Religious Institution Records
Records maintained by religious institutions are widely accepted as proof of birth, marriage, divorce (in some cases), and death.
When searching for vital records, consider all religious institutions as libraries. They maintain records on births, christenings, confirmations, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, marriage banns, marriages, divorces (in some cases), and deaths. Churches with attached cemeteries will also maintain cemetery records (often called sexton's records).
Do not ignore any of these sources of information in your search for your family tree.
Written and contributed by George G. Morgan
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