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Understanding Catholic and Lutheran Church Records

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Catholic Church Records

Baptismal Records | Marriage Records | Catholic Church Records at the Archives

Catholic Baptisms

Using the records of the English Speaking Catholic Churches is actually easy in the 1700s and the first part of the 1800s. The hardest element you will encounter is reading the handwriting. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, the records are maintained in Latin. Below you will find translations of common terms which are found in Catholic records:

The German Catholic Records from the mid through the late 1800's are in a mixture of Latin and German, and are set up in this fashion:

In the late 1870's new, printed books became standardized, and the following format was used in all Parishes:


Catholic Marriages

The Marriage records for Irish are in English until the 1870's when the Record Books were standardized and written in Latin. The Latin format is shown below. The Marriage Books for the German Catholics are consistent from the 1850's.

In the 1870's all Marriage Books were printed with the following format:


Lutheran Church Records

Lutheran Church Records at the Maryland State Archives

Since the Lutheran Church, also known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church, is based in Germany, most records are in German.

Lutheran Baptisms

Lutheran Marriages

Lutheran Funerals

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