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A church directory lists church ministers, dioceses, and parishes and can provide important information, including:

  • Addresses for church officials.
  • Lists of church jurisdictions and headquarters.
  • Chronological lists of principal church officials.
  • Brief biographies or career summaries of current ministers.
  • Addresses of church schools or other institutions.

The Clergy of the Church of England Database: 1540-1835: launced in 1999 and funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

For an annual directory that lists all Church of England ministers, see:

  • Crockford’s Clerical Directory. 95th Edition. London, England: Church House Publishing, 1997. (Family History Library book Ref 942 E4c.BYU Family History Library book BX 5031 .C8) This work is indexed by parish. Use it to obtain each minister’s name, address, and telephone number. Crockford’s has been produced annually since 1858. Previous editions can help you trace the career histories of former ministers. Earlier editions are on microfilm or microfiche in the Family History Library.

Similar directories for several other religions are also available. They are often organized by the church jurisdictional area. These directories may help you identify neighboring congregations of the same faith.

To find church directories, look in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


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