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1291Re: [Slovak-World] Accessing Church Records

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  • Ron Milliken
    Mar 1, 2003
      I have researched many church records in the US. I have had no success
      when trying to request records via mail or telephone ... no success
      whatsoever, even when I send a donation. The secretaries are far too
      busy to respond to queries. However, my success rate is greater than 50
      percent when I just show up at the church office during business hours.
      Often, I am allowed to go through the books myself. If you have a
      narrow time frame to search, the secretary or pastor will sometimes
      allow you to look over their shoulder while they turn the pages, as it
      should only take a few minutes. Sometimes I have been able to arrange
      a timeframe in advance, when the secretary would be the least busy.

      Perhaps others have had different experiences.

      Ron Milliken

      Jan Lan wrote:

      > At 02:00 PM 3/1/2003 -0500, you wrote:
      > >What is considered the generally accepted behavior or good manners when
      > >researching church records here in the US? Should a small
      > contribution be
      > >left for access to records? I plan to visit the church where my
      > mother was
      > >baptized over 80 years ago in hopes of finding out more information
      > about her
      > >parents, such as date and place of birth, etc.
      > >
      > >TIA,
      > >
      > >Florian
      > Have you checked with the church regarding their policy on genealogical
      > research. Many pastors and church offices are busy and may require
      > scheduling if they are willing to do it at all. I haven't tried
      > myself but
      > have heard people say that in some cases letters on the subject went
      > unanswered. Also, as is the case with any old documents, they can be
      > fragile and many would be reluctant to allow visitors to handle them.
      > I'd
      > be interested in knowing if many have had success with this approach.
      > Janko
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