LINKS: U.S. Religious Groups and Archives

 


 

 

 

Please BOOKMARK. -- Refresh often to catch future updates.

LINKS for Genealogists

with emphasis on the religious groups

that emerged dramatically in the United States

during the period 1800-2000

A Companion Site by Beverly Whitaker:

Protestant Denominations Established in Colonial America - Links
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gentutor/protest.html

Many of those links will also bring you on past colonial days even into the 21st century.

Included are the earliest mainline denominations,

many of which have changed their names, merged with others, etc.

 

NOTE: Both of these sites containing links to religious groups

were prepared as supplements to online courses

conducted by Canada's

National Institute for Genealogical Studies.


 

ARCHIVES AND RECORDS

Church Archives - http://www.swinehartgeo.com/churchdata/search.html
Church Records and Booklets for Genealogists - http://www.genealinks.com/church.htm
Cyndi's List: Religion and Churches - http://www.cyndislist.com/religion.htm
Essay by Val Greenwood: Locating Church Records - http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/5_grnwd.html?Welcome=1046986891
Libraries, Archives, & Museums (Links, Cyndi's List) - http://www.cyndislist.com/religion.htm#Libraries
Protestant Records, essay by Michael John Neill - http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/4120.asp
Religious Records, a Closer Look, essay - http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/4111.asp


HISTORY OF RELIGION - overviews

African-American Religion in the 19th Century - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/nafrican.htm
American Religious History Web Sites - http://www.unc.edu/courses/reli029a/link/links.html
American Society of Church History (click on LINKS) - http://www.churchhistory.org/
Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) - http://www.cnewa.org
Christian Faith Groups - http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_cf.htm
The Christian Right - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/chr_rght.htm
Evangelicalism, Revivalism,and the 2nd Great Awakening - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/nevanrev.htm
Hall of Church History - http://www.gty.org/~phil/hall.htm
Native American Spirituality - http://www.religioustolerance.org/nataspir.htm
New Age Spirituality - http://www.religioustolerance.org/newage.htm
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance - http://www.religioustolerance.org/
Pentecostal Movement - http://www.oru.edu/university/library/holyspirit/pentorg1.html#holi
Protestant Denominations Established in Colonial America - Links
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gentutor/protest.html
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress) - http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/religion.html
Religion in Post-World War II America - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/trelww2.htm
Religious Liberalism - 20th Century - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/liberal.htm
Religious Movement Group Profiles - http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/profiles/listalpha.htm
Rise of Fundamentalism - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/fundam.htm
The Scopes Trial - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/tscopes.htm


 

EMERGING RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN THE U.S. IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES

African Methodist Episcopal Church - http://www.ame-today.com/
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church - http://www.theamezionchurch.org/
Assemblies of God - http://www.agifellowship.org/
Christian and Missionary Alliance - http://www.cmaliance.org/whoweare.htm
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - http://www.c-m-e.org
Christian Science - http://www.religioustolerance.org/cr_sci.htm
Church of Christ, Scientist - http://www.tfccs.com/index.jhtml
Church of God (Anderson, IN) - http://www.chog.org
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) - http://www.chofgod.org/
Church of God in Christ - http://www.cogic.org/
Church of the Nazarene - http://www.nazarene.org/gensec/who.html
Community of Christ, official website - http://cofchrist.org/
Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) - http://www.religioustolerance.org/rlds.htm
Free Methodist Church of North America - http://www.freemethodistchurch.org
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel - http://www.foursquare.org/
International Pentecostal Holiness Church - http://www.iphc.org/home.html
Jehovah's Witnesses (Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society) - http://www.religioustolerance.org/witness2.htm
Jehovah's Witnesses, official site - http://www.jw-media.org/people/who.htm
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. - http://www.nationalbaptist.com/
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. - http://www.pnbc.org/
Salvation Army - Tracing Ancestors - http://www1.salvationarmy.org/safaq.nsf/(all)/662283DCD2EC2E00802568F90052FC49
Salvation Army, USA Headquarters - click on "About Us" + "history" - http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/www_usn.nsf
Seventh-Day Adventists - http://www.adventist.org/history/
Seventh-Day Adventist Manual (includes membership rules etc.) - http://www.adventist.org/churchmanual/
Seventh-Day Adventist Obituary Index - http://www.andrews.edu/library/ahc/sdapi.cgi
Seventh Day Adventists - http://www.religioustolerance.org/sda.htm
Unity School of Christianity, World Headquarters - http://www.unityworldhq.org/
Unity School of Christianity - http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/unity.html



