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| LOC_01 = Illinois
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| start_year = 1824
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| end_year = 1940
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| FS_URL_01 =[[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]] 
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| FS_URL_02 =[[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_03 =[[Illinois Archives and Libraries]]
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=BirthRecords&klp=GA96001&CAM=340&KW2=Illinois&Location=IL&gclid=CIWZz6PAirICFYaDQgodyX4AGA Illinois Birth Records]
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| custodian =  Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City
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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This index is an electronic index for the years 1824 to 1940.  
 
This index is an electronic index for the years 1824 to 1940.  
  
This collection 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.  
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This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the [[International Genealogical Index (IGI) (FamilySearch Historical Records) |International Genealogical Index]] or Vital Records Index collections.
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== Collection Content ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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=== Coverage Table  ===
  
{{Collection citation| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Genealogical Society of Utah. Illinois, Births and Christenings. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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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)]].  
  
[[Illinois Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article [[Illinois Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
  
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)]].
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Most records in this collection contain the following information:
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*Name
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*Gender
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*Event type, date and place
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*Names of parents
  
== Coverage Table  ==
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An example of an indexed record:
  
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.<br>
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! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Locality'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Births and Christenings, 1800-1974'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Marriages, 1806-1987'''
 
! align="center" scope="col" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1820-1964'''
 
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| [[Adams County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Adams]]
 
| 2,098
 
| 902
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Alexander County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Alexander]]
 
| 7,972
 
| 14,338
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Bond County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Bond]]
 
| 5,616
 
| 15,125
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Boone County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Boone]]
 
| 3,721
 
| 15,243
 
| 1
 
|-
 
| [[Brown County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Brown]]
 
| 2,192
 
| 15,261
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Bureau County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Bureau]]
 
| 113
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Calhoun County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Calhoun]]
 
| 4,942
 
| 5,100
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Carroll County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Carroll]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Cass County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Cass]]
 
| 12,432
 
| 11,199
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Champaign County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Champaign]]
 
| 8,952
 
| 15,333
 
| 8,118
 
|-
 
| [[Christian County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Christian]]
 
| 16,540
 
| 24,050
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Clark County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Clark]]
 
| 19,606
 
| 13,539
 
| 1
 
|-
 
| [[Clay County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Clay]]
 
| 6,716
 
| 14,787
 
| 4,709
 
|-
 
| [[Clinton County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Clinton]]
 
| 7,042
 
| 14,263
 
| 5,777
 
|-
 
| [[Coles County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Coles]]
 
| 3,386
 
| 14,645
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Cook County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Cook]]
 
| 620,799
 
| 35,706
 
| 537,253
 
|-
 
| [[Crawford County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Crawford]]
 
| 7,663
 
| 6,110
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Cumberland County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Cumberland]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 5
 
|-
 
| [[DeWitt County, Illinois#Vital_Records|De Witt]]
 
| 1,615
 
| 6,891
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[DeKalb County, Illinois#Vital_Records|DeKalb]]
 
| 0
 
| 409
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Douglas County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Douglas]]
 
| 4,667
 
| 201
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[DuPage County, Illinois#Vital_Records|DuPage]]
 
| 0
 
| 7,257
 
| 6
 
|-
 
| [[Edgar County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Edgar]]
 
| 10,687
 
| 29,890
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Edwards County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Edwards]]
 
| 4,605
 
| 13,129
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Effingham County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Effingham]]
 
| 2,201
 
| 10,816
 
| 3,325
 
|-
 
| [[Fayette County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Fayette]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 9
 
|-
 
| [[Ford County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Ford]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,763
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Franklin County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Franklin]]
 
| 8,822
 
| 20,116
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Fulton County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Fulton]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 26
 
|-
 
| [[Gallatin County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Gallatin]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,662
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Greene County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Greene]]
 
| 1,194
 
| 10,488
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Grundy County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Grundy]]
 
| 3,630
 
| 6,282
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Hamilton County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Hamilton]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Hancock County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Hancock]]
 
| 25,111
 
| 26,251
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Hardin County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Hardin]]
 
| 2,685
 
| 3,218
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Henderson County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Henderson]]
 
| 1,735
 
| 3,927
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Henry County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Henry]]
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" | '''Arthur Georgius Smith'''
| 14,478
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| align="center" style="background: rgb(240, 240, 240);" | '''Illinois Births and Christenings'''
| 18,568
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois]]
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|Name
| 961,954
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|Arthur Georgius Smith
| 728,232
 
| 4,313,794
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Iroquois County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Iroquois]]
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|Gender
| 12,930
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|Male
| 9,691
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Jackson County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Jackson]]
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|Event Type
| 13,459
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|Christening
| 25,892
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Jasper County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Jasper]]
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|Event Date
| 4,977
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|24 May 1896
| 6,821
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Jefferson County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Jefferson]]
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|Event Place
| 19,850
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|St Teresa, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
| 16,669
 
| 3,495
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Jersey County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Jersey]]
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|Birth Date
| 4,495
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|10 May 1896
| 17,697
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Jo Daviess County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Jo Daviess]]
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|Birthplace
| 5,235
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|135 Osgood St.
| 34,936
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Johnson County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Johnson]]
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|Father's Name
| 5,384
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|N. H. Smith
| 10,913
 
| 0
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Kane County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Kane]]
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|Mother's Name
| 23,458
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|Maria Beever
| 37,445
 
| 2
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Kankakee County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Kankakee]]
 
