Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Online U.S. Catholic Parish Registers

Widespread access to online Catholic Church parish register records in the U.S. is still but a pipedream. A few blog posts could easily be written about the realities of why this is so, but that is a story for another day. Instead, I've decided to be positive and gather together in one place all of the online Catholic Church records that I'm aware of.

Sadly, the list is short, especially when you consider the thousands of parishes that exist across the United States. Please post a comment if you know of any I have missed and I'll add them to the list.

Another access method for Catholic parish registers that is sometimes not considered is microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eventually, all of their microfilms will be on Familysearch.org, but until that point is reached they remain a great way to access these records.

For example, see the list of registers for the state of New Jersey on the Familysearch Catalog (use Ctrl+F/Command+F Catholic to quickly highlight the relevant microfilms).

Access and Format Key
S - Scanned
I - Indexed
NI - Not Indexed
T - Transcriptions

State
Diocese
Region/Parishes Covered
Years
Access & Format
California
Sacremento
St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo County
1883-1939
Colorado
Denver
St. Mary's Catholic Parish, Littleton
1915-1985
Delaware
Wilmington
Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland on Delmarva Peninsula
1795-1925
Lalley.com (S/NI)
Illinois
Archdiocese of Chicago
City of Chicago and surrounding area
1833-1925
Illinois
Belleville
South East Ohio / County map of parishes
1729-1956
Familysearch (S/NI)
Indiana
Rockford
St. Michael's Parish, Daviess County
1887-1916
Indiana
Rockford
St. Michael's Parish, Daviess County
1887-1916
Maryland
Wilmington
Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland on Delmarva Peninsula
1795-1925
Lalley.com (S/NI)
New Jersey
Archdiocese of Newark
St. Peter's Parish, Belville
Immaculate Conception Parish, Montclair
1839-1899
NYC Nuts (T/I)
New Jersey
Archdiocese of Newark
Various Parishes
19th Century
Familysearch (T/I)****
New York
Brooklyn
Our Lady of Sorrow Parish, Bushwick
St. Leonards of Port Maurice, Bushwick
Most Holy Trinity, Williamsburg
1842-1978
New York
Brooklyn
1837-1900
Ancestry: here & here (T/I)
Ohio
Toledo
North west Ohio
1796-2004
Familysearch (S/NI)
Ancestry (S/NI)
Pennsylvania
Archdiocese
of Philadelphia
Philadelphia and south east Pennsylvania
18th & 19th Century

* Search for: "Burial register, St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo Co., California"
** Search for: " St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1915-1985, of Littleton Colorado"
*** Records are contained within the database New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660-1980
**** Search for: "Register of St. Michael Catholic Church, Daviess County, Indiana"

11 comments:

  1. I am very interested in looking at the Catholic church registers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
    I've checked out the Hathi Trust site from the link, above. but don't see what I'm looking for, which would be the Catholic church records from specific parishes.

    I know these records have been microfilmed, because the (former) pastor told me that the books had been sent out and microfilmed. I know that the archdiocese has these microfilms because you can pay the archdiocese to do a lookup.
    I'd love to see these films online, even if I had to browse the books.

    What is the magic that will let me find these records at Hathi Trust? Or anywhere else, for that matter?

    Thanks!

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  2. Hi Cailin,

    When you click the link you are brought to editions of 'Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia.' You then have to go to the contents page of each edition to see what parish registers were transcribed and published in that edition. For example, Volume 1 contains 'Register of Baptisms of St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia, 1758-1775,' along with transcriptions of records from other parishes.

    Happy hunting!

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