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==Online Records==
'''1900-1970''' - [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61652/ New York, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Church Records, 1800-1970] - ($) Index and images
== Church Development  ==
== Church Development  ==

Revision as of 12:00, 23 March 2020

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Online Records[edit | edit source]

1900-1970 - New York, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Church Records, 1800-1970 - ($) Index and images

Church Development[edit | edit source]

The first churches established in New York during the seventeenth century were the Dutch Reformed, French Protestant (Huguenot), and Lutheran churches. As New Englanders continued to migrate to New York, the Congregational Church (Puritans) and Society of Friends (Quakers) grew. Many New Yorkers joined both the Baptists and Presbyterians. By 1775 the Presbyterian Church was the largest denomination in New York.

Dunham-Wilcox-Trott-Kirk indexes church, cemetery, probate and other early New England, New York and New Jersey records with links to abstracts of the records.

In the mid-1800s, the Methodist Church was the largest, followed by the Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Dutch Reformed, Congregational, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends (Quakers), Universalist, Lutheran, Union, Christian, Unitarian, and Jewish.[1]

Since then, the Roman Catholic Church has been the largest denomination (particularly in the larger cities) due to the large number of immigrants from Ireland and eastern and southern Europe.

The Family History Library has several important collections of church records which are described below under the denominational headings. The names of individuals in many of these records are indexed in the International Genealogical Index. Many church records have been copied and filed with the Daughters of the American Revolution Cemetery, Church, and Town Records, described in New York Genealogy.

The following guides describe the towns, denominations, record types, and years available:

  • Historical Records Survey. Inventory of the Church Archives of New York City [various denominations]. New York, N.Y.: Historical Records Survey, 1939–1941. At various libraries (WorldCat)
  • Buffalo and Erie County Public Library holdings. Church Records in Microfilm and Print By Denomination. PDF of inventory

Denominations include:

Some denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Baptist[edit | edit source]

American Baptist Historical Society
3001 Mercer University Dr.
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
Phone: (678) 547-6680

Researchers must make an appointment. For information about the availability of records, see:

  • Eltscher, Susan M. The Records of American Baptists in New York and Related Organizations. The book is available in the FHL Collection. For a copy nearest you, use WorldCat.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for New York Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be located through the FamilySearch Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston.Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982 (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Congregational[edit | edit source]

The Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Telephone: (617) 523-0470

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Dutch Reformed[edit | edit source]

The Archives of the Reformed Church in America
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Gardner A. Sage Library
21 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1159
Phone: (732) 246-1779

The Family History Library has microfilm copies for many of the Dutch Reformed Church records at the above named archive. The collection is described in Melody Takken Meeter, compiler and Russell L. Gasero, editor, and is available in the FHL Collection. To check for a book copy nearest you, use WorldCat

The Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, available in the FHL Collection, contains historical material as well as church record abstracts and passenger lists. To use the year books, first consult the Index to Publications listed under the periodical De Halve Maen described in the "Periodicals" section. It indexes publications by name, subject, and locality. Most of the church records in these year books have been extracted for the International Genealogical Index (IGI).

The Family History Library has the Holland Society's 128 volume Holland Society of New York Church Record Collection. The records are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog in the Place-names Search under the individual cities or towns. This includes some German Reformed, French Reformed, Lutheran, and Episcopal records. For an inventory of this collection, see:

  • Pierre, Marie J., comp. Index to LDS Microfilms of the Church Record Collection of the Holland Society of New York. New York, N.Y.: The Holland Society of New York, 1990. FHL Collection

An index to original baptismal records, transcripts, microfilm, and published works of 17 congregations from 24 volumes of the aforementioned Dutch Reformed Church Record Collection is Wilson Ledley, compiler, Index to Baptismal Surnames in the Reformed Churches of Claverack, Cortlandt, Fishkill, Gallatin/Ancram, Gravesend, Hillsdale/Krum, Kaatsbaan/Saugerties, Kinderhook. (New York, N.Y.: The Holland Society of New York, 1990; available in the FHL Collection.

The Family History Library also has many volumes of Hudson and Mohawk Valley Reformed and Lutheran records transcribed by Arthur C. M. Kelly, Gertrude Barber, and others. Many New York Dutch Reformed church records have also been published in periodicals such as the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.

The FHL Collection has 99 of the 101 volumes of the Royden Woodward Vosburgh, New York Church Records: Vosburgh Collection. Included in the collection are Dutch Reformed, Lutheran, and some Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, Congregational, and German Reformed records for Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley churches (transcribed between 1913 and 1921). Two helpful lists of the churches, first by county and then by town, are at the beginning of the FHL Collectionfilm 017441.

Listings and Indexes of baptisms, marriages, deaths, and memberships of the Flatlands Protestant Dutch Reformed Church of Flatlands, New York, 1825 - 1914. For microfilm of original typescript, see FHL Film 982373 item 7

Episcopal[edit | edit source]

Episcopal Diocese of New York
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10025
Phone: (212) 316-7400
Fax: (212) 932-7345
There are also dioceses of Albany, Central New York, Long Island, Rochester, and Western New York. The Family History Library has acquired many Episcopal records for Western New York. The names in many of these records are indexed in the International Genealogical Index.

In 1816 Eleazor WIlliams, an Episcopalian missionary began serving the Oneida Indians. In 1823 the first group of Oneida were removed from New York to Wisconsin.  The removal continued for twenty years.

