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From: Judith Mason <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Comments on all church records
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 21:57:03 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi Everyone,

I'm wondering if you know that the church records filmed by the LDS many times go beyond 1916. Yes, they do! If the register that contained the 1916 records went beyond, they were filmed.....the entire register. I've looked at Chicago Catholic church records that included baptismal and marriage records into the 1960's. Looking for later records? Check the church record film even if it says they only go to 1916.

Judie Mason

Nan Brennan <> wrote:

Thank you for a very helpful, informative answer!

Separate but related point, sometimes the film notes (in the online
library catalog) will indicate no index or limited index but the
films reveal more indexing.
Has that been your experience with the actual film?


On Oct 26, 2007, at 9:43 PM, A Oehler wrote:

> Catherine,
> If possible, I strongly recommend ordering and reviewing the
> Nativity church (or any other available church) microfilms at your
> nearest Family History Center. Several years ago, my cousin
> obtained 12 baptism certificates (of 14 children in the family)
> from Nativity Church and sent me copies.
> Since then, I have reviewed the original records on microfilm, and
> found numerous errors on the transcribed certificates, including
> the wrong sponsors, inaccurate birth dates and baptism dates, and
> information and dates that were left off the certificates
> altogether. Since the original information often extended across
> two pages, depending on the style of book used that year, the
> modern transcriber often recorded on the certificates the sponsors
> and dates from the lines above or below my family members' lines,
> instead of taking care to be more accurate. And on top of it all,
> the certificates we received were written kind of sloppy, too.
> Besides the benefit of gaining more accurate records when doing the
> search yourself, you may also find more children and even extended
> family members. You can also obtain photo copies of the entire
> record page at the family history center. I actually prefer the
> original record to the certificate, for all the above reasons.
> Here is what is available in microfilm:
> Baptism records 1871-1916
> Marriage records 1871-1915
> Confirmation records 1909-1916
> First Communion records 1915
> I hope this helps. Annette
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