03 February 2014

Church Souvenir Booklets -- are you seeking them out?


Did you know that many churches published souvenir booklets to commemorate anniversaries?  Did you realize that these booklets may mention not only church history and select (if not all) current members of the church?

I was reminded of this when I read Six clues church souvenir booklets can give you for genealogy research that I definitely do not make a point of looking for such publications as frequently as I should!  Such neat and invaluable information can often be found.

As usual, this got me interested in what collections might exist for church souvenir book(lets).

There are some collections which include several church souvenir books:
+ Historic Pittsburgh [PA] General Text Collection (search on “souvenir book”)
+ Internet Archive (search on “church souvenir book”)
+ Google Books (search on church + “souvenir book”)
+ CCU – Polish American Pamphlets (search on church + “souvenir book”)
+ Hathi Trust (search on church + “souvenir booklet”) & again (search on church + “souvenir book”)

Editor’s Note: I suggest that you search on book, booklet, and pamphlet.

A quick “Google” search on church + souvenir + booklets brought up several entries including:


Have you found some neat information (or clues) in a church souvenir book?

Do you know of additional collections (or resources) for these books?



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