New England's Hidden Histories

Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life as well.
The Congregational Library and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public. LEARN MORE >

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The Adoration of the Magi (ca. 1518) by Raphael
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Necedah, Wisconsin was founded in the 1840s, from landed ceded from the United States government. The First Congregational Church of Necedah was founded in 1858 and joined with another Congregational church in Necedah in approximately 1870.

The First United Parish included the First Congregational Church of Everett, Massachusetts, which traced its history back to a South Malden Sunday School founded in 1847.

Central Congregational Church in Philadelphia, PA was established in 1864; the congregation remained independent, but had a strong affinity to Congregational Christian denomination.