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

(RNS1-sept19) A 17th-century minister’s 664-page diary, and its rare detailed account of community life in early America. This page records the Byfield Congregational Church. For use with RNS-CHURCH-RECORDS, transmitted on September 19, 2013, Photo courtesy Congregational Library.