Federal Rule of Evidence 803(11) is rarely applied. It provides that the following types of religious records, which are otherwise excludable as hearsay, are admissible, regardless of whether the declarant is available: "[a] statement of birth, legitimacy, ancestry, marriage, divorce, death, relationship by blood or marriage, or similar facts of personal or family history, contained in a regularly kept record of a religious organization." Fed. R. Evid. 803(11).
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