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Local Church Records

Baptism and local church membership records are the two most frequently requested materials. The General Commission on Archives and History does not hold such records. In United Methodist practice these... Read More

Search the Archives

Descriptions of the Material at the UM Archives and History Center These inventories (also called finding aids) contain detailed descriptions of the archival research material at the General Commission... Read More

Heritage Landmarks: A Traveler’s Guide to the Most Sacred Places in The United Methodist Church

The Heritage Landmarks of United Methodism remind us of those people and events that have shaped our history. They are tangible reminders of our heritage and their preservation helps keep... Read More

Methodist History Journal

Methodist History is the official historical journal of the United Methodist Church. Since 1962, the year of its inception, it has published articles, book reviews, pictures and illustrations, news and other... Read More

Managing Records of the Annual Conference and Local Church

The General Commission on Archives and History makes these guidelines available to facilitate the planning and creation of retention schedules for your annual conference and local church. They are available... Read More

How To Research Your Family

If you believe your ancestor was a fully-ordained minister or a missionary in the United Methodist tradition and want some genealogical information then please feel free to fill out our... Read More

Historic Sites

See The Book of Discipline, 1712.1a. An Historic Site is a location or structure associated with an event, development, or personality deemed of strong historic significance in the history of... Read More

Ministry of Memory Support

If you would like to support the work of Archives and History you can participate through the UMC Development Center.   To see a  video created by the... Read More

Heritage Sunday 2020

Heritage Sunday 2020 was to focus on highly anticipated divisions to our beloved Church post General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis. The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the special Sunday’s context but... Read More