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==Online Resources and Website==
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Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Virginia. To find more resources, go to the [[United States Bible Records]] page.
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=====Databases=====
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*[https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/49037/ Bible Records of Suffolk and nansemond County, Virginia] at Ancestry ($)
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*[http://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/family_bible_index_Locations_VA.htm The Family Bible Index - Virginia] at Yancey Family Genealogy
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*{{RecordSearch|1932510|Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}} at FamilySearch — [[Virginia Historical Society Papers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
===Online Records===
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=====Transcriptions, Indexes, and Images=====
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/accomack.htm Accomack County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|344286|item|disp=Adams, Waller, Andrews and other Bible Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/albemarle.htm Albemarle County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/alleghany.htm Alleghany County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/amelia/bibles.html Amelia County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/appomattox.htm Appomattox County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/augusta.htm Augusta County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/bedford/bibles.htm Bedford County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|334119|item|disp=Bible and Genealogical Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|334167|item|disp=Bible and Other Records of Virginia Families}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|333965|item|disp=Bible Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|333977|item|disp=Bible Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|334883|item|disp=Bible Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[https://virginiagenealogy.org/bible/ Bible Records] at VA Genealogy
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*{{FHL|320138|item|disp=Bible Records: Bragg, Draper, Jewell, Graham, Lanford, Leiper, Nunn, Raper}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|334149|item|disp=Bible Records: Cassell, Cornett, Gose, Kent, Lilly,...}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|334155|item|disp=Bible Records, 1714-1937}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|333959|item|disp=Bible Records, 1751-1900}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/botetourt.htm Botetourt County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/brunswick.htm Brunswick County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/campbell/bibles.htm Campbell County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/caroline.htm#bible Caroline County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|724457|item|disp=Cemetery, Bible and Family Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/charlotte.htm Charlotte County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/clarke.htm Clarke County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|234651|item|disp=Collection of Bible Records, Cemetery inscriptions, Revolutionary War Records and Appraisements}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/culpeper.htm Culpeper County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/dinwiddie.htm#bible Dinwiddie County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|334159|item|disp=Family and Bible Records of Virginia}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/fauquier.htm Fauquier County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/floyd/bibles.htm Floyd County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/frederick.htm Frederick County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|302195|item|disp=Genealogical Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|302320|item|disp=Genealogical Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|272692|item|disp=Genealogical Records, 1600-1900: Records from 18 family bibles, ...}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/halifax.htm Halifax County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/hanover/bibles.htm Hanover County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/henrico.htm#bible Henrico County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/henry.htm Henry County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/isleofwight/iowbibles.htm Isle of Wight County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|453872|item|disp=List of Bible Records in the Archives Branch of the Virginia State Library}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/loudoun.htm Loudoun County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/lunenburg.htm Lunenburg County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/mecklenburg.htm Mecklenburg County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[https://www.vagenweb.org/mecklenburg/bible.htm Mecklenburg County Bible Records] at VAGenWeb — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|302328|item|disp=Miscellaneous Bible, Tombstone and Court Records Submitted by Various Virginia Chapters of the D.A.R.}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/montgomery/bibles.htm Montgomery County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/nottoway.htm Nottoway County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/pittsylvania.htm Pittsylvania County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgenwebsites.org/vagenweb/pittsylvania/bible.htm Pittslyvania County Bible Records Online] at USGenWeb Sites — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/pulaski.htm Pulaski County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|334886|item|disp=Records Contributed by Virginia Chapters: Submitted to D.A.R. Genealogical Department}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/rockbridge/bibles.html Rockbridge County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/shenandoah.htm Shenandoah County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/southampton/bibles.htm Southampton County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/sussex/ssxbibles.htm Sussex County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/va/tazewell/tazewellbibles.htm Tazewell County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*{{FHL|519394|item|disp=Unpublished Bible Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|334178|item|disp=Virginia Bible Records}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*{{FHL|722782|item|disp=Virginia Genalogical Records: Bibles, Wills, Deeds, Genealogies}} at FamilySearch Catalog — images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/warren.htm Warren County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/washington.htm Washington County Bible Records] at Virginia USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
  
*The [http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search/?Tab_ID=12 National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)] has an index of over 40,000 digitized family Bible records and each day more records are digitized and added to the Index.
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=====Digital Books=====
*[http://www.learnwebskills.com/patriot/biblerecords.htm Index to Early Bible Records] provides a free index to over 17,000 online and offline pre-1830 Bible records.
 
*[http://yanceyfamilygenealogy.org/family_bible_index.htm Free Family Bible Index] with over 200,000 entries
 
*[http://www.vagenweb.org VirginiaGenWeb] contains abstracts of hundreds of Virginia family Bibles. Check the county where your ancestor lived.
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/va/vafiles2.htm USGenWeb Archives] like VirginiaGenWeb, contains archived abstracts of hundreds of Virginia family Bibles. Check the county where your ancestor lived.
 
*[http://www.virginiapioneers.net/content/vabiblesidx.html Virginia Bible Records] on [http://www.virginiapioneers.net/ Virginia Pioneers.net]: Contains an index list of Bible records in their collection. You must be a member to see the contents of the Bible record.
 
