Get help finding the minimum information for: If you can find out the denomination of your ancestor's religion, you can try contacting all of the churches of that denomination in the area where you believe your ancestor lived.If they have records from the corresponding time period, they should be able to tell you whether or not your ancestor was a church member.Unless the town that you are searching for had very few churches, knowing a denomination will make your search easier.Finding the minimum information for church records To find an individual's birthplace in church marriage records, you must at least know the individual's name, and either the name of the church where the ceremony was performed or the name of the clergyman that appears on the certificate.If the individual spoke a foreign language, check to see if there was a newspaper in that language, too.
If you can only locate a baptism record, and the individual was baptized as an infant, it's fairly likely that he or she was born in the area where the baptism took place.
In addition, you usually can find an individual's birthplace on other vital records, such as marriage, death, and divorce certificates.
These are also available from either the county or the state where the event took place.
An individual's birthplace can usually be found on any of the documents listed below.
If you have the minimum information required to find one of these documents, select the name of that document.
To get the address where you must write to obtain any of these vital records, see the topic Resources by state.