Bible Records, Baptism & Confirmation Certificates, etc.

Long before State governments began requiring that births, marriages, and deaths be registered, those events were often recorded by the local church, or by individuals in their Family Bible, a treasured fixture of many 19th century households.  These are often the only records that exist for pre 1900 or early 20th century vital events.

Margaret Louise Forthoffer 1905, Baptismal Certificate

Wilhelm Friedrich Mairer 1894, Confirmation Certificate