NC Baptist

Historical Collection

Church Records*, Biographical Files, & More

The North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection serves as a repository for records from North Carolina Baptist churches and institutions, including Southern, Missionary, Primitive, African-American, Union, Alliance of Baptist, and Woman’s Missionary Union. More about

NC Baptist Digital Collections

  • The official journal of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention, reflecting the history of Baptist life and culture in North Carolina since 1834.
  • Ephemeral materials related to individuals associated with Wake Forest University and/or Baptist communities of North Carolina.
  • The majority of the N.C. Baptist Church Records contain minutes of meetings, membership lists, and financial records.
  • Ephemeral materials related to churches or associations that are associated with Baptist communities of North Carolina and surrounding areas.
  • Finding aids and inventories of church records in the Department of Special Collections & Archives.
  • A collaborative project regarding religious bodies in North Carolina via the Internet Archive. It includes church histories, periodicals, clergy biographies, cookbooks, event programs, directories, and more.
  • Newspaper of the Wilson Primitive Baptist Church available online via DigitalNC.org

* Important Note about Church Records

The majority of our NC Baptist Church Records contain minutes of meetings, membership lists, and financial records. Historical data such as birth, baptism, and marriage records were normally kept by the minister performing the service and are usually not included in the official records of the church.

Questions? See our FAQs or contact us

More NC Baptist Resources

The North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection’s church records collection is composed of original records (some dating back to the 1700s), photocopies of records, and microfilmed records. We have digitized our paper finding aids and lists to assist researchers interested in our Baptist church records.

Looking for information on Baptist collections outside of North Carolina? See our list of other Baptist collections.

Find a Person

To search for a person, we recommend starting with our Biographical Files collection. It contains ephemeral materials related to individuals associated with Wake Forest University and/or Baptist communities of North Carolina.

You can also browse by name or jump to names starting with:

Not finding the person you're looking for? Do you know their church? Find a church ›

If you have questions or need help, contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.

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Find a Church

When searching for a church, we recommend starting with our Finding Aids. Finding aids provide inventories of archival and manuscript collections. These inventories are the primary sources of information about these collections. Most of our finding aids are available in electronic format.

You can also browse by church name.

Not finding the church you're looking for? Do you know where it was located? Find a place ›

If you have questions or need help, contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.

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Find a Place

Do you know where your ancestors lived in NC or where their church was located?

Browse our list of church records by NC county.

If you have questions or need help, contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.

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