From burlap sack to digital file, church records get makeover

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Eighteenth-century records from Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, Mass., have been digitized through New England's Hidden Histories, a project of the Congregational Library in Boston and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Photo courtesy Congregational LibraryPhoto courtesy Congregational Library

Eighteenth-century records from Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, Mass., have been digitized through New England's Hidden Histories, a project of the Congregational Library in Boston and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Photo courtesy Congregational LibraryPhoto courtesy Congregational Library

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(RNS) Preservationists are working to digitize and otherwise safeguard historical riches that rest with Massachusetts Congregationalists, whose churches were the center of community life in colonial days.