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India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years 1743-1990
Languages Hindi
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Church of South India—Diocese of Madras, Chennai, India

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of Protestant church records for baptisms, marriages, and deaths for the Madras Diocese, Church of South India. It will include records from 1743-1990.

A diocese is a region directed by a bishop of a Christian organization. A diocese is then divided into parishes which are overseen by a parish priest. The Church of South India was created as a successor to the Church of England after India declared independence. It is a union of Anglican, Protestant, Presbyterian and Methodist organizations.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Date and place of baptism
  • Given name of child
  • Date of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ occupations
  • Residence
  • Who performed the baptism


  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Previous marital status of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Fathers’ names
  • Names of witnesses
  • Who performed the marriage


  • Date of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Deceased’s profession
  • Cause of death
  • Who performed the burial

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  • If you can’t find your ancestor, search the records of nearby localities, such as India, Madras and Tamil Nadu Parish Records - FamilySearch Historical Records and India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records.

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