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Great Britain

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Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977
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Great Britain
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Baptisms
Collection years 1571-1977
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This index is an index for the years 1571 to 1977. It is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John Raphael Smith Great Britain, Births and Baptisms
Name John Raphael Smith
Gender Male
Christening Date 29 Oct 1869
Christening Place IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHAPEL-CATHOLIC, SOUTH ORANGE, ESSEX,
Birth Date 25 Oct 1869
Father's Name John Smith
Mother's Name Ann Murray
Smith Great Britain, Births and Baptisms
Gender Female
Birth Date 07 Dec 1874
Birthplace Edwin Fox, Merchant Marine, At Sea, Great Britain
Father's Name Wm. Smith
Mother's Name Martha Smith

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • 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
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, abbreviations of a name, 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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