Our pages give a brief overview of early churches with histories that start before 1920 in Allen County, Indiana. Some of these older churches no longer exist, some changed their names, and others merged into other churches. There is a short history on each church, a list of what records the church keeps, and how you may obtain these records. Many churches records have been copied and are available at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have a twenty-page list of publications in their collection called ALLEN COUNTY, INDIANA, CONGREGATIONAL RECORDS, HISTORIES, AND DIRECTORIES, IN THE GENEALOGY CENTER COLLECTION ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY General and Denominational Histories on their website. A Church Burial Records Index is also at the ACPL Genealogy Center. Please Contact Allen INGenWeb for additions or corrections. Their is a growing list of Church records in the Members Only section Records page on the ACGSI.org . All indexed names can be found using the Search box at the top of any page.
Fort Wayne is often called a City of Churches.
- Fort Wayne a confluence of faiths by Michael Spath, D.Min., Ph.D. at IPFW published August 9, 2009 in The Journal Gazette newspaper now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
- Tours of historic churches with details maybe found on the Fort Wayne City of Churches Tour page on Facebook.
- One community, many faiths by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel newspaperMay 6, 2013.
- Fort Wayne: A City of Faiths? Known as the City of Churches, the city also is home to many non-Christian faiths by Kevin Kilbane published October 9, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- More than a 'City of Churches' by Sarah Allen published March 21, 2018 on Input Fort Wayne.
- City of Churches list on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
- Gallup Politics lists the United States as 70% religious with Indiana as 43% very religious for 2012 from Mississippi Maintains Hold as Most Religious U.S. State February 13, 2013.
PrimeTime39 - October 11, 2019 Season 2019 Episode 31 | 27m 33s Associated Churches 75th Anniversary. Guest - Roger Reece and Kelley Bawmann. This area’s only in-depth, live, weekly news, analysis and cultural update forum, PrimeTime 39 airs Fridays at 7:30pm. This program is hosted by PBS39’s President/General Manager Bruce Haines.
October 13, 2023 post by Hoosier History Live on Facebook:
Oct. 14, 2023 show “Frontier conflicts about religion in pioneer Indiana” Our guest Randy Mills, a retired professor and author, will tell us about the various reasons why the churches and communities in the West (including Indiana at that time) became divided by their counterparts in the East due to the education level of ministers, money distribution, and more. Listen Sat. Oct 14, 2023 from noon to one ET at WICR 88.7 fm in Indianapolis, stream at www.hoosierhistorylive.org, or download the WICR HD1 app on your phone or computer and stream live from anywhere.
A podcast recording generally appears a week or so later on their Archives page.
Many of these churches included their histories in the 2006 publication History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana 1700-2005 Volume 2 starting on page 122. You can request Lookups from our Volunteers or purchase the $124..95 two volume set. There is an Index to History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005 to the two-volume History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005 (Evansville, Indiana: M.T. Publishing Company, 2006) at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Copies are available at The History Center.
The first church services where held in 1822 in the fort, and the first church was built in 1831. If the church has a web site the denomination name is the link, or the church name on the township page.
Churches rarely maintain records of births and deaths. Churches often maintain registers of sacrament - baptisms, marriages, confirmations, and burials. Many early church records are coming online and links will be found in the township pages. The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indianahas an Allen County Congregational Pathfinder discussing local churches and points to their pathfinder Allen County Congregations pdf file.
Many local churches have German origins and had German services in the Fort Wayne area until World War I. Most changed to English services after World War II according to the history of the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Romanian Heritage. The first Romanian Church in Fort Wayne was St. Michael and Gabriel established in 1910 and was located “pe Lunca” presently the location of Slater Steel. The immigrants started their journeys from the hills and cities of Transylvania then part of Romania a part of the Habsburg Empire. They grew up near Sibiu or Brasov, Sighisoara or Fagarasi. Many of them went to work at the GE, for Josyln Steel or for city government. A photo and longer post May 23, 2010 discussed this church onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
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- Allen County Methodist Church Records at The Genealogy Center.
- Associated Churches Ministries of Fort Wayne & Allen County.
- Church Archives Locations (Various Denominations) list on Franklin County, INGenWeb.
