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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:

  • baptism date
  • the infant's name
  • parents' names
  • father's occupation
  • status of legitimacy
  • occasionally, names of grandparents
  • names of witnesses or godparents, who may be relatives
  • birth date and place
  • the family's place of residence
  • death information, as an added note or signified by a cross

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Marriage registers can give:

  • the marriage date
  • the names of the bride and groom
  • indicate whether the bride and groom were single or widowed
  • their ages
  • birth dates and places for the bride and groom
  • their residences
  • their occupations
  • birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • parents' names (after 1800)
  • the names of previous spouses and their death dates
  • names of witnesses, who might be relatives.

Burials[edit | edit source]

Burial registers may give:

  • the name of the deceased
  • the date and place of death or burial
  • the deceased's age
  • place of residence
  • cause of death
  • the names of survivors, especially a widow or widower
  • deceased's birth date and place
  • parents' names, or at least the father's name

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 Fiji.
b. Click on Places within Fiji 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. FHL icons.png. 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 the Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy for help with composing letters.

Baptist[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

More Baptist church records are available on the FamilySearch Catalog. Search for places within Alabama.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Catholic[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

More Catholic church records are available on the FamilySearch Catalog. Search for places within Alabama.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Addresses for Writing to Local Parish[edit | edit source]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

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Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Community of Christ (Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

More records of the Community of Christ are available on the FamilySearch Catalog. Search for places within Alabama.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Episcopal[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Methodist[edit | edit source]

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Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

More Presbyterian church records are available on the FamilySearch Catalog. Search for places within Alabama.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]