Requesting Sacramental Records
The Archives of the Archdiocese of Vancouver holds microfilm backup tapes for security purposes only and they are NOT indexed. Requests for baptism, confirmation, or marriage records must be made in writing to the Parish at which the Sacrament took place.
Parish addresses can be found in the following places:
- Archdiocese of Vancouver website
- BC / Yukon Catholic Directory
- Canadian Catholic Church Directory, available in most public libraries
- Telephone White Pages under Catholic Churches and Institution
Requests to the Parish should include:
- All known information about the Sacrament time and place
- All names the person may have used at the time of the Sacrament
- The requester’s name, address, phone number, and email address
If the Parish no longer exists, or if the register no longer exists for the dates required, contact the nearest Parish or Archdiocese for assistance. Sacraments administered in non-church locations such as private homes, hospitals or orphanages, are usually recorded at a nearby Parish.
The following Parish Sacramental records are held at the Archives:
- St. Mary’s (Mission City)
- St. Margaret’s (Ocean Falls)
- Our Lady of Peace/Notre Dame de la Paix (New Westminster)
PLEASE NOTE: Sacramental records can only be provided to the individual involved or with that individual’s written permission unless that individual is a minor or the requester has power of attorney or other legal documentation that entitles to request this information.
IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE PARISH WHERE A SACRAMENT WAS ADMINISTERED contact us and include the requested information.
The Archives of the Archdiocese of Vancouver is not available for individual genealogical research but does accept research requests for individuals seeking to obtain their First Nations or Métis Status. Please note that records are open according to the following guidelines:
- Baptism records after 100 years
- Marriage records after 75 years
- Death records after 20 years
Any records that have not met these guidelines will not be released unless death can be proven to have been over 20 years.