All requests must be received in writing. Records are only available for closed parishes, schools and orphanages. For a complete list, click here. Requests take between seven and 10 business days to process. Requesters will not be granted access to original documents. A $10 non-refundable processing fee and a copy of a state-issued photo ID is required with all record requests.
If you are a genealogist requesting a record, click here for more information.
FORMS AND POLICIES
Archdiocesan parishes record all celebrations of baptism, holy communion, confirmation, marriage and funeral rites in their sacramental registers. The Archives only holds the sacramental records of closed parishes; open parishes maintain their own registers. Availability of sacramental certificates is limited to the participant in the sacrament, and only the participant can request his or her own record.
Records for approximately 400 closed Catholic schools are located at the Archives. Grammar school records may include grades, attendance sheets, test scores and health records. High school records are generally limited to transcripts. Only the student can request a copy of his/her transcript or student file. Open archdiocesan schools maintain their own student records.
Chicago was once home to several orphanages and houses for troubled youth. The Archives and Records Center houses client files for Angel Guardian Orphanage, St. Hedwig and St. Joseph Home for the Friendless/St. Joseph Carondelet, as well as admittance registers for St. Mary and St. Joseph Orphanages, St. Mary's Training School and House of the Good Shepherd. Client files may include sacramental certificates, grades, health records and visitor information. A person can only request his/her own orphanage file.
Orphanage Request and Policy (PDF)