Church records can help you uncover the story of your ancestors, especially our ancestors who lived prior to government and state required registrations. Churches typically kept robust records of their members, life events, and these records can help you overcome brick walls in your research. Below are a list of various North American church records in our collection.

Please keep in mind that some of the church records are mixed in with state records so although some of these birth records are from the state, the baptism records within those were provided from churches.

Church records can be an invaluable resource for your genealogy research because they contain vital information that may not have been recorded anywhere else during the time period. The information contained in church records will vary church to church dependent on what they chose to record, but below lists some of the information you might find within specific church record sets. This list below is non-exhaustive and will give you a place to start when navigating our North American church records!

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New York

New York Dutch Church Baptism Index 1639-1675

If you had ancestors in New York during the 17th century and early colonial period, then there is a possibility you can find your ancestors in these records. These records are particularly useful because the original transcription of these records did not include the names of the person being baptized, only the parents, but that has been updated and now you can use this index to learn who was being baptized and more about their family.

Search tip! Be sure to use alternative name spellings as the transcription of these records kept the spelling of the original documents.

Here's what you might be able to find in these records:

  • Child's name
  • Sex
  • Father's first name(s)
  • Patronymic name (derived from a male ancestor's name, often a father's name)
  • Surname
  • Mother's first name(s)
  • Mother's patronymic/surname
  • Year
There's also an image browse version of these records, which you can look at here.

New York Baptisms 1660-1862

This rich record set includes over 15,000 transcripts for you to search for your ancestors between 1660 and 1862. These records cover:

  • Long Island
  • Staten Island
  • Kingston
  • New York
If you had ancestors in the New York area, you might be able to uncover more about your family!
Here's what you might be able to find in these records:
  • Full name
  • Year
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Baptism date
  • Church
  • Residence
  • Father's first name(s)
  • Father's last name
  • Mother's first name(s)
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Occupation, which almost always refers to the father's occupation

If you had ancestors living in New York state between 1716 and 1914, then there's a possibility that you can find your ancestors in this record set! This record set consists of over 6,000 church records from all over New York state and New York City. What you can find in the records will depend on the churches and what records they took, but these records include birth, marriage, and death records for you to search.

Here's what you may find about your ancestor in these records:

  • Full names
  • Dates of baptisms, marriages, or deaths
  • Parents' and witnesses' names
  • Church name and denomination
  • Lists of church members

The churches included in this record are:

  • First Reformed Dutch Church at Glen
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Kiskatom
  • Second Street Presbyterian Church of Troy
  • Canal Street Presbyterian Church, New York City
  • Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, New York City
  • Congregational Church and Society of New Canaan
  • Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond
  • Episcopal Diocese of New York
  • First Baptist Church of Springfield
  • First Lutheran Church of Albany
  • First Presbyterian Church of Albany
  • First Presbyterian Church of Canaan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lansingburgh
  • First Presbyterian Church of Oswego
  • First Presbyterian Church of Stamford
  • First Presbyterian Church of West Galway
  • First Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro
  • First Reformed Dutch Church of Coxsackie
  • Madison Avenue Reformed Church, New York City
  • Paris Religious Society
  • Park Presbyterian Church of Troy
  • Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown
  • Presbyterian Church, Newtown (now Elmhurst)
  • Presbyterian Congregation of Harpersfield
  • Protestant Presbyterian Congregation of Cambridge
  • Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Leeds
  • Reformed Church in the Village of Gilboa; Reformed Dutch Church in Blenheim
  • Reformed Dutch Church at Greenwich, New York City
  • Reformed Dutch Church in Oak Hill
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Beaver Dam
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Kakiat
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Kinderhook
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Stone Arabia
  • Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Nassau
  • Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Florida
  • Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Herkimer
  • Round Top Lutheran Church of Pine Plains
  • Scipio Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
  • Society of Clinton (a Congregational Church)
  • South Reformed Dutch Church in Garden Street, New York City
  • St. Andrew's Church of Richmond
  • St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Manorton
  • St. John's Church of Tuckahoe
  • St. John's Episcopal Church of Johnstown
  • St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
  • St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Berne
  • St. Peter's Church of Auburn
  • United Brethren Congregation (Moravian) of Staten Island
  • United Presbyterian Church at West Charlton
  • United Presbyterian Church of Florida
There's also an image browse for these records that you can look through here.

