Questions tagged [baptism-records]

For questions about finding or interpreting records of baptisms or christenings, such as parish registers or baptism certificates. Baptism is a Christian rite commonly performed in infancy.

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Clarification about name of father on baptism v birth. and location of father as solider in 1920?

I have been researching one of my wife's uncles (her grandfathers youngest brother. I received his birth certificate in the post today: The above confirms that her grandfather did have a third ...
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Birth Record for Anders Johansson Kålander (Finland)

Anders Johansson Kålander was born on 22 September 1810. He appears on the 1855-1862 Communion Record for Kokkola Parish with his wife, Caisa, and his 3 children. I've already searched the Kokkola ...
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Where or what is "Saphoy"?

The uploaded image is a baptismal record from 18 Sep 1646 in Winnenden near Stuttgart, Wuerttemberg. I found the record at "Württemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-...
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Transcribing and making sense of baptism record written in Kurrent

This baptism record is from Creuzburg, in 1758. The bits in brackets are the bits I'm having trouble with. 20.† Anna Maria, [Vyl] Nicolaus Beckens, Ackermanns      zu [Elmau] töchterlein ist den 11. ...
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What is word relating to wife of father in 1759 English (Somerset) baptism record?

This is from a 1759 baptism record in England. It reads, James, son of James Shepherd & Mary his wife of ????? baptized Jan 1 1759" The term is repeated for several other records but most are ...
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Seeking exact birthplace of Catherine Kennedy 1829-1893 in the Limerick area

My great grandmother Catherine was born into a very large family of Andrew Kennedy 1815-1869 and Mary Hogan b. 1811. She was sentenced for stealing a cow to 7 years transportation to Van Diemen's Land ...
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Was Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer from Weiterode baptised twice?

I've run into an odd situation. Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer was baptised in Weiterode in 1822. She is the first child of the parents. However, the next birth record for the same parents is from ...
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German Ancestor - Schroeder (Shrader) Connecting Families

I inherited the German records of my family tree from a distant relative 20 years ago (no sources, just a descendant list). It has special meaning to me because it got me started in Genealogy. ...
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Multiple German Given Names

I believe that these are the birth records of my GGGrandmother and her sister. In the USA, they were known as Sophia (1st pict) and Mary (2nd pict). Their parents were known as Christ and Sophia. The ...
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1695 Baptism at sea?

My great(5)-grandfather Daniel Cooper Sr. was (supposedly) born at sea, the story told in Littell (First Settlers of the Passaic Valley) is commonly repeated: But if this actually happened (there are ...
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How can we find a record that we see on Ancestry on another website?

Here is background for me asking this question ... I have located a Baptism Entry using Ancestry: Name: Austin Harries Birth: 1914 Baptism Date: 2 Sept 1914 This is what I see when using Ancestry on ...
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Understanding Irish Baptismal registration of Owen Leahy in 19 Aug 1852

Ancestry.com claims that this is a Baptismal record for Owen Leahy, son of Owen Leahy and Peg Walsh. Looking at the source material, I don't understand how they determined the name (or age) of the ...
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When, where and to whom was William Henry Rouse born in about 1832 near Truro (or Redruth), Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandfather William Henry Rouse married Agnes Green on 4 Aug 1853 at St Clement, Cornwall. On their Marriage Certificate the Age for both of them appears to say Major, which I assume to ...
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Assessing accuracy of profession stated on daughter's baptismal record

While researching my great-grandmother, Celia Anna Gadd (1865-1915), I found a baptismal record dated December 15, 1872, which shows that she and her sisters Ada (b.1863) and Alice (b.1867) were ...
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Seeking birth/baptism record for Noble Hutchinson Fleming who was born in 1827 at Cork, Ireland

I am looking to identify family members of Noble Hutchinson Fleming, born in Cork, Ireland in 1827. The family was Protestant, possibly some sort of evangelicals. His father owned businesses in Cork ...
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How can I read and interpret old Danish script?

