Baptist Church in the United States

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History in the United States

The Baptist religion, established in colonial Rhode Island, became the largest Protestant denomination in the United States by the early 1800's, when many Baptist churches were organized throughout the middle-Atlantic and southern states. The Baptists again became the largest Protestant denomination after 1920.

Baptist Church Records

Types of Church Records


An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many United States ministers:[1]

  • The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America. Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at Google Books.

Where they are Located

American Baptist Historical Society
2930 Flowers Rd, South
Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30341
Telephone: 678-547-6680


The ABHS website also includes a guide for genealogists and family historians:

National Association of Free Will Baptists
Executive Office
5233 Mt. View Road
Antioch, TN 37013-2306
Mailing Address:
FWB Executive Office
P.O. Box 5002
Antioch, TN 37011-5002


Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archive
901 Commerce Street, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37203-3630
Telephone: 615-244-0344



Baptist History Homepage, A Source for Original Baptist Documents has digital versions of many Baptist histories, biographies, and other items of interest to genealogists who discover Baptist ancestry in the United States of America.

Cyndi's List - Baptist


  1. Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32