Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archives

226 Summit Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55102


Information for genealogical researchers


The Archives contains microfilm copies of sacramental records (Baptism, Marriage, Death) for most parishes in the Minnesota counties of Ramsey, Hennepin, Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Rice, Scott, Washington, and Wright. The Archives also has some burial records for the metropolitan Catholic Cemeteries of Calvary (St. Paul), St. Mary’s and St. Anthony (Minneapolis), and some rural churches.


Requesting copies of Sacramental Records


For requests for Sacramental Records (Baptism, marriage, death) created since January 1, 1925:

All requests should go to the parish that holds the sacramental record.

The requestor must be an authorized recipient. Authorized recipients include


·        The individual named in the record (if over age 18 or an emancipated minor)

·        A parent or legal guardian of the individual (if the individual is under 18)

·        Officials of the Archdiocese or of parishes

·        Next of kin of deceased individuals (legal proof required)

·        Other parties as designated by persons 1 through 3 above (with specific written permission).

·        Other parties as designated or permitted court order, subpoena, summons, or state or federal statute.


Records created before January1, 1925, are not restricted. All genealogical research is done by Archives staff:


You may make initial inquiries via mail, the internet or telephone, but a returned invoice and a check made payable to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is necessary before we will undertake research. The fee for searches is $26.75 per hour. When we receive your inquiry, we will estimate the research time and send an invoice to you. Please note that even if we do not locate any records in which you are interested we have still spent time doing the research.

In order to perform a search we must know names, places, dates and the sacrament you want us to search for. Please include as much information as you know about each person: city and church where the sacramental event occurred; full name of the person, exact date of the event or a reasonable estimate.  If you know the name of the priest who officiated at the sacrament this can be helpful in many cases. In large cities, street addresses of your ancestors can help us to figure out which parish they might have attended.  We do not have a master file indexing all of the people in the Archdiocese, nor do we have family files or files on individuals. We will NOT respond to a vague inquiry such as “everything you have on any Schneiders from 1850-1910.”   If your research is very extensive, we recommend that you hire a contract genealogical researcher


You may send inquiries to the Archivist at this address:

 Mr. Steven Granger
Archdiocesan Archivist
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
226 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102