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History in the United States[edit | edit source]

Seventeenth and eighteenth century immigrants from Scotland and Northern Ireland brought Presbyterianism to Pennsylvania and later to many of the middle and southern colonies. By the mid-eighteenth century, Presbyterianism had nearly as many members as the Anglican and Congregationalist churches.

Presbyterian Church Records[edit | edit source]

Types of Records[edit | edit source]

Death and Burial

The Presbyterian Historical Society has an online index for their collection. This includes a Congregation Vertical Files Index, a Biographical Vertical Files Index and Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations. Hall's index includes a brief history of each Congregation with date it was formed, changed, and/or ended and also has a link to the Historical Society's search engine called CALVIN which leads to the records the Society holds in regards to that Congregation.

Presbyterian Missionary Correspondence -

  • Indian Correspondence, 1830-1895; index, 1830-1895.57 microfilm. FHL first film 906123
    • Indexes include Biography, Chronological and Tribal indexes.

Where they are Located[edit | edit source]

  • Southern Region
Presbyterian Church (USA) Dept. of History
318 Georgia Terrace
Box 849
Montreat, NC 28757
Telephone: 704-669-7061
Fax: 704-669-5369
  • Northern Region
Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509
Address inquiries to: Genealogical Inquiries, Dept. of History and Record Management Services at the above address. To conduct a family name search, the name of the family's congregation must be known.
  • The Presbyterian Church website at has a locator for finding congregations in the United States.
  • $ has a wide selection of Presbyterian records.To access these records, click on "search" then "search all records"find the card catalog and type "Presbyterian" in the "keyword" box.
  • For their obituaries, news clippings, ministerial service, genealogies, histories, and biographical sketches see:
  • Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Miscellaneous Biographical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967. (On 69 Family History Library films starting with 506383 FHL Collection
  • Benedetto, Robert. Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Presbyterian Church, USA. New York, New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. FHL Collection Book 973 A3ben. Indexed.