Each parish is required to maintain records of baptisms, confirmations and marriages celebrated at their parish. The sacramental registers belong to the individual parish. Sacramental Certificates can only be requested by the person who received the sacrament by submitting a request, in writing to the church where the sacrament took place. Please contact the individual church for additional information. See Directory of Parishes
There is no central list of Sacramental records for churches in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Registries over 100 years old are located are located at the Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary. 410-864-4074. (see below)
Registries under 100 years old from the following closed parishes can be found at:
For additional inquiries regarding recent Sacramental Records please contact:
Address: 320 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
In 2018, the Archdiocese of Baltimore collaborated to digitize its sacramental registers in a public/private partnership with the leading family history website FindMyPast (https://www.findmypast.com/).
This collaboration allowed the Archdiocese of Baltimore to create preservations copies of the sacramental registers maintained by the Archdiocese’s parishes and institutions in accordance with canon law, and to participate in the Catholic Heritage Archive (https://www.findmypast.com/catholicrecords) created and maintained by FindMyPast.Com.
The Catholic Heritage Archive will make available to genealogists, the digitized records of collaborating diocese in the United States, Ireland and Great Britain that are one hundred years and older.
Individuals interested in the records of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be able to browse them for free on FindMyPast.com’s website. Please make use of FindMyPast.com’s customer support service for questions on how to navigate their website. The archives staff is unable to provide these services.
Sacramental Registries over 100 year old are preserved at the Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary. The Associated Archives brings together the archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (est. 1789), St. Mary’s Seminary & University (est. 1791) and the Associated Sulpician’s of the United States (U.S. Province est. 1903), making it one of the most significant repositories for records relating to the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States.
If you are interested in learning more about their collections and reference service please go to their webpage: http://www.stmarys.edu/archives/
Alison Foley, Reference Archivist
Address: 5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210