Requesting Sacramental Records
The Diocese of Hamilton Archives does not maintain sacramental records; rather they are kept within each individual parish. Requests for baptism, confirmation, or marriage records must be made to the parish at which the sacrament took place.
Contact information for the parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton can be found in our online directory.
If you do not know the parish where the sacrament was administered or if you need further assistance, please contact the Diocesan Archivist Ms. Dominy Williams at 905-528-7988 ext. 2252 or by email.
Please Note: The Diocese of Hamilton adheres to the same protocols for disclosing vital statistics as the Government of Ontario. Information can be disclosed as follows:
- Baptism: 104 years after the date of baptism.
- Marriage: 82 years after the date of marriage.
- Death: 72 years after the date of internment.
- Sacramental records less than the years specified above can only be supplied to the person named in the record or to a legal next of kin.
Records in Provincial Holdings
Birth, death, and marriage records can be accessed from either the Archives of Ontario or the Office of the Registrar General.
For records of births (104 years from date of birth or older), marriages (82 years from date of marriage older), and deaths (72 years from date of death or older) contact:
The Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada, M7A 2C5
Toll-Free: 1-800-668-9933 (Ontario only)
For records from more recent dates contact:
The Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 4600, 189 Red River Road, 3rd Floor, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, P7B 6L8
Any requests for information regarding an adoption should be referred to the local Children’s Aid Society or to the Adoption Disclosure Register of Ontario. Only the Ontario government has the legal right to determine who may be granted access to information pertaining to adoptions.