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The Office of the Archives collects and preserves those documents, photographs, records, and other materials that pertain to the origin, history, and administration of the archdiocese. The staff of the archives provides assistance and support to archdiocesan offices and agencies, parishes, and individual researchers.
With a few exceptions, sacramental records are kept in the parish where they originated. Confirmation records for celebrations at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral are also kept by individual parishes. If a parish is closed, its sacramental records are ordinarily transferred to a neighboring parish. Contact information for all active parishes and missions is available at www.archindy.org/parishes. Please contact the archives staff for information about closed parishes. A copy of the Sacramental Records Handbook can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
The staff of the archives will assist genealogical researchers who have a legitimate need for information contained in the limited number of parish sacramental records stored in the archives. The records are not open to the public. The Indiana State Library www.statelib.lib.in.us has an extensive collection of microfilmed Indiana Catholic Church records for churches founded before 1917.