Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions that we get frequently asked are answered here.

Where can I find the official website for the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

The official website of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination is

What is the Adventist Directory? Where is it?

The online Adventist Directory features contact information, locations and directions for Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools, hospitals, conferences and other entities. You can visit it at (Please note that many entries in the Directory are maintained by those entities, not by the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research.)

What is the Adventist Yearbook?

The online Adventist Yearbook is a vast resource with information on on the following types of Church entities: General Conference Divisions, Unions, and Conferences; Educational Institutions (excluding primary schools); Food Industries; Healthcare Institutions; Media Centers; Publishing Houses; Radio and TV Stations; and Risk Management.

You can visit the Yearbook at If you are interested in buying the physical volume published annually, you can find purchasing information on the website as well.

What is the Online Archives?

The online archives contains over 1.75 million pages of downloadable manuscripts, minutes, books, reports, and periodicals pertaining to the Adventist Church; this website serves as the archive for almost all the major periodicals in English. It can visited by navigating to

Where can I find statistics about the Adventist Church?

Our Adventist Statistics page features a wealth of readily available statistical information about the Seventh-day Adventist denomination; the information can be viewed online or downloaded as Excel spreadsheets at You may also want to check out the Annual Statistical Report, available at

How can I locate a current employee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

All current employees can be found by performing a search on the Adventist Yearbook (

How can I obtain information on a dead Adventist relative?

To begin, go to the Seventh-day Adventist Obituary Index ( and perform a search for your person of interest. If an obituary appears, go to the Online Adventist Archives site to access the periodical ( The obituary should provide the names of surviving family members. A general search can also be done for the name on the Archives site. If the individual you are looking for was in denominational employ, searching the historic Adventist Yearbooks the name should yield hits for the respective years.

How do I perform an exhaustive search on a person, place, or thing?

Search for your subject on the Archives website ( by simply typing the word(s) into the bar that reads “Search All Categories” and click on the results. Also, performing a search of the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index may be helpful ( Most of the periodicals yielded in your search can be accessed on the online Archives site.

I have a question about Ellen White.

This links to the Ellen G. White Estate's website. Their help email is [email protected]. (You can also find additional resources at

Where can I find Adventist photographs?

Photographs from Adventist history may be found on the ASTR image collection (; the White Estate photo collection (; the Andrews University photo collection (; the Loma Linda University Digital Archive (; Flickr (; or Google images (

How can I do a history of my church or school?

First, perform a search in the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index for your church or school ( If magazine articles are available, they can most likely be accessed on the Archives site ( If not, type the name of your organization in the Search All Categories bar on the Archives page. Although best to type in one word, more than one word should include quotation marks (e.g., “Brookside Church”). A more specific search can be performed by scanning the left hand column beneath Official Church Magazines and Periodicals for the conference or union magazine that your church or school is located in. Click on the periodical, then perform a search in that specific periodical. The division, union, or conference office may possess records on your church or school, and contact information for these entities can be found here ( Finally, interviewing senior church members or school employees is a valuable resource for conducting a church or school history.

How can my church, school, or administrative office preserve our records?

We provide materials related to the preservation of historical materials and records under the Records Management tab, which you can view at

Can I donate books to ASTR?

Simply put, yes. However, the following gift policy will apply: "Materials donated to the library will be added to the collection on the basis of the same selection criteria outlined for purchased items. No restrictions will be placed on gifts. They will be integrated into the existing collection, and subject to the same weeding and retention policies as purchased items. Donated items not added to the collection will be sent to other entities, sold, donated, or otherwise disposed of at the discretion of the Librarian. The Rebok Memorial Library and Research Center (RMLRC) will not appraise the market value of gifts for tax or for other purposes. Gift books should be delivered to the library at the effort and expense of the donor(s). As a general rule, the RMLRC will not pay for shipping."

Contact the Archives at [email protected] to find out more.

Can I donate or loan historic materials to the Archives?

Simply put, yes. To read more about how we value donations, look at this page: If you are interested in donating historical materials to the Archives, please email us at [email protected] so we can get the process started.

I can't find the answer to my research query online. Can I visit the Archives in person?

We welcome many varieties of researchers at the Archives! However, since we have limited staff time, it is necessary to get approval for and arrange any visits in advance. To learn how to do that, visit

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