- Catholic Church Parish Records for Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend are at FamilySearch.org from the article Major Catholic Collections Online by Sara Allen in Genealogy Gems: News from the Allen County Public Library at Fort Wayne, No. 222, August 31, 2022
- Sweet, W. W. (1914). Early Methodist Circuits in Indiana. Indiana Magazine of History. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/5904, Volume 10, Issue 4, December 1914, in Indiana Magazine of History journal in the archives at Indiana University Scholarworks. Read online in JSTOR.
- The Methodists by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished May 17, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- The Heroic Women of Early Indiana Methodism: An Address Delivered Before the Indiana Methodist Historical Society by Goodwin, T. A. (Thomas Aiken), 1818-1906 a Project Gutenberg online book.
- Modern Day Monks Create Biblical Masterpiece video by Indiana NewsCenter. They’re the most valuable books on the planet, illuminated bibles, hand printed, hand decorated by medieval monks 6 to 800 years ago…expressions of faith that are priceless works of art.
- Milan Township historically significant structures on Wikipedia.
- Photos of some churches posted August 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
- A circuit rider in early Indiana (1954) - Robinson, Reuben D, reprinted from an Indianapolis newspaper, it appeared in the Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper December 28, 1880
- A mission to the Indians, from the Indian committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, to Fort Wayne, in 18O4 - Hopkins, Gerard T; Never offered for sale, but presented to Friends and others interested in Indian affairs. cf. Field, T. W. An essay towards an Indian bibliography. After receiving farming implements from the Friends, Miami Chief Little Turtle and Pottawottamie Chief Five Medals request assistance to teach the Indians farming. This is the account of that mission to Fort Wayne in 1804.
- Consecration and dedication of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Valley of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, November 16, 17, 18, 1909
- First annual catalogue and year-book of the Indiana State Conference of the Christian denomination, and of the district conferences in the state of Indiana (1881) - Indiana State Christian Conference, [Formation of the] Indiana State Christian Conference -- Constitution -- Annual conference address -- Union Christian College -- Union Miami Reserve Conference -- Southern Indiana Conference -- Western Indiana Conference -- Eel River Conference -- Eastern Indiana Conference -- North Western Indiana Conference -- Central Indiana Conference -- A list of ministers -- Summing up and remarks / Peter Winebrenner
- Program and directory (1916) - Fort Wayne Ministerial Association
- Religious manuscripts old and new - Grimshaw, Ivan Gerould. "Seventh Annual Spring Exhibit of Religious Books, 1961."
- The Three R's of Researching Roman Catholic Church Records by Lisa Alzo May 14, 2013 on Archives.com.
- Tridentine Mass at Sacred Heart In Fort Wayne August 6, 2009 - Manga1, This is the first half of a Tridentine Latin Mass on the fest day of the transfiguration which is was also my 29 th birthday. Mass is with Father George Gabbet FSSP, At the Saint Mother Thodora Gurrin Latin Mass Society in Fort Wayne Indiana.
FW Churches.com lists current churches.
December 8, 2023 post by the Indiana State Library on Facebook:
Read about William Wade Hinshaw, genealogist, opera singer and Valparaiso University graduate: Opera was his life, but genealogy was his swan song: William Wade Hinshaw #Indiana #opera #genealogy
- Indiana Lutheran Church Records and Histories list at Genealoger.com.
- Churches in Fort Wayne on Facebook
- Baptist Churches in Fort Wayne on Facebook
- Catholic Churches in Fort Wayne on Facebook
- Fort Wayne: A City of Faiths? Known as the City of Churches, the city also is home to many non-Christian faiths by Kevin Kilbane published Octobery 9, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Lutheran Churches in Fort Wayne on Facebook
- Methodist Churches in Fort Wayne on Facebook. United Methodist Church in Indiana splits by Rosa Salter Rodriguez posted November 19, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Scores of Indiana congregations left the United Methodist Church on Saturday, concluding years of dispute over the denomination’s stand on homosexuality. About 80 congregations statewide are disaffiliating, according to a list read during the online meeting. About 1,000 congregations make up the Indiana Conference. About 300 of the denomination’s 30,000 congregations nationwide were approved to leave earlier this year, according to the Associated Press.
- Religion in Indiana at the Indiana State Library Digital Collection
- United States Church Records at FamilySearch.org