Research

Please contact us with your research questions or make an appointment to visit by calling or using our online contact form.

Due to high request volume, staff will provide reference services for free up to an hour. Additional hours required will be charged to the requestor at $25 per hour.

COVID-19 Update: The Cardinal Rigali Center is closed to the public indefinitely. We cannot accommodate researchers at this time. On account of the closure and minimal staffing, it may be some time before specific requests can be answered. We appreciate your patience.


Citing Sources


Proper citation of archival resources from the Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives can include the record group number, collection title, box number, folder title, description of item being used. Using as much of this information as possible helps future researchers, as well as archives staff, track down items based on your citations. Please acknowledge the archives as Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives.

Researchers wishing to use reproductions of items from the Archdiocese of Saint Louis Archives for commercial or non-profit reproduction and/or publication in either electronic or paper format must receive explicit permissions from the Archives or copyright holder. Separate application through writing or this form must be made to the Archdiocese of Saint Louis Archives in order to obtain permission to publish, reproduce or disseminate publicly any materials owned by the Archives.

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Genealogy Research



The sacramental records, including baptism, marriage, confirmation, first communion and death, are organized by parish, then chronological. they are not indexed electronically by name. Therefore, it is necessary to know which parishes to look at for a person’s records. The following interactive map contains all of the parishes within the bounds of the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 1956:

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An interactive map of African American Catholic parishes and institutions can be found here:

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By searching the address of residence, you can see which churches were closest to where your ancestor(s) lived. Or, you can narrow down by ethnicity.

We do not conduct genealogical research due to limited resources, and there are several other options for you to pursue sacramental records.

The microfilm of the archdiocese of St. Louis sacramental registers is available digitally at
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog.
In the catalog, search the Author Field for ‘Catholic Missouri’ to pull up all Catholic churches in the State of Missouri. You can search ‘Catholic Missouri [name of church]’ to pull up that church's records. When you click into a specific record and are brought to the bibliographic page, scroll down to find the camera icon under the heading format. this will bring you to the digitized images.

The St. Louis County Library has a Youtube video online on how to use the Family Search website to search for sacramental records: https://youtu.be/sgajvmy0ux0. They also have a published guide to sacramental records on microfilm, which include helpful appendices categorizing churches by year, ethnicity, and county. Find it at https://www.slcl.org/sites/default/files/hg%20slapr%202015_0.pdf. The microfilm is also available for use at the St. Louis County Library Special Collections. The County Library will do look-ups of sacramental information for offsite patrons. See their website at http://www.slcl.org/genealogy.

The St. Louis Genealogical Society will also conduct family research for genealogists. The society is an expert in resources available in the area, and also houses a small research library, computers with genealogical software, and microform for St. Louis area research. Please contact them for more information.