Pennsylvania Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Pennsylvania, United States
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Location of Pennsylvania
Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1709-1950
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1709 to 1950.

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Births / Christenings

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Collection Content

Coverage Table

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

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

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?

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

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

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.


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
"Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 15 May 2018. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Record Citation:
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