Universalist Register 1912

There are many years of the Universalist Register, the denominational directory, on either side of the turn of the twentieth century available from Google Books. But there’s a catch. The most useful part (I think) is the set of charts identifying the location of parishes and churches, their membership, minister, clerk and how often they meet for worship. These are printed at ninety degrees to the running text, and the Google’s scanning treated them like images, and lifted them out of the text. Not helpful.

I found a single issue of the Registerthe 1912 edition — scanned by and from the Library of Congress. A touch of irony: the charts are printed right way up, so it wouldn’t have mattered.

Lots of fun things therein.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Any idea what “Families” and “Members” refers to? The NH data offers 1856 Families, but 1139 members. 32 parishes, 19 churches — so the average church size was about 100 families, but 60 or so members? (Confused…)

  2. Patrick: this is the parish-church distinction, one shared with the Unitarians (qua Dedham Decision)and one that’s hard for us today to get our heads around. I’ve written about before, and shall again. Let it suffice for now that many of our current habits today are from the parish side.

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