There seems to be an inference that only the Catholic church would have used
Latin in its records, which is untrue. For long periods, especially prior to
the 1840s, Latin was the language used for all church and other official
records regardless of religion.
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2004 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: [S-R] Help with Death Records
In a message dated 12/19/2004 10:51:17 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> however, my
> relatives were not Catholic.
Doesn't matter. The Catholic church kept all the records. In the town
I looked at, the Evangelical church was built in 1774. Prior to that the
Catholic church recorded birth marriage and death records for the
folks as well as their own. As a result I was able to get back to 1668 with
Evangelical family through the Catholic church records. Don't overlook them
because your relatives weren't Catholic. There was a slight over lap, from
about 1774 - 1784 or so that I found both churches recording the same
interesting because at times one would give more information than the other.
Also interesting to see that vast majority of my Kristofiks, who were
Catholic, switch over to the Evangelical church after it was built. I
were some hard feelings back then to see half the congregation switch over
the Evangelical church.
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