Scrament Records


#1

My three children were baptized and confirmed. However I drifted from the church and divorced. We do not have any paper records of these events. Where might I find the records?


#2

If you contact the church they were baptized/confirmed in, it should be in the parish records.


#3

They are usually kept at the parish where the sacrament was received. If the parish is closed call the diocese.


#4

I think the records are kept in the parish where they were baptized. Subsequent sacraments (confirmation, matrimony) are added to the baptism certificate. If confirmation was in a different parish than baptism, they would send the paperwork along to the one that did the baptism to add it to the record.


#5

from my understanding, many churches will also send a copy to the local chancery office as a backup in case of fire, flood etc. so if you can’t get a hold of the church, please call the chancery office.

Where I live there are three parishes churches almost within walking distance (we’ve often talked about a Corpus Christi procession between the three but that would be very long and the older members of the Parish couldn’t make the hike (^_^) ) and we will keep a copy for each other, although it is very basic, being nothing more than a ledger entry of parish, church, date, celebrant, etc… so a search would take quite a long time.


#6

In our diocese the registers are supposed to be photocopied once a year and the copies forwarded to the Chancery archives.


#7

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