Information for Researchers

Visitors come to the Diocesan Archives for a variety of reasons. On your first visit, you will be asked to read and sign the conditions of use and to provide a brief summary of your research project and the information you are looking for. For more information about access to records, see the Access Policy or contact archives staff.

The archives are housed in modern climate-controlled facilities in the Diocesan Centre and are open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

For more information see the sections on Personal Records, Genealogy & Academic Research