Rev. Charles F. Althouse was the pastor at St. Peter's Reformed Church in Fairview, Butler County, Pennsylvania, from February 15, 1897 to June 30, 1902. It is his record book you will see beginning at image 144.
1 Edinburg, Ill. charge - Edinburg and Buckhart - Sept 15 1894 Dec 1, 1896
2. Fairview, Pa. Charge - Baldwin and Chicora - Feb 15, 1897 June 30 1902
3. McKeesport, Pa. 1st McKeesport July 1 1902 - Jan 1 1904
4. Saxton, Pa. Charge Saxton and Hopewell. Mar 1 1904 - Dec 15 1907
5 Christ Allentown, Pa. Dec 15 1907 Oct 15 1917
6 Phoenixville Supply from Feb 15/18 - June 1, 1918 - Apr 16 1922
7 New Williams " " Mar - Oct
8 Durham Charge Oct 1 1923 - Aug 15 1939
Knowing the dates of when and where he served will help when looking at the recorded names and dates on the journal pages: in the lists of baptisms, marriages, funerals, etc., he made no indication where one parish's records end and the next begin.
Below is an "index" to the images of Rev. Althouse's record book on Ancestry.com. Image 144 is the beginning of his record book. Each image shows two pages each of which is numbered separately. For example, image 147 includes pages 2 and 3.
Pastorates Page 1.
Church Officers Page 2.
Communion Seasons 12.
New Members. 162.
Annual Reports 598
Images 147-149 / record book pages 2-7
Church officers' names with residence city/town, office, and dates served
Image 150 / record book pages 12-19
Communion Seasons (dates)
Images 154-178 / record book pages 22-69
Baptisms (more than 700) (with date, name, age (y-m-d), parents' names)
Images 179-186 / record book pages 92-106
Marriages (includes date, name of groom, license number, fee, name of bride, place)
Images 187- 202 / record book pages 114 -141
Funerals (497) (includes date, name, text, age (y-m-d), fee, cause of death, cemetery)
Images 203-222 / record book pages 162-198
New members (includes date, name)
Images 223-277 / record book pages 250-357
Sermons (sometimes 2/day & 5-6/week) (includes date, place, scripture reference)
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I've written this post because finding my own Butler County ancestors in Bucks County records at Ancestry was confusing. (This post would have helped when I first began but I don't know if I would have found it.) This information clarifies this resource and will help me if I want to search the record book for other funerals, marriages, and/or baptisms. I know Ancestry.com has the names indexed but a researcher may overlook them, especially if the surname is a very common one. Perhaps this information will be useful to someone else but if not, I know I'll refer back to it. (I wish there were a place on Ancestry at Durham Reformed Church where I could link to this post so it could be helpful to others.)
Now if only Rev. Abner Dale kept a record book and it were available online, I would be thrilled. I'm sure it would include baptism and marriage records for two families of ancestors.
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