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


Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1867 through 1931.

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 marriage 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

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, 1867-1931 Marriages, 1770-1972 Deaths and Burials, 1903-1961
Alabama 0 0 12
Alaska 85 34 0
Arizona 0 0 9
Arkansas 0 0 15
California 0 0 70
Colorado 4,760 1,264 6
Connecticut 0 0 6
Delaware 0 0 1
District of Columbia 0 1 9
Florida 0 0 15
Georgia 0 0 1,336
Idaho 0 0 1
Illinois 0 0 67
Indiana 0 0 26
Iowa 0 0 21
Kansas 0 0 16
Kentucky 0 0 28
Louisiana 0 0 118
Maine 0 0 1
Maryland 0 0 16
Massachusetts 2 4,234 12
Michigan 0 0 24
Minnesota 0 0 21
Mississippi 0 0 11
Missouri 0 0 48
Montana 1,084 0 3
Nebraska 9,136 0 14
New Hampshire 0 0 1
New Jersey 0 0 25
New Mexico 0 0 3
New York 0 0 82
North Carolina 0 177 13
North Dakota 3,575 457 3
Ohio 1 0 67
Oregon 0 0 7
Pennsylvania 0 0 93
Rhode Island 0 0 3
South Carolina 2 0 13
South Dakota 378 60 2
Tennessee 0 0 17
Texas 1 0 31
United States 243 8 98
Utah 0 0 1
Vermont 0 0 3
Virginia 0 0 7
Washington 0 0 18
West Virginia 0 0 7
Wisconsin 0 0 18
Wyoming 594 0 1
Total 19,861 6,235 2,419

How to Use the Collection

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.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

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:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Collection 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 is an index of some births and christenings throughout the United States. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Collection Was Created

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

Collection Reliability

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

Related Web Sites

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Related Wiki Articles

United States 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 also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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

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.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931." index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org): accessed 8 April 2011. Entry for Nellie Carolina Louise Anderson, baptized 12 April 1900; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 543,546; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Sources of Information for this Collection

"United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931," index, "FamilySearch" (https://familysearch.org). Index includes the IGI, digital copies of original records, and compiled records. FHL digital and microfilm copies. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.


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