Jewish[edit | edit source]

See Jewish Records.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Library of the Council National Lutheran
50 Madison Avenue
New York City, NY 10010

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Archives
321 Bonnie Lane
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Phone: (847) 690-9410

Atlantic District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
Phone: (914) 337-5700
Fax: (914) 337-7471

For family history research visit the Concordia Historical Institue
804 Seminary Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63105

1862-1955 - Family Search Historical Records has digital images of baptism, marriage, and burial records for New York, New York City, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church Records, 1862-1955.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

New York, New York City, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Methodist[edit | edit source]

United Methodist Archives Center
General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church

Drew University Library
P.O. Box 127
Madison, New Jersey 07940
Phone: (973) 408-3189
Fax: (973) 408-3909

Moravian[edit | edit source]

The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

  • Moravian Church. Records of the Moravian Mission Among the Indians of North America. New Haven Connecticut : Research Publications, 1969. FHL films 1017681-1017720 These records are indexed in:
  • Fliegel, Carl John, Compiler. Index to the Records of the Moravian Mission among the Indians of North America. New Haven, Connecticut : Research Publication, 1970. FHL book 970.1 F642i
  • 1755-1756 - Scott, Kenneth. "Quakers and Moravians in New York in 1755 and 1756," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 58 (1970):253-257. FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 58 (1970).

Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

Presbyterian Historical Society and Department of History
United Presbyterian Church in the USA
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147-1516
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Saint Patricks, NYC

Most Catholic records have not been gathered to central repositories. You must determine the town where your ancestors lived and the parish they most likely attended and then write to that parish.

If a parish has closed, the records may have been sent to the diocesan archives or a nearby parish. If the diocese does not have an archives, the diocese chancellor usually knows where the records are.

Ann Mensch's Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of many New York counties, years when parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. New York City has exceptional coverage.

New York is divided into eight dioceses:

Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany: Archives
40 North Main Ave.
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: (518) 453-6633

The Albany Diocese includes the counties of: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton(part), Herkimer (part), Montgomery, Otsego, RensselaerSaratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.[2]

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
310 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Phone: (718) 965-7300

The Brooklyn Diocese includes the counties of: Brooklyn and Queens.

Diocese of Buffalo
795 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 847-8700

The Buffalo Diocese includes the counties of: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Avenue
New York City, New York 10022
Phone: (212) 371-1000

Each individual parish keeps records of baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages and funerals. Contact the parish to obtain these records.

The New York Diocese includes the counties of: Bronx, Dutchess, Manhattan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Staten Island, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

Diocese of Ogdensburg
PO Box 369
622 Washington Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315) 393-2920

The Ogdensburg Diocese includes the counties of: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton (part), Herkimer(part), Jefferson, Lewis (part) and St. Lawrence.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
1150 Buffalo Rd.
Rochester, New York 14624
Phone: (585) 328-3210

The Rochester Diocese includes the counties of: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre
PO Box 9023
Rockville Centre, New York 11571-9023
Phone: (516) 678-5800
Email: archives@drvc.org

The Diocese includes the counties of: Nassau and Suffolk on Long Island. 

Genealogy records (sacramental registers) are held by individual parishes.  No genealogical records are stored at the Diocesan Archives.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
240 East Onondaga St.
Syracuse, New York 13201
Phone: (315) 422-7203

Genealogy records (sacramental registers) are held by individual parishes.

The Syracuse Diocese includes the counties of: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Lewis (part), Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego.

The Family History Library has many Roman Catholic records for Western (filmed at Canisius College, Buffalo) and Northern New York. It has very few Roman Catholic records for the City of New York. 

The Drouin Collection

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"

The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

Society of Friends (Quakers)[edit | edit source]

Records for Quakers (Society of Friends) who lived in New York can be located at Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library

Many of the records are also on microfilm at the Family History Library. The New York City and Long Island Quaker Records, 1657–1940, transcribed by John Cox, are published in:

  • Hinshaw, William Wade. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 Vols. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, 1936-1950. Volume III covers New York Monthly Meetings. FHL Collection 973 D2he 1969; digital version at Ancestry ($). To locate copies nearest you, use WorldCat.

A useful guide to New York Quaker records and research is:

  • Cox, John, Jr. New York City Church Archives, Religious Society of Friends Catalogue. New York, N.Y.: Historical Records Survey, 1938 and is available in the FHL Collection. To locate a copy nearest you, use WorldCat.

Cox's 1914 guide is available online:

  • Cox, John, Jr. "Quaker Records in New York," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul. 1914):262-269; Vol. 45, No. 4 (Oct. 1914):366-373. Digital versions at Internet Archive (free): Vol. 45:262, Vol. 45:366; New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 45. Includes brief histories of each monthly meeting; details of surviving records.

Bradley identified New York Quaker records that had been published before 1973:

  • Bradley, A. Day. "New York State Quaker Records in Print," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 61 (1973):249-253. FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 61 (1973).

A helpful 1828 census was taken:

  • Fay, Loren V., editor. Quaker Census of 1828: Members of the New York Yearly Meeting, the Religious Society of Friends of New York, Ontario, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Quebec, at the Time of the Separation of 1828. Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Knshp, 1989 and is available in the FHL Collection. Use this to determine the monthly meeting a person attended. It includes name, age, and family group. To locate a copy nearest you, use WorldCat.

For a history of New York Quakers, see:

  • Bowden, James. The History of the Society of Friends in America. 2 vols. London: W. & F.G. Cash, 1850-1854. Digital version of Vol. 1 at Google Books; FHL Collection 973 F2bj v. 1 [Volume 1 includes New York.]

Marriages of some early New York Quakers are found in Philadelphia registers:

  • 1600s-1700s - Potts, William John. "New York Marriages, From the Friends' Records of Philadelphia," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jan. 1872):51-52. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 3.
  • 1755-1756 - Scott, Kenneth. "Quakers and Moravians in New York in 1755 and 1756," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 58 (1970):253-257. FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 58 (1970).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.