Research Inquiries

INSTRUCTIONS

Research inquiries can be submitted via phone or email.
Phone: 717-339-1317
Email: region8archives@uls.edu

Please be sure your research inquiry includes the following:

1. Name and Location of Congregation(s) or Name of Synod(s)
All of our records are indexed by names of congregations and synods. Thus, it is essential that inquiries include this information. Please note that more than one Lutheran congregation within a particular locality can have the same name (e.g., St. John, St. Paul, Trinity Lutheran, etc.). Therefore, we need as much of the following information as possible to identify the correct church: street address, city/town, county, and state where it is/was located. If researching a synod, only the name of the synod is necessary.

2. Nature of Research
Please be as specific as possible. If known, include the types of records you wish to research, such as parish registers, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, etc. Also, be sure to include as much of the following information as possible if it is relevant to your research: full names of individuals (including birth/maiden names when applicable); known or approximate dates of births, confirmations, marriages, deaths, etc.; name of city/town, county, and state where individuals lived; and names of pastors who performed baptisms, marriages, etc.

Example: Do your collections include records for the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Anytown, PA? I am seeking a marriage record for Richard and Jane Roe, married at this church on August 15, 1950. The pastor who performed the ceremony was Rev. John Smith.
New Castle, DE County

HOLY TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, WILMINGTON, DE

  • Annual Congregational Reports 1971-2003
  • Congregation Member Record Cards
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes/Reports
    • 1924-1925
    • 1928-1942
    • 1944-1945
    • 1947-1951
    • 1957-1970
  • Council Minutes
    • 1906-1909
    • 1909-1918
    • 1918-1934
    • 1938-1954
    • 1956-1979
    • 1980-1990
  • Legal Papers
  • Miscellaneous Papers
  • Parish Registers
    • 1906-1939
    • 1940-1956
    • 1955-1992
    • 1993-2003

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, NEWARK, DE

  • Board of American Mission Records Merged Congregation File 1964-1971
  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1971-1978
Allegany County, MD

MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH, WESTERNPORT, MD

  • Parish Register 1905-1909

ST. LUKE'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, CUMBERLAND, MD

  • Parish Registers
    • 1847-1885
    • 1885-1909
Baltimore City, MD

ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Council Minutes 1951-1961
  • Contribution Records 1967-1969
  • Corporate Seal
  • Mortgages and Financial Correspondence
  • Papers
    • Charter, Constitution and Bylaws
    • Day Care Center
    • History
    • Sale of Church Property
    • Sale of Spaulding Property
  • Parish Registers
    • 1919-1942
    • 1942-1968
    • 1967-1970

AMAZING GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Administrative Records 1996-2000
  • Financial Records 1996-1999

AMAZING GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN PARISH

  • Joint Task Force Records 1995-1996

BETHANY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Administrative Records
  • Commemorative Letters (100th Anniversary)
  • Congregation History Records< >Anniversary/Special Event CelebrationsMiscellaneous Items
  • Newspaper Clippings 1935-1970
  • Photographs and Post Cards
  • Selected Service Bulletins 1926-1968
  • Financial Records 1946-1996
  • Sunday School Records

CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Corporate Seal
  • Maryland Synod Congregation Constitution and Bylaws File
  • Papers
  • Parish Registers
    • 1895-1928
    • 1926-1935
    • 1931-1984
  • Service Book

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Council Minutes 1888-1907
  • Parish Register 1885-1928

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR (WEST ARLINGTON)

  • Account Book 1972-1977
  • Papers 1949-1978

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

  • Account Book 1966-1970
  • Corporate Seal
  • Council Minutes
    • 1943-1946
    • 1946-1948
    • 1951-1952
  • Papers 1949-1970
  • Parish Registers
    • 1927-1942
    • 1942-1970

FRIEDEN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Accounts
    • 1899-1941
    • 1970-1975
    • 1976-1984
  • Brotherhood Dues Book 1947-1963
  • Brotherhood Minutes
    • 1933-1948
    • 1948-1963
  • Corporate Seals
  • Council Minutes
    • 1901-1919
    • 1919-1939
    • 1940-1950
    • 1950-1959
    • 1958-1967
    • 1967-1968
    • 1969-1970
    • 1971
    • 1974-1977
    • 1977-1982
    • 1982-1983
    • 1983-1984
  • Documents, Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers
  • Ladies Mission Society
  • Maryland Synod Congregation ans Bylaws File
  • Minutes with Accounts
    • 1936-1944
    • 1945-1960
  • Newsletters 1977-1984
  • Parish Registers
    • 1899-1915
    • 1916-1948
    • 1949-1984
  • Pastor's Register of J. Conrad Twele
  • Sunday School Faculty Minutes 1977-1983
  • Treasurer's Book
    • 1936-1942
    • 1946-1949
    • 1967-1971
  • Visitors Book
    • 1964-1976
    • 1974-1979

HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Parish Register 1955-1968

JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church 1842-1964, by Pastor David H. Manrodt

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE ATONEMENT

  • Parish Register 1916-1919

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION

Lutheran Church of the Reformation Container List


MARTIN LUTHER ENGLISH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Baptism Register 1940-1976
  • Confirmation Register 1940-1973
  • Contributions Register 1911-1926
  • Council Minutes 1984-1985
  • Death Registers
    • 1940-1976
    • 1977-1992
  • Marriage Registers
    • 1936-1964
    • 1964-1984
  • Parish Record Books
    • 1891-1918
    • 1918-1939
    • 1977-1992
  • Service Program: 90th Anniversary (1890-1990)

SECOND ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Congregation Meeting Minutes 1953-1975
  • Council Minutes
    • 1840-1865
    • 1865-1894
    • 1895-1920
    • 1920-1932
    • 1932-1958
    • 1959-1973
    • 1974-1994
    • 1995-2017
  • Papers
  • Parish Registers
    • 1852-1867
    • 1868-1898
    • 1899-1915
    • 1916-1939
    • 1939-1969
  • Photographs of Sunday School Superintendents

ST. AUGUSTINE LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Account Book 1975-1976
  • Council Minutes and Correspondence 1968-1976
  • Maryland Synod Congregation Constitution and Bylaws File
  • Parish Register 1967-1977

ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH (PIMLICO)

  • Parish Register of Rev. John C. Fleck 1915-1929

ST. MARK'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Administrative Records
  • Anniversary Celebration Materials 1917-1990
  • Anniversary Jubilee 1940
  • Choir Records
    • Choir Secretary's Book Records 1876-1885
    • Minute Book 1901-1906
  • Congregation Council Records< >Call Committee19481958-1959CorrespondenceEntertainment Committee Report 1913Meeting Minutes1867-18871906-19171917-19271936-19431943-19511951-19611961-19731973-1990Unidentified Record Book 1871-1879
  • Vestment Committee Report (n. d.)
  • Congregation History
    • Congregation History Draft #2 and Notes
    • Newspaper Clippings
  • Financial Records
  • Guest Registers
    • 1945-1950
    • 1953-1957
    • 1957-1961
    • 1961-1974
    • 1974-1990
    • 1991-1997
  • Ladies' Aid Society Membership Dues Record Books
    • 1929-1936
    • 1937-1949
    • 1950-1961
  • Luther League Records
  • Membership Records
    • Statistics
      • 1923
      • 1947-1956
    • Transfers
  • Miscellaneous Records
  • Organ Fund Committee Records 1949
  • Parish Record Books
    • Baptism/Deaths Register 1869-1916
    • Communions/Confirmations/Marriages Register 1869-1916
    • Parish Register 1922-1992
  • Parochial School Records 1870-1876
  • Photographs
  • Property/Physical Plant Records
  • Service Bulletins 1935-1978
  • Sunday School Records

THIRD ENGLISH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • LCA Congregation File

TRINITY (EAST) EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Administrative/Miscellaneous Records
  • Artifacts
  • Building Committee Minute Book 1921-1923
  • Cemetery Records
  • Congregation Council Meeting Minutes
    • 1904-1922
    • 1923-1938
    • 1939-1955
    • 1955-1962
    • 1975-1987
    • 1988-1994
  • Financial Records
  • Luther League Minute Book 1922-1935
  • Lutheran Brotherhood Minute Book 1931-1944
  • Parish Registers
    • 1853-1878
    • 1922-1958
    • 1942-1989
  • Photographs
  • Secretary's Records
  • Women's Organization Minute Book 1873-1888

TRINITY (WEST) EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Anniversary Booklets
  • Correspondence 1952-1969
  • Maryland Synod Constitution and Bylaws File
  • Photographs of Church

ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (OF LAURAVILLE)

  • Corporate Seal
  • Council Minutes
    • 1913-1934
    • 1934-1938
    • 1938-1949
    • 1956-1977
    • 1977-1981
    • 1982-1986
    • 1987-1989
  • Council Papers
  • Maryland Synod Congregation Files
  • Miscellaneous Papers
  • Parish Registers
    • 1913-1941
    • 1968-1987
    • 1941-1968
    • 1987-1988
  • Sunday School Association Minutes 1953-1961
Howard County, MD

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE LIVING WORD, COLUMBIA, MD

Finding Aid
Baltimore County, MD

HOLY SPIRIT LUTHERAN CHURCH, RANDALLSTOWN, MD

  • Board of American Mission Records Disbanded/Merged Congregation File

NATIVITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, WHITE MARSH, MD

  • Architectural Drawings
  • Funeral Parlor Clergyman’s Record Cards 1984-1990
  • Maryland Synod Congregation Files
  • Membership Transfers 1992-1994
  • Parish Register 1982-1991

