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Archives: Presbyterian Churches/Pastors/Records

Print and digital resources for helping with archives requests related to Presbyterian church records and genealogy.

Organizations That Might Have Records


We are in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies; John Knox Presbytery. This does not include all of Iowa. See map here for all synods/presbyteries and links to contact info. Names have changed over time, we weren’t always John Knox.

Presbyterian Historical Society – National Archives

PC USA General:​ 

Presbyterian Seminaries

Dubuque Presbyterian Churches:

First Presbyterian:



-The Journal of Presbyterian History and predecessor journals (1901 to 2 years ago):  **(Register for a free account to read selected articles.)

Print Reference Sources - Churches/Pastors

For information about Presbyterian pastors associated with UD or area churches, check the statistics volumes of the United Presbyterian Church General Assembly books (in reference – some are in the lower level depository area, others are near the reference desk). Use the index to search for pastors/churches, etc.

The statistics volume for a given year is generally “part 3”.

UD holds all published volumes (1789-current)

1789-1995 under this record in the catalog:

Title: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America

By: United Presbyterian Church in the USA General Assembly, Presbyterian Church in the USA

Call #: Ref BX 8951 .A1 (year)

1996-current under this record in the catalog:

Title: Minutes…General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA)

By: Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly

Call #: Ref BX 8951 .A1 (year)

We also have similar books for the Methodist Church:

Title in the catalog: General Minutes of the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

By: United Methodist Church (U.S.)

Call #: Ref BX 8382 A13 (year)

Older volumes are in the depository collection,we have back to the 1950s. Volumes from 2000-current are with the current reference.

Presbyterian Church/Pastor Statistics Online

Some Presbyterian General Assembly Minutes are online here:$fn=default.htm

Or here:

My testing shows these aren't complete, for example, 1950s UD President and pastor Gaylord Couchman isn't found, a Hopkinton, IA church that disbanded the 1970s isn’t listed, etc.

See publications by year here: