Denominations covered by Hall's Index include:
Hall's Index records transfers, unions, and divisions of individual congregations only when this information specifically appeared in the General Assembly minutes or could be assumed by comparing names, locations, membership, and/or pastors in consecutive reports.
For unions, Hall's Index will contain three entries: one for each uniting congregation and one for the united congregation.
For divisions, there is a new entry for the congregation that assumed a different name.
Date changes and conventions
Reporting dates were frequently a year or two later than the actual event.
This is particularly true for Cumberland Presbyterian Church congregations organized before 1890. The entry will state reported in 1890, even though the church may have been organized several decades earlier.
Many churches were not included in the General Assembly minutes for years at a time, and it is difficult to know what happened during those intervals. If a congregation reappeared in the statistics after it had been dropped for less than five years, Hall's Index normally has only one entry and it is assumed the congregation had merely been omitted from the statistics.
Entries for some early churches have no organization date. The first comprehensive list of PCUSA congregations was compiled and published in 1825. For churches organized before 1825, the entry occasionally noted the date of organization if available from other sources.
Hall's Index makes no attempt to verify whether a change in location occurred due to: