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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1452409 |title=Illinois, Chicago Catholic Church Records, 1833-1900|location=United States}}<br>  
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|title=Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection contains the folowing records:  
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The collection contains the following records:  
  
 
*Births/Christenings (1833-1899)  
 
*Births/Christenings (1833-1899)  
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The [http://www.archdiocese-chgo.org Archdiocese of Chicago] covers parishes in [[Cook County, Illinois|Cook]] and [[Lake County, Illinois|Lake]] counties. The records are 95% in English with the remaining 5% distributed in Czech, [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin]], and [[German Word List|German]].  
 
The [http://www.archdiocese-chgo.org Archdiocese of Chicago] covers parishes in [[Cook County, Illinois|Cook]] and [[Lake County, Illinois|Lake]] counties. The records are 95% in English with the remaining 5% distributed in Czech, [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin]], and [[German Word List|German]].  
 
Church records in the United States began in the early 1600s. They can be found in the churches, church archives, or university archives. They normally included records of christenings, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.
 
 
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. Traditionally, Catholic records have been kept at the parish level, so a majority of records will be found at the church where the event transpired.&nbsp;Older Catholic records and records of defunct Catholic parishes have often been moved to archives, historical archives, or university libraries.
 
 
To know who were members, churches were required to record the date a person was baptized in the Christian religion. Many churches also recorded the date of birth along with the date of baptism. Churches were also required to record the burial and marriage dates of the members of the local congregation. Only some churches performed confirmations and were required to record the names of those that were confirmed members of the church.
 
  
 
For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1452409/waypoints%7C Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
 
For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1452409/waypoints%7C Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.}}
  
{{Collection citation
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[[Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
| text=<!--bibdescbegin-->Archbishoprics and Dioceses in Chicago. Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records. Parishes withing Chicago, Illinois.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Chicago Catholic Church Record Examples">
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Image:Illinois Chicago Catholic Church Registers (08-02720) Baptism DGS 4232747 643.jpg|Baptism Record
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Image:Illinois Chicago Catholic Church Registers (08-02720) Burial DGS 4232747 480.jpg|Burial Record
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Image:Illinois Chicago Catholic Church Registers (08-02720) Marriage DGS 4232747 671.jpg|Marriage Record
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The baptismal records include:  
 
The baptismal records include:  
 
[[Image:Illinois Chicago Catholic Church Registers (08-02720) Baptism DGS 4232747 643.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
 
*Child's name  
 
*Child's name  
 
*Birth date and place  
 
*Birth date and place  
 
*Christening date  
 
*Christening date  
*Names of parents  
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*Names of parents and their origin
*Birth place of parents
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*Godparents' names
  
 
The death and burial records include:  
 
The death and burial records include:  
  
[[Image:Illinois Chicago Catholic Church Registers (08-02720) Burial DGS 4232747 480.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date and place of internment
 
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*Name and age of deceased
*Name of deceased  
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*Residence of deceased  
 
*Death date  
 
*Death date  
*Burial dates and places
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*Cause of death
*Age
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*Cause of death  
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*Residence
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The marriage records include:  
 
The marriage records include:  
  
[[Image:Illinois Chicago Catholic Church Registers (08-02720) Marriage DGS 4232747 671.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date and place of marriage
 
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*Names of bride and groom  
 
*Names of bride and groom  
*Residences  
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*Residences of bride and groom
*Marriage date  
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*Groom's baptismal date  
*Birth date and place
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*Bride's baptismal date  
*Names of parents  
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*Groom's parents' names
*Witnesses
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*Bride's parents' names
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*Witnesses' names
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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*Approximate date of the event
 
*Approximate date of the event
  
When you have located your ancestor's record, compare the information to what you already know about your ancestor to determine whether this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
Once you have determined that this is your ancestor, carefully evaluate each piece of information in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
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To search the collection <br> ⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select "Parish or Town" <br>⇒Select "Record Type and Year Range" which takes you to the images<br>
  
For example:  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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==== Using the Information  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:  
  
 
*Use christening (baptismal) and birth records to identify a person’s birth date and place. These are an excellent substitute for civil birth records.  
 
*Use christening (baptismal) and birth records to identify a person’s birth date and place. These are an excellent substitute for civil birth records.  
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*Use church records in general to identify other family members who may have served as witnesses to an event.  
 
*Use church records in general to identify other family members who may have served as witnesses to an event.  
 
*Use the date of the event along with the locality to find the family in census records and land records.  
 
*Use the date of the event along with the locality to find the family in census records and land records.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. Or, if the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and then 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.
  
