Finding Sources

Accidentally finding interesting websites

Recently I came across an online article about finding your relatives in Lutheran Church records. My German ancestors were Lutheran, so I clicked the link to read more. Unfortunatly, it was a premium article that I couldn’t read without a subscription. I then decided to go searching for other articles on the topic to see what I could learn.

I accidentally discovered a website dedicated to the history of the Lutheran Church. The Concordia Historical Institute is dedicated to preserving the history of the Lutheran movement. It includes libraries, museums, and collections all related to the Lutheran Church.

This site has a few church records and microfilms of church records, among other items available at it’s location in St. Louis. Intrigued, I searched their archives catalog, but did not discover any items from the area I am searching in Quincy, Illinois. This site is in interesting lead non-the-less. Perhaps learning more about the church history will help me understand my ancestors a little more.

It has also given me new ideas to search for records beyond the typical historical societies, libraries, and archives. What have you discovered accidentally that has help you in your research?

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