New York City, Reverend Schneider's Baptisms 1869-1906 Image Browse

These records are a really fun resource to browse. Unfortunately they are image browse only, which means that if you had an ancestor in New York City who may have been married or baptized by Reverend Schneider during 1869 and 1906 that you need to manually go through the images. The books are organized by month and year so if you have an idea of the timing it should be easier for you to search. Keep in mind that since Reverend Schneider was a German immigrant that the records are recorded in a mix of German and Latin, so if you see a word you're not familiar with be sure to look at our post on Common Latin Terms in the Records and keep a German online translator or German dictionary handy! What makes these records particularly interesting is that they are from a Reverend who immigrated to New York City from Germany in 1869 and used to perform baptisms and marry couples out of his home! If your ancestors lived and were married or baptized near Allen Street in Manhattan, and later at Second Avenue near Sixth Street in Manhattan, then it is a possibility your ancestors passed through his home!

Here's the type of information included in these records:

  • Child's given name
  • Birthdate
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's name and birthplace
  • Baptism sponsors
  • Baptism date and location

Harlem Cemetery, Dutch Church Disinterments 1869-1875 Image Browse

If you had ancestors who were part of the Dutch Reformed Church of Harlem, then there is a possibility that you can find more information about your ancestors in these unique records! These records are from when the Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church of Harlem purchased plots in Woodlawn cemetary in 1869 and relocated the remains from First Avenue between 124th and 125th Streets in Manhattan to these new plots. It's a small collection, but an interesting collection to browse!

Massachusetts

Massachusetts, Jewish Cemetery Association Interment Index, 1853–2013

An interment index will provide information about the burials of your ancestors and where their If you had Jewish ancestors who died in Massachusetts during 1853 and 2013, you might be able to find information about their death in these records! There are over 56,000 records in this Jewish Cemetery Association Interment Index, and the records can provide information including:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Year
  • Death Date
  • Side
  • Lot
  • Grave Number
  • Cemetary Name
  • Cemetery Address

Search Tip: You can only search by name and date in this record set.

Boston Births and Baptisms, 1630-1699

If your ancestors were in Boston during the mid 17th century, this collection of births and baptisms are worth searching. The records will vary, but you can learn the names, birth dates, and location of your ancestor. In some cases, the records reveal parent names, so be sure to look at the image. The record will state "Mary of John and Lisa Allen," which will provide you with your ancestor's parent's names, but not the mother's maiden name.

Arizona

Arizona Births & Christenings 1909-1917

There are over 25,000 births and christening in this record set spanning just 8 years! The information provided in these records will vary, but the information may include:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth year and/or christening year
  • Gender
  • Father's first and last name
  • Mother's first and last name
  • Residence
  • County

California

California Births & Christenings 1812-1988

There are over 33,000 records in this collection and the records span over 176 years, which means that if you had ancestors in California during this time, they could be included in this record set! The records will vary, but this set could provide you with:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Gender
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Baptism year
  • Baptism date
  • Place
  • Town
  • State
  • County
  • Father's first name
  • Father's last name
  • Mother's first name
  • Mother's last name

Georgia

Georgia Births and Christenings 1754-1940

There are over 9,000 records in the Georgia births and christenings records and span from 1754 to 1940. These records are a combination of state and church records. The state of Georgia did not have statewide birth registration until 1919, so many of the records prior to that are church records. The information provided in these records will vary, but the information may include:

  • First and last name
  • Birth date
  • Christening date
  • Father's first and last name
  • Mother's first and last name
  • County

Idaho

Idaho Births & Baptisms 1856-1965

If your ancestors were first settlers in Idaho, this may be the record set for you! There are over 40,000 records in this collection and span over 100 years! These records include a mix of births and baptisms, which means that the information you can get from a particular record will vary, but the information may include:

  • First and last name
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Christening date
  • Christening place
  • Baptism year
  • County
  • Parents' names

