UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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

 Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Hudson)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

 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 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

 Martell Lutheran Church (Martell)

Pierce

RF Mss DD

 

 Methodist Episcopal Church (Emerald)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25

 Methodist Episcopal Church (Glenwood City)

St. Croix

 

RF Micro 25


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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