Baptism Records in Ancestry LE  

If you are having trouble finding a birth record for an ancestor, you might try looking for a baptism record for that person. Baptism is a Christian ritual of admission and adoption, nearly always involving the use of water for sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Some religious denominations embrace the baptism of infants, while others do not. Those that do, however, provide us with another way to discover (approximately) when an ancestor was born.

Baptism of Christ (National Gallery of Art photo)
Baptism of Christ (National Gallery of Art photo)

 
If you do this search in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE), you get the following result:

    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE baptisms 139 hits

Yes, that’s right—139 record collections with baptisms in the title.

Do this search and get even more hits:

    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms 221 hits

Now, if these results prove to be an embarrassment of riches, you can narrow things down by adding a country name to your keywords:

    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms scotland.4 hits
    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms canada 11 hits
    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms england 67 hits

You can also add a denomination to your keywords:

    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms methodist 5 hits
    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms catholic 12 hits
    SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD baptisms lutheran 51 hits

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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