Kentucky Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Kentucky, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1839-1960
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1839 to 1960.

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.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960.

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).

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Kentucky Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The records in this collection contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Christening date
  • Christening place
  • Parents' names

The records may also include the following:

  • Race

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of birth or christening
  • The place where the birth or christening occurred
  • The name of the child's parents.

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?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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

"Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation:
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