Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925
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|Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States|
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|Location of Illinois|
|Record Type||Church Records|
- 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?
The collection contains the following records:
- Births/Christenings (1833-1899)
- Deaths/Burials (1845-1899)
- Marriages (1833-1899)
The Parish Directory covers parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The records are 95% in English with the remaining 5% distributed in Czech, Latin, and German. See also Genealogical Sources
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Death / Burial
Church records in the United States began in the early 1600s. They can be found in the churches, church archives, or university archives. They normally included records of christenings, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. Traditionally, Catholic records have been kept at the parish level, so a majority of records will be found at the church where the event transpired. Older Catholic records and records of defunct Catholic parishes have often been moved to archives, historical archives, or university libraries.
To know who were members, churches were required to record the date a person was baptized in the Christian religion. Many churches also recorded the date of birth along with the date of baptism. Churches were also required to record the burial and marriage dates of the members of the local congregation. Only some churches performed confirmations and were required to record the names of those that were confirmed members of the church.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The type of event: baptism, marriage or death
- The date the event occurred
- The names of family members and their relationships
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View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Parish or Town
- Select the Record Type and Year Range to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1900. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
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?
When you have located your ancestor’s church record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use christening (baptismal) and birth records to identify a person’s birth date and place. These are an excellent substitute for civil birth records
- Use death or burial records to identify a person’s birth date and place. Use age at the time of death or burial to calculate the person’s birth date. These are an excellent substitute for civil death records
- Use marriage records to identify a couple and the marriage date and place
- Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the minister, or a clerk appointed by the minister, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names or for nicknames
- Check the records of other congregations in the area or nearby communities
Consult the Illinois Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search 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
- "Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 8 February 2017. Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago.
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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