China Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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What is in the Collection?

This index covers events from 1824 through the mid 1900s.

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (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.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors. This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Collection Contents

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

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date of birth and birthplace of child
  • Christening date if the source is a church record
  • Names of the parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

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

  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date and 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 and gender of deceased
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse, if married
  • Death date
  • Burial information
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How Do I Search 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.

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

Collection History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. This is an index to births/christenings in parishes throughout China. It is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Related Websites

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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:

"China Vital Records Index" index, "FamilySearch" ([1]). Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.