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Baptism Records << Religious Records <<

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Baptism Records Guide

Religious Records-
Baptism Records
What's In Them
Where to Find Them
How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Individual's name(usually a child)
  • Parents' names (if a child)
  • Child's date of birth and/or baptism (if for an infant baptism)


  • May also include:
  • Sponsors' names
  • Parents' residence
  • Name of officiating clergyman
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Margin notes about other events (e.g. some clergymen will note a person's marriage or even emigration)
  • Marks or notes about the child's death if he or she died young
  • In very rare cases, names of one or more of the child's grandparents
  • IGI:
    http://familysearch.org

    FHL Catalog:
    http://familysearch.org/ search/ searchcatalog.asp

    Direct Contact with the Church

    Centralized Church Archives

    State or local libraries or societies and/or compiled records for that locality as found in http://www.byub.org/ ancestors/ resourceguide

    College & Special Libraries (e.g., DAR)

    Other churches of the same denomination in that area

  • To find an ancestor's birth date
  • To discover the names of the preceding generation
  • To find a family's place of residence
  • To find clues to family relationships (e.g., through names of sponsors)
  • To learn about previously unknown children who died young
  • In cases of multiple marriages by one of the parents, to determine which one a particular child came from
  • To learn about changes in church affiliation

  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Family Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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