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Research Tools

The following tools are available to assist you in your research.

The society's holdings document the history of several predecessor denominations; the national agencies, regional, and local bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); other religious organizations; and the personal lives of prominent ministers and missionaries.

If you do not locate a specific collection of interest, please contact the reference staff for assistance.

Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations is a compilation and summary of information on Presbyterian congregations published as part of the General Assembly minutes, annual denomination yearbooks, and related sources. The index contains the organization and dissolution dates of churches as well as denomination and location changes, mergers, and other actions.

The Presbyterian Historical Society holds many church records of interest to genealogists. To aid in the research process, the staff of the society has created Church Record Surveys for the congregations most frequently researched.

PHS staff members have created topical guides to popular research topics in the society's holdings.

PHS holds primary and secondary sources that can be used for your National History Day project. The staff offers suggestions of topics for each year's NHD theme.