Free South Carolina Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free South Carolina Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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What is the Difference Between an Obituary, a Death Notice, an Obituary Index and a Death Index?

In 2018 and 2019, I expanded the resources that I have made available on The Ancestor Hunt website.

Besides free Online Historical Newspaper Links, I have added Obituary Indexes (which are found in the Obituaries tab above), and Birth, Marriage, and Death Record Links (found in the BMD Links tab above).

It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to lay down some definitions so there would be no confusion.

First is the difference between a newspaper Death Notice and a newspaper Obituary. They are often used interchangeably.

“According to the Milwaukee Public Library:”

Death Notice – a paid notice usually placed by the funeral home with information from family members.
Obituary – an article about a person written by a reporter from a variety of sources.

​Let’s look at two from a newspaper:

According to the Milwaukee Public Library definitions, the image at the top is a Death Notice, and the image at the bottom is designated as an Obituary.

I think most of us think of the image at the top as an Obituary also.

In other words, we use the terms interchangeably.  And that’s fine with me actually.

The next two definitions are a Death Index versus an Obituary Index.  In this case, we do NOT, under any circumstances, use the two terms interchangeably.

A Death Index, at a minimum, includes the name of the deceased and the ACTUAL Date of Death.

An Obituary Index on the other hand does not require an actual Date of Death, but it MUST have the name of the newspaper and at least the publication date of that newspaper, and hopefully the page number that the death notice/obituary resides on. With the publication info, you can hunt down the actual newspaper death notice or obituary.

I have seen many indexes that include the death date AND the Publication Date, so in that situation, the index can function as a Death Index AND an Obituary Index.

The tricky part and it happens often, is to see an Obituary Index and have the library or other institution designate it as a Death Index which it is not.

Let’s look at three examples:

​The first is a Death Index

So, above we have a death date but no newspaper publication info, hence it is a Death Index

The next image is an Obituary Index

 

So, above we have a publication date but no ACTUAL date of death info, hence it is an Obituary Index.

The danger in these types of indexes is that often there no header labels, so we won’t know if the date is a publication date or an actual death date.

Below is a combo index, which has the Death Date and the Obituary Publication name and date.

The reason why I am pointing all of this out is so that you do not use a Publication Date as the Death Date in your own family tree documentation.

The moral of the story is that if an institution labels the index as an Obituary Index, and there is no header, you must assume that the dates entered are publication dates, not death dates.

​I hope that this helps.

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Free Texas Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

​​Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Texas Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free Georgia Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Georgia Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free Alabama Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Alabama Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free Florida Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Florida Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free Louisiana Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

​​​Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free Louisiana Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free Arkansas Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

​For other Free Arkansas Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free West Virginia Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free West Virginia Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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Free North Carolina Online Church Records

Another underutilized genealogy resource is Church Records. We tend to focus our research on civil records, but need to be aware that often church records pre-dated civil records and are a great resource as well. In the BMD Records section of this website, there are about 15,000 collections of civil records that are available online. Yes, that’s a lot, but we need to also search church records as well. 
What can we find in church or synagogue records? Here’s just a shortlist of what nuggets we can find:​
  • Baptisms and Christenings

  • Marriages

  • Deaths

  • Burials

  • Confirmations​​

  • ​Membership lists

  • Church Minutes

  • Church Directories

  • Transfer Letters

  • Bar or Bat Mitzvahs

  • Sunday School lists

  • Church newsletters​

​In addition, many folks also documented important events in family bibles, so they need to be searched as well if the event information has been digitized.
​Here are a couple of articles that you might find useful:​
There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections; the links for the state are below:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.

(Updated January 2020; recently added links are in BOLD):

​Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free North Carolina Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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