Archives & Library
Barratt's Chapel Museum houses a research library emphasizing Methodist history and the archives of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference. The archives contain a wide variety of material dating from the eighteenth century to the present, including membership records of closed churches, annual conference records, sermons, memoirs, and personal papers of, among others, Ezekiel Cooper and Bishop Levi Scott. These facilities are open to the public and are used by many persons doing Methodist-related genealogy, writing local church histories, and pursuing other Methodist research.
If time permits, the curator will help with very limited research requests. If you contact us by e-mail, please include your mailing address. If you plan on doing more extensive research, please contact the curator to make an appointment.
A searchable database of the Museum's collections can be found at: http://barrattschapel.pastperfectonline.com
If you are researching the genealogy of a Methodist minister, the General Commission on Archives and History may be able to provide some assistance.
A volunteer is working on making digital copies of the conference journals in the collection of Barratt's Chapel Museum. This is a work in progress. As journals are completed they will be added to the list below.
[Note: The congregations which make up the present Peninsula-Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church came from five separate annual conferences in three different denominations. A chart is available here. For more information contact the staff of Barratt's Chapel Museum.]
Wilmington Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church
1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879,
1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887