Normally I take script and put it into Google Translate. The problem is I can't read this script. It is legible however, this baptismal record is from 1706 and I don't have any experience with really ...
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Danish printed forms - alphabet?

Just starting research in Danish records and having a hard time with the letters used both in the printed forms and handwritten entries. In searching for Danish alphabets I am not finding the letters ...
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

I've traced my family tree to the 1700s Yorkshire, England. Thomas Fowler B: Abt. 1744 England Marriage: 1766 Stillingfleet to Jane Hare, Yorkshire and he was living in Thorganby at the time Thomas'...
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Looking to trace name of only witness via signature on Baptism Cert 1870 Dublin St Pauls

Child born = Elizabeth Gibson, 25th May 1870, parents Samuel Gibson, Rose McGauran, residence, 64 Arbour Hill (in Dublin not in script) Witness = ??, could be Catherine ??? – Looking to trace name of ...
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Finding 1925 Catholic baptism record from Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

I'm searching for a baptism record for a person born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1925. The denomination is Catholic. The name of both parents is known. From the following link I couldn't find ...
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Looking for Davit family in Sibiu between 1875 and 1900 [duplicate]

My great grandmother immigrated to the US from Romania around 1900. She identified her nationality as German in all the census she answered. I am assuming she came from Sibiu but I don't know for ...
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Understanding Cursive Script Irish Baptismal Reg Entry March 1846, accessed via RC Parish Records National Library Ireland

Request assistance in understanding Cursive writing for March 1846 Baptismal Reg Ireland RC Parish - cannot make out surname after Catherine in reg at the baptism of Rose McGauran. Source ...
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Reading Romanian baptismal record?

I have a copy of baptism that belong to my great grandmother who immigrated here from Romania. Is there anyone who can help me make sense of this document? I am attaching a copy of this record.
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Finding birth/baptism record for Don ancestor who resided in Arad in Transylvania before World War I?

My late father in law was born in Arad around 1905-1906. His last name was Don. This is not a Hungarian name, although he was. I believe it is the name of a river in Russia. I am trying to do ...
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What is the parenthetical phrase in this Irish baptism record?

In Ancestry's "Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915" record set there is a baptism in Birr, Offaly on 15 May 1856: Mary Henry Moore Margt Gillece Sp: (per pr??) John & Bridget ...
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What does Mother Late Spinster mean on Baptism?

Looking at a Baptism transcript I came across this: Mother Late Spinster Does it mean she is married or that her husband has died (which would be a worry as she has had 8 children since then!)
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Private baptism in one church followed by baptism in another?

I have definitively identified my ancestor John Charles Wright born circa 1830, but have two conflicting baptism records for him that I need to reconcile. John Charles Wright maintained all his life ...
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Birth certificate v Baptism entry

Bulford, Wiltshire, England Year: 1823 Why is it there are Baptism entries but no Birth entries?
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Finding out what church a 19th century English family belonged to?

I am trying to research the birth of a child in 1864 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (England), and have run into a problem with the lack of a baptismal record. There was only one parish (All Saint's) for ...
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Reading old 16th century baptism records

I'm tracing the name "Lorberg" back as far as I can in the UK, and recently discovered a 16th century baptism record; much older than other records I've found previously. However, I'm struggling to ...
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Assessing the frequency of surname in an 18th century English parish

I have a set of marriage and baptism records for an 18th century/early 19th century English parish, and want to assess the probability that the participants are related in some way, before I spend ...
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Determining surname for 1782 baptism in Breconshire, Wales?

In Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales? I sought vital records for Priscilla Hughes, the printer, of Struet, ...
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How should I interpret this sequence of records?

I'm searching for the marriage of the parents of one of my ancestors, and the baptisms of her siblings, and have a sequence of events that could have multiple interpretations. Ann[e] Westwood was ...
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Would a deceased father be named on his child's baptism record?

I'm searching for the bmd records of a couple (Samuel and Ann Page) who were baptising their children in Brierley Hill Staffordshire in the early nineteenth century: Maria Page baptised March 1803 ...
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What does a "X" on the left side mean for an Ireland baptism record?

