Each individual parish keeps records of baptism, first communions, confirmations, marriages, and funerals. There is no central filing system in the Archdiocese of New York. In order to obtain these records, you must contact the parish. Please utilize our online search for a parish page.
The Archives of the Archdiocese of New York
If you have trouble determining which parish to contact, the staff of the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York may be able to help you. The Archives does maintain records about the history of the various parishes, and these files are open to researchers by appointment. Archival staff can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of parishes by date established and borough/county, please click here.
Please note: There are NO genealogical records at the Archdiocesan Archives.
The Vicar General’s Office
If the parish is not listed, or if the parish has merged and you are unsure where the records may reside, you may also send your concern in writing to the Vicar General’s Office. The Vicar General’s Office will be happy to provide a listing of the parishes in the area in which a relative was baptized.
Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to Vicar General’s Office, 1011 First Avenue, New York, NY 10022, and we will be happy to send you a listing of parishes in the area that have been merged.