UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Genealogy

Church Records

Image of two rural churches in Pierce County

Church records come in a variety of types:

  • Records about people:

    • Membership rolls

    • Sacramental records:

      • Baptisms

      • Confirmations

      • Weddings

      • Funerals, and maybe burials

  • Records about the congregation as an entity:

    • Constitution, by-laws

    • Financial records of various kinds

    • Minutes of boards, committees, trustees, etc.

  • Church organizations:

    • Ladies societies/women's clubs

    • Men's groups

    • Sunday School

    • Areas of church involvement such as evangelism, temperance, ministerial welfare, benevolences, religious/secular education, etc.

Membership and some types of financial giving records can help you place your ancestors in a particular location at times when there are no censuses or they may be missing from the census. Sacramental records can help with birth, marriage, and death dates when the official government records are missing or otherwise not available.

Minutes of various groups within the church can flesh out the story of your ancestors' lives, as can records of church organizations. These can be especially useful when looking for women in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


The River Falls Area Research Center has some original "manuscript" (Mss.) records of churches in its area, plus microfilmed records of many more churches.  Be sure to check the catalog for any additional churches.

Church Name

County

Mss.

Film

Amery Congregational Church (Amery)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Atlas Community Methodist Church (Atlas)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Barshaw Missouri Synod Lutheran sacramental records

Burnett

 

 

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

Bethesda Lutheran Church (Dresser)

Polk

 

 

Bone Lake Lutheran Church (Luck)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Clear Lake Congregational Church (Clear Lake)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Ebenezer Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

Eureka Baptist Church (Eureka)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Evangelical Lutheran Church (Deer Park)

St. Croix

 

 

Evangelical United Bretheran Methodist Church (New Richmond)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 26

Ezekiel Lutheran Church (River Falls)

Pierce

RF Mss Y

First Baptist Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

First Congregational United Church of Christ (River Falls)

Pierce

RF Mss T

 

First Methodist Episcopal Church (River Falls)

Pierce

RF Mss U

 

First Presbyterian Church (St. Croix Falls)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

First Reformed Church (Baldwin)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

First United Presbyterian Church (Baldwin)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

Fristad Lutheran Church (Centuria)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Garfield Lutheran Church (Town of Garfield)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (Nye)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Hudson Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

Kinnickinnic Congregational (Town of Kinnickinnic)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

Luck Lutheran Church (Luck)

Polk

 

RF Micro 26

Mann Valley Lutheran Church (Town of Clifton)

Pierce

 

RF Micro 24

Mann Valley Lutheran Church (Town of Troy)

St. Croix

 

 

Martell Lutheran Church (Rush River)
includes Gilman Ladies Aid, 1896-1905,
and Ta-bi-tha Ladies Aid, 1889-1915

Pierce

RF Mss DD

 

Methodist Episcopal Church (Emerald)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

Methodist Episcopal Church (Glenwood City)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

North Prairie Church (same as River River Lutheran Church)

St. Croix

RF Mss DD

 

North Rush River Lutheran Church

St. Croix

 

 

Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church (Woodville)

St. Croix

 

 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Glenwood City)

St. Croix

 

 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Town of Ellsworth)
includes some Ladies Aid records

Pierce

RF Mss DD

 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Woodville)

St. Croix

 

 

Rush River Lutheran Church
includes Ladies Aid records

Pierce

RF Mss DD

 

Saint Luke's United Methodist Church (Frederic)

Polk

 

 

Saint Mary's Catholic Church (Amery)

Polk

   

Saint Mary's Catholic Church (Osceola)

Polk

 

 

Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Deer Park)

St. Croix

 

 

Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Glenwood City)

St. Croix

 

 

Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Luck)

Polk

 

 

Saint Peter's Lutheran Church (Luck)

Polk

 

 

Scandinavian Unitarian Society (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

South Rush River Church (Town of Ellsworth)

Pierce

RF Mss DD

 

Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Osceola)

Polk

 

 

Trinity Lutheran Church (Glenwood City)

St. Coix

   

Trinity Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

United Methodist Church (New Richmond)

St. Croix

 

 

United Methodist Church (St. Croix Falls)

Polk

 

 

Willow River Baptist Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (East Farmington)

Polk

 

 

Zion Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

 

Zoar Lutheran Church (Emerald)

St. Croix

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

University Archives and
Area Research Center

170 Chalmer Davee Library
archives@uwrf.edu
(715) 425-3567
Fax (715) 425-0609

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