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Ohio, Church Records, 1762-2008
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Ohio, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1762-2008
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains church records from various denominations in and around Ohio, for the years, 1762 to 2008. Some representative churches include:

  • Saint Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Baughman)
  • First Universal Church (Norwalk)
  • United Presbyterian Church (Dunbridge)
  • Sharon Welsh Methodist Church (Granville)
  • St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Toledo)
  • First United Methodist Church (Wellington)
  • Society of Friends (Cincinnati)

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  • The names of members
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