For sacramental records over 100 years old, researchers should contact the diocese. Where microfilm of all sacramental records up to that date are on deposit at the Archives, utilizing the research request form. Researchers will not have access to the original registers at the local parish in order to preserve the registers from wear and tear and insure that responses to researchers are appropriate.
For sacramental records under 100 years old, access is limited. These records are not open to first-hand examination. Inquiries about the records should be made to the staff of the relevant parish.
Requests made by government or corporate agencies (e.g., Social Security Administration, insurance companies, etc.) should be accompanied by a document signed by the person whose record it is (or by a legally qualified guardian) authorizing the release of the information. Contact the diocesan archivist or liaison for further information.