Sunday, February 10, 2013

Church Record Sunday: There should be a bapistmal record, right?

       I've been doing research long enough to know that Protestant children didn't always have a baptismal record - they could baptized into adulthood - but that Catholic children usually have records. Infant baptism is an important part of the faith. Of course, I've forgotten something crucial until today.There wasn't always a Catholic church.
       I finally realized my mistake by reviewing church records for a period that had become a brick wall. As it turns out, my ancestor had been born years before the area's church was built. Chances are high that he was baptized at home. No formal record, which means it was time to stop looking for one.
    If you're looking for a Catholic record prior to about nineteen hundred, this is definitely something to consider. There might a reason why you can't find the record. There may not have been a church...


  1. I've come across this type of situation when my Canadian Catholic relatives lived in undeveloped areas with no church or resident priest. In those cases, I look for the sacramental records of missionary priests who visited these out-of-way places and who returned to their usual parish church where they placed the records for safekeeping. Alternatively, the priests might have sent the records to a church in an adjacent county or province.

  2. Yvonne, good point. In my case, my ancestors were out on the very rural prairie (no churches for a modern car trip of approx. 6 hrs), but your solution is true for many cases.