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The Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle has resources which may be of interest to genealogists. We can answer specific questions regarding the sacraments of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage and death. Genealogical research is conducted on the first and third Friday of each month.

Please be sure to review policies regarding registers before you request records from the collections.

What is a sacramental record?
A sacramental record is a record of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage or death. First and foremost these records are created with the presumption of privacy and to document a sacred rite of the Catholic Church. They are not created with the intention of being a resource for modern day genealogists.

The registers themselves are not open for examination. Requests for these records must be made in writing. If the requested record can be located one will be provided with an accurate transcription by the Archives staff. Fees are charged beginning at $20.00. In order to locate a specific record certain information is necessary such as the name of the person, date of the sacrament and the name of the church or city where the sacrament was administered.

What kind of sacramental records can be found in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Seattle?
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