Thank you for this information. Here we have most everything on-line or at the local museums (former homes of digintaries) that have shelves of data (birth, marriage & death data) as well as mircofilm of newspapers and census records. Also you can go to the Town or County Clerk (government) offices and find data for free or mail them $ with request forms.
Not much need to contact the churches here as most data is on-line. I guess I have become complacent and forget my history as well.