Collection Category: Religious Records | Collection Type: Text & Images | Location: New York County

This collection contains digitized genealogy records from churches in New York County, New York.

Some volumes are searchable, others can only be browsed by image.

Read below for a complete list of all churches included in this collection. Click the waypoint links to view images from that church.

Broadway Tabernacle Church Cards

These digitized index cards contain notes on the members of the Broadway Tabernacle Church in Manhattan. Organized in 1840, the Broadway Tabernacle Church was set to be the “first Congregational church on Manhattan Island.” The member notes that are available are mostly from the 1800s. 

These images can be browsed, but cannot currently be searched. 

The establishment of the Broadway Tabernacle Church in 1840 succeeded a Presbyterian Church of the same name. Church staff created and preserved documents about its members when the church was formed, which has allowed us to have this collection available today. This is helpful for researchers looking for those Congregationalist ancestors from New England, for some of the notes include churches that members attended prior to joining the Broadway Tabernacle Church. 

These cards may help researchers who are having issues finding Congregationalist ancestors that migrated from New England to New York after the American Revolution. Two Congregational churches were formed in New York City in 1789 and 1803. Unfortunately, these churches did not exist for long, and with it no known records were left behind. This means that many families from New England are present in religious records of other denominations throughout the city. The formation of the Broadway Tabernacle Church and the records its produced could help looking for those Congregationalist ancestors from New England because some member information includes the churches a member may have attended prior to joining the Broadway Tabernacle Church. 

The information in each note card typically consists of the date a member joined; the year a member was married; the date a member died; where a member was educated; what kind of missionary work they engaged in; and much more. 

Names are arranged alphabetically by surname. Letters Q, Y, X and Z are not available because there are no surnames that start with those letters. It should be noted that if readers are searching for a name that starts with "Mc," there is a section below that separates the "Mc" surnames from the "M" surnames.  

Sections include: 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | Mc | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W 

Canal Street Presbyterian Church 

This volume contains transcribed records of the Canal Street Presbyterian Church in New York County, New York. 

This volume is text searchable – searches entered in the fields on this page will query this volume. The images can also be browsed by clicking the links below, which will take you to the beginning of the section you are interested in reading. 

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This volume was completed by Robert McCartee Reevs in 1919. 

Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, vol. 1

This volume contains transcribed records of the Christ Protestant Episcopal Church in the City of New York.

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See below for vol. 2.

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This volume was completed by Royden Woodward Vosburgh in 1919.

Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, vol. 2

This volume contains transcribed records of the Christ Protestant Episcopal Church in the City of New York.

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See above for vol. 1.

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This volume was completed in 1919 by Royden Woodward Vosburgh.

German Lutheran Baptisms of Reverend Franz Joseph Schneider

Rev. Mr. Francis Joseph (Franz Joseph) Schneider immigrated to New York City from Germany around 1869. An independent Lutheran minister not affiliated with any formally established church, he married couples and performed baptisms out of his home on Allen Street, and later at Second Avenue near Sixth Street in the German neighborhood of New York City (Manhattan) then known as "Kleindeutschland."

The registers are in German and Latin and mostly conform to the following format:

  • Child’s given name
  • Birthdate
  • Father’s name and birthplace
  • Mother’s name and birthplace
  • Baptism sponsors
  • Baptism date and location

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Please note that these are handwritten records.

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These volumes were created by Reverend Franz Joseph Schneider between 1869 – 1906.

Lutheran Church of New York

This volume contains transcribed records of the Lutheran Church of New York in the City of New York.

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Madison Avenue Reformed Church, vol. 1

This volume contains transcribed records of the Madison Avenue Reformed Church in the City of New York.

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See below for vol. 2.

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Along with names and dates, a description of the church’s records is provided for readers.

This volume was completed by Royden Woodward Vosburgh in 1921.

Madison Avenue Reformed Church, vol. 2

This volume contains transcribed records of the Madison Avenue Reformed Church in the City of New York.

This volume is text searchable – searches entered in the fields on this page will query this volume. The images can also be browsed by clicking the links below, which will take you to the beginning of the section you are interested in reading.

See above for vol. 1.

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This volume was completed by Royden Woodward Vosburgh in 1921.

Reformed Dutch Church

This volume contains transcribed records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New York.

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Along with names and dates, useful information about the church’s history is provided for readers.

This volume was completed by Thomas Grier Evans in 1890 and 1901.

South Reformed Dutch Church

This volume contains transcribed records of the South Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New York.

This volume is text searchable – searches entered in the fields on this page will query this volume. The images can also be browsed by clicking the links below, which will take you to the beginning of the section you are interested in reading.

Included are:

This volume was completed in by Royden Woodward Vosburgh in 1921.

 

Suggested citation for this collection:

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, “New York County Religious Records” digital images, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, (www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org), 2020.