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Offline xpress4

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Searching birth/marriage records for witness/sponsor
« on: Sunday 21 June 20 17:31 BST (UK) »
Hi there,

Is there a way to serch parish records for the name of the sponsor/witness? If so, which site allows you to do that?

Thank you,
Brenda
MOORE, LAW, SANDFORD, DELANEY

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Re: Searching birth/marriage records for witness/sponsor
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 21 June 20 20:39 BST (UK) »
No. That information is not searchable on any site I have used.
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Re: Searching birth/marriage records for witness/sponsor
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 21 June 20 22:03 BST (UK) »
Transcriptions for baptisms only give details of the child and parents so you can only search using that info.  You have to access the actual baptismal record to get any other details
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Re: Searching birth/marriage records for witness/sponsor
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 21 June 20 22:18 BST (UK) »
The 'Search by County' option on the 'RootsIreland' website allows such searching.


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Re: Searching birth/marriage records for witness/sponsor
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 21 June 20 22:55 BST (UK) »
The church records on Irish Genealogy will give witnesses of the searched name with in the results, doesn't cover much of the country though.

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Re: Searching birth/marriage records for witness/sponsor
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 21 June 20 23:03 BST (UK) »

The 'Search by County' option on the 'RootsIreland' website allows such searching.


So for baptisms / births, the additional search fields you can use are:
 
- Sponsor 1 Surname
- Sponsor 1 First Name
- Sponsor 2 Surname
- Sponsor 2 First Name
- Parish / District (drop down selection)
- Townland / Address

At least one surname in any search is mandatory, so it means that you can input a sponsor and search solely on that, without specifying the subject of the baptism / birth or the parents.

For marriages, the additional search fields are:-

- Witness's Surname
- Witness's First Name
- Parish / District (drop down selection)
- Townland / Address

You can input a witness and search solely on that, without specifying the bride or groom or parents.