Family historians are frequent users of ARCAT.
While ARCAT staff does not conduct genealogical research on behalf of individuals, we welcome all researchers who are tracking their ancestors through Catholic church records.
Researchers may access microfilmed and digitized parish registers up until the year 1911. Available sacramental records for this time period are mainly Baptisms and Marriages, however some registers also list First Communion, Confirmation and Deaths. Please see our Parish Registers page for more information.
To determine which parish holds the earliest records for an area, please see this
Master List of Parishes and Churches.
To decipher place names which have changed over time, see our
Index of Town and Place Names in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
In addition, our reference library has copies of OGS headstone transcriptions from various Catholic cemeteries within the current boundaries of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Please visit the Catholic Cemeteries website for information regarding the history of our cemeteries and access to cemetery grounds.
Records kept by parishes and other Church agencies. Please contact ARCAT to access:
St. Paul's Parish: Publication of Banns 1849. List of farmers from Adjala Township requesting orphans 1848.
St. Michael's Cathedral: Records of subscribers to:
Phelpston, St. Patrick's Parish: Receipts and Expenses Book 1855-1870. Includes subscription list for 1855 and 1856
Separate School - Supporters' List, 1863
Petitions addressed to the Bishops of Toronto
Liverpool Society - Names of children admitted into Sacred Heart Orphanage, House of Providence and St. Nicholas Home 1886-1887, administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph
Directories from 1853 to present day listing clergy, parishes and missions of the archdiocese
Please contact ARCAT to access the following records:
Vital Statistics Records (Registrations of Births, Deaths and Marriages) come under the jurisdiction of the Province of Ontario. Often these government records (or 'civil records') contain more genealogical information than church records.
Vital Statistic Records are transferred from the Office of the Registrar General to the Archives of Ontario after a certain date. A new year is released to the general public on an annual basis.
Visit the Archives of Ontario website to find out more about accessing Vital Statistics Records.