Are you looking for sacramental records? A recent certificate of baptism or other sacraments is usually required to receive other sacraments. Especially for those preparing for marriage, there is a need to find sacramental records.
All baptismal records for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are kept at the parish of baptism (assuming the parish is still in existence).
Indeed, all sacramental records in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are kept only at the parish where that particular sacrament was celebrated. (If a parish is no longer in existence, the parish that took over that geographical territory usually gets the closed parish’s records. For historical records, visit our Archival Center.)
Please note that our sacramental records are private, and not part of the public domain. Therefore, they are not open to the general public for genealogical research.
Obtaining Records from a Parish
- Your name at birth
- Date of birth
- Date of baptism (if known)
- Mother’s name (including maiden name)
- Father’s name
Tips for Finding Records
12400 E. Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90242
(562) 462-2137 phone
535 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2870
Records from the Cathedral of St. Vibiana
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Please note that it is the policy of the Cathedral Archives to make sacramental information available only to a person who is legally entitled to it. Therefore, Sacramental Registers of the Cathedral of St. Vibiana are closed to any type of genealogical research. By reason of a decree signed by Cardinal Mahony on 28 September 1999, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral Parish is the successor entity to St. Vibiana Cathedral Parish. In other words, the Cathedral Parish was not suppressed but renamed, with its boundaries amended.
Accordingly, the sacramental records of St. Vibiana’s Parish now belong to Our Lady of the Angels Parish, regardless of where they are actually housed. Accordingly, any certificate issued for a sacrament received in St. Vibiana’s Church should be issued under the seal of the Cathedral Parish. It can be signed by anyone the Pastor designates, which could include the Cathedral Archivist.
Records from Military Bases
Office of Sacramental Records
P.O. Box 4469
Washington, DC 20017-0469
phone: (202) 719-3605
fax: (202) 269-1002
Visit the webpage for sacramental record requests here. Please send a request to the Military Archdiocese by postal mail, fax, or on-line, not by phone. It takes two to six weeks to process a request, with their busiest time from mid-January through mid-June.Each certificate costs the Military Archdiocese more than $25.00 to produce, process, maintain, and mail. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Donations for Records
For Further Assistance
We hope these questions help you in your search.
If you need further assistance or would like to be directed to your local diocese or archdiocese, please feel free to contact us. You may also find a listing of dioceses and archdioceses in the United States at website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
You can also contact:
Eileen E. O’Brien, Director of Chancery Facilities and Operations
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241 U.S.A.
phone: (213) 637-7618
fax: (213) 637-6618