How do I find Catholic records?

How do I find Catholic records?

Access to Catholic records varies by location. Millions of Catholic books were microfilmed and are now available for viewing on several genealogical websites (,,, or Many have been indexed and can be found by name. You may also be able to access original records with a local research assistant or volunteer at a library with a Catholic collection.

The best place to look for information on Catholics is usually the parish where they are recorded. Parish records include birth registrations, marriages, and death entries. They may also include labels with names and addresses of former parishioners who have been sent donations to be used for building churches or improving other facilities. These labels are often in a file called "Paupers' Bibles."

If there is no record of a person being Catholic in the parish records, check with other nearby parishes. Some priests did not want their parish to know if someone else's family was Catholic so only one record would be kept even though multiple churches served the same community. Also consider contacting the diocese or archdiocese in which the parish is located; some allow you to view records from past parishes.

In addition to church records, Catholic individuals were required to register their marriage with the priest or minister conducting the ceremony. The wedding license was submitted with the couple's marriage application. These applications could be found through county courthouses or municipal archives.

Is there a Catholic database?

The Roman Catholic Church holds some of the most ancient and well-preserved family records. But they've been hidden away for ages. That is, until now. The Catholic Heritage Archive is placing millions of church records online for the first time, exclusively on Findmypast, as part of a landmark digitalization effort. The archive contains information about members of the Catholic faith from around the world, going back as far as 1570.

These are names of people who were baptized, married, or had a funeral arranged by priests or bishops of the Catholic Church. There are also photos, maps, and other documents included in this archive.

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How do I find out the history of a church?

Look for records on the internet.

  1. Each state Church Records page lists several online collections.
  2. Each state has an Online Genealogy Records page.
  3. FamilySearch Historical Records.
  5. FindMyPast.
  6. MyHeritage.
  7. USGenWeb Archives.
  8. American Ancestors specializes in New England.

Do Catholic churches keep records of baptisms?

In the form of sacramental notations and information on baptisms, funerals, and weddings, the Catholic church keeps rather detailed records on its parishioners. Gather as much information as possible about the individual whose Catholic baptism record you wish to replicate. This will help you identify any omissions in the data they provided and allow you to correct them in your copy of the record.

Baptism records are found in either the parish directory or in the church registry. Both are available online today. The directory may only list names and dates; the registry will also include details about the location of each person's baptism. If there is no directory available, try contacting the church directly to see if they have a more complete record. Parish staff members should be able to point you in the right direction.

Funerals are required by law to be recorded in some form of government database in most countries. Some religions choose to include this information with their death registrations while others have separate registers for both deaths and baptisms. Either way, researchers should try to locate as many of these records as possible since they provide evidence of someone being born Christian and also dying Christian.

Weddings are also required by law to be registered in some form of database. In some countries they are kept by the civil authorities while in other countries they are held by religious institutions.

How do I find my Mormon records? is one of the world's most popular genealogical resources. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors the site, which is free and open to the public. It contains over 8 million records from around the world about individuals, families, and communities.

Start with these tips for finding information on Mormons in archives and libraries. Then use these specific methods for finding information on Mormons:

Check government record repositories. Archives and library systems often have collections of materials related to the Church including land and property records, birth certificates, marriage licenses, death notices, and military files.

Use census records. Census records are published by the U.S. National Archives and contain information about people living in the United States at the time of the survey. They can help you learn more about your American ancestors if they were not listed as members of the LDS church. At the moment, there is no way to make an online search for census records. You will need to contact a library or archive that has access to the census records.

Search for religious journals. Journals that cover topics related to religion may include articles by and about Mormons. These can be local or national publications. Search through these journals to learn more about life as a Mormon during this time period.

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