Argentia RC - description of the Baptism record


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 This record can be displayed from the Baptism Index, a Marriage record, a Family 
 record, or a Death(cemetery) record.

 <-- prior baptism record  Click the red arrow to display the prior baptism (as 
 recorded in the baptism register). Does not appear for pseudo-baptisms.
 
 [n-nnn-nn]  The reference key of the record displayed.

 next baptism record -->  Click the red arrow to display the next baptism (as 
 recorded in the baptism register). Does not appear for pseudo-baptisms. 
 
 Name:  The person's full name. 
    
 Born:  Date of birth. Usually not in the records until the mid 1890s. When 
 approximated, the year is preceded by "@". Note that the month and day is shown 
 as "xx-xx" for dates after 1935.

 Baptised:  Date of baptism, often three to six months after birth. When 
 approximated, the year is preceded by "@". Note that the month and day is shown 
 as "xx-xx" for dates after 1935.  

 >> pseudo baptism << appears if the baptism is a "pseudo" item, that is, if it 
 is implied by a marriage or death record, but is not present in the baptismal 
 registers.

 What is a "pseudo" Baptism?

 A pseudo-baptism record is a record that is not found in the parish registers, 
 but is indicated by other sources and is needed to connect other records or to
 provide more complete information. Pseudo-baptisms are assigned to "Book 0" of 
 the parish records (there is no real "Book 0").   

 Baptisms are needed to connect Death(register) records, so pseudo-baptisms are 
 created where needed.

 In addition, any baptism before 1835 would not be in the records.

 When a pseudo-baptism is created other than to connect a child to parents, a 
 remark is added to identify the origin of the information.

 Pseudo-baptisms do not include next/prior record pointers.

 The reference key for a pseudo-baptism is not meaningful except that it makes 
 the record unique. These keys are assigned loosely sequentially as needed, and
 are not in any chronological order.

 [adult] appears if the person is identified as an adult convert in the register.

 Town:  If present, the town where the child's family resided. This was not usually 
 included in the baptism entries until the mid 1890's. Where possible, missing 
 information is added from other sources, with the source noted in brackets "[ ]". 
 If there is no information available, "-unspecified-" appears. 
 
 Parents:  The parents of the person baptised.

 Sponsors:  The names of the baptismal sponsors (up to four).

 Clergy:  The name of the clergyman who wrote the entry in the baptismal register.

 Remarks:  If present, one or two lines of marginal notations that appeared in 
 the register and/or additional comments. These notations were generally very 
 small and cramped, and, when present for a baptism, were mostly mentions of 
 marriages that took place outside the parish. Notations regarding legitimacy 
 are not transcribed. Words enclosed in quotes are from the registers; words 
 not in quotes are added for clarity or to provide additional information. An 
 ellipsis ("...") indicates additional marginal notations that were not transcribed
 (or were not readable). A single dash ("-") indicates an unreadable middle initial
 is missing; two dashes ("--") indicates an unreadable name in a place where it 
 might not be obvious that it is missing.

 family (parents and siblings) n-nnn-nn  If present, click the red item to display 
 the Family record showing this person as a child in the family of his/her parents. 

 marriage n-nnn-nn  If present, click the red item to display this person's first 
 (or only) Marriage record.

 death(register) n-nnn-nn  If present, click the red item to display this person's 
 Death register record.

 baptism index (click)  Click the red item to go to where this person's name 
 appears in the Baptism Index.

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