MORMONS -
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (originated in the 19th Century)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, official website - http://www.lds.org/
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, essay by Pam Durso - http://www.ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=1237
Cyndi's List: LDS & Family History Centers - http://www.cyndislist.com/lds.htm#History
Mormonism and the American Mainstream - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/nmormon.htm
The Mormons (within Library of Congress site) - http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel07.html
LDS Family History Library Catalog - use "Family History Library Catalog" link from the Library System page via http://www.familysearch.org
LDS Family History Library System - use "Library" link at http://www.familysearch.org
LDS FamilySearch Key Library Resources - use "Key Resources" link from the Library System page via http://www.familysearch.org
LDS, Why Family History? - use "Why Family History?" link from http://www.familysearch.org

 

RESTORATION MOVEMENT- Christian Churches + Churches of Christ + Disciples of Christ (a 19th Century Movement)

Center for Restoration Studies - http://150.252.220.5/crs/
Center for Restoration Studies, Collections - http://150.252.220.5/crs/CollectionTypes.asp
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ - http://www.christian-church.org/blank1.asp
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ - http://www.bible.acu.edu/crs/doc/ccacoc.htm
Christian Church, Churches of Christ (instrumental) - http://fact.hartsem.edu/denom/denom_icc.htm
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - http://www.disciples.org/
Churches of Christ - http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/who.html
Churches of Christ - http://church-of-christ.org/
Churches of Christ, Who Are We? - http://church-of-christ.org/who.html
Disciples of Christ - http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/cr/crintro.html
Disciples of Christ Historical Society - http://users.aol.com/dishistsoc/
Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Church Material on Microfilm - http://users.aol.com/dishistsoc/chmicro.htm
Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Congregational Files - http://users.aol.com/dishistsoc/churches.htm
The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada - http://www.cecconline.com
North American Christian Convention - http://www.nacctheconnectingplace.org/
Restoration Movement - http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/~jkh8x/soc257/nrms/restor1.html
Restoration Movement - http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/
Restoration Movement, Essay by Howard A. White - http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2104/restoration.html
Restoration Web Site Links - http://150.252.220.5/crs/sites.html
United Church of Christ: Merged 4 denominations; includes some Christian Churches - http://www.ucc.org/aboutus/archives/index.html

 

EASTERN-RITE CATHOLIC - A significant but not well understood development in Catholicism.

Catholic Eastern Churches - http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-catholiceastern.htm
Catholic Encyclopedia: Eastern Churches (See Part II B) - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05230a.htm
Eastern Catholic Churches - http://www.al-bushra.org/e-church/e-cath.htm
Eastern Church - http://www.cin.org/eastern.html
Eastern Laws and Customs - http://www.cin.org/rite21.html
Eastern Rite Catholics - http://www.cin.org/rite3.html
Eastern/Roman, Differences & Similarities - http://www.cin.org/rite4.html
Introduction to the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church, Fr. Hal Stockert - http://www.cin.org/rite.html
Sources on Eastern Catholic Churches - http://www.mliles.com/jimcndf/rites/chart.shtml
Unofficial Directory, Eastern Catholic Churches in the U. S. - http://www.crosslink.net/~hrycak/ch_indx-s.html

 

ORTHODOX- One of the contributions carried here by immigrants.

Eastern Christian Churches - http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-introduction.htm
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America - http://www.goarch.org/
Hall of Church History: The Eastern Orthodox - http://www.gty.org/~phil/orthodox.htm
The Orthodox Church in America - http://www.oca.org/pages/orth_chri/Orthodox-Church-Introduction/intro.oca.html
Orthodox Christian Information Center - http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/general/index.html
Orthodox Religious Groups in the United States - http://www.religioustolerance.org/orthodox.htm
St. George Orthodox Church, Charleston, W.V. - http://home.att.net/~stgeorgeweb/weeklybulletins/1-5-03/questions.htm
Timeline of [Orthodox] Church History - http://www.saintignatiuschurch.org/timeline.html#timechart

 

PROTESTANT- A study of Protestantism in America must begin with Colonial America.

Protestant Denominations established in Colonial America - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gentutor/protest.html
Note: This site is also by Beverly Whitaker and contains dozens of links for Protestant churches established here before 1800.
You can use those links to bring you on past colonial days and on into the 21st century. Included are all the earliest Protestant denominations, many of which have changed their names, merged with others, etc.

 

ROMAN CATHOLIC - Many of the immigrants of the 19th and 20th Centuries were Roman Catholic.

