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Research Projects

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Digitization of the Earliest Moravian Church Book of Hopedale; Moravian Church Books of Nunatsiavut / Labrador Project

Researcher: Hans J. Rollmann, Ph.D.; Professor of Religious Studies
Contact email: hrollmann@mun.ca
Links: http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~hrollman/

The Church Books of the Moravian Church in Labrador represent a valuable demographic and historical source for many research areas in the humanities and social sciences. Since 1771, record-keeping in Labrador followed conventions that were developed for Moravian congregations and missions in Europe and worldwide.

These records provide not only vital information on Moravian Inuit and missionaries in Nunatsiavut/Labrador, the obituaries in the death registers become important biographical sources for many inhabitants of Labrador's north coast. In addition, the baptismal records for adult baptisms furnish Inuit personal names prior to their adopting Christian names at baptism. Also the geographical origins of Moravian Inuit can be traced through these records.

The extant Moravian Church Books in Labrador will be the subject of this research project. For the pilot project, the first historical Moravian Church Book from Hopedale is to be examined, transcribed and recorded.

The Moravian Church and Project Collaborator Marjorie Flowers are involved in this project. The knowledge gained from this project will be made available to NG communities and Nunatsiavut stakeholders.