Many early churches merged and reformed into a new denomination. Some churches are no longer in existence and others may have merged again after the Revolution. It would be wise to check all churches in the area you are searching, as many people visited other denominations when no minister was available for their local church.
The collected information in this survey includes churches that have recorded Baptisms, Marriages and/or Deaths and Members from the colonial period. For the most part, the survey does not include church histories, and other records such as confirmations or groups. The records cited include publications in the form of books, manuscripts and some archival holdings. Repositories such as the Latter Day Saints Library in Utah, are more extensive and have most of the records listed. Churches still in existence may have their own archived collections.
Who published what and where to find it
In the column heading "Records Published, Indexed" within the tables listed above, you will find information on published indexes to available church records.
Use WORLD CAT
to locate items in libraries near you. Some items are not available for general circulation, and you may have to visit the library or organization who holds the unpublished archives.
In lieu of visiting libraries with reserved records, you may be able to access some materials through The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGBS), and their publications, "The Record" (NYGBR).
The Holland Society Yearbooks (HSYB) and Publications are available at some libraries as reprints. Information on the Holland Society Publications can be found at The Holland Society Website.LIBRARIES
Family History Center
Many of the older books have been reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland and are in libraries throughout the U.S. You can visit their website to see what is available for purchase.
You can also purchase books at:
Hope Farm Press in New York State
Higginson Books in Salem, MA
Heritage Books, Westminster, MD or other on-line stores.
You may find used books on occasion at Ebay, check the "other" category for genealogy books in addition to the U.S. history category.
And last but not least:
You can contact the Volunteer Lookups at Rootsweb to do a surname search in books they own.
For additional information on where to find church records, consult the WPA Publications:
The Works Progress Administration, Historical Records Survey, Guide to Vital Statistics Records of Churches in New York State (exclusive of New York City). Albany, NY, ©1942, 2 vol.
The New York City WPA publications are divided into books for each of the 5 boroughs - Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Richmond and Manhattan.
In addition, the WPA published inventories by denomination.