Connecticut Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906
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|Location of Connecticut|
|Record Type||Births and Christenings Index|
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What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection is an electronic index for births and christenings in the years 1649 to 1906 comprised of the following:
- Indexed church records
- Civil registrations
- The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church
Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.
This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Coverage Table[edit | edit source]
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
|Locality||Births and Christenings, 1649-1906||Marriages, 1729-1867||Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934|
What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).
The records in this collection usually include the following information:
- Name of the child
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of christening
- Names of parents
- Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
The records may also include:
- Death date (if occurring within a few years of birth)
How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The place where the birth occurred
- The name of the person
- The approximate date of birth
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
|The indexed records will usually indicate a GS Film Number. Click on the film number. Some of these films offer an image of the record. If an image is not available, the films can be accessed through a Family History Center. Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The index entry generally lists only the most basic identifying information for an individual, so the original record may contain further information which was not indexed. Save or print a copy of the image.|
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
- The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
- Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary - FamilySearch Historical Records.
Known Issues With This Collection[edit | edit source]
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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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906.
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