Martinique Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Martinique, go to the Religious Records page.
- 1 Online Resources and Websites
- 2 Historical Background
- 3 Information Recorded in the Records
- 4 How to Find Records
- 5 Catholic Church Records
- 6 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records
- 7 References
Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]
Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and MyHeritage.com can be searched free of charge at your local family history center or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Here is the website for the Department Archives of Martinique where you will find these records.
National Overseas Archives, Martinique
Historical Background[edit | edit source]
Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]
Different denominations, different time periods, and practices of different record keepers will effect how much information can be found in the records. This outline will show the types of details which might be found (best case scenario):
Baptisms[edit | edit source]
In Catholic and Anglican records, children were usually baptized a few days after birth, and therefore, the baptism record proves date of birth. Other religions, such as Baptists, baptized at other points in the member's life. Baptism registers might give:
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Marriage registers can give:
Burials[edit | edit source]
Burial registers may give:
How to Find Records[edit | edit source]
Digital Copies of Church Records in the FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
Watch for digitized copies of church records to be added to the collection of the FamilySearch Library. Some records might have viewing restrictions, and can only be viewed at a Family History Center near you, and/or by members of supporting organizations. To find records:
- a. Click on the records of Martinique.
- b. Click on Places within Martinique and a list of towns will appear.
- c. Click on your town if it appears, or the location which you believe was the parish which served your town or village.
- d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
- e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. . The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records.
Writing for Records[edit | edit source]
You will probably need to write to or email the national archives, the diocese, or local parish priests to find records. See French Letter Writing Guide or help with composing letters.
Catholic Church Records[edit | edit source]
Writing to a Local Parish[edit | edit source]
Earlier records can be held at the diocese, with more recent records still kept in the local parish. To locate the mailing address or e-mail address for a diocese or local parish, consult:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records[edit | edit source]
Online Records[edit | edit source]
Online information is available to current members, for deceased members and immediate family members who are still living. Sign in to FamilySearch and then select Family Tree in the drop-down menu.
Historical Background[edit | edit source]
Andre Condoris, a young man baptized in France while serving in the military, returned to his homeland in August 1980 and was the first known convert from the country. In July 1983, West Indies Mission President Kenneth Zabriskie visited Andre Condoris and Joell Joseph-Agathe, who had also been baptized in France. The two members welcomed missionaries Mark Richards, Stan Jones, and David Simons in May 1984, and held the first meeting on May 6. The Martinique Branch (a small congregation) was organized in October 1985. The work has been slow in the country partly due to opportunities for members to immigrate to France. Total Church Membership: 231.
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Martinique", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinique, accessed 14 March 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Religion in Martinique", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinique#Religion, accessed 14 March 2020.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Facts and Statistics: Brazil, https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/facts-and-statistics/country/Martinique, accessed 27 March 2020.