Note: Some of these links will also lead to sources for information about the Roman Catholic Church presence in Colonial America. But it was the period of heavy immigration which lasted until after World War I that brought with it spectacular growth of Catholicism in America.
Catholic Internet Directory - http://www.catholic.net/RCC/Indices/
Catholic Information Network - http://www.cin.org/index.html
New Advent, including the Catholic Encyclopedia - http://www.newadvent.org/
Rites of the Catholic Church in the West - http://credo.stormloader.com/ritesofc.htm
Roman Catholics and Immigration in 19th Century America - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/nromcath.htm
Roman Catholics & the American Mainstream in 20th Century - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/tmainstr.htm


NON-CHRISTIAN WORLD RELIGIONS

 

NON-CHRISTIAN WORLD RELIGIONS - general

Non-Christian Faith Groups - http://www.religioustolerance.org/us_rel3.htm
World Religions - http://www.religioustolerance.org/var_rel.htm#world


BAHA'I

Baha'i Faith - http://www.religioustolerance.org/bahai.htm
The Baha'i World - http://www.bahai.org/
The Baha'i World Community - http://www.bahai.org/article-1-2-0-12.html


BUDDHISM

Buddhism - http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm
Buddhism in America, links - http://www.unc.edu/ncbuddhism/page44.html
Buddhism in the U.S. (June, 2001) - http://www.asiasource.org/news/at_mp_02.cfm?newsid=54751
Buddhism in the United States, essay by James Browning - http://www.ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=1764
Buddhist Association of the United States - http://www.baus.org/baus/index.html
Buddhist Churches in America - http://www.fogbank.com/bca/
Chan Meditation Center - http://www.chan1.org/cmc/cmc.html
Diamond Way Buddhist Centers - http://www.diamondway.org/fintroduction.html
Nichiren Shoshu Temples in the United States - http://www.nst.org/templelist.html
"Spirituality Without Religion," an essay in Christianity Today - http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1999/147/21.0.html
Tibetan Nyingma Centers - http://www.nyingma.org/
Tibetan Buddhist Archives - http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/tib/

 

CONFUCIANISM

Confucianism - http://www.religioustolerance.org/confuciu.htm

 

HINDUISM

Hinduism - the World's 3rd Largest Religion - http://www.religioustolerance.org/hinduism.htm
Temples in Southeastern U.S. - http://www.unc.edu/~sramey/list.htm
Organizations in Southeastern U.S. (Hindu) - http://www.unc.edu/~sramey/org.htm


ISLAM

Council on American Islamic Relations - http://www.cair-net.org/
Institute of Islamic Information and Education - http://www.iiie.net/
Islam - the World's 2nd Largest Religion - http://www.religioustolerance.org/islam.htm
Islam in America - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/islam.htm
Islam in the United States (400 links) - http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/islam_in_the_us
Islam in the United States - http://www.fcusd.k12.ca.us/chsweb/Webstaff/BarakatIslam/ius.html
Islam, USA - an essay in Christianity Today - http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/004/1.40.html
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) - http://www.icna.org/
Islamic Society of North America - http://www.isna.net/default.asp
Muslim Matrimonials and More! - http://www.zawaj.com
Muslim Student Association, U.S. and Canada - http://www.msa-natl.org/
Nation of Islam, official web site - http://www.noi.org/
What Is Islam? an essay by Gary Leazer - http://www.ethicsdaily.com/article_detail.cfm?AID=1301


JUDAISM

American Jewish Archives, Collections (Cincinnati,Ohio) - http://huc.edu/aja/collect.htm#gen
American Jewish Experience thru 19th Century - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/judaism.htm
American Jewish Experience in the 20th Century - http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/jewishexp.htm
American Jewish Historical Society (New York, NY) - http://www.ajhs.org/
AJHS Genealogically Relevant Collections - http://www.ajhs.org/research/Gene_RelevantC.cfm
Center for Jewish History (New York, NY) - http://www.cjh.org/
Chicago Jewish Archives - http://www.spertus.edu/asher/cja.html
Cyndi's List: Jewish - http://www.cyndislist.com/jewish.htm
Jewish Americans: The Immigrant Experience - http://www.hlla.com/catalog/jewishamericans.html
JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy - http://www.jewishgen.org/
Jewish Historical Societies, Directory - http://www.ajhs.org/academic/other.cfm
Jewish Research, article by Gary Mokotoff - http://www.ancestry.com/library/print/ancmag/4114.htm
Jewish Toolkit - http://www.familytreemagazine.com/ethnic_cat.asp?ethnicity=Jewish
Judaism Described - http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm
Judaism/Denominations http://www.jewish.com/askarabbi/askarabbi/askr377.htm
Judaism 101 - http://www.jewfaq.org/
Modern Jewish denominations - http://groups.msn.com/judaismfaqs/thejewishdenominations.msnw


SIKHISM

Sikhism - http://www.religioustolerance.org/sikhism.htm


TAOISM

Taoism - http://www.religioustolerance.org/taoism.htm


ZOROASTRIANISM

Zoroastrian Association of Chicago - http://www.zac-chicago.org/
Zoroastrianism - http://www.religioustolerance.org/zoroastr.htm



 


STATISTICS

Largest Religious Groups in the United States of America - http://www.adherents.com/rel_USA.html
Membership, National Council of Churches' Member Communions - http://www.electronicchurch.org/2002/NCC_members.htm
Membership, Non-Christian Faith Groups in the U.S.- http://www.religioustolerance.org/us_rel3.htm


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