19 May 2014

NGS 2014 Family History Conference -- Session W154 -- "She Bore Her Suffering with Christian Fortitude": Using Religious Newspapers and Periodicals



Another in the series on sessions I attended at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference.

W154 “She Bore Her Suffering with Christian Fortitude.” Using Religious Newspapers and Periodicals, Michael D Lacopo, D.V.M, Syllabus page 85

The presenter provided a very interesting overview on religion and newspapers. A key take away from this talk is that many religious publications published death notices and related decades before such information could be found with any regularity in secular newspapers.

A new-to-me website which I learned about is that for the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.  It has a list of official denominational websites which is a great start place to learn what was being published by the various denominations. 

He reminded us that Cyndi’s List contains a list of Religion & Churches >> Libraries, Archives & Museums another great place to look for what has been published.

There are many newspaper directories which can be consulted, several of which are available online including:
+ George Batten’s Directory of the Religious Press of the United States (New York: George Batten, Newspaper Advertising Agent, 1892)
Page from George Batten's Directory of the Religious Press of the United States
+ History and annotated bibliography of American religious periodicals and newspapers established from 1730 through 1830 (Worcester: Gaylord P Albaugh, American Antiquarian Society, 1994) [link is to WorldCat so that you can see if a nearby repository has this book]

Along these lines, I was already familiar with the NC Baptist Historical Collection which has digitized images of The Biblical Recorder, started in 1833 for which t here is an alphabetical list of obituary notices (1835-1877). Additionally, Baptists (as did other faiths) held periodic conventions where the minutes sometimes included obituaries.

The associated syllabus pages provide a great overview of the talk (which covers so much more than my brief summary) and also include a bibliography.




Editor’s Note: This session was NOT recorded.  Hopefully a friend attended the conference and you can learn more!
Editor’s Note: This series is not presented in any particular order.



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