Find your ancestors in the birth and baptism records from the District of Columbia, the capital of the nation, between the years 1830 to 1955. Uncover new facts that can help with your family history research, like family relations and the church where their christenings occurred.
There are more than 320,000 records in this collection, each with a transcript that provides details about births in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, during the 19th and 20th centuries. While the information for each person may vary, District of Columbia births & baptisms 1830-1955 typically includes:
These records provide information on births and baptisms that occurred in the District of Columbia between 1830 and 1955. Although the district began officially collecting this information in 1874, many records are from years earlier. Some duplicates might appear in these search results and often contain slightly different information.
Use these records to uncover important facts about your ancestor that can help to fill in gaps in your family history. The information you learn from these records you can then use to find your ancestor in our other collections from the District of Columbia.
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These record sets use batch and film numbers to indicate the source of the information.
Film numbers refer to materials found at the Family History Library. These individual microfilms often contain copies of original records from courthouses, churches, and other repositories. To learn more about a specific film number, you can search the Family History Library Catalog on the FamilySearch website (see useful links).
Batch numbers refer to a set of records extracted from microfilms. Batches might be separated by a specific type of record (births, baptisms, marriages, burials, etc.) and multiple film numbers could be included in a single batch number.
Findmypast displays a “People with the same last name on this source” function in order to help locate related records in the same film and/or batch. This function can also reveal the records for family members included in the same original source. For some records, this will uncover additional entries for the same individual but with slightly different information.
Broaden your search by clicking the “name variants” box in the search bar. This will return a greater number of records with similar names, including possible alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.
Children are often lacking a first name in the index. Use the specific search boxes to add parents’ names and make sure you find the right person.
Sometimes the same people have multiple records in this collection with slightly different information. These records can have different spellings but look at all of the records you believe might be the same person to make sure you get all of the information available.
Try to find additional information about your ancestor in D.C. newspapers. Birth notices were common in many local newspapers and often provide specific and valuable details.