ST. PAUL'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, CHESTNUT RIDGE, MD

  • Miscellanous Papers
  • Transcriptions of Tombstone Inscriptions

WORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CONGREGATION, OWINGS MILLS, MD

  • Parish Register 1989-1992
Carroll County, MD

EMMANUEL BAUST LUTHERAN CHURCH, TYRONE, MD

  • Administrative Records 1794-2005
  • Legal Papers 1866-1999
  • Photographs
  • Service Bulletins 1995-2005
  • Sunday School Records 1943-2005
  • Treasurer's Records 1887-2006

ST. LUKE'S (WINTER'S) EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, NEW WINDSOR, MD

  • Parish Register, 1783-1884
  • Ecclesiastical Discipline 1856

ST. MARY'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, SILVER RUN, MD

  • Baptismal Certificates
    • Aster Menerin (January 18, 1797)
    • Jacob George Washington Yeiser (October 29, 1859)
    • Mary Ann Hoeffacker (December 19, 1838)
    • Neill Blanche Marie Greenberg (July 27, 1902)
  • Church/Dedication Record Book 1881-1927
  • Kirchen 1784-1851 (Contains Charter of Incorporation, May 31, 1762)
  • Record of Births, Baptism, Communion Seasons, Marriages and Deaths. Commenced August 15, 1881, Rev. J. Henry, Pastor

ST. MATTHEW'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, PLEASANT VALLEY, MD

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File

ST. PAUL'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, UNIONTOWN, MD

  • Missionary Society Minutes 1934-1938
  • Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society Minutes
    • 1890-1900
    • 1908-1920

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, HARNEY, MD

  • Council Minutes 1890-1931

UNIONTOWN PARISH

  • Account Books
    • 1957-1970
    • 1970-1979
  • Joint Council Minutes
    • 1869-1943
    • 1944-1960
    • 1961-1981
    • 1982-1985
  • Ledgers
    • 1981-1982
    • 1982-1986

WOODBINE LUTHERAN CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1951-1967
Frederick County, MD

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, FREDERICK, MD

  • Constitution 1840
  • Council Minutes
    • 1808-1851
    • 1838-1842
    • 1845-1858
    • 1856-1895
    • 1896-1907
    • 1908-1921
  • Manuscript Notes by Dr. Abdel Ross Wentz
  • Miscellaneous Papers from Dr. Abdel Ross Wentz
  • Parish Registers
    • 1742-1811 (includes 1747 Constitution)**
    • 1811-1850**
  • Sunday School Teachers Photograph
**These materials have been temporarily withdrawn by Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, MD, as of October 28, 2013.

JEFFERSON CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1951-1964

MYERSVILLE PARISH

  • Church Records 1861-1916

ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH (CHURCH HILL), MYERSVILLE, MD

  • Constitution 1853-1854
  • Church Records and Council Minutes
    • 1832-1849
    • 1850-1861
    • 1872-1904
    • 1896-1913
    • 1904-1963

ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, WOLFSVILLE, MD

  • Church Records 1897-1963

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN AND GERMAN REFORMED CHURCH, PLEASANT HILL (YELLOW SPRINGS), MD

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, MYERSVILLE, MD

  • Church Records 1903-1963

TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, KNOXVILLE, MD

  • Membership Lists
  • Photographs
  • Treasurer’s Records 1875-1998

UTICA CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1957-1964

WALKERSVILLE-BETHEL LUTHERAN CHARGE

  • Joint Council Minutes & Miscellaneous Papers 1960-1975
Montgomery County, MD

RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH, KENSINGTON, MD

  • Congregation Group Photo, May 13, 1951
Prince George's County, MD

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, FORESTVILLE, MD

  • Anniversary Celebrations 1953-2011
  • Audiovisual Materials
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes
    • January 1952-January 1966
    • January 1967-January 1973
    • January 1974-January 1982
    • November 1982-February 2011
  • Council Minutes
    • May 1952-March 1958
    • April 1958-May 1961
    • June 1961-May 1963
    • June 1963-May 1965
    • June 1965-January 1967
    • February 1967-December 1973
    • January 1974-December 1982
    • January 1983-December 1989
    • January 1990-May 1994
    • May 1994-December 1997
    • January 1998-March 2011
  • History 1961-1965
  • Memorial Binders
    • "In Remembrance"
    • "Our Abiding Memorials"
  • Miscellaneous Materials
  • Parish Registers
    • 1951-1967
    • 1966-2011 (Records after 1997 are not complete)
  • Pictures
  • Record of Members 1952-1996

FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, OXON HILL, MD

  • Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws ca. 1975
  • Clergyman's Records, Funerals 1966-1999
  • Council Minutes
    • 1955-1962
    • 1963-1970
    • 1971-1974
    • 1981-1999
  • First Records of the Lutheran Mission of Congress Heights 1954-1955
  • History of Congregation
  • Membership Transfers 1987- 2000
  • Miscellaneous Records
  • Parish Register 1954-1999
  • Parochial Reports 1955-1998

GOOD SHEPHERD EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, PALMER PARK, MD

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File

ST. ANDREW’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File
Talbot County, MD

EASTON-CORDOVA CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1950-1960
St. Mary's County, MD

CHRIST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, LEXINGTON PARK, MD

  • Account Books 1961, 1964
  • Corporate Seal
  • History of the Congregation ca. 1958-1962
  • Maryland Synod Board of American Missions Records, Developing Mission Files 1948-1962
  • Miscellaneous Papers
  • Parish Register 1960-1963
Washington County, MD

BOONSBORO LUTHERAN CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1952-1964, 1967

CLEAR SPRINGS LUTHERAN CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File

JACOB'S (FRIEDEN'S) CHURCH, LEITERSBURG, MD

  • Parish Registers
    • 1791-1853
    • 1845-1899

LEITERSBURG LUTHERAN CHARGE

  • Parish Membership Roll Book 1908-1909

SMITHBURG LUTHERAN CHARGE

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File 1961, 1967

ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, ROHRERSVILLE, MD

  • Parish Register/Council Minutes 1933-1971
  • Service Bulletin (11/01/1959)
  • Sunday School Secretary's Book 1880-1889
Montgomery County, MD

RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH, KENSINGTON, MD

Resurrection Lutheran Church Finding Aid
Fairfax County, VA

BREAD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH, SPRINGFIELD, VA

  • Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Congregational Meetings
  • Constitution
  • Finance and Operations Committee Papers
  • History/Merger with Abiding Presence-Burke
  • Retreats and Programs
  • Semiannual and Annual Meeting Minutes
Loudoun County

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, NEERSVILLE, VA

  • Maryland Synod Congregation File
Washington, DC

INCARNATION LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Account Books
    • 1926-1939
    • 1940-1944
  • Alter Book
  • Corporate Seal
  • Parish Register 1918-1942

KELLER MEMORIAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Account Book 1931-1942
  • Building Committee Minutes 1891-1892
  • Corporate Seal
  • Council Minutes
    • 1882-1897
    • 1898-1904
    • 1904-1916
    • 1916-1931
    • 1932-1937
    • 1938-1943
    • 1944-1950
    • 1951-1960
    • 1965-1968
  • Papers
  • Parish Registers
    • 1891-1922
    • 1923-1934
    • 1935-1945
    • 1946-1969
  • Sunday School Record Book 1903-1905

ST. JAMES (TAKOMA) LUTHERAN CHURCH, TACOMA PARK, MD

  • Congregation Histories
  • Constitution, Bylaws and Charter 1925
  • Constitution and Bylaws 1954, 1959
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Membership Transfers
  • Minutes and Papers Regarding Disbanding
  • Miscellaneous Special Events Programs
  • Parish Register 1925-1970
  • Scrap Book

ST. MARK'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Parish Register 1896-1942

ST. MARKS-INCARNATION LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Newsletters
  • Papers
  • Parish Register 1943-1969

ST. MARY'S LUTHERAN CONGREGATION

  • Corporate Seal

ST. MATTHEW'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

  • Anniversary and Service Bulletins
  • Architectural Drawing: Revised Symbol Window Setting Locations, July 16, 1963
  • Bible Presented by Mrs. Edward G. Diener and Betty, in Honor of Mr. Edward G. Diener, December 26, 1971
  • Book of Protocol of the Ladies Society of the German Evangelical St. Matthew's Congregation in Washington, D.C. 1894-1914 (Transcript)
  • Constitution, Congregational Minutes, Council Meetings August 7, 1894 to January 9, 1908 (Transcript)
  • Ladies Society Records
    • Ladies Aid Society Minutes 1914-1936
    • Ladies Aid Society Minutes 1959-1967 (Renamed "Ruth Circle" January 2, 1964)
    • Mary Martha Circle Minutes 1955-1959
    • Mary Martha Circle Minutes 1959-1963
    • Mission Society Minutes 1934-1943
    • Ruth Circle Minutes 1968-1971
  • Miscellaneous Materials
  • Newsletters 1995-2000
  • Parish Records
    • Miscellaneous Parish Records
    • Parish Register 1930-1937
    • Parish Register 1938-2000
    • Parish Register 1948-1953 (plus miscellaneous records 1921-1939)
  • Sunday School Board Minutes 1920-1924