Saturday, July 27, 2013

Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle

It's a good day when an archives steps up and creates a good website explaining their services. It's a great day when that archives reaches out to the genealogy community to aid in family history research. Today is one of those great days! Ol' Myrt here received an email from Joshua Zimmerman, Archivist and Records Manager of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, including parishes in western Washington. Joshua writes:

"I was perusing the Wa Web Gen site and noticed that you don’t have any information about Catholic sacramental records. They have been a rich source for researchers in the past. I thought that you’d like to add a link to our site on your site. [...]
We are hoping to expand some of the resources that we offer genealogists. For instance, we have an inventory to our sacramental records (i.e. what registers we have) as well as a name index for our early sacramental records. These early registers contain sacraments of Native Americans in the area. Let me know if you’d like more information. Our records are only of parishes in Western Washington and we don’t have all the registers.  ome are still located at the parish, but we can get genealogists where they want to go if they drop us a line."

Thank-you, Joshua. We will spotlight this service during this coming week's Mondays with Myrt.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. You might also mention that Seattle's Associated Catholic Cemeteries have their burials in a searchable database that's free to all. Check out their website at:

  2. The archives of many dioceses/archdioceses around the world are often very helpful. Even when they do not have the records themselves in a central repository, they can tell you where the records may be.

  3. It would be nice if other Archdiocese would follow suit. Unfortunately my request to a diocese historian was followed by a reply stating "parish staffs indicate they cannot undertake complex genealogical research".