New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970 .
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Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1812-1970
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York. Only burial records go beyond the 1950s. This collection is being published as images become available.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Baptism records usually include the following:

  • Name of person being baptized (usually a child)
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date and place
  • Names of sponsors
  • May include the names of witnesses

The index usually includes:

  • Name of person being baptized
  • Baptism date
  • Page number

Confirmation records usually include the following:

  • Name of person being confirmed
  • Confirmation date
  • May include marital status and titles
  • May include the names of witnesses

Death records usually include the following:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death and burial dates
  • May include age
  • May include marital status and titles
  • May include the names of witnesses

Marriage records usually include the following:

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • May include marital status and titles
  • May include the names of witnesses

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • The ancestor’s name
  • The approximate date of the event such as the baptism or marriage

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page.
⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the baptism to confirm a person’s birth date and place. These are an excellent substitute for civil birth records.
  • Use the age given in the death or burial records to calculate a birth date.
  • Use marriage records to confirm the marriage date and place and to begin compiling a family group. *Use church records in general to identify other family members who may have served as sponsors or witnesses.
  • Use the date of the event along with the locality to find the family in census records and land records.
  • Church records are considered a primary source and are an excellent substitute for civil records. 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.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents.
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents.
  • Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were in the congregation.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check the records of other congregations and other religious denominations in the area or nearby communities. It is common for families to switch or to be divided into different religious groups. For information on other Episcopal parished in the diocese, contact the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York Archives.
  • Check with local genealogical and historical societies to see if they have indexed local church records.

Citing This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Buffalo, New York.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970.

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