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Photos from the Archives

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Joel

Photos from the ELCA Archives are regularly being added to the archives’ photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/elcaarchives/. Check it out!

Jafeta of Madagascar

Posted on September 6, 2013 by Joel

A production of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, telling the story of mission work in Madagascar.

Fujita, Orphan in Japan

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Joel

A production of the Board of Foreign Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America, this film tells the story of post-World War II missions in Japan.

March on Washington

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Joel
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March on Washington, a set on Flickr.

50 years ago members of the Lutheran Human Relations Association of America, an independent inter-Lutheran organization, joined the March on Washington. Posing for a group photo in front of the Martin Luther statue at Luther Place Memorial Church, the Lutheran marchers joined the crowd marching for jobs and freedom. Women from Augustana Lutheran Church fed and housed any marcher in need. Representatives from The American Lutheran Church included Pastor Robert Graetz, who in the 1950s had been a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, and had participated in the civil rights movement there and had known Dr. King.

List of digitized congregational records microfilms

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Joel

ELCAmicrofilms2013 The fairly good-sized PDF lists all of the congregational records that were digitized as part of the archives.com project. Entire microfilms have been digitized but only pre-1940 records are hosted online. If you have questions, please contact us at archives@elca.org.

Ordination of Pastor Platz

Posted on September 18, 2012 by Joel

A CBS documentary on the 1970 ordination of Elizabeth Platz, first woman ordained by an American Lutheran church body.

25th Anniversary Sermon

Posted on May 4, 2012 by Joel

The Rev. Dr. Norma Cook Everist’s sermon, “How do you shepherd a church?”, given at Wartburg Seminary’s Festival Worship celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Constituting Convention, is available on their pod cast page.

25 Years Ago – the ELCA Constituting Convention

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Joel

The Constituting Convention of the ELCA was held April 30-May 3, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio. We’ll have more anniversary notices here as we approach the 25th anniversary of the beginning of operations on January 1, 1988.

ELCA Archives to partner with Archives.com to digitize congregational microfilm

Posted on April 27, 2012 by Joel

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 17, 2012 – Archives.com, a website that makes family history research simple and affordable, is pleased to announce its partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to digitize and index 1,000 reels of microfilm containing millions of baptism, confirmation, marriage, and funeral records. Archives.com will make these records available online for the first time as part of its ongoing effort to expand its collection of over 2.1 billion historical records.

With the help of digitization and indexing partners, Archives.com will create digital indexes of these records. The documents cover Lutheran congregations throughout the U.S., and will be accompanied by images of the original parish register ledger books. Dating from 1793-1940, these new collections will help users uncover valuable information about their ancestors that isn’t available anywhere else online.

Joel Thoreson, Archivist for Management and Reference Services at the Evangelical Lutheran Church Archives notes, “We’re very excited to work with Archives.com in digitizing and indexing these records. Researchers have long sought the ability to do easy searches for individuals across multiple congregations. Currently, without knowing the exact congregation at which ancestors worshipped, finding those individuals is a slow and painstaking process.”

Archives.com estimates that digital indexes and images resulting from the 1,000 microfilm reels will be available online later this year. Nearly all of the records were handwritten in Norwegian, German, Danish, and Slovakian, in addition to English, making this an especially unique and valuable record set.

Archives.com Senior Director of Product Joe Godfrey said, “Church records are rich with genealogical information, and we’re excited to be partnering with the ELCA to make their impressive collection available online for the first time. Access to these records will allow our users with ties to the Lutheran church to discover more about their ancestors than ever before.”

Archives.com makes over 2.1 billion records available to its users, including a comprehensive U.S. census collection and is continually adding new content. Please visit the Collections page to learn about the records available on Archives.com, and to receive regular updates about the website please visit the Archives.com blog.

About Archives.com

Archives.com is a leading family history website that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 2.1 billion historical records all in a single location, and makes them available at a price that’s up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide a comprehensive resource for researching your family history. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. For more information and to start discovering your family history, please visit http://www.archives.com/.

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives

The Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America preserves and maintains the records of predecessor church bodies, inter-Lutheran organizations, as well as records of leaders, congregations, and synods of the church. Located outside of Chicago, the ELCA Archives hold genealogically rich collections of oral histories, microfilm, photographs, as well as other archival materials and exhibits. To learn more please visit http://www.elca.org/archives.