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New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970
This article describes a collection of records at
Buffalo, Erie, New York, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1812-1970
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images to baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York. Only burial records go beyond the 1950s. This collection is being published as images become available.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of person being baptized (usually a child)
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Baptism date and place
  • Names of sponsors
  • May include the names of witnesses


  • Name of person being confirmed
  • Confirmation date
  • May include marital status and titles
  • May include the names of witnesses


  • Name of deceased
  • Death and burial dates
  • May include age
  • May include marital status and titles
  • May include the names of witnesses


  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date and place of marriage
  • May include marital status and titles
  • May include the names of witnesses

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The ancestor’s name
  • The approximate date of the event such as the baptism or marriage

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information in the record. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Baptisms are an excellent substitute for civil birth records
  • Use marriage records to confirm the marriage date and place
  • Use church records in general to identify other family members who may have served as sponsors or witnesses
  • Use the date of the event along with the locality to find the family in census records and land records
  • Church records are considered a primary source and are an excellent substitute for civil records. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the minister, or a clerk appointed by the minister, usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents
  • If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents
  • Continue to search the records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were in the congregation
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names
  • Check the records of other congregations and other religious denominations in the area or nearby communities. It is common for families to switch or to be divided into different religious groups. For information on other Episcopal parishes in the diocese, contact the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York Archives
  • Check with local genealogical and historical societies to see if they have indexed local church records
  • Consult the New York Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New York.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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