Maryland Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maryland, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1650-1995
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1650 to 1995 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information. 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?

These records include:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Christening date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents' names
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 Marriages, 1666-1970 Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992
Allegany 0 7,055 0
Anne Arundel 15,054 14,418 0
Baltimore 44,117 139,129 8,031
Baltimore (Independent City) 9,203 3,102 0
Calvert 594 0 0
Caroline 124 4,553 0
Carroll 6,599 5,171 0
Cecil 2,651 2,447 0
Charles 2,777 799 0
Dorchester 2,747 12,051 0
Frederick 44,259 15,138 0
Harford 2,226 16,583 0
Howard 317 444 0
Kent 3,015 971 0
Maryland 21,261 233 3,655
Montgomery 2,322 221 0
Prince George\'s 5,491 7,250 0
Queen Anne\'s 1,095 968 0
Somerset 7,347 4,235 0
St. Mary\'s 5,560 11,927 0
Talbot 2,659 1,757 0
Washington 26,718 5,275 0
Worcester 152 0 0
Total 206,288 253,727 11,686

How Do I Search This Collection?

To search the collection it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The residence or approximate date of the event

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.

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Use the information to find other church and vital records such as marriage, and death records. Also search for immigration, military, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Maryland, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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