Great Britain, Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Great Britain
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Baptisms
Collection years 1571-1977
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Genealogical Society of Utah


What is in This Collection?

This index is an index for the years 1571 to 1977.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Not all records contain the same information. Generally, the following are included:

  • The name of the child
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate date of birth

Search the Index

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

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?

  • Beginning in 1841, search the census records for the individual
  • Continue to look for the individual in civil and parish marriage records
  • Continue to look for the individual in civil and parish death records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records

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

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of search results
  • Search in other nearby locations

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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