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| start_year = 1709
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| end_year = 1950
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| FS_URL_01 = [[Pennsylvania Genealogy ]] 
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Pennsylvania Vital Records]] 
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| FS_URL_03 = [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bkeywords%3APennsylvania,%20%2Bkeywords%3ABirth%20%2Bkeywords%3ARecords FamilySearch Library Catalog Keyword Pennsylvania Birth Records]
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| FS_URL_04 = [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Pennsylvania Census]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Pennsylvania History]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Pennsylvania Maps]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Pennsylvania Church Records]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=BirthRecords&klp=GA96001&CAM=340&KW2=Pennsylvania&Location=PA&gclid=CKvK0f7WirICFSXhQgodbUwAXw Pennsylvania Birth Records]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://pagenweb.org/ Pennsylvania GenWeb]
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| RW_URL_03 = [https://genpa.org/ Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania]
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| RW_URL_04 = [http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Pages/11596.aspx#.WH-htILn-Uk Pennsylvania Department of Health]
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
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 +
This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1709 to 1950 comprised of the following:
 +
 
 +
*Indexed church records
 +
*Civil registrations
 +
*The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
  
== Record Description  ==
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Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
  
This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. 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.  
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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.
  
 +
== Collection Content  ==
 
=== Coverage Table  ===
 
=== Coverage Table  ===
  
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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A Coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article [[Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 +
 
 +
==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)]].
 +
 
 +
The records in this collection usually include the following information:
 +
*Name
 +
*Gender
 +
*Birth date and place
 +
*Christening date and place
 +
*Names of parents
 +
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 +
 
 +
The records may also include the following information:
 +
*Race
 +
*Parents' place of birth
 +
 
 +
== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
{| border="1" class="wikitable sortable"
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To begin your search you will need to know the following:
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! align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" | '''Locality'''
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*The person’s name
! align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" | '''Births and Christenings, 1726-1930'''  
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*The approximate date and place of birth
! align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" | '''Marriages, 1725-1976'''
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! align="center" style="background: rgb(240,240,240)" scope="col" | '''Deaths and Burials, 1759-1921'''
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681005?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
|-
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| [[Adams County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Adams]]
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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.
| 3,160
 
| 5,121
 
| 1,908
 
|-
 
| [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Allegheny]]
 
| 21,637
 
| 192,934
 
| 280,520
 
|-
 
| [[Armstrong County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Armstrong]]
 
| 1,678
 
| 6,283
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Beaver County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Beaver]]
 
| 0
 
| 9,820
 
| 2,712
 
|-
 
| [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Bedford]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,696
 
| 2,982
 
|-
 
| [[Berks County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Berks]]
 
| 25,960
 
| 27,975
 
| 49,555
 
|-
 
| [[Blair County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Blair]]
 
| 151
 
| 3,064
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Bradford County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Bradford]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,393
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Bucks County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Bucks]]
 
| 1,912
 
| 3,732
 
| 3,373
 
|-
 
| [[Butler County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Butler]]
 
| 0
 
| 6,279
 
| 1,236
 
|-
 
| [[Cambria County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Cambria]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 7,321
 
|-
 
| [[Cameron County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Cameron]]
 
| 0
 
| 776
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Carbon County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Carbon]]
 
| 690
 
| 0
 
| 1,642
 
|-
 
| [[Centre County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Centre]]
 
| 1,925
 
| 364
 
| 842
 
|-
 
| [[Chester County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Chester]]
 
| 6,715
 
| 14,939
 
| 3,195
 
|-
 
| [[Clarion County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Clarion]]
 
| 0
 
| 7,261
 
| 1,460
 
|-
 
| [[Clearfield County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Clearfield]]
 
| 348
 
| 5,373
 
| 1,950
 
|-
 
| [[Clinton County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Clinton]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,899
 
| 1,343
 
|-
 
| [[Columbia County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Columbia]]
 
| 0
 
| 7,211
 
| 1,403
 
|-
 
| [[Crawford County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Crawford]]
 
| 1,222
 
| 6,427
 
| 5,993
 
|-
 
| [[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Cumberland]]
 
| 0
 
| 8,285
 
| 1,894
 
|-
 
| [[Dauphin County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Dauphin]]
 
| 2,813
 
| 29,960
 
| 10,761
 
|-
 
| [[Delaware County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Delaware]]
 
| 637
 
| 8,002
 
| 639
 
|-
 
| [[Elk County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Elk]]
 
| 0
 
| 256
 
| 889
 
|-
 
| [[Erie County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Erie]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,840
 
| 3,447
 
|-
 
| [[Fayette County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Fayette]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,445
 
| 3,923
 
|-
 
| [[Forest County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Forest]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 149
 
|-
 
| [[Franklin County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Franklin]]
 
| 103
 
| 9,105
 
| 3,291
 
|-
 
| [[Fulton County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Fulton]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,206
 
| 389
 
|-
 
| [[Greene County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Greene]]
 
