Religious School

Of the many archival records which document the families of early KI, the Religious School Registry is unique.  Covering fifty years beginning in 1877, it shows the children enrolled, their age, the parent enrolling them and their address.  The indication of two generations is the feature that makes this so valuable.  Not until the 1890’s did KI’s marriage records indicate the parents of the bride and groom.  There were no membership lists in the pre-1890 era; and even after 1890, only the members or seatholders were listed.  (Since each new member was approved by the Board, a careful reading of the earlier period’s minutes’ translation from German can yield the members’ names.) Read more