It’s always been my impression that baptismal records are confidential, in fact I found myself reading some into the record in court because the photocopies couldn’t be given to the jury. I was surprised, therefore, when visiting an adoption FB page, to have someone say that Church records are public and she’d been given free rein to search for her adopted son’s information re. his birth parents and had found everything she needed. She was also able to peruse the records for her siblings’ baptismal info, which had been entered wrong.
When I worked at the parish we’d sometimes get reminders from the gov’t reminding us that adoption records were secret and we weren’t to divulge that kind of info without a court order. I know that adoption laws have changed over the years and that they vary by jurisdiction but what’s the scoop on baptismal info?