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12 April 2013

Church Records Are More than Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals

Church records may contain other acts besides "the big three." One rural Nebraska church where several of my families attended had records of confirmation that listed places of birth for the confirmands. In some families this provided places of birth in Germany or "back East" in the United States where some families had originally settled. Later confirmation records were not as detailed, but those for the first twenty or so years contained places of birth that helped document numerous places of prior residence for the families that were having children while migrating.

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