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Tours offered by appointment. Please call the Museum Curator, . (804) 359-5661, or the Cathedral Tour Coordinator (804) 359-5651 for information.
Sacramental records are one of the valuable resources for genealogical research. These records are composed of baptismal, marriage and burial registers.
Sacramental records are not maintained in the Diocesan archives. In accordance with Canon Law (Can. 535 §1), these records are to be kept in the parish where the sacrament was conferred or from where the burial took place. In the event that a parish has closed, it is the practice of the Diocese of Richmond that the sacramental records of the closed parish are transferred and maintained by the parish that took over the closed parish's geographical territory.
Registers containing sacramental records are not open to the general public. If an individual wants information from her or his own record or that of a family member, a request in writing must be submitted to the appropriate parish and an official certificate with the requested information will be issued.
If the name of the parish where the sacrament was conferred is known, please contact that parish directly. Contact information for all current parishes in the Diocese can be found on the Diocesan website.
If the name of the parish is not known or if the parish has been closed, please contact the Diocesan archives for assistance in identifying and locating the parish where the sacramental records might be kept.
The Diocesan archives may be contacted: