The Archivist will provide assistance to diocesan and other organizations seeking information of an historical nature; respond to requests of a historical nature from clergy, secretaries, religious orders or lay people; respond to historical requests from other dioceses; and cooperate with academic researchers. The Archivist will not complete family history research of any kind under any circumstances.
Upon requests, detailed finding aids to archival holdings will be made available to authorized researchers. Under special circumstances, at the discretion of the Archivist, these finding aids can be copied or emailed to a researcher.
Academic and family history researchers are welcome to visit the Archives by appointment only. Please contact the Archives to schedule an appointment.
The following guidelines are to be observed by academic researchers:
Family History Research
Family history researchers are welcome to visit the Archives and research through sacramental registers by appointment only. Not all records will be available for research though as many of the historic registers are in grave state or the date ranges fall out of range for public access.
519-433-0658, ext. 242.
Family History Resources and Research at the Archives
The Diocese of London’s Archive staff does not complete individual genealogical research. Interested researchers can obtain sacramental registers on microfilm up until 1910 through the Mormon Family History Centres as these centres are located throughout North America. The Church of Latter Day Saints has digitized these registers and are available via Familysearch.org.
Family history researchers are welcome to visit the Archives and research through sacramental registers by appointment only. Not all records will be available for research though as many of the historic registers are in grave state or the date ranges fall out of range for public access. Please contact the Archives to schedule an appointment, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-433-0658, ext. 242.
Information contained in sacramental registers consists of:
In keeping with the guidelines of the Archives of Ontario information can be disseminated from sacramental registers as follows: ninety-five years after baptisms, eighty-two years after the marriage ceremony, and seventy-two years after the interment.
Adoption information listed within the sacramental notation relating to the identity of an adopted child and the biological parents of the child remains confidential under all circumstances.
The Archives does not house any Catholic adoption records.
The Archives does not house cemetery records or cemetery plot information. For cemetery information in Ontario access Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid. Various branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) have completed comprehensive cemetery lists. Contact the OGS for additional branch and location information.
Canadian Genealogy and History Links
C-K (Chatham – Kent) Cemeteries Preservation and Documentation Project
Familysearch.org - Church of Latter Day Saints
Library and Archives Canada
Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid
Ontario Genealogical Society
World Gen Web Project