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New York Roman Catholic Parish Records
Search brand new indexes of Sacramental Registers, released in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York, to uncover details relating to the baptisms and marriages of your New York Catholic ancestors. This landmark release is the latest in a series of substantial updates to Findmypast's exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground-breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historical records of the Catholic Church in North America, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.
Today's release includes baptism and marriage records covering the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island in New York City, as well as the Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. The records date back to 1785, span more than 130 years of the region's history and come from more than 230 parishes across the Archdiocese.
The records shed new light on the history of Catholics in New York and will provide researchers all over the world with the opportunity to discover early American immigrants. Since the early 19th century, New York City has been the largest port of entry for immigration into the United States. The millions of Irish, Italians, Germans, Polish and many others who settled in or passed through the state are captured in these documents.
Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Were your Catholic ancestors baptized in the Archdiocese of Chicago in Illinois? Search over 411,000 Sacramental registers dating from the mid-1800s up to 1925 to uncover the date and location of their baptism, the names of their parents and their residence. Each result will provide a transcript and image of the original baptism register.
The Archdiocese of Chicago was first established as a diocese in 1843 and later as an archdiocese in 1880. The archdiocese serves the Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north eastern Illinois and consists of six vicariates and 31 deaneries.
Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
Explore over 153,000 parish marriage records covering the Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north-eastern Illinois.
Each result has a transcript and an image of the original marriage register, revealing the couple's marriage date, marriage location, the names of their parents and the names of any witnesses.
Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Burials
Search over 37,000 burials spanning from the late 1800s up to 1925 to discover when and where your Catholic ancestors were laid to rest. Images may reveal additional details such as cause of death, residence, place of birth, father's name, mother's name, and the name of the priest who conducted the service.
During the nineteenth century, Chicago was one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the population increasing twentyfold between 1860 and 1910 to make it the fifth largest city in the world. Chicago was a veritable boomtown, with its population swelling with emigrants from Europe. Czech and Polish emigrants represented a large proportion of this growing population.
Chicago Roman Catholic Cemetery Records, 1864-1989
Explore over 1.9 million burial index cards, burial registers, daily burial logs, and registers of cemetery lot owners to find out where your Catholic ancestors were laid to rest.
The records cover the years 1864 to 1989. Each result will provide you with a transcript and image of the cemetery record that will reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth year, interment year and date, death year and date, and the name of cemetery they were buried in. Be sure to review the linked image as you may learn additional information such as your ancestor's location in the cemetery lot and precise age at their time of death (years, months, days).
Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse
In this browse search, you can look through over 54,000 individual baptism, marriage, burial, communion, and confirmation registers from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in their entirety.
The registers span the years from 1782 to 1918 and can provide a variety of important biographical details about your ancestor.