District of Columbia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830-1955
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
District of Columbia, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth and Christening Index
Collection years 1830-1955
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1830 to 1955.

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth / Christening

  • The name of the child
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Names of parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  • Death date (if occurring within a few years of birth)
  • Race
  • Parents' birth places

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, 1830-1855
Marriages, 1849-1854
Deaths and Burials, 1849-1854
District of Columbia
109,808
209,660
296,149

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The approximate date of the birth or christening

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 Who 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 Who 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 District of Columbia.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying you sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830-1955." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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