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Canadian: Religious Records
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For many regions of the world the records associated with the ancestral place of worship is the backbone of genealogical research.

Registers of baptism, marriage and burial are the most commonly used records. Also you will need to know that at various time, the State passed laws which forbade certain groups from performing various services, for example, from the mid 1700''s to the mid 1800''s in England all marriages, except Quaker and Jew, had to be married in the Anglican Church.

This course will cover where to look for these registers, what type of data you should expect to find, and how to evaluate what you have found.


Course Content

Module 1

Introduction
Why Church Records?
What Denomination?
Which Church?
Finding the Records
Examples of Reading "Between the Lines"
The Church Archives
Records in Private Hands
Records Which Have Disappeared
Church Records in Public Archives
Printed Books of Church Records

Module 2
Denominations In Canada
Examples of Religious Groups
Denominational Background
Roman Catholic
Lutherans
Church of England
Mennonites & Amish
Congregationalist
Baptist
Presbyterian
Reformed
Quakers (Society of Friends)
Methodist
Evangelical
United Brethren in Christ
Disciples (Church of God)
Brethren & Tunkers
Moravians
Irvingites
Plymouth Brethren
Adventists
Jewish
The United Church of Canada Archives

Module 3
Baptismal Records
Who Could Be Baptized?
What Will The Records Tell Us?
Examples of What Records Can Tell Us
Presbyterian
Anglican
Roman Catholic (three examples)
Lutherans
What Difficulties do Baptismal Records Present to Researchers?
Example Involving Children
Where Can I Find a Missing Baptism?
Are Records of 'believer's baptism' of Any Use to Genealogists?
What About Quaker Birth Records?
Should We Bother with Godparents?
Example Involving Godparents

Module 4
Marriages & Burials
Marriage Records
Far-flung Marriages
What Will the Marriage Record Tell Us?
Examples of Marriage Records
Early Roman Catholic
Later Roman Catholic
Modern Roman Catholic
Presbyterian
What Are Banns?
Burials
What Will Burial Records Tell Us?
Examples from Burial Records
Early Roman Catholic
Later Roman Catholic
Cemeteries

Module 5
Other Records: Beyond the Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Minutes of Annual or Business Meetings
Financial Records
Confirmations
Membership Lists
Records of Subgroups or Other
Parish Census
Notes & Remarks

Module 6
Finding Helpful Background
Denominational Histories
Denominational Yearbooks or Annual Reports
Congregational Histories
Regional Church Histories
Local Histories
Published Missionary Memoirs or Letters
Bibliographies
Histories of Religious Groups, or Group Biographies
Finding These Books
 
 

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