Using U.S. Church Records as a Brick Wall Strategy: Case Studies

Sunny Morton
Apr 12, 2024
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Migration Mystery
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Overseas Birthplace
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About this webinar

Finding an overseas ancestral hometown. Tracking a family from one place to another. Researching in a place with record loss. Identifying all the children of an ancestral couple. Finding (or verifying) a birth, marriage or death. Researching extended families. Searching for ancestors who were poor, non-English speaking, ethnic minorities or enslaved. Got any of these brick-wall situations? Learn how church records may be your saving grace.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. She’s a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts, as well as the brand new book
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    Barbara Schenck
    1 month ago

    Thank you! This webinar was so clear and so well delivered that it sparked off lots of ideas, and it covered many aspects of “church records” that went far beyond the church registers. Much appreciated.

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    Suzanne Chalifoux
    2 months ago

    Thank you for all these strategies and it gives me good ideas to continue my research!

  3. Dixie O
    2 months ago

    I found all this info that was presented by Sunny was the most informative and useful of all the marathon webinars! Thank you for sharing exactly how you arrived at each example solved.

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    Xana Miller
    2 months ago

    Thank you

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    Debra Levinson
    2 months ago

    While listening to Sunny Morton and watching the webinar, I was able to formulate a quick research question about my grandmother. As a Polish Catholic born in a PA city, during the webinar I identified 2 Polish Catholic churches where she and her many siblings may have been baptized. My next step will be to identify the church nearest her home and contact that one to see if they have any records. Thank you! From webinar to action.

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    Susan McCoy
    2 months ago

    Presenter offered tips for connecting family members to other social groups and community organizations where ancestors may have been recognized. Searching within all boundaries of geographical areas contain otherwise obscure associations. Sunny awakened viewers to benefits of attending to tiny details within records.

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    Cary Salisbury
    2 months ago

    This was a great introduction to the vast amount of information available in the various types of church records. And how it can be utilized to help discover even more details about our ancestors.

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    Karen McAtlin
    2 months ago

    Wonderful information! Sunny is always fun to have as a presenter. Thank you!


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