New index offers centuries' worth of data on clergy
9/3/2003 News media contact: Kathy Gilbert · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.
By United Methodist News ServicePeople
doing research on church history have a new tool at their fingertips:
an index to information about clergy and spouses of the United Methodist
Church's predecessor denominations stretching back to the 1700s.
2003 CD version of the Conference Journal Memoirs Index contains about
97,000 entries drawn from pre-1968 conference journals held by the
United Methodist Commission on Archives and History at its offices at
Drew University in Madison, N.J. The indexed material extends from
about 1786 to 1967, according to L. Dale Patterson, archivist. This
database was designed as an index to resources, not as a resource
itself, he adds.
Entries include references to memoirs -
obituaries - from the Methodist Episcopal Church; Methodist Protestant
Church; the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the Evangelical
Association/Church; the United Brethren in Church; the United
Evangelical Church; the Methodist Church; and the Evangelical United
The CD includes its own search engine. The
database requires Windows 98/NT/W2K or XP, a Pentium PC or higher, and a
CD with a 4x CD drive. The entire search engine and database must be
installed on the computer's local hard drive and require 54 MB of disk
The CD may be ordered for $10, including shipping and
handling, from the Commission on Archives and History, P.O. Box 127,
Madison, NJ 07940. An order form is posted at
http://www.gcah.org/list.htm, and more details are available at
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