Because RCC records were given to the civil authorities in 1914, church records prior
to that date are virtually nonexistent. While some churches claim to have indexes
for those years, experience has shown they were compiled at later dates (usually in
Church records for events after the 1914 transfer are incomplete. In addition, because
priests have altered and “corrected” these records, certifications from them are unreliable
without a personal examination of the source records.