Saturday, February 26, 2011

Church Record Sunday: Canadian Methodist Women

Sometimes books can provide us with an idea of the everyday lives of our ancestors. They can provide some social history as well as names of those our ancestor's knew or even the ancestor themselves.

The book, Canadian Methodist Women, 1766-1925: Marys, Marthas, Mothers in Israel is a good example of a book that can provide you some information about the life of your female ancestor in Canada. I would also recommend checking out the Notes and Sources section of this book for other resources that can assist you in your research.

According to the Book News Synopsis (2004): "They were missionaries, mothers, musicians, suffragists, Proverbs wives, scholars, and teachers, but mainly they were the women of Methodism, drawn by vocation or family to the new land of Canada. Informed by the tradition of the itinerant preacher, they provided hospitality for visitors, founded churches in which they could preach, and served as the foundation of the parsonage. Some led the vanguard for equal rights, and some stayed home and waited; but the Methodist take on grace and purpose sustained them until the first Methodist woman was ordained in 1936. Independent scholar Whiteley drew on periodicals, biographies, autobiographies, early histories of Methodism, and records of women's groups across Canada to present this study for those interested in the history of women in religion and in Canadian society."

You can see a preview of this book through Google Books . To find a library with this book, see WorldCat.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Church Record Sunday: Religious Archives for Philadelphia

Have ancestors from the Philadelphia area?  The Free Library of Philadelphia has a list of religious archives to contact for church records. Religious Archives in the Philadelphia Area lists Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Quakers, Methodist and Presbyterian churches and archives.

The website also has other research guides that are valuable for those with Pennsylvania ancestors. 

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Church Record Sunday: Locating Church Records by Val D. Greenwood

Many readers may recognize the name Val D. Greenwood. Greenwood's, "The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy" is one of the books in American genealogy. If you do not have this work, you need to make it a priority to buy a copy.

This week's Church Record Sunday is not a link to an archive, rather it is a link to an article entitled  Locating Church Records by Greenwood. This excerpt from his book includes information on why church records are important, what they can reveal and a list of repositories around the United States with church records. This list of archives alone is a valuable edition to your Internet bookmarks or your research notebook.

This excerpt is just that, the chapter in his book is about 40 pages long and includes discussions of various denominations and the records they produced.