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Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] ROOTS Digest, Vol 1, Issue 70
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 22:24:03 EST
In a message dated 10/30/2006 11:12:24 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
From: "dee" <>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 8:36 PM
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Q Regarding Obtaining Church Records
>I have no idea how to obtain copies of christening or
> death records from churches/cemeteries.
> For example, several ancestors are buried at a church
> cemetery in Wetzel County, West Virginia that is still
> "in business", so to speak. I have no clue how to
> even ask for copies of records.
As a church archivist who answers such requests, give some suggestion as to
date + name of baptized individual, please. For deaths, we also need
approximate dates. Ministers may or may not record cause of death. This applies to
any active church. The request for dates saves searching through large
ledgers which are in date order.
Some of the older churches may give copies of their older records to
genealogical/historical societies so you can do the look-up and save themselves lots
of questions. Closed churches often give their records to such societies or
to the local history room of the county library.