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Wabash Valley Genealogy

Program: Anglicans, Recusants, Reformers, Separatists and Non- Conformists: English church denominations and their records

When completing genealogical research on one’s ancestors, valuable information can often be found in church records. However, sometimes trying to locate and decipher church records can be frustrating and confusing.

On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will be presenting a program by Jacob Eubanks designed to help everyone better understand how to research church records. Eubanks is a nationally known genealogical speaker.

The program will be held in the conferences rooms (A, B & C) on the lower level of the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and socializing with the formal program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Church records contain facts about our ancestors that cannot easily be found elsewhere. The availability of church records is greatly impacted by history and practice. Anglo church history has a complicated past-rife with suppression, persecution, and denominationalism.

During the presentation, participants will learn about the formation of English denominations and be engaged in a discussion of the key differences in practice between High and Low Churches and how that impacts church records in the U.S. and England.

Participants will learn the terminology for and legal measures taken by the English and Colonial government to suppress low churches and will explore sources for research of denominations including the Anglicans (Episcopalian), Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Quakers, Baptists, and Methodists.

Jacob Eubanks holds a Master of Library Science degree and currently is Assistant Manager of History & Genealogy at the St. Louis County Library. He is a nationally recognized genealogical writer and researcher. Interestingly, Jacob was a former faculty librarian at Indiana State University (ISU). His talks and writing focus on research strategies; emphasizing the necessity of understanding the creation process of records and their availability to ensure genealogists conduct reasonably exhaustive research in their application of genealogical proof standards.

If you want more information on this or other WVGS programs and activities, check out the WVGS website at www.inwvgs.org.

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