Where can I find a record of my baptism?

Detail from a Record of Baptisms from the Illinois Methodist Church Records, courtesy of accessgenealogy.com.
Detail from a Record of Baptisms from the Illinois Methodist Church Records, courtesy of accessgenealogy.com.

Records of all baptisms are kept by the local church.

After a baptism, a certificate is often given to the individual or family to commemorate the baptism. The church maintains the record of the event. 

In some instances, another entity may hold the baptismal records. If a local church has merged with another congregation, the records are transferred to the new church. If a church closes, the records are transferred to the annual conference archives - the regional depository for historical records

The local church or archives office can help locate baptismal records.
 

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