Getting the Most from a Christening
For some of our ancestors, church membership and ceremonies were important. And if the church was important to our ancestors, the records of their church membership should be important to our research. This week we take a look at a foreign language baptismal entry and see what it does (and does not) tell us about the child and its family. In this case, avoiding misinterpreting the handwriting is important as well. This article originally appeared on 1 May 2009 and discusses the christening entry for Louisa Trautvetter from the 1880s in Illinois in a German-speaking church.