Pennsylvania, Church Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Pennsylvania, 
United States
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Location of Pennsylvania
Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1682-2009
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains church records from various denominations in Pennsylvania for the years 1682 to 2009. Some of the representative churches include:

  • St. Johns (Hains) Reformed Church (Lower Heidelberg Townshp, Berks County)
  • Great Island Presbyterian Church (Lockhaven)
  • Covenant Methodist Episcopal Church (Philadelphia)
  • Zion Lutheran Church (Dushore)
  • Society of Friends, Falls Monthly Meeting (Fallsington)
  • Moravian Church (York)
  • Marshallton Methodist Episcopal Church (West Bradford)
  • Lower Bermudian Reformed Church (Latimore Township)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh)

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Church records may include:

  • Names of individuals
  • Dates for baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials
  • Names of parents and or spouse
  • Birthplace of parents and or spouse
  • Gender

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date for an event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for other vital records, such as birth, marriage and death on the state or county level
  • Search for land and probate records in the county where the family lived
  • Use the information found in church records to search for the family in census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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