What does a cross (X) on the left side mean for a Sologhead, Ireland baptism record? A number of rows have this. Direct link (day 25): https://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000632758#page/24/mode/...
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Translating a handwritten Ireland baptism record

I have a record of Martin Ryan baptism by Rootsireland record but it doesn't have everything the original document has. Rootsireland record: Registers.nli.ie record (https://registers.nli.ie/...
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Seeking baptism record for Jacob Reinhart born 1799 at Bietzen, Saarland, Deutschland?

I've recently started researching my family tree. It all started as a college assignment for my son. Currently, I am stuck on a relative, Jacob Reinhart, that was born in Germany in 1799. A birth town ...
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Seeking parents of ancestor born 1838 in Saxony Province, Germany?

I am trying to find the parents of my Great Grandfather, Fredric William Pahnish, born 11 dec 1838 in Saxony Province, Germany. He died on 18 Aug 1890 in Bannack, Beaverhead, Montana, S
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Seeking birth/baptism record for Michael Zomolsky born 1913 in Ukraine?

I am trying to verify the birth family of my grandfather, Michael Zomolsky born 1913 Ukraine. I believe he had these family members: father: Stanley, mother: Anna brothers: John and Sam one sister ...
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What proportion of the births or baptisms of children were recorded in early nineteenth century England?

It's usual to search for a baptism record as a substitute birth record in England in the period prior to the start of Civil Registration (i.e. pre-1837.) (Baptism records may also include birth ...
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How do I determine when to search for non-conformist birth/baptism records?

I'm searching for the baptism on my ancestor Mary Darby, who was born between 1811 and 1818, and am trying to assess whether I should search in non-conformist records as well as Parish/Established ...
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Where did this baptism take place?

I'm looking at the record of the birth and baptism of the brother of one of my ancestors (William Prichard) and trying to determine where the baptism took place. (Note: I can read the record; it's the ...
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Finding baptism record near Marystow, Devon, for Harriet Palmer in about 1770?

My 4th great grandmother Harriet Palmer married John Creber on 9 Jun 1794 at Marystow, Devon. Harriet was a spinster of the parish who made a mark rather than signed, and banns had been duly ...
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Could Snows X be intersection of Snowsfield and Crucifix Lane, Bermondsey?

My 4th great grandparents John Smyth and Sarah Osment baptised their son William on 10 Oct 1773 at St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey, England. In the image of that baptism below seems to give ...
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Understanding wording of 1720 baptism at Stogumber, Somerset, England?

My 5th great grandparents William Sellick/Selleck and his wife Alice had children baptised at Stogumber, Somerset, England in 1744, 1747, 1749, 1752, 1755, 1757, 1759 and 1762. I have not found a ...
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Finding source of father's first name on 1713 Staffordshire baptism from FamilySearch index?

William Fletcher, who I believe to have been my 6th great grandfather was baptised on 27 Sep 1713 at St Mary, Brewood, Staffordshire, England. The image of that baptism, from FindMyPast's ...
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Seeking early 17th Century Birth Place, probably in Kent, England?

My family are traced back to Westerham Kent with the following entry Thomas Wallis married Katherine Allingham 06th April 1641 in Westerham Kent BUT i cannot find in any records where Thomas Wallis ...
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Where in Ireland was Handy Dugan born and baptised?

Handy Dugan appears in the 1851 England and Wales Census at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England with his birth recorded as Ireland about 1816 and a wife named Mary: "England and Wales Census, ...
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Identifying birth family of Elizabeth Chichester who married in 1799 at Old Cleeve, Somerset, England?

Elizabeth Chichester married William Clarke on 5 Feb 1799 at Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. I have not found a baptism record for Elizabeth, and as a result I am seeking alternative types of evidence ...
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Meaning of conditional residence in 1871 baptismal record in Kilkenny, Ireland?

In Catholic Parish baptism register entry for Slieverue, Kilkenny in 1871, the place of residence for parents say "Ballinamona (conditional). What is the meaning of conditional residence?