  
Large collections of Virginia family Bible records are housed at the following archives:
 
  
*[[Library of Virginia|'''Library of Virginia''']]. Family Bibles are identified in Lyndon H. Hart, ''A Guide to Bible Records in the Library of Virginia, Two Volumes.'' (Richmond, Va.: Library of Virginia, 1999); {{FHL|357215|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 D23h}}). Some Family Bibles from this facility have been microfilmed, see: {{FHL|340077|item|disp=FHL Films 029277-80}}).
 
**[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/bible.htm Guide to Family Bible Records] at the Library of Virginia
 
**[http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas05&local_base=CLAS05 Family Bible search] in LoV Archive & Manuscripts
 
  
*[[Virginia Historical Society|'''Virginia Historical Society''']]. Family Bibles are identified in Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, Virginia), ''Index of Bible Records on File in the Virginia Historical Society'', Richmond, Virginia, June 1987 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987; on seven films {{FHL|474915|item|disp=FHL Films 1508536 and 1508561-6}}). See also {{FHL|284318|item|disp=FHL Films 029890, 29895-97}}.  
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====Other places to look for Bible Record Collections====
**[http://vhs4.vahistorical.org/starweb/vhs/servlet.starweb?path=vhs/vhs.web Family Bible search] in Virginia Historical Society Catalog
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*Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in [[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War Pension application files]] at [[National Archives and Records Administration|NARA]], Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1995 Ancestry], [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3], and [http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ Heritage Quest Online].
**Scanned images of many of these Bible records are available for free online in {{RecordSearch|1932510|Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}}.<br>
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*'''Family records:''' Check home sources by reaching out to older members of the family asking if they know of any Family Bibles and who might have it in their possession.
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog FamilySearch Catalog]:''' Using the '''keyword''' search, type in the surname you are looking for and the word "Bible."
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*'''[https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/catalog/?keyword=Bible%20Records&location=2 Card Catalog]''' at Ancestry. ($)
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*'''Periodical Source Index (PERSI)''': Many periodicals publish family data from Bible records. [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/periodical-source-index Periodical Source Index (PERSI)] is an index to many of these periodicals. Learn how to use [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|Periodical Source Index (PERSI)]].<br>
  
*[[University of Virginia|'''Alderman Library of the University of Virginia.''']] For copies of some Family Bibles housed here, see: {{FHL|284318|item|disp=FHL Film 029890}}).
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==Why Search for Family Bibles==
**[https://www.library.virginia.edu/collections/ Guide to Virginia--Manuscript Sources (including Family Bibles)] at the Alderman Library
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Many families have traditionally recorded births, marriages, and deaths in a family bible, family record book, or book of remembrance. A bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Family bibles that are no longer in the possession of the family may be at a historical or genealogical society. They are sometimes transcribed and published in genealogical periodicals or other databases
 
 
*The [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|'''Daughters of the American Revolution Library (DAR)''']] has copied many Bible records from Virginia. Some of these are listed separately in the FamilySearch Catalog: {{FHL|849499|film|disp=FHL Films 849499-500}} and {{FHL|302231|item|disp=FHL Films 850094-96}}), and others are part of the collection described under [[Virginia Compiled Genealogies]]. They are partially indexed in:
 
**[http://www.dar.org/library/onlinlib.cfm Family Bible search] in DAR Library Catalog
 
**Kirkham, Kay E. ''An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States''. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1979. (Family History Library {{FHL|128260|title-id|disp=book 973 D22kk v. 1; fiche 6089183}}.)
 
 
 
*'''[[Family History Library]],''' Salt Lake City, Utah includes microfilm copies and published abstracts of many Virginia family Bibles.
 
**[https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family Bible search] in FamilySearch Catalog Catalog (try searching for surnames or keyword search for a surname + ''Bible''; also subject search for Virginia Bible Records)
 
 
 
*[[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|'''PERSI''']] will assist you in finding Family Bibles published in genealogical periodicals.
 
 
 
===Virginia Bible Records===
 
A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.
 
 
 
Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in [[Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783|Revolutionary War Pension application files]] at [[National Archives and Records Administration|NARA]], Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial&nbsp;websites: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1995 Ancestry], [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3], and [http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ Heritage Quest Online].
 
 
 
Austin published data from 487 family Bibles:
 
 
 
*Austin, Jeanette Holland. ''Virginia Bible Records.'' Heritage Books, 2008. {{FHL|553934|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 D2aj}}.
 
  
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Bible records can be used as a substitute in providing birth, marriage, and date information when vital record information was not recorded.
  
 
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Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Virginia. To find more resources, go to the United States Bible Records page.

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Digital Books[edit | edit source]

Other places to look for Bible Record Collections[edit | edit source]

Why Search for Family Bibles[edit | edit source]

Many families have traditionally recorded births, marriages, and deaths in a family bible, family record book, or book of remembrance. A bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Family bibles that are no longer in the possession of the family may be at a historical or genealogical society. They are sometimes transcribed and published in genealogical periodicals or other databases

Bible records can be used as a substitute in providing birth, marriage, and date information when vital record information was not recorded.