elca records

Early 20th Century Confirmations Confirm and Question

The records of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) as digitized on Ancestry.com have been mentioned before. The digital version of these records contains an index that is only partial and usually just includes records of baptisms, marriages, funerals, and some confirmations. It is still advised to browse the digital images of these records manually. There are other […]


Checking the Date of a 1916 Marriage Leads to a Mild Discovery

On 7 March 2016 my great-grandparents would have been married 100 years. That’s not how Ancestry.com has transcribed their marriage date from the records of Immanuel Lutheran Church near Basco in Hancock County, Illinois. The database indicated their marriage date was 7 May 1916. That’s not the correct date and that’s not the date given in […]