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=== The Community of Christ&nbsp; <br>(Formerly: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)  ===
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==== Beliefs, Practices and Records<br> ====
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[http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/ Nova Scotia Archives]<br>6016 University Avenue<br>Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W4<br>Telephone: (902) 424-6060<br>Email: [mailto:nsarm@gov.ns.ca nsarm@gov.ns.ca nsarm@gov.ns.ca]
  
<br>Refer back to the introductory section of this chapter for a list of those beliefs which are NOT shared with the ''Mormons''.  
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The collection of archives in Nova Scotia dates from 1857; the emphasis on materials collected is that they should be ‘provincial in scope.’ This includes both corporate and private fonds. Although it is not explained explicitly, the message seems to be that local materials must find a home at local archives. The Nova Scotia archives is part of the government records management division, and the emphasis in the website is on the records management side.  
  
As described in ''Handbook of Denominations in the United States'', 10th edition, the basic beliefs of this former RLDS church include faith in:
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The website is elaborate and some users may find it difficult to manoeuvre. There are many places where it is impossible to return to the homepage if you have wandered far into some topic. However, it does provide access to finding aids which researchers will find useful for planning their visits, or for exploring research questions to be done long distance. There are also several searchable online databases of historical records. Birth, marriage and death records can be searched individually or simultaneously and corresponding images of the original records are available for viewing or purchase. Census, assessment and poll tax records are available from 1767 – 1827 although none of these records are complete for the province.
  
*The universality of God the Eternal Father
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Their publication ''NovArchives'' (1998), which describes government records available at the archives, may be still available in print format through interlibrary loan but is not available as an ebook at the time of this printing. Online it has been replaced by the section of the website labelled “Government Administrative Histories”.
*Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of the Father
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*The Holy Spirit
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*The worth and dignity of persons
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*Repentance of sin
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*Baptism by immersion
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*The efficacy of various sacramental ordinances
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*The resurrection of the dead
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*The open canon of Scriptures and the continuity of revelation
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*The doctrine of stewardship
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*The accountability of all people to God
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Community of Christ recognizes three books of scripture: the ''Holy Bible, ''the''Book of Mormon, ''and the ''Doctrine and Covenants.''
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''BosaNova'' is an electronic guide to archival holdings, both government and private, and is searchable. Click on “Search Archives Catalogue”. For example, the Coroners Records 1920-1974 are described down to file level. The searches require some concentration as instructions are minimal. The database does not make the actual documents available in electronic format, but instead provides descriptions of the holdings. There is a tab within this section that describes new research holdings. There is also a good glossary of archival terms, which you can reach simply by clicking on the term.  
  
''Community of Christ'' clearly summarizes its beliefs at its webpage [http://www.cofchrist.org/ourfaith/faith-beliefs.asp. “Basic Beliefs".] Included is this introductory statement, “We are an international Christian church with 250,000 members found in more than fifty nations. Our World Headquarters, including a Temple dedicated to the pursuit of peace, is located in Independence, Missouri. The church was organized in 1830 in New York State.
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There are a number of print guides which will help those planning to work at NSA. The archives still sells Julie Morris’ ''Tracing your ancestors in Nova Scotia'' (1987). The alternatives are the relevant pages in Terrence Punch’s guides ''Genealogical research in Nova Scotia'' (1998) and ''Genealogist’s handbook for Atlantic Canada research'' (2nd edition, 1997), both first-rate. More to the point regarding the archives are the various titles in the ''Nova Scotia Genealogical Resources County Guides'' series, which provide detailed information about seven counties and Halifax city, with a focus on records at NSA. These guides are also for sale from the archives site.  
  
On the [http://www.cofchrist.org/history/default.asp “Community of Christ History”] webpage has details of its 170-year history.  
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Among materials listed on the site are marriage bonds, vital statistics 1864-1937, church records, cemeteries, newspapers, passenger lists, land records, wills and directories. Most of the materials mentioned are available in self-serve microfilm or, increasingly, on online databases sometimes with digital images; NSA seems to have filmed a larger percentage of its genealogical resources than other provinces. There are individual card catalogues or indexes for various specialized topics, including Biographical (for people, including genealogies) and Communities (for local histories and non-book items). In addition to its own collections, NSA is a remote site for Library and Archives Canada.  
  
Recall that the early history of this group matches that of the Mormons until the aftermath of the murder of Joseph Smith in 1844. The ''Community of Christ'' claims to be a continuation of the original church which Smith had founded, basing its claim on the rule of lineal succession found in ''The Book of Doctrine and Covenants.'' Because the Mormons led by Brigham Young abandoned this rule, those holding to the lineal succession eventually reorganized as the ''Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints'' on April 6, 1860, at Amboy, Illinois, under the leadership of Joseph Smith III, the eldest son of the founder. The name change to ''Community of Christ'' took place in April, 2001, a name which they consider more adequately represents the [http://www.cofchrist.org/ourfaith/mission.asp church’s theology and mission]: “We proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace.” 
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The archives has a library although items do not circulate but are available for on-site use. The catalogue is searchable online. The books are obtained using request slips, similar to the manuscript materials.  
  