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. Or, if the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and then 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.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
If you do not find your ancestor, try these suggestions:
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*An infant’s christening usually took place within a few days or few weeks of the birth, depending on the religion. Some churches, such as the Baptists, baptized only adults not infants. Members of other sects blessed their infants when they were a few weeks or a few months old.
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*Many religions tested the church knowledge of those that had been baptized as infants and then confirmed them a member of that religion. Frequently, a person’s age at confirmation was between 14 and 20.
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*Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the minister, or a clerk appointed by the minister, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names or for nicknames.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the names or for nicknames.  
*Check the records of other congregations in the area or nearby communities.
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*Check the records of other congregations in the area or nearby communities.
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  
Be aware of the following:
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
  
*An infant’s christening usually took place within a few days or few weeks of the birth, depending on the religion. Some churches, such as the Baptists, baptized only adults not infants. Members of other sects blessed their infants when they were a few weeks or a few months old.  
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Church records in the United States began in the early 1600s. They can be found in the churches, church archives, or university archives. They normally included records of christenings, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.  
*Many religions tested the church knowledge of those that had been baptized as infants and then confirmed them a member of that religion. Frequently, a person’s age at confirmation was between 14 and 20.
+
*Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the minister, or a clerk appointed by the minister, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred.
+
  
Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the priest or a clerk appointed by the priest, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred.&nbsp;  
+
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. Traditionally, Catholic records have been kept at the parish level, so a majority of records will be found at the church where the event transpired.&nbsp;Older Catholic records and records of defunct Catholic parishes have often been moved to archives, historical archives, or university libraries.
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To know who were members, churches were required to record the date a person was baptized in the Christian religion. Many churches also recorded the date of birth along with the date of baptism. Churches were also required to record the burial and marriage dates of the members of the local congregation. Only some churches performed confirmations and were required to record the names of those that were confirmed members of the church.
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://archives.archchicago.org/ Archdiocese of Chicago's Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives &amp; Records Center]  
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*Many of the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itappcnc/pipcnchicagochurches.htm parishes in Chicago] have the same name. This link provides you with excellent guidelines to assist you in ascertaining which parish your ancestors may have attended.<br>
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*[http://archives.archchicago.org/ Archdiocese of Chicago's Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives &amp; Records Center]
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*[http://home.comcast.net/~genealogy007/RomanCatholicChurches.htm Roman Catholic Churches - Origins and Neighborhoods]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Chicago, Illinois|Chicago, Illinois]]  
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*[[Chicago, Illinois]]  
*[[Illinois Catholic Church Records|Illinois Catholic Church&nbsp;Records]]
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*[[Illinois Catholic Church Records]]
*[[Illinois Belleville Catholic Church Records|Illinois Belleville Catholic Church Records]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1452409/waypoints Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925]
  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in a Collection<br>  ===
 
 
"Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925" &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]: accessed 16 September 2011). Mary Cath Calkins, born March 1, 1904; &nbsp;Epiphany (Chicago)&gt;, Baptisms, marriages, 1901-1915&gt; image 23; Catholic Bishop of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
 
  
 
[[Category:Illinois|Church Records]]
 
[[Category:Illinois|Church Records]]

Revision as of 14:58, 14 October 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection contains the following records:

  • Births/Christenings (1833-1899)
  • Deaths/Burials (1845-1899)
  • Marriages (1833-1899)

The Archdiocese of Chicago covers parishes in Cook and Lake counties. The records are 95% in English with the remaining 5% distributed in Czech, Latin, and German.

For a list of localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The baptismal records include:

  • Child's name
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date
  • Names of parents and their origin
  • Godparents' names

The death and burial records include:

  • Date and place of internment
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Residence of deceased
  • Death date
  • Cause of death

The marriage records include:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Residences of bride and groom
  • Groom's baptismal date
  • Bride's baptismal date
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Witnesses' names

How to Use the Record

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

  • Ancestor’s name
  • Type of event, such as the christening or baptism
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select "Parish or Town"
⇒Select "Record Type and Year Range" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use christening (baptismal) and birth records to identify a person’s birth date and place. These are an excellent substitute for civil birth records.
  • Use confirmation records to identify a person’s birth date and place and age. If only the age is given, use it to calculate the person’s death date.
  • Use death or burial records to identify a person’s birth date and place. Use age at the time of death or burial to calculate the person’s birth date. These are an excellent substitute for civil death records.
  • Use marriage records to identify a couple and the marriage date and place and to begin compiling a family group. These are an excellent substitute for civil marriage records.
  • Use church records in general to identify other family members who may have served as witnesses to an event.
  • Use the date of the event along with the locality to find the family in census records and land records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. Or, if the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and then 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.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • An infant’s christening usually took place within a few days or few weeks of the birth, depending on the religion. Some churches, such as the Baptists, baptized only adults not infants. Members of other sects blessed their infants when they were a few weeks or a few months old.
  • Many religions tested the church knowledge of those that had been baptized as infants and then confirmed them a member of that religion. Frequently, a person’s age at confirmation was between 14 and 20.
  • Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the minister, or a clerk appointed by the minister, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names or for nicknames.
  • Check the records of other congregations in the area or nearby communities.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.

General Information About These Records

Church records in the United States began in the early 1600s. They can be found in the churches, church archives, or university archives. They normally included records of christenings, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. Traditionally, Catholic records have been kept at the parish level, so a majority of records will be found at the church where the event transpired. Older Catholic records and records of defunct Catholic parishes have often been moved to archives, historical archives, or university libraries.

To know who were members, churches were required to record the date a person was baptized in the Christian religion. Many churches also recorded the date of birth along with the date of baptism. Churches were also required to record the burial and marriage dates of the members of the local congregation. Only some churches performed confirmations and were required to record the names of those that were confirmed members of the church.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.