Pennsylvania Marriages, 1868-1904, from The Evangelical Messenger
This index was organized and compiled by Anne Dallas Budd.
The Evangelical Association was founded in 1800 by Jacob Albright (1759-1808). There was a split in this denomination from 1891-1922, when the dissenting group formed The United Evangelical Church. When the two bodies reunited, the name became The Evangelical Church. Those not wishing to reunite formed the Evangelical Congregational Church.
The English-language weekly denominational publication was The Evangelical Messenger, which was published from 1848-1946. Der Christliche Botschafter was the German-language denominational periodical of the Evangelical Association, and was published from 1836-1947.
Marriage announcements began to be published in The Evangelical Messenger in 1868. They were first placed immediately following the obituaries, later moved to the classified advertisement pages. These announcements were submitted to the paper by the officiating ministers. Marriages were published from many states in which the Evangelical Association had a presence; only those from Pennsylvania are extracted in this database. The 1905 and 1906 issues contained no marriages performed in Pennsylvania. As planned, this project stopped at the end of 1906; however, marriages did continue to be published after that date.
This database may be searched in the following ways:
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- Soundex -- will search for the Soundex equivalent. Searching for Smith will find Smith, Smythe, Schmidt, etc.