District of Columbia Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in the District of Columbia were the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Protestant Episcopal, and Methodist Episcopal churches. To locate church records see A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in the District of Columbia, 1939 (Washington, D.C.: District of Columbia Historical Records Survey, 1939; FHL book 975.3/W1 E4h; film 1036761).

The Family History Library has few District of Columbia church records. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:


American Baptist Historical Society

The Library in Rochester is now closed to researchers, with interim director Betsy Dunbar working full-time, preparing collections for packing.  We are not accepting any more research requests "by mail" in 2007 nor are we scheduling appointments to our Rochester Library at this time.  We will also close the Valley Forge Archives Center to visitors beginning in mid-June.  We are inviting researchers to plan to visit us in 2008 at our new location on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University at http://www.baptisthistory.us/.

An informative history is:

Brush, John Woolman. Baptists in Massachusetts. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 1970. (FHL book 974.4 K2bj.)


The Episcopal Church Historian
Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Telephone; 202-537-6200
Fax: 202-364-6600
Internet: http://anglicansonline.org/resources/history.html

St. Alban's Parish
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington DC 20016-5098
Telephone: 202-363-8286
FAX: 202-363-6828
Internet: http://www.st-albans-parish.org/

Mailing Address:

3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20016

For information on Episcopal churches see Inventory of Church Archives in the District of Columbia: The Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Washington, Two volumes. (Washington, D.C.: Historical Records Survey, 1940; FHL book 975.3 K2h; film 1036702 items 1-2).


United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Telephone: 973-408-3289
Fax: 973-408-3909
Internet: http://www.gcah.org/center.htm

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940-0127

Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Washington
5001 Eastern Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20017
Telephone: 301-853-4500
Fax: 301-853-3246
Internet: http://www.adw.org/home.asp

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017