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ELCA Region 8 Archives at Gettysburg

Congregational Records Access Policy

The Abdel Ross Wentz Library on the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary campus has served as a repository for the synodical archives for central Pennsylvania, Delaware, most of Maryland, and the Metropolitan District of Columbia area. That collection not only includes old parish registers from defunct congregations, but those from active ones.

All original parish registers are unavailable to the general public.

For general public access (including genealogical researchers) to information contained within parish registers, transcripts of many of them are available for public inspection Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays 9 - 12 & 1 - 4 and Thursday evenings from 6-9 at the Adams County Historical Society located on the Seminary campus (PO Box 4325, Gettysburg, PA 17325).

Information is also available on microfilm through the services of:
The Genealogical Department
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; and

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Hall of the Historical Society
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Public Access to the parish register microfilms at the A. R. Wentz Library is limited to written requests under specific conditions. Telephone requests cannot be handled. The Synod Committee on Archives has authorized Mrs. Sara Mummert, who is very familiar with the records, to respond to written requests for service through only the microfilmed parish registers. Please note that her search cannot be a complete genealogical exploration. Moreover, there can be no guarantee that the information desired will be found.

Any party requesting an initial search of the microfilm, please send specific questions and a check for $20 (for one hour research) payable to: Sara Mummert, The Lutheran Theological Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Mrs. Mummert will advise the client of the results of her research and will indicate if additional time at $20 per hour will be required.

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