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janetw



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Post Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:15 am      Post subject: Gods`s parents
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Hi, I wonder, what about God's parents and witnesses? are god parents usually relatives? / Thanks in advance / JanetW
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Sophia



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Post Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:08 am      Post subject:
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Hi Janet,
You are asking about godparents. This is the word that people commonly use, but the church would instead use the word "sponsors." It was not a requirement for a sponsor to be a relative. However, relatives very often were relatives of the child's mother or father. If you are doing research, and you are finding baptism records, it is a good idea to notice the names of the sponsors. You may find, over time, how they are connected to your family.
Best of luck in your research,
Sophia
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