Sunday, April 21, 2013

Church Record Sunday: Digital Public Library of America

It's always exciting when a new resource comes online. This week Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) debuted.

What is the DPLA? According to their history page:

Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials, but these digital collections often exist in silos. The DPLA  brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society’s digitized cultural heritage.

You can read more about this new resource from this article by Public Radio International.

A search on the keyword "church" brought up 32,451 hits. This is the total hits for today, as DPLA has other items added that number will grow. Below, I highlighted some of the features of this website including a breakdown of the types of formats and institutions.

Here's an example of one hit for a 1913 booklet commemorating the opening of a Swedish Christian Mission Church in Duluth Minnesota.

Take an opportunity to search this website by a keyword or keyword phrase including the name of the church your ancestor attended, the auxiliary they were a member of, and the place they lived.

This is a great resource for all kinds of digitized documents. Whether you are researching church records or other types of documents and images, check the Digital Public Library of America out!


Mariann Regan said...

Thank you, Gena! I am going to check this out. My ancestors were deeply connected with many churches. Probably many of my female ancestors are there.

Thank you!

Gena Philibert-Ortega said...

Thanks for stopping by Mariann! It's always great to find new resources. I think DPLA will be an important resource for family historians.

Jana Last said...


I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

Have a great weekend!