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From: Catherine Sherry <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Comments on Nativity Church records
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 12:04:54 -0400
In-Reply-To: <BAY144-W15C213EC480D77571625E4C9970@phx.gbl>


Thank you so much for the information. I have a Family History Center nearby
and I will order the microfilm.


On 10/26/07 10:43 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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