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Congregational histories can reveal significant details about your ancestor's religious community. They may even contain records of christenings, marriages, and burials/deaths. Founding and long-standing families may be mentioned, including biographical details, and the work and member lists of charitable groups affiliated with the congregation can give you a look at the role your ancestor played in his community.

Church histories, centennial books, and meeting minutes may contain the names of congregation members, and possibly even records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths.

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