Genealogy

Diocesan Centre Archives are open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m for those wishing to conduct their own research. Although an appointment is not required on our open days, we do recommend that you contact us a day or two before your planned visit to ensure that we have the materials you are interested in available for research.

Limited copying of parish records is permitted. The use of a digital camera to take photographs of records is also permitted; however, you must obtain permission of the Archives staff, and read and sign the Policy on the Use of Digital Cameras in the Reading Room, prior to doing so.

Enquiries are also welcomed by mail, email and telephone. However, only limited research can be undertaken on behalf of patrons. Please refer to the fee schedule for further information.

The Archives take an individual’s privacy very seriously, and for that reason, certain restrictions must be placed on parish records. Balancing the need for privacy and the goal to facilitate research can only be achieved by co-operation with patrons and adherence to privacy legislation.

Requesting baptism, marriage and burial records

The access to parish records in order to conduct genealogical research is restricted. The Diocesan Archives follows the direction of the Archives of Ontario, and only provides access to baptisms prior to 1917, marriages prior to 1932 and burials prior to 1942.

A request for records meeting the above criteria may be submitted to the archives, with as much detail as possible relative to the request. Individual records at the archives are not indexed and so it is of particular importance to provide the name of the church, or at the very least the geographical area, in order for the staff to assist you in your search. Please see the fee schedule for costs associated with records searches.

The archivist may grant or refuse access to records at his/her discretion. For more information, please see the Access Policy or contact archives staff.