| 12,310
 
| 10,547
 
| 7
 
|-
 
| [[Kendall County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Kendall]]
 
| 3,039
 
| 6,009
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Knox County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Knox]]
 
| 7,533
 
| 36,873
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lake County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Lake]]
 
| 7,718
 
| 12,828
 
| 8
 
|-
 
| [[LaSalle County, Illinois#Vital_Records|LaSalle]]
 
| 64,479
 
| 67,886
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lawrence County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Lawrence]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,665
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Lee County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Lee]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Livingston County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Livingston]]
 
| 16,795
 
| 19,324
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Logan County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Logan]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Macon County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Macon]]
 
| 12,663
 
| 6,473
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Macoupin County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Macoupin]]
 
| 13,369
 
| 14,438
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Madison County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Madison]]
 
| 10,082
 
| 0
 
| 10
 
|-
 
| [[Marion County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Marion]]
 
| 7,133
 
| 9,671
 
| 7,707
 
|-
 
| [[Marshall County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Marshall]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Mason County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Mason]]
 
| 4,531
 
| 302
 
| 7
 
|-
 
| [[Massac County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Massac]]
 
| 12,457
 
| 7,818
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[McDonough County, Illinois#Vital_Records|McDonough]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[McHenry County, Illinois#Vital_Records|McHenry]]
 
| 4,663
 
| 13,530
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[McLean County, Illinois#Vital_Records|McLean]]
 
| 16,789
 
| 28,887
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Menard County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Menard]]
 
| 6,603
 
| 9,279
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Mercer County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Mercer]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Monroe County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Monroe]]
 
| 11,264
 
| 11,071
 
| 4,323
 
|-
 
| [[Montgomery County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Montgomery]]
 
| 0
 
| 6,989
 
| 4
 
|-
 
| [[Morgan County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Morgan]]
 
| 9,705
 
| 39,675
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Moultrie County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Moultrie]]
 
| 4,434
 
| 7,791
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Ogle County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Ogle]]
 
| 0
 
| 12,530
 
| 1
 
|-
 
| [[Peoria County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Peoria]]
 
| 122
 
| 4,765
 
| 1
 
|-
 
| [[Perry County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Perry]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,229
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Piatt County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Piatt]]
 
| 2,523
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Pike County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Pike]]
 
| 5,842
 
| 13,016
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Pope County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Pope]]
 
| 4,786
 
| 5,618
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Pulaski County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Pulaski]]
 
| 8,551
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Putnam County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Putnam]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Randolph County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Randolph]]
 
| 9,807
 
| 11,758
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Richland County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Richland]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Rock Island County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Rock Island]]
 
| 18,474
 
| 29,287
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Saline County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Saline]]
 
| 13,268
 
| 2,318
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Sangamon County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Sangamon]]
 
| 6,110
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Schuyler County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Schuyler]]
 
| 2,679
 
| 14,910
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Scott County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Scott]]
 
| 2,758
 
| 2,658
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Shelby County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Shelby]]
 
| 1,859
 
| 12,735
 
| 5,497
 
|-
 
| [[St. Clair County, Illinois#Vital_Records|St. Clair]]
 
| 4,777
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Stark County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Stark]]
 
| 1,487
 
| 43,283
 
| 3
 
|-
 
| [[Stephenson County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Stephenson]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Tazewell County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Tazewell]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Union County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Union]]
 
| 14,214
 
| 8,025
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Vermilion County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Vermilion]]
 
| 5,409
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Wabash County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Wabash]]
 
| 0
 
| 44,073
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Warren County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Warren]]
 
| 6,555
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Washington County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Washington]]
 
| 0
 
| 7,364
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Wayne County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Wayne]]
 
| 0
 
| 261
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[White County, Illinois#Vital_Records|White]]
 
| 21,422
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Whiteside County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Whiteside]]
 
| 0
 
| 22,387
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Will County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Will]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 264
 
|-
 
| [[Williamson County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Williamson]]
 
| 9,427
 
| 0
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| [[Winnebago County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Winnebago]]
 
| 1,348
 
| 11,594
 
| 1
 
|-
 
| [[Woodford County, Illinois#Vital_Records|Woodford]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 2
 
|-
 
| Total
 
| 2,229,947
 
| 1,835,632
 
| 4,894,374
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of birth.
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*The place where the birth occurred.
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*The names of the child's parents.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1676968?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
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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.
  
[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=BirthRecords&klp=GA96001&CAM=340&KW2=Illinois&Location=IL&gclid=CIWZz6PAirICFYaDQgodyX4AGA Illinois Birth Records]
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
  
*[[Illinois]]
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*[[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to this Article  ==
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*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*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 birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
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*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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== Citing This Collection  ==
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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{{Collection citation | text= "Illinois, Births and Christenings, 1824-1940." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}} <br>
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“Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1824-1940
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What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1824 to 1940.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

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).

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

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Most records in this collection contain the following information:

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

An example of an indexed record:

Arthur Georgius Smith Illinois Births and Christenings
Name Arthur Georgius Smith
Gender Male
Event Type Christening
Event Date 24 May 1896
Event Place St Teresa, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Birth Date 10 May 1896
Birthplace 135 Osgood St.
Father's Name N. H. Smith
Mother's Name Maria Beever

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of birth.
  • The place where the birth occurred.
  • The names of the child's parents.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • 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 birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • 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. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.


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"Illinois, Births and Christenings, 1824-1940." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


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