Sunday, April 07, 2013

Church Record Sunday: Church Postcards

Park Avenue Memorial Baptist Church. Springfield Mass. Collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

I've spotlighted postcards as a source for your genealogy before on Church Record Sunday. A previous  post looked at the New York Public Library Digital Gallery and their collection. Postcards provide images that can help tell your family's story. All types of postcards exist, including those that depict churches.

Methodist Episcopal Church. Attleboro, Mass. Collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Where do you find such postcards? Obviously one place to purchase them is eBay, but there are collections of postcards for research purposes that exist in various places including manuscript collections. But you also need to do some Internet searching  because these collections can be found in all types of interesting places.

I love this blog, Vintage Postcard Collection of Alexandria Louisiana. Here you will find all kinds of postcards for Alexandria, including churches. Retronaut has a Flikr page that includes church postcards from Lynchburg, Virginia. Those with Richmond, Virginia ancestors might want to check Rarely Seen Richmond from Virginia Commonwealth University Digital Collections.

Immanuel Lutheran Church. Wichita, Kansas. Collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Images help to tell a story and vintage postcards can be part of telling the story of your ancestor's religious history.

1 comment:

Mariann Regan said...

I can well imagine how beloved and familiar these buildings were to families who attended church there -- a big part of their lives. I can still remember the church of my youth, even though now I'm far away and not a church member. My SC family branches kept drawings of their frequented churches, as well as lists of inscription on tombstones. Very useful genealogically.