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'''[[England Genealogy|England]]'''
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== What is in This Collection? ==
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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 (IGI) - FamilySearch Historical Records |International Genealogical Index]].
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=== Image Visibility ===
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{{Image Visibility}}
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The records may include the following:
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*Name
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*Gender
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*Residence
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*Date and place of birth
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*Date and place of christening
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*Parents' names
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== Collection Content ==
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Sample of indexed information:
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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|Name
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|John William Smith
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|Residence Place
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|Kingswinford, Stafford, England
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|Gender
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|Male
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|Christening Date
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|24 Sep 1843
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|Christening Place
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|St. Mary, Kingswinford, Stafford, England
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|Birth Date
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|26 Apr 1843
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|Mother's Name
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|Margaret Smith
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the child
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*Approximate date of birth or christening
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link | CID=CID1473014 }}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log |research log]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Add any new information to your records
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*Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
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*There may be a list of pertinent historical records in the detail page.  Check each one to see if it has other information
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*Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
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*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
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. 
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*Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
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*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
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*If you are searching in a period after 1836, check civil records
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=== Research Helps ===
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in [[England Genealogy|England]].
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* [[GuidedResearch:England|England Guided Research]]
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* [[England Record Finder]]
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* [[England Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
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== Known Issues ==
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{{HR KI}}
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== Citing This Collection ==
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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.
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{{Collection_Published}}
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
== Collection Time Period  ==
 
  
This index covers events from 1538 through 1975.
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== Record Description  ==
 
 
 
This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:  
 
 
 
*Family Records
 
*Church Records
 
*Civil Registration
 
 
 
This index is not complete for any particular place or region.
 
 
 
=== Record Content  ===
 
 
 
The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:
 
 
 
*Name of the child
 
*Gender
 
*Names of the parents
 
*Birth date
 
*Birthplace
 
*Christening date (if the source is a church record)
 
*Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
 
 
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
 
 
Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.
 
 
 
In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.
 
 
 
It may be necessary for you to conduct a number of searches by father's first name variant to identify all children in the index. Before 1812 both parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts vary in entry for baptism and manuscript entries may contain abbreviation like Wm. (William) Thos. (Thomas). Abbreviations, diminutions (Will, Tom) and variant spelling should all be attempted as search parameters and a single Exact search may not return a result for these reasons. This is not a problem within the search engine but the original record data may be outside the possibility you are searching for and you may need to vary the search parameters to identify the data.
 
 
 
By searching on father's name and a wide year range in the parish it is often possible to locate the baptisms of siblings and if the baptismal register contains Mother's first name this may reduce the number of results from a search. It is possible that more than one father with the same given name and surname in the parish may have children baptised in the same period.
 
 
 
In order to identify the source material for an entry in this index, locate the source film number. This can then be searched in the Family History Library Catalog to obtain the relevant film. As FamilySearch wiki builds you will find the source films referred to in tables for each parish. You may use the reference to the individual and event and the reference usefulin conjunction with [[Photoduplication Services]] to find a single event or individual or examine the microfilm(s) indicated.Most archives in Britain also offer a similar service if you are resident there but unable to visit the archive where the record is deposited to conduct a personal search.
 
 
 
Duplicated results in a search may be caused by more than one record source on different source films. It is possible that variation in dates for an individual may be due to reading of banns, objections to marriage, marriage bonds, as well as the marriage entry itself. The search engine will return a number of results for events where more than one source is involved. There is also a possibility of human error both in the original record entries in source material and indexing.
 
 
 
=== Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:
 
 
 
*[[IGI]]  
 
*[[IGI Batch Number Descriptions]]
 
 
 
If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Family History Library Catalog].
 
 
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
 
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies or microfilm hard copy print outs of the original records. In 2001, some of the entries were published on 6 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "British Isles Vital Records Index: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales." This is an index of some births or christenings throughout England. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.
 
 
 
The transcription effort initially was limited in scope and attempted to retrieve simple names, event type, date and place and relationship. More Baptismal and marriage events were included than burials.
 
 
 
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
 
 
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing of this collection to help individuals find information about their ancestors.
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in England.
 
 
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.freebmd.org.uk www.freebmd.org.uk] 1837 to present day.&nbsp; Birth, Marriage and Death registration quarterly index, the transcriptions are still in progress and are freely available.&nbsp; The website explains the registration process and its chronological implementation.&nbsp; The website provides access to their images of the index and a double entry checking system for early years of manually compiled quarterly index years before the introduction of typed inddexes as well as the opportunity to correct entries in the database.
 
 
 
The General Register Office had both a local and national index. Many local Registration offiices historical registrations since 1837 are now computerised by either the registration service or by local community volunteers. Within the FamilySearch wiki in individual parish pages you may find links to local databases such as [[Cheshire BMD]], [[Lancashire BMD]] which enable you to search for and print applications direct to the local registration service. These arrangements result in much faster certificate production than application to the national agency.
 
 
 
Efforts are underway to provide online access to every local and national registration of Birth, Marriage and death from the September 1837 quarter in England and Wales.
 
 
 
Two other websites are also available,
 
 
 
[http://www.freereg.org.uk www.freereg.org.uk] a database of church records for some of the English Counties and still "work in progress".&nbsp; Some records are incomplete due to their destruction and others through non-availability.
 
 
 
[http://www.freecen.org.uk www.freecen.org.uk] a database of the English and Welsh Census records, 1841 and thereafter every 10 years up to 100 years ago (1911 census).&nbsp; This is still a "work in progress" project.
 
 
 
The above websites are all charitable and rely on volunteer transcribers as can be seen from the websites.
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
[[England Church Records]]
 
 
 
[[Quick Research Links - England]]
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}Some of the data will display incorrect film numbers, incorrect localities, etc.
 
 
 
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/England_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)/Known_Issues attached Wiki article]. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at support@familysearch.org . Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
 
 
 
== Contributions To This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
 
 
 
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:  ===
 
 
 
"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975." index, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed March 4, 2011. Entry for William Henry Baker christened, 6 June 1841, citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 1,940,002; Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout England.
 
 
 
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
 
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.<!--bibdescend-->
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category:England|Vital Records Index]]
 

Latest revision as of 17:56, 14 April 2021

England

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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.
Where significant issues with the data have been identified, a Known Issues Wiki article has been created. See the table of contents of this article to see if one is available.
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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]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

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 on 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]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.