Ancestry.com Updates ELCA Database

There may just be the addition of missing images here, but Ancestry.com has updated the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). I noted a few images that were unavailable the last time I checked, but my use of the database is limited to congregations in western Illinois and parts of Nebraska. Remember that names of sponsors and witnesses […]


Last Names, Middle Names, Don’t Let Ancestry.com Decide–Think for Yourself

Names can create all sorts of problems for the genealogist. The first illustration in this post is from a search of the  ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) records at Ancestry.com that was conducted for the name of Sartorius in the location of Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. The search interface will bring a result as long […]

Ancestry.com Updates ELCA Database

Ancestry.com indicated that their database of microfilmed materials from the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) has been updated.  These announcements on their main page are never very specific. A few months ago I reported to them that records were missing for the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. Those are some of the […]