PAHRC conducts research for baptismal and marriage records prior to the year 1920. All records after 1920 must be obtained from the individual parish. We hold records for those parishes currently in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which includes the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery.
PAHRC also has the admission records for three boys’ orphanages: St. John’s Orphan Asylum, St. Joseph’s House for Homeless Boys, and St. Francis’ Industrial School in Eddington. We will also conduct research for these records as well.
PAHRC does not hold the following records: death, burial, funeral, confirmation, and communion. There are two exceptions. PAHRC does have some death records for Old St. Mary and Holy Trinity.
Please note that researchers should conduct a fair amount of research using civil and census records before requesting sacramental records. Please see PAHRC’s guide to genealogy research for more information. There is no diocesan-wide index to the records. Thus, the most important piece of information researchers can provide is to indicate specifically where a family lived, thereby establishing the correct parish.
In order to request genealogical research, please complete the form(s) below, attach any supporting documentation, and return them to
100 E. Wynnewood Rd.
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Genealogical research demands a great deal of time. Typical response time is 6-8 weeks. Because of the volume of requests, we must charge for this service as follows:
$25.00 for an initial search of one hour and correspondence
$15.00 for each additional hour of research
Typically, the search for one family (father, mother, and children) takes approximately 2-3 hours. The more detailed information that you can provide will help keep research time to a minimum. Please send a check or money order made out to PAHRC to cover the cost of one or two hours of research, depending on the scope of your request. You will be billed for subsequent hours of research, if necessary.
Researchers interested in orphanage records for genealogical purposes should fill out a baptismal request form, indicating an approximate date for the child’s admission. There is a $25.00 charge for these requests.
Complete the Record Request Form that is appropriate for you research, and return with your payment to PAHRC. Please note: sacramental records are confidential and are not open to the public.