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Biographical Vertical Files

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This database indexes biographical vertical files for individuals from the following denominations:

  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (PCUSA)
  • United Presbyterian Church of North America (UPCNA)
  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS)
  • United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (UPCUSA)
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Files for some ministers in other Presbyterian denominations, significant lay people, home missionaries, and early religious and Reformation leaders are also available. Files for foreign missionary personnel are located in other record groups and listed in the Index to Foreign Missionary Personnel Files.

You may search the database by:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • date of death

Content of the files indexed by the database varies and may include minister application forms, school records, images, incoming and outgoing correspondence, medical and financial records, press releases, obituaries, and/or other printed material. Society staff add new material to these files as it is received.

Due to the denomination's access policy and personal privacy issues, some medical, educational, and personnel records found in the files of living persons may be restricted. Society staff will review the contents and may remove certain records before providing access to the files.

To obtain photocopies of biographical information from these files, see our Biographical Sketch Service.