United States Bible Records
Many families have traditionally recorded births, marriages, and deaths in a family Bible, family record book, or book of remembrance. Family Bibles that are no longer in the possession of the family may be at a historical or genealogical society. They are sometimes transcribed and published in genealogical periodicals.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have collected and transcribed many Bible records. These transcripts are at the DAR Library in Washington, DC, or at local DAR chapters. Most are on microfilm at the Family History Library. Partial indexes to these records are:
- Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States: 35,000 Microfilm References from the NSDAR Files and Elsewhere. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1979. (FHL book 973 D22kk v. 1; fiche 6089183; v. 2 fiche 6089184.)
- Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States: 45,500 References as Taken from the Microfilm at the Genealogical Society of Utah. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. (FHL book 973 D22kk v. 2.; fiche 6089184.)
- National Genealogical Society (Arlington, Virginia). Bible Records, ca. 1747-1982. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1995. (On six FHL films starting with 1987737.) No circulation to Family History Centers. Includes index. Bible records collected from members of the society.
The DAR and other Bible records at the Family History Library are generally listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under one of the following:
[STATE] - BIBLE RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - BIBLE RECORDS
[STATE] - VITAL RECORDS
[STATE], [COUNTY] - VITAL RECORDS
You can find further information about Bible records in research outlines available for each state.
- From Stalkin' Kin In Old West Texas, Vol XVI, No. 2.(San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. Aug 1988):
"BIBLE RECORDS: The National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. have collections of Bible Records sent as evidence in various claims against the U.S. Government. These are arranged in alphabetical order. Lists of these Bible records are available upon request."