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Discover your family in the Catholic Heritage Archive

The Roman Catholic Church has some of the oldest and best-preserved family records. But for centuries, they've been locked away. Until now. Groundbreaking digitisation project, the Catholic Heritage Archive is bringing millions of church records online for the first time, only at Findmypast.

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English Catholic records

Contrary to popular belief, there is a strong Catholic family legacy in England, particularly in the northwest of the country. At Findmypast, you can access church records from the dioceses of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Salford, Southwark and Westminster, most you won't find anywhere else online. Each collection includes a range of baptisms, marriages and other congregational records, essential for growing your family tree.


Scottish Catholic records

The Catholic Heritage Archive includes Scottish church records you won't find anywhere else online. All 8 Scottish dioceses are covered - Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, Paisley and St Andrews & Edinburgh. Use the collections to uncover details of the most important milestones in your Scottish ancestors' lives, with transcripts and digitised copies of the original church records.

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Irish Catholic records

Catholicism has been the prevalent religion in Ireland for centuries. At Findmypast, you can explore over 10 million Catholic family records to find out more about your Irish heritage. Original church registers of baptisms, marriages, burials, communions, confirmations and more will reveal some of the most important details in your family's history. Every county and over 1,000 parishes in Ireland are covered.

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American Catholic records

By 1900, there were 12 million Catholics in the United States. Many of their legacies are preserved forever in precious family documents published online for the first time as part of the Catholic Heritage Archive, only at Findmypast. Church records from the dioceses of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia and Toledo can help you grow your family tree and understand the bigger picture of who you are and where you've come from.

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