2,600 Free Online Church Record Collections from the Mid West States

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Another under utilized 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​

There is a large number of Free Online Church Record collections from the Mid West States; the links are accessible by state below.

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

​Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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