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Ian McGiver <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 3 Jul 1998 15:47:31 -0500
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Is anyone familiar with Baptist Church records dating to the late
eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries and how/where they might be

I am researching a Baptist congregation that was organized around 1805
Schoharie County. (I have checked all the usual local sources and, so far,
I have had no luck uncovering any records for this church.)

I know that there is a Baptist archive in Rochester (the name slips at
the moment and I dod not have my notes at hand). HOWEVER, my understanding
is that most of the Rochester records are from CALVINIST Baptist
congregations. And
I believe that the particular congregation I am interested in tended
toward a FREEWILL faith. And, whereas these distinctions might not have
been so distinct toward the end of the nineteenth century, they seem to
have played an important part in community formation in the early
nineteenth century in the particular locale I am looking at. For example,
am noticing that people in one part of this community attended Baptist
services in a calvinist congregation that was several miles away. But
another  Baptist congregation (the one I am interested in) existed within
the community.
It is because some members traveled so far to attend a Calvinist
congregation that I suspect that the local Baptist congregation was
        But I am not sure about this and whether or not there were genuine
distinctions in ideology and faith. The self-segregation of the Baptists
could simply have been a result of older clan ties that predated
settlement in the community. (that is, the Baptists who travel so far
rather than attend services locally may have simply wanted to associate
with friends and kins from their older neighborhoods.)

Thanks for your help

Ian McGiver
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Chicago