What Are 'Historical Entries'?
As mentioned elsewhere, 'historical entries' are those of parishes, missions, etc, that:
Why bother to include them?
Historical entries are included to assist those searching for a specific church using outdated information (e.g., 'My grandparents were married at St George's in Coalminersville, but I can't find a church by that name in the town').
They also afford a historical record of our temples, particularly those of blessed memory.
Isn't there a risk that these entries will cause confusion?
There is, but we incorporated several safeguards to avoid that happening. In searching 'By Church', users will find that historical entries are in a separate, clearly titled, database. Another database, titled 'Show All'; contains both active and historical entries, but features (described below) distinguish between the two types.
When a user undertakes to search using the 'By Location' function, active and historical entries are contained in an integrated database (as is the case with the 'Show All' listings described above). Again, however, distinguishing characteristics make the differences between the two types readily apparent.
How can historical entries be distinguished from active entries?
Historical entries are clearly labeled and annotated to avoid being mistaken for active entries and can also be noted by certain omissions. These indicators and omissions include:
What types of circumstances cause a church to be listed as a historical entry?
Historical entries reflect that a church was:
The dark red text above reflects the phrasing used in such entries to describe the nature(s) of the historical change(s).
Some such churches are no longer active places of worship; others are active, but no longer in communion with Rome. Such have only an historical entry.
Those which remain active in another location, under another patronage, or otherwise, have both an historical entry and an active entry; the latter corresponds to the present locale or identity.
When there is both an historical and an active entry for a church, that is clearly indicated (i.e., 'For this church, this is entry # of #') and cross-referencing hyperlinks (i.e., See Also Entry #') are provided.
Why are historical entries not listed for my ancestral homeland?
For the most part, historical entries only appear in listings for English-speaking countries in the diaspora. There are literally thousands of closed temples throughout the world and a lot of demand, particularly from those researching family histories, for data about those located in 'the Old Country'.
Regretably, information needed to adequately document entries for those outside the diaspora is not readily available and, were it, it is doubtful that we would have adequate resources to do the necessary data entry.
Note that a parish may have more than one historical entry. Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church (Belmont, MA) is an example. It was situated in two different cities before relocating to its present site. As a result, there are two historical entries for it, in addition to its active entry.
Note too that Orthodox parishes which were never in communion with Rome (those formed by faithful who separated from a parish that itself remained in communion with Rome) are not listed - only those in which the parish as an entity separated. Generally, however, a parish's historical data makes note of the Orthodox parishes which were formed in this way.