1297Re: [Slovak-World] Accessing Church Records
- Mar 1, 2003Ron;
Thanks for your reply.
Is it customary to leave a donation of any kind with a church here in the
U.S.A. after researching their records?
I have an appointment at St. Procops in Cleveland for next Saturday to go
through the records. The sister who cheerfully arranged the time said I will
be able to take the records to the cafeteria to look through them, but cannot
remove them. This is exactly what I want.
In a message dated 3/1/03 2:57:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> 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
> > 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
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