Wendy, mostly -
Thank you for the explanation and the distinction. My ancestor Ela/Ely
had his children christened at the Congregational Church of New
Concord, Chatham, Columbia, New York. I transposed the wrong church on
my second message.
I loved your term "snit". The last time I was involved in a
theological debate was in Borneo in 1971, when I was filling out a
hospital admissions form. Being just 23 and quite the scamp, in the
space for "religion" I checked the box marked "Pagan". The Chinese
nurse told me all the male Peace Corps Volunteers did that, she was
tired of it, and anyone of obviously European heritage had to check
either "RC" or "Protestant".
My confusion between the "Congregational Church and Society of New
Canaan" and "Congregational Church of New Concord" comes because I was
looking at both. In the LDS Family Search site, if you get a hit on
the IGI, you can copy either the film number or batch number. Then you
can go to
Custom Search -> International Genealogical Index®
and enter (1) the surname you are interested in, (2) the region (for
us Columbia County researchers it is "North America") and (3) the
batch number. The search engine in Salt Lake will show you everyone
they have from that batch with that surname. Sometimes you get new
cousins or siblings for people you already have. Your ancestor hauls
all the kids in for christening, they are duly recorded, time passes,
the Mormons transcribe the records on the same IGI batch, it goes
on-line, you search and voila! - you find out Ebenezer wasn't an only
child after all.
I used the technique for the CADY surname and found lots of good
stuff. Some CADY people have entries in both churches. The "Society of
New Canaan" has such a Utopian ring to it I got curious, and hoped
someone who knew more about Upstate NY than I did could enlighten me.
I slipped when I said Ela was a member.
It's hard for me to remember how FAR seven or eight miles was back
then; I drive 10 miles to work every morning in about 15 minutes, and
go to a church that is 23 miles away from my home. In 1830 Columbia
county residents may have gone for years without travelling more than