Wallis and Futuna Church Records
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For information about records for non-Christian religions in Wallis and Futuna, 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 References
Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]
- French Overseas Wallis and Futuna Civil Registration and Parish Registers, 1894-1907, index and images.
Historical Background[edit | edit source]
The overwhelming majority (99%) of the people in Wallis and Futuna are Roman Catholics, served by their own Roman Catholic Diocese of Wallis and Futuna, with see at Mata-Utu, a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nouméa (New Caledonia). 
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 Wallis and Futuna.
- b. Click on Places within Wallis and Futuna and a list of towns will appear.
- d. Click on the "Church records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
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 for 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:
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Wallis and Futuna", in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallis_and_Futuna, accessed 10 April 2020.