England Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings
Collection years 1538-1975
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1538 to 1975. It does not index all records for this place, record type or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may include the following:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Parents' names

Collection Content

Sample of indexed information:

John William Smith
England Births and Christenings
Name John William Smith
Residence Place Kingswinford, Stafford, England
Gender Male
Christening Date 24 Sep 1843
Christening Place St. Mary, Kingswinford, Stafford, England
Birth Date 26 Apr 1843
Mother's Name Margaret Smith

How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • Name of the child
  • Approximate date of birth or christening

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  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Check for variations of given names and surnames. It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name
  • If you are searching in a period after 1836, check civil records

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Collection Citation
"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 3 March 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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