Researching at the Archives

 Please contact us with your research questions or make an appointment to visit by calling or using our online contact form.  

Researchers must make an appointment to visit the Archives. Read our user policies and register before coming to the Archives: Onsite Researcher Policies and Online Registration Form. Please do not fill out this form until you have made an appointment.

Copy Services and Permissions to Publish

PDF copies and high-resolution digital scans can be provided by the Archives. Reproductions include physical or digital copies of materials, including those which may be taken by the researcher using self-service digital photography. Copies must be used in accordance with the copyright act and archives policies. The Archives may set additional restrictions to protect fragile or damaged materials. Permission to copy does not convey the right to reproduce or publish the material.

Reproductions include physical or digital copies of materials, including those which may be taken by the researcher using self-service digital photography. Researchers must submit written requests for permission to reproduce or publish material from the collections: Request Permissions to Publish here.

Genealogy Research

The sacramental records, including baptism, marriage, confirmation, first communion and death, are organized by parish, then chronological. They are not indexed electronically. Therefore, it is necessary to know which parishes to look at for a person’s records. The following interactive map contains all of the parishes within the bounds of the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 1956: An interactive map of African American Catholic parishes and institutions can be found here:

By searching the address of residence, you can see which churches were closest to where your ancestor(s) lived. Or, you can narrow down by ethnicity. Check the appendices of the Guide at

We do not conduct genealogical research due to limited resources, but luckily, there are several other options for you to pursue sacramental records.

For those wishing to conduct geneaological research, microfilm of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Sacramental Registers is available for use at the St. Louis County Library Special Collections. The County Library will do look-ups of sacramental information for offsite patrons. Please contact them for more information. The Library welcomes genealogists to use their wide range of genealogical and local history books, materials, databases and online subscriptions.

The St. Louis Genealogical Society  will also conduct family research for genealogists. The Society is an expert in resources available in the area, and also houses a small research library, computers with genealogical software, and microform for St. Louis area research. Please contact them for more information.

The microfilm is also available for loan through the Family History Library: In fact, FamilySearch digitized quite a few
of the microfilm reels- see here:

Digital Resources

  • History of the archdiocese of St. Louis : in its various stages of development from A.D. 1673 to A.D. 1928, by John E. Rothensteiner (St. Louis, MO: Blackwell Wielandy Co., 1928). Access provided by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign via Internet Archive.
  • St. Louis Catholic Historical Review (St. Louis, MO: Catholic Historical Society of St. Louis, 1918-1923). This journal ran for 5 years and includes 5 volumes. Access provided by the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center via Internet Archive.
  • Das Katholische Deutschthum von St. Louis: in seinen 20 Gemeinden [Catholic Germans in St. Louis] (Amerika. (St. Louis, Mo.), Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Saint Louis 1896). Access provided by the New York Public Library via Internet Archive.
  • Chapel of Saint Vincent de Paul at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center: A History and Tour, edited by Audrey P. Newcomer and Rev. Thomas Keller (St. Louis: Archdiocese of St. Louis, 2000).