Birth records are a crucial building block of family history, and can provide the vital link between parent and child which sees your family tree branch out in new directions. Below is a sample of our birth and baptism collections from around the world...
The rich Hertfordshire baptisms collection contains over 800,000 records, each including a digitised image of the original record book, plus a transcript for the original entry. Most include the person's name and birthday, their baptism year and place, mother's name, and their father's name and occupation. The collection also happens to include one Elizabeth Angela Marguerite (Bowes) Lyon – aka, the late Queen Mother!
This set of baptismal records of the Roman Catholic church of St Colmans near Banbridge County is reproduced in full colour, containing the child's name, mother's name (usually her maiden name), the father's name, the baptism date, and the names of any sponsors, who were often family members. This set also references other counties such as Fermanagh and Kiltullagh.
This collection of 13 million records covers the entire Golden State of California, from San Francisco Bay to Hollywood Boulevard. You find information both about your relative born in California, and their next of kin.
The records, provided in partnership with the San Diego Genealogical Society, include your relative's first, middle and last name, their date and place of birth, plus their mother's maiden name.
The Australia Births and Baptisms collection 1792-1981 contains 413,959 records covering New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia.
As soon as New South Wales was established as a penal colony in 1788, convicts were sent to Australia from the British Isles. British Isles and Germany, first started arriving in New South Wales in 1828, while Assisted immigrants, coming chiefly from the unassisted immigrants originally came to Australia as early as 1792.
Until 1901, each state of Australia was a separate government or colony. Vital records in a particular state usually begin at the time of the colony's formation, with earlier records found in New South Wales, the original jurisdictional body for Australia.