England Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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England Births and Christenings
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|Record Type||Births and Christenings|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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:
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of christening
- Parents' names
Sample of indexed information:
|John William Smith|
|England Births and Christenings|
|Name||John William Smith|
|Residence Place||Kingswinford, Stafford, England|
|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?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the child
- Approximate date of birth or christening
Search the Index
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
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 and death records
- Use the information you have found to find the person in 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 the original record 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
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
- If you are searching in a period after 1836, check civil records
- Consult the England Record Finder to find other records
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- 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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