While I was at the FGS Conference in Ft. Wayne a couple of weeks ago, I attended a session by Loretto (Lou) Dennis Szucs called “Finding Catholic Church, Cemetery, School, and Religious Order Records.” First, let me just say that I really enjoyed listening to Lou talk about this topic (about which she clearly had abundant knowledge). The fact that I haven’t found a single person (yet) in my tree who wasn’t Catholic makes it even more pertinent.
During the session, Lou made reference to a couple of books she uses for reference. I made notes of the titles and authors and after the session, made a bee-line for the Vendor Hall in search of said books. Jackpot! I found one!
Fast-forward to unpacking-from-the-conference day, when I’m putting all my new goodies on my bookshelves and trying to create order where there is none. Oops. I already had that book. (Yes, I’m already working on plugging all my books into an app on my phone so I won’t have this problem again.)
So, now I have an extra. Which is good news for any of my readers who are doing research in U.S. Catholic records AND who don’t already have this book (please check … I’ll wait) because I’m giving this one away!
From the back cover: While the parish is the most fundamental unit for researching Roman Catholic records, diocesan archives are often the key to locating parishes, schools, hospitals, and other Catholic institutions—some of which may have moved or closed over the years. U.S. Catholic Sources identifies each archdiocese and diocese in the U.S. and provides geographical boundaries, addresses and contact information, and briefly outlines the holdings and research policies for each. Diocesan archives often contain copies of diocesan newspapers, diocesan, parish and institutional histories, records from closed churches, and more. For every archdiocese and diocese in the United States, this guide identifies the geographical boundaries of each diocese, provides complete addresses and contact information, and briefly outlines the holdings and research policies for each.
If you are interested, all you need to do is comment below with your sad story of when you accidentally bought something you already had (misery does love company), and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Thursday, September 12 at 6 p.m. eastern time. Unfortunately, due to shipping costs the winner must have an address within the continental United States.
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