Indiana

Indiana Births & Christenings 1773-1933

The Indiana births and christenings record set includes over 35,000 records and cover over 150 years. The information included in these records will vary based on the records, but some of the information you can learn from these records include:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth year
  • Birth date
  • Baptism year
  • Event place
  • Gender
  • Father's first name
  • Father's last name
  • Mother's first name
  • Mother's last name
  • County

Oregon

Oregon Births & Baptisms 1868-1929

There are over 60,000 records in the Oregon births and baptisms collection and they cover the years of 1868 to 1929. These records will be a mix of church and state records and you will be able to get different information from different records in the collection. The information provided in these records will vary, but the information may include:

  • First and last name
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • County
  • Residence
  • Parent's name
  • Parent's birth place
  • Race
  • Ethnicity

Utah

Utah, Births & Christenings, 1892-1941

The Utah births and christenings record set includes over 30,000 records that span from 1892 to 1941. The information included in these records will vary based on the records, but some of the information you can learn from these records include:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Father's first name
  • Father's last name
  • Mother's first name
  • Mother's last name
  • City / township
  • County

Canada

Ontario, Canada- Baptism Records Of Rev. John Langhorn (Church Of England) Of Fredericksburgh, 1787-1813

These baptism records are from Ontario and span from 1787 and 1813. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. These records reveal the date of baptism along with the parents and, in some instances, the location of the baptisms.

Ontario, Canada- Baptism Register Of Rev. Robert Mcdowall (Presbyterian) Of Fredericksburgh, 1800-1841

These baptism records are from Ontario and span from 1800 and 1841. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. These records reveal the parents' names as well as the children's names and the date of birth, so these are great records for filling out your family tree!

Ontario, Canada- Burial Records Of Rev. John Langhorn.(Church Of England)Of Fredericksburgh, 1787-1813

These burial records are from Ontario and span from 1787 and 1813. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. These records reveal the name of the person who died, that person's parents, the location of the death, and the year and date of death. These records are useful for finding the parent's of your ancestors!

Ontario, Canada- Marriage Register Of Rev. Robert Mcdowall (Presbyterian) Of Fredericksburgh, 1800-1836

These marriage records are from Ontario and span from 1800 and 1836. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. These records reveal the names of the bride and groom, the location, and the date of marriage.

Ontario, Canada- Early Records Of Weddings At St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Churches, Niagara

These wedding records are from Ontario and cover the weddings at Niagara starting in 1792. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. The information provided in this record set vary based upon the location, but some information you can find is the person who officiated the wedding, names of the bride and groom, the date, marital status (so you can see if your ancestor was ever remarried!), and, on occassion, the witness at the wedding.

Ontario, Canada- Early Records Of Burials In St. Mark's and St. Andrew's Churches

These burial records are from Ontario and cover different cities. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. The information provided in this record set vary based upon the location, but some information you can find is the date of burial along with name and, in some instances, occupation, the parent's of the deceased, and more!

British Columbia, Canada, Baptism Index, 1772-1888

The British Columbia baptism records span from 1772 to 1888 and include over 30,000 records. The information provided in each set will vary, but some of the information may include:

  • Baptism date
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Year
  • County
  • Mother's first name
  • Father's first name
  • Full name
  • Place of baptism

Canada- The Clergy Of Canada, 1919

The Clergy of Canada records reveal thousands of names of the clergy of Canada in 1919. You can search this record set by name, keyword, and page number. Here's a list of the denominations represented in this publication:

Church of England in Canada

  • Dioceses with clergy listed, including archdeacons, canons, clerical staff and rural deans

Methodist Church in Canada

  • History of Methodism in Canada
  • Lists of ministers and probationers

Presbyterian Church in Canada

  • Officers, statistics, and finances
  • List of ministers
  • Social statistics

Roman Catholic Church in Canada

  • Hierarchy
  • Archdioceses with clergy and others listed

Baptist Churches in Canada

  • Officers and statistics
  • Ministers

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

  • Statistics, officers, and foreign consuls

Canada- Listings From The Wesleyan - Methodist Almanac For Canada, 1845

The Methodist Almanac begins with the Peerage of England, but on page 5, the Wesleyan-Methodist Church listings begin. These record sets are searchable, but only via a person's name, keyword, or page number. These records reveal the names of ministers and preachers, the circuits and the members of the churches. Other records include information about missionaries and other members of the church.