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Step 6. Find Birth or Baptism Records

You've completed your family Pedigree Chart and Group Sheet. You've hunted for ancestor death and burial records.

You looked for marriage records and now are ready to hunt for births or baptisms of your ancestors

Birth Registrations or Church Baptismal Records often contain the following genealogical information:
Ancestor Birth Record Finder gives all places you can look for a birth or baptism record for an ancestor
  • Names of parents of the child, including maiden name of mother
  • Ages of parents
  • Place and exact date of birth of child
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  • Occupation of father
  • Information regarding legal status of marriage


Olive Tree Genealogy Suggests Keep track of all siblings of your ancestor. This will help you later when you reach that brick wall and don't know where to turn next. Remember, one sibling's birth or baptism record might have full information on his parents, while your ancestor's was in the church that lost its records in a fire.




Genealogy Guide For Beginners

Step 1. Start with yourself
Step 2. Talk to Family Members & Relatives
Step 3. Find Death & Burial Records
Step 4. Find Ancestors in Census Records
Step 5. Find Marriage Records
Step 6. Find Birth or Baptism Records
Step 7. Contact other descendants in Genealogy forums
Step 8. Join a Mailing List
Step 9: Subscribe to a Free Newsletter or a Blog Feed
Step 10. Search the LDS Family History Library website
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