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West Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1928
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
West Virginia, United States
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Location of West Virginia
Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1853-1928
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1853 to 1928.

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?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Births and Christenings

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth
  • Age of parents
  • Death date (if occurring within a few years of birth)

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article West Virginia Births and Christenings, Coverage Table - FamilySearch Historical Records

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

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate date and place 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]

  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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

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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