Church Records and History

Before 1900 the major religious groups in Pennsylvania were the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic churches. These and other minority groups including the German Lutheran, German Reformed, and German Pietist groups of Brethren (Dunkard) and Mennonites settled in Somerset county.

Many denominations house their records in central repositories. You can write to any of the following church repositories to obtain a complete listing of their records.

Other Church related information:

See also Township pages for individual transcribed church records.

Church History

Below is a brief excerpt of some of the major churches and their beliefs. For more information please visit the church websites page.


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Last Revised: March 28, 2008

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