Church Records Survey, New York State

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
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At the turn of the twentieth century, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society sent out a survey to churches throughout New York and New Jersey, as well as parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, which requested detailed information about the records they held, their history, and other denominations located nearby.

More than 200 churches responded. These unique surveys, accompanied by an index, have been digitized by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Please note, that the majority are handwritten and cannot be searched, but only browsed.

More About This Collection: 

These records are compiled of images of the original two-page surveys. Within these records you may discover the following information about individual churches throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania:

  • What types records they have and how far back the records date.
  • Church history, including when the church was established, when their current chapel was opened, and any other buildings they have used as places of worship
  • Other denominations represented in their town
  • Historical buildings or locations in their town
  • The name of the individual in charge of records and where records are kept
  • Whether or not their records are written or typed and their general condition