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Archives.com helps trace roots

Archives.com partnered with the ELCA to digitize and index 1,000 microfilm reels containing millions of baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral records.

They will be available online later this year, accompanied by images of the parish books.

Nearly all handwritten in Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Slovakian from 1793 to 1940, these collections can help uncover information about ancestors that isn't available elsewhere online.

"Researchers have long sought the ability to do easy searches for individuals across multiple congregations," said Joel Thoreson, ELCA archivist, "Currently, without knowing the exact congregations at which ancestors worshiped, finding those individuals is a slow and painstaking process."


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