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Attestations for Living Individuals

Our staff will search for records of baptism, marriage, and church membership for living individuals. The request must be from the individual or their legal representative.

Information on deceased persons is only provided when necessary for the settlement of an estate or survivor benefits. If you are conducting genealogical research on a relative or another individual, please refer to our Genealogy Research Service.

Please note that we do not have a centralized index of names in Presbyterian records. In order for us to conduct a successful search, please provide us with the information specified in the request form below. The name and location of the associated congregation is required for all requests.

Occasionally, there are discrepancies between what you expect to find and the information as it was recorded, such as a given date or the spelling of a name. We will transcribe the information exactly as it was entered into the official records. We are not authorized to change information.

If we locate a record, we will mail a letter to the address provided below reporting the information found and bearing the seal of the Presbyterian Historical Society. If we cannot locate a record, we will notify you in writing. Our letter of attestation is generally acceptable to church and legal authorities. We do not make photocopies of the actual records due to their unique and fragile nature.

If you have any questions, please contact the reference desk.

Baptism
If you are requesting a baptism record, please fill out this section. The name and date of birth of the person baptized are required.
Please be as specific as possible.
Please be as specific as possible.
Marriage
If you are requesting a marriage record, please fill out this section. The name of both married parties and the approximate date of marriage are required.
The name of the person who was married.
The name of the person who was married.
Please be as specific as possible.
Membership
If you are requesting a membership record, please fill out the following section. The name of the member and approximate date they joined the congregation are required.
Please be as specific as possible.
Contact information
Please indicate your relationship to the individual in the records you are requesting. If you are requesting your own record, choose "Self." If you are requesting records for a minor child or for other guardianship situations, choose "Legal Guardian." If you are the legal representative of the individual whose records you are requesting, choose "Legal Representative."
Please type your first and last name to sign this request form.
By selecting "Yes," I confirm that I am the individual whose baptism, marriage, or membership record I am requesting, their legal guardian, or legal representative.