prob. Calvinistic, but he lived in the same location. Also, Abraham Eversole donated land for the Eversole Church, a German Baptist Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 1840 though Ebersols were Swiss Mennonites who immigrated in 1700 to Germantown, PA
John Calvin, John Knox and Presbyterian
Huguenots. All genealogists who are confronted with Huguenot (French Protestant) descendants under the Old Regime (the political and social system under the French monarchy before the Revolution in 1789), are troubled due to a lack of traces, a consequence of the civil status problem for the Huguenots.
The movement was founded in England by George Fox (1624-1691), a nonconformist religious reformer. At the age of 19, he left home on a four year search, seeking answers to questions which had troubled him since his childhood.
Anabaptism in Switzerland began as an offshoot of the church reforms instigated by Ulrich Zwingli as early as 1522.
Anabaptists are Christians who believe in delaying baptism until the candidate confesses his or her faith in Christ as opposed to being baptized as an infant.
The Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites are direct descendants of the movement. Schwarzenau Brethren, Bruderhof, and the Apostolic Christian Church are considered later developments among the Anabaptists.
Moravians, Separatists, and others.
Moravians: a member of a Protestant Church founded in Saxony by emigrants from Moravia holding views derived from the Hussites and accepting the Bible as the only source of faith.
The Great Awakening in Colonial America and Religious Revivalism
Great Awakening Definition The Great Awakening a period of religious awakening and reform. It was a series of religious revivals that swept over the American colonies that were led by evangelical Protestant ministers. The Great Awakening was sparked by the tour of an English evangelical minister called George Whitefield.
The First Great Awakening began with Jonathan Edwards in 1725 and lasted up to 1750. The Second Great Awakening began during the early 1800's. The map to the left refers to the Second Great Awakening.
The third and fourth revivals inspired by the Great Awakening occurred between 1880-1910 and in the late 1960s and early 1970s.