''[[Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[
Tracing_Immigrants_Country_of_Origin_Records|Country of Origin]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Church Records'''
Various Christian denominations generate records of the people that belong to their congregations. Records of christenings, marriages, confirmations, and burials are some you can expect to find. Some church records are indexed. There are also published extracts of church records. The Ortssippenbücher (village lineage books) in Germany are generally extracts of church and other records that have been compiled into family groups and published.
Most church records are kept by the parish or congregation. You will need to know the place of origin before searching them. Therefore, these records are usually more useful for proving you have found the correct place of origin rather than for finding a place of origin.