There was a very nice feature about our church records digitization program in the Washington Post last week.
From burlap sack to digital file, church records get makeover
By G. Jeffrey Macdonald
Launched in 2011, New England's Hidden Histories project has created electronic copies from 22 churches, most of which have also given originals to Boston's Congregational Library for safekeeping. The goal is to digitize the best records from 200 to 300 Massachusetts churches before turning to other states.
The effort, in partnership with Yale University's Jonathan Edwards Center and benefactors who've provided small grants, has already brought rich troves to light.
Beyond the ins and outs of church life, the records hold keys to understanding how the first experiment with government by consent of the governed played out. Readers hear ordinary people claiming particular rights for the first time and laying foundations for the country's democratic experiment.
You can read the full article on the Washington Post website.
If you'd like to take a closer look at our digitized manuscript collections, visit the New England's Hidden Histories section of our website. They contain membership records, town and administrative records, financial records, sermons, disciplinary cases, and more. We are constantly surprised by the details we uncover as we are processing them. What will you find?