The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.
D is for Donors
While the wealthy donated money to build hospitals museums and schools, even the poorest families tried to donate to the church fund. A church was the center of a community and many people had to travel far if there was none in their village. Some of my friend's ancestors even had to travel by boat to have their children baptized or to get married or buried.
Look for histories of the church your ancestor may have attended or a history of the village or parish itself, often there is a list of people who donated money, labour or objects to their new church.