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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
These collections are electronic indexes comprised of the following:  
 
These collections are electronic indexes comprised of the following:  
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Sometimes we identify a set of entries for a locality and record type that form their own collection. When these are identified and pulled together into the new “complete” collection (usually with images), the entries are removed from the Vital Records Index collection.  
 
Sometimes we identify a set of entries for a locality and record type that form their own collection. When these are identified and pulled together into the new “complete” collection (usually with images), the entries are removed from the Vital Records Index collection.  
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
 
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Birth and christening index entries usually include (over 98% of the time):  
The key genealogical facts found in birth and christening index entries may include:  
 
  
 
*Name of the child  
 
*Name of the child  
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*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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Birth and christening index entries sometimes include:
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of your ancestor and some other identifying information such as the date or place of the event.
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*Father's birthplace (79% of the time)
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*Mother's birthplace (78% of the time)
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*Race or color (23% of the time)
  
=== Search the Collection  ===
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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===Search the Index===
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Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/ Collection Page] then:
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#Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
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#Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.
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#Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Remember this is only an index, not the original records.
 
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
  
=== Using the Information  ===
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may lead you to the original source that was indexed.  
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
  
=== Tips to Keep in Mind ===
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
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*Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
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*Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Canada Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Canada Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Canada Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=299&query=%2Bplace%3ACanada%20%2Bkeywords%3Abirths%20%2Bkeywords%3Aand%20%2Bkeywords%3Achristening FamilySearch Catalog]
  
*The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
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== Indexing Project (Batch) Numbers  ==
*You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to determine if any of the individuals in this collection are part of your family.
 
*Additional searches of the index may be necessary to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 
*Information submitted by private individuals is available in the "[https://www.familysearch.org/family-trees Trees]" section of FamilySearch.
 
*Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
 
 
 
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names.
 
*Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
 
*Search the records of nearby states or countries.
 
*Search the [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/ Family History Library Catalog] to see if other records for this place are available.
 
 
 
=== Indexing Project (Batch) Numbers  ===
 
  
 
Individual indexing projects were given a unique number called a batch number. The batch numbers listed in this index are links. Clicking on the batch number will display an alphabetical list of all the index entries in that batch.  
 
Individual indexing projects were given a unique number called a batch number. The batch numbers listed in this index are links. Clicking on the batch number will display an alphabetical list of all the index entries in that batch.  
  
=== Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection  ===
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== Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection  ==
  
Each entry in this index includes a source film number. You may find additional information by searching the film. These film numbers are Family History Library Catalog numbers. To find more information about a specific FHL film number, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Family History Library Catalog].  
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Each entry in this index includes a source film number. You may find additional information by searching the film. These film numbers are FamilySearch Catalog numbers. To find more information about a specific FHL film number, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number FamilySearch Catalog].  
  
 
The following wiki articles have more information on batch numbers:  
 
The following wiki articles have more information on batch numbers:  
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*[[England Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[England Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Finland Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Finland Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
*[[France Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
*[[Germany Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Germany Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Gibraltar Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Gibraltar Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[World Miscellaneous Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[World Miscellaneous Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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Latest revision as of 18:37, 17 April 2017

FamilySearch Record Search This article contains information about various collections of vital records. See the Related Birth and Christening Vital Record Index Collections to learn more about individual indexes, and to access the records.


What is in the Collection?

These collections are electronic indexes comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

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

Sometimes we identify a set of entries for a locality and record type that form their own collection. When these are identified and pulled together into the new “complete” collection (usually with images), the entries are removed from the Vital Records Index collection.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Birth and christening index entries usually include (over 98% of the time):

  • 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

Birth and christening index entries sometimes include:

  • Father's birthplace (79% of the time)
  • Mother's birthplace (78% of the time)
  • Race or color (23% of the time)

How Do I Search the Collection?

Search the Index

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page then:

  1. Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
  2. Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.
  3. Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, census, church, land and death records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to establish a migration pattern and find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Canada Genealogy.
  • Search in the Canada Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Catalog

Indexing Project (Batch) Numbers

Individual indexing projects were given a unique number called a batch number. The batch numbers listed in this index are links. Clicking on the batch number will display an alphabetical list of all the index entries in that batch.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index includes a source film number. You may find additional information by searching the film. These film numbers are FamilySearch Catalog numbers. To find more information about a specific FHL film number, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

The following wiki articles have more information on batch numbers:

Related Birth and Christening Vital Record Index Collections

United States

Canada

Other International Localities

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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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.

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