Sunday, October 9, 2016

Church Record Sunday: Agnes Griswold's Baptism

As I worked my way through my family tree in the early years before so much was available online, proving births in Nova Scotia seemed daunting. However, I really needed to prove a Nova Scotia birth as part of my Mayflower Society application many years ago, so I emailed the church, let them know what I was looking for, and asked what their fee is, so I could send a letter with the appropriate amount of money.

It was easier than I feared it would be to get the baptism of Agnes Jane Griswold, born 10 November 1864 in Porter's Lake, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was baptized on 15 January 1865 at Christ Church in Dartmouth, Halifax County, Nova Scotia.


This is such a great record, because it gives me the date of birth, date of baptism, name of child, the names of her parents, where they lived, occupation of the father and the name of their sponsor.

Because many churches have historic records that are not online, writing to them or visiting them is often your best bet. So far, I've found that any churches I've reached out to are very receptive to assisting with family history requests.



Copyright (c) 2016 Wendy L. Callahan

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