Indiana Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Indiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1773-1933
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1773 to 1933.

It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Most records in this collection include the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Event type, date, and place
  • Names of parents

An example of an indexed record:

Margaritam Smith Indiana Births and Christenings
Name Margaritam Smith
Gender Female
Event Type Christening
Event Date 30 Aug 1891
Event Place Assumption, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Birth Date 02 Aug 1891
Birthplace Assumption, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Father's Name Petro Smith
Mother's Name Maria Elizabeth Genter


Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Indiana Births and Christenings Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent

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


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What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Cite the record just in case you need to find it later. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Indiana Births and Christenings, 1773-1933." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Indiana Births and Christenings, 1773-1933.


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