1. Christian Science teaches that baptism involves purification of the mind rather than the body (see Mary Baker Eddy, The People’s Idea of God [Boston: The Christian Science Board of Directors], 9), and therefore there are no baptismal records on file. The Church of Christ, Scientist, is a lay church, without clergy, and when Christian Scientists are married, a clergyperson or civil authority presides; therefore few marriage, annulment, or divorce records have ended up in our collections. Although funeral and memorial services may be held for Christian Scientists, these are not part of Church records.