The church is administered by a First Presidency of three high priests and elders, a Quorum of Twelve Apostles who represent the presidency, and a pastoral arm under the high priests and elders. Ministry consists of two basic orders: the Aaronic (offices of deacon, teacher, and priest) and the Melchizedek (offices of elder, high priest, and the various specialized functions of the office of high priest). The bishops’ work covers church properties, the stewardship of members, and church finance.
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Those approaching searches in [http://novascotia.ca/archives/virtual/newspapers/ Nova Scotia newspapers] should remember there are extensive printed indexes for Halifax newspapers 1769-1854, ''Chronicle-Telegraph'' obituaries 1961-1999 and The ''Presbyterian Witness (9 volumes)'' 1848-1908. Online images in a browseable format are also available for extant issues of thirteen different newspapers published in six different Nova Scotia communities over a span of 210 years — from ''The Nova Scotia Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser'' in 1769, to ''The 4th Estate'' in 1977.  
  
==== Headquarters/Repositories  ====
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A private researcher list is available online; everyone listed must have been tested and certified by the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes (G.I.M.) or the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (N.I.G.S., Toronto ON) to qualify.
  
<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">In response to my query about what records the Community of Christ keeps which might be helpful to genealogists, I received information from their headquarters:</span>  
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<br> Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses {{Canadian: Archival Centres}} offered by [http://www.genealogicalstudies.com The National Institute for Genealogical Studies]. To learn more about these courses or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at [mailto:wiki@genealogicalstudies.com wiki@genealogicalstudies.com] <br>  
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| Membership?
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| Yes, Community of Christ members only<br>
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| Birth?
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| Marriage?
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| Death, Burial, Obituaries?
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I was told that persons wanting to access these records should contact by letter, using the address below:
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Community of Christ <br>1001 W. Walnut <br>Independence Missouri 64050-3562
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Note also these added comments, <br>It would probably be helpful to your potential genealogy researchers if you could differentiate between the Mormon (LDS-Utah based) Church and the Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS-Independence, Missouri based). Only refer individuals whose ancestors were members of the Community of Christ/RLDS to us while referring general genealogical and Mormon membership inquiries to the LDS Family History Library network.
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Website<br>[http://www.cofchrist.org/ Community of Christ]<br><br>
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Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses {{US Religious Records}} offered by [http://www.genealogicalstudies.com The National Institute for Genealogical Studies]. To learn more about these courses or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at [mailto:wiki@genealogicalstudies.com wiki@genealogicalstudies.com] <br>  
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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian: Archival Centres  by Ryan Taylor. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).


Nova Scotia Archives
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1W4
Telephone: (902) 424-6060
Email: nsarm@gov.ns.ca nsarm@gov.ns.ca

The collection of archives in Nova Scotia dates from 1857; the emphasis on materials collected is that they should be ‘provincial in scope.’ This includes both corporate and private fonds. Although it is not explained explicitly, the message seems to be that local materials must find a home at local archives. The Nova Scotia archives is part of the government records management division, and the emphasis in the website is on the records management side.

The website is elaborate and some users may find it difficult to manoeuvre. There are many places where it is impossible to return to the homepage if you have wandered far into some topic. However, it does provide access to finding aids which researchers will find useful for planning their visits, or for exploring research questions to be done long distance. There are also several searchable online databases of historical records. Birth, marriage and death records can be searched individually or simultaneously and corresponding images of the original records are available for viewing or purchase. Census, assessment and poll tax records are available from 1767 – 1827 although none of these records are complete for the province.

Their publication NovArchives (1998), which describes government records available at the archives, may be still available in print format through interlibrary loan but is not available as an ebook at the time of this printing. Online it has been replaced by the section of the website labelled “Government Administrative Histories”.

BosaNova is an electronic guide to archival holdings, both government and private, and is searchable. Click on “Search Archives Catalogue”. For example, the Coroners Records 1920-1974 are described down to file level. The searches require some concentration as instructions are minimal. The database does not make the actual documents available in electronic format, but instead provides descriptions of the holdings. There is a tab within this section that describes new research holdings. There is also a good glossary of archival terms, which you can reach simply by clicking on the term.

There are a number of print guides which will help those planning to work at NSA. The archives still sells Julie Morris’ Tracing your ancestors in Nova Scotia (1987). The alternatives are the relevant pages in Terrence Punch’s guides Genealogical research in Nova Scotia (1998) and Genealogist’s handbook for Atlantic Canada research (2nd edition, 1997), both first-rate. More to the point regarding the archives are the various titles in the Nova Scotia Genealogical Resources County Guides series, which provide detailed information about seven counties and Halifax city, with a focus on records at NSA. These guides are also for sale from the archives site.

Among materials listed on the site are marriage bonds, vital statistics 1864-1937, church records, cemeteries, newspapers, passenger lists, land records, wills and directories. Most of the materials mentioned are available in self-serve microfilm or, increasingly, on online databases sometimes with digital images; NSA seems to have filmed a larger percentage of its genealogical resources than other provinces. There are individual card catalogues or indexes for various specialized topics, including Biographical (for people, including genealogies) and Communities (for local histories and non-book items). In addition to its own collections, NSA is a remote site for Library and Archives Canada.

The archives has a library although items do not circulate but are available for on-site use. The catalogue is searchable online. The books are obtained using request slips, similar to the manuscript materials.

Those approaching searches in Nova Scotia newspapers should remember there are extensive printed indexes for Halifax newspapers 1769-1854, Chronicle-Telegraph obituaries 1961-1999 and The Presbyterian Witness (9 volumes) 1848-1908. Online images in a browseable format are also available for extant issues of thirteen different newspapers published in six different Nova Scotia communities over a span of 210 years — from The Nova Scotia Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser in 1769, to The 4th Estate in 1977.

A private researcher list is available online; everyone listed must have been tested and certified by the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes (G.I.M.) or the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (N.I.G.S., Toronto ON) to qualify.



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