Sunday, November 27, 2011

Church Record Sunday: Archives of the Archdiocese of Hartford

Once again we're picking up on a Geneabloggers's prompt. Withall the recent discussion of the revised Roman Catholic Missal, I thought I'd return to the Catholic church. We're visiting the Archives of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Hartford Archdiocese once controlled much of the state's Catholic churches, including those that are now part of the Diocese of Norwich. It was established in 1843. Today it serves Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven Counties.

Little of the Archives' material is available online, but the website does contain some interesting information. First, it outlines the contents of the archives and their accessibility. Additionally, it provides lists of parishes - key for locating your ancestor's records. Those parish lists are organized by establishment date, location, and closed status. Both kinds of information are useful for researching the Archdiocese.

Offline, the Archives store sacramental registers up to 1999. While they are sealed for seventy-two years, they can be incredibly helpful to your research. Sacramental registers contain baptismal records (which can include birth information), marriage records, and sometimes burial records (which can include death information). These can be a substitute for a vital record or fill in where they don't exist.

The Archives also has further information on the diocese.

Check out their website for more:

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