| 183
 
| 4,890
 
| 291
 
|-
 
| [[Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Huntingdon]]
 
| 560
 
| 5,653
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Indiana County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Indiana]]
 
| 2,288
 
| 11,572
 
| 696
 
|-
 
| [[Jefferson County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Jefferson]]
 
| 469
 
| 8,489
 
| 2,447
 
|-
 
| [[Juniata County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Juniata]]
 
| 0
 
| 1,886
 
| 226
 
|-
 
| [[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lackawanna]]
 
| 1,732
 
| 0
 
| 63,525
 
|-
 
| [[Lancaster County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lancaster]]
 
| 4,383
 
| 21,872
 
| 14,837
 
|-
 
| [[Lawrence County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lawrence]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,789
 
| 995
 
|-
 
| [[Lebanon County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lebanon]]
 
| 720
 
| 10,426
 
| 3,445
 
|-
 
| [[Lehigh County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lehigh]]
 
| 7,124
 
| 34,031
 
| 2,946
 
|-
 
| [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Luzerne]]
 
| 0
 
| 33,894
 
| 18,305
 
|-
 
| [[Lycoming County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Lycoming]]
 
| 769
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[McKean County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|McKean]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,883
 
| 3,251
 
|-
 
| [[Mercer County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Mercer]]
 
| 128
 
| 8,870
 
| 7,329
 
|-
 
| [[Mifflin County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Mifflin]]
 
| 359
 
| 0
 
| 1,736
 
|-
 
| [[Monroe County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Monroe]]
 
| 0
 
| 320
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Montgomery County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Montgomery]]
 
| 1,584
 
| 7,716
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Montour County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Montour]]
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| 805
 
|-
 
| [[Northampton County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Northampton]]
 
| 12,621
 
| 13,196
 
| 17,040
 
|-
 
| [[Northumberland County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Northumberland]]
 
| 0
 
| 11,799
 
| 6,427
 
|-
 
| [[Pennsylvania Vital Records|Pennsylvania]]
 
| 3,914,099
 
| 687,050
 
| 384,598
 
|-
 
| [[Perry County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Perry]]
 
| 0
 
| 4,590
 
| 1,876
 
|-
 
| [[Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Philadelphia]]
 
| 448,839
 
| 285,316
 
| 329,518
 
|-
 
| [[Potter County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Potter]]
 
| 921
 
| 967
 
| 169
 
|-
 
| [[Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Schuylkill]]
 
| 1,437
 
| 288
 
| 13,723
 
|-
 
| [[Snyder County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Snyder]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,363
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Somerset County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Somerset]]
 
| 229
 
| 12,497
 
| 2,865
 
|-
 
| [[Sullivan County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Sullivan]]
 
| 0
 
| 767
 
| 113
 
|-
 
| [[Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Susquehanna]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,333
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Tioga County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Tioga]]
 
| 367
 
| 209
 
| 2,308
 
|-
 
| [[Union County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Union]]
 
| 0
 
| 428
 
| 0
 
|-
 
| [[Venango County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Venango]]
 
| 1,701
 
| 6,451
 
| 6,896
 
|-
 
| [[Warren County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Warren]]
 
| 0
 
| 5,782
 
| 1,384
 
|-
 
| [[Washington County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Washington]]
 
| 0
 
| 2,362
 
| 3,567
 
|-
 
| [[Wayne County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Wayne]]
 
| 0
 
| 3,493
 
| 816
 
|-
 
| [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Westmoreland]]
 
| 156
 
| 2,327
 
| 5,250
 
|-
 
| [[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|Wyoming]]
 
| 125
 
| 2,055
 
| 749
 
|-
 
| [[York County, Pennsylvania#Vital_Records|York]]
 
| 104
 
| 11,303
 
| 24,893
 
|-
 
| Total
 
| 4,469,849
 
| 1,593,513
 
| 1,315,843
 
|}
 
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Keep in mind:
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*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.
 +
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 +
*Even though indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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'''Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection'''
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
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Remember this is only an index, not the original records.  
  
<br>
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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:
  
== Record Content and Use  ==
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*[[IGI]]
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*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
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*[[IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America]]
  
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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If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number FamilySearch Catalog].
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Pennsylvania Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
== Related Websites ==
+
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.
  
[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=BirthRecords&klp=GA96001&CAM=340&KW2=Pennsylvania&Location=PA&gclid=CKvK0f7WirICFSXhQgodbUwAXw Pennsylvania Birth Records]
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*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 1800's.
 +
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
*[[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records]]
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 +
*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.
 +
*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.
 +
*Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
 +
*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.
 +
*Search the [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlc/ FamilySearch Catalog] to see if other records for this place are available.
 +
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br>
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1709-1950
FamilySearch Resources
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1709 to 1950 comprised of the following:

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

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

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

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

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).

The records in this collection usually include the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records may also include the following information:

  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate date and place of birth

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.

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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

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:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

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 1800's.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • 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.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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:

"Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950." 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 Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950.


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