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U.S. Religious Records Part 2: Communities

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series U.S. Religious Records 2
Shaker Village at Hancock, Massachusetts. (c) 2014 Shannon Bennett. Photo used with permission.

Shaker Village at Hancock, Massachusetts. (c) 2014 Shannon Bennett. Photo used with permission.

 

By Shannon Combs Bennett, Student

After U.S. Religious Records – Part 1  I jumped straight into U.S. Religious Records – Part 2 .  I thought it made sense to just go ahead and keep the momentum going by continuing with the topic.  It was a good idea since all of the information from Part 1 was still fresh in my mind.  If you can schedule  both courses  close together I would recommend it.

The first section was a particularly informative overview of religious records, groups, communities, and history which occurred in America during the 19th and 20th centuries.  I always found the communal religious societies in the 19th century fascinating.  The Shakers, Oneida Community, Millerites/Adventists, Mormons and Community of Christ all developed during a time in American history that was filled with religious expression.  Many of these communities were unable to sustain themselves but others still exist today in flourishing communities.  (The Mormons and The Community of Christ are covered extensively in Module 3 of this course.)

These communities formed during the first half of the 1800s when there was a religious fervor occurring across the former colonies.  The “Second Great Revival” in the Protestant religions swept over the country and made the atmosphere ripe for religious exploration and expression.  This atmosphere contributed to the formation of a variety of religious movements and communities (many of which didn’t actually have a religious focus) like the ones listed above.

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U.S. Religious Records Part 2: Immigration and Religion

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series U.S. Religious Records 2
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By Shannon Combs Bennett, Student

The United States has a long history of religious immigration.  As a country known for its religious tolerance and the ability for people to practice freely appeals to many.  Talking to other researchers many tell me the religions they think of with immigration tend to be those associated with Eastern European immigrants such as Judaism and Eastern-Rite religions.  However, there were other non-Christian religions that also immigrated.  These are all touched on in the U.S. Religious Records Part 2 course .

After the Civil War through to about 1910 over 20 million people immigrated to the US.  That is a significant number of people when you realize that the US population at the close of the war was a bit over 30 million.  Immigrants had an extreme impact on the US in all aspects, it would have been impossible not to.

Jewish immigrants were one of the largest communities that came over.  Module 5 of this course  covers Judaism.  The instructor not only covers the different forms but gives an extensive timeline and resources list for those who are researching Jewish ancestors.  In college I took a course titled “The 3 Abrahamic Religions” which covered Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  Let’s say that was a long time ago and while I still have a basic understanding I was happy to put some pieces together in my head for genealogy research.

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