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This collection is a partial index of records for this locality. The collection was originally assembled for publication in April 2010. Since that time only a few records may have been added. As no additional records will be added, or any corrections made to the data, this is considered to be a "Legacy" collection.
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
England
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Location of England
Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings
Collection years 1538-1975
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index for the years 1538 to 1975. It does not index all records for this place, record type or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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

The records may include the following:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Parents' names

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

Field Indexed Value
Name John William Smith
Residence Place Kingswinford, Stafford, England
Gender Male
Christening Date 24 Sep 1843
Christening Place St. Mary, Kingswinford, Stafford, England
Birth Date 26 Apr 1843
Mother's Name Margaret Smith

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the child
  • Approximate date of birth or christening

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • There may be a list of pertinent historical records in the detail page. Check each one to see if it has other information
  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Check for variations of given names and surnames. It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name
  • If you are searching in a period after 1836, check civil records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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