Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Church Records for Your FAN Club - Tuesday's Tip

When you find an ancestor's name in church records . . .

. . . be sure to examine as many records as possible in the collection because you will surely find your ancestor's friends and neighbors (and probably some relatives) recorded too.  (Think of a church as a mini-FAN* club.)  Church communities can be as strong as geographical communities and regularly bring friends, family, and neighbors together.

*FAN = Friends And Neighbors


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  1. And if those records are of German families, those "sponsor" names are significant. Good tip!

    1. You're right, Wendy, and I forgot to mention those. Probably because I wasn't looking at German church records when I was creating this post. Thanks for mentioning them.


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