1291Re: [Slovak-World] Accessing Church Records
- Mar 1, 2003I 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.
Jan Lan wrote:
> At 02:00 PM 3/1/2003 -0500, you wrote:[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >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.
> 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.
> be interested in knowing if many have had success with this approach.
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