Pennsylvania Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.  
 
Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.  
  
As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.<br><br>
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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*“Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1726-1930” index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for Samuel Roberts, born 7 Dec 1870. FHL microfilm 1,289,313; Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  
 
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1726-1930 Marriages, 1725-1976 Deaths and Burials, 1759-1921
Adams 3,160 5,121 1,908
Allegheny 21,637 192,934 280,520
Armstrong 1,678 6,283 0
Beaver 0 9,820 2,712
Bedford 0 5,696 2,982
Berks 25,960 27,975 49,555
Blair 151 3,064 0
Bradford 0 5,393 0
Bucks 1,912 3,732 3,373
Butler 0 6,279 1,236
Cambria 0 0 7,321
Cameron 0 776 0
Carbon 690 0 1,642
Centre 1,925 364 842
Chester 6,715 14,939 3,195
Clarion 0 7,261 1,460
Clearfield 348 5,373 1,950
Clinton 0 4,899 1,343
Columbia 0 7,211 1,403
Crawford 1,222 6,427 5,993
Cumberland 0 8,285 1,894
Dauphin 2,813 29,960 10,761
Delaware 637 8,002 639
Elk 0 256 889
Erie 0 2,840 3,447
Fayette 0 4,445 3,923
Forest 0 0 149
Franklin 103 9,105 3,291
Fulton 0 1,206 389
Greene 183 4,890 291
Huntingdon 560 5,653 0
Indiana 2,288 11,572 696
Jefferson 469 8,489 2,447
Juniata 0 1,886 226
Lackawanna 1,732 0 63,525
Lancaster 4,383 21,872 14,837
Lawrence 0 3,789 995
Lebanon 720 10,426 3,445
Lehigh 7,124 34,031 2,946
Luzerne 0 33,894 18,305
Lycoming 769 0 0
McKean 0 3,883 3,251
Mercer 128 8,870 7,329
Mifflin 359 0 1,736
Monroe 0 320 0
Montgomery 1,584 7,716 0
Montour 0 0 805
Northampton 12,621 13,196 17,040
Northumberland 0 11,799 6,427
Pennsylvania 3,914,099 687,050 384,598
Perry 0 4,590 1,876
Philadelphia 448,839 285,316 329,518
Potter 921 967 169
Schuylkill 1,437 288 13,723
Snyder 0 2,363 0
Somerset 229 12,497 2,865
Sullivan 0 767 113
Susquehanna 0 5,333 0
Tioga 367 209 2,308
Union 0 428 0
Venango 1,701 6,451 6,896
Warren 0 5,782 1,384
Washington 0 2,362 3,567
Wayne 0 3,493 816
Westmoreland 156 2,327 5,250
Wyoming 125 2,055 749
York 104 11,303 24,893
Total 4,469,849 1,593,513 1,315,843

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

IGI

IGI Batch Number Descriptions

IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Pennsylvania. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Pennsylvania.

Related Websites

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Related Wiki Articles

Pennsylvania Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We especially need language translations for both content and images. For specific needs, please look for callout boxes throughout the article or visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.


Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citation for This Collection

Pennsylvania, Genealogical Society of Utah. Birth Records. Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1726-1930. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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 Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Citation Examples for Records Found in a FamilySearch Historical Collection

The following are examples of records found in different collections. Please help us by replacing this example with a citation for a record you have found in this collection. Example for an Indexed Collection:

  • “Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1726-1930” index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for Samuel Roberts, born 7 Dec 1870. FHL microfilm 1,289,313; Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.