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Researching RC Diocese of Brooklyn Archives

Researching RC Diocese of Brooklyn Archives

Posted: 1278773829000
Classification: Query
I'm considering diving into old parish records for family information going back from the 1870's - early 1900's. Based on the Diocese web site, some records are probably in the Diocese office as a couple of my family parishes all closed over 70 years ago and some may still be with the parishes. Out of curiosity I was wondering what experiences people have had working with the main office and at the parish level. Any hints, tricks, or words of advice would be very helpful. Thanks!

Re: Researching RC Diocese of Brooklyn Archives

Posted: 1318045427000
Classification: Lookup
Indeed, i can help you! Start by contacting the archdiocese of new york in yonkers (914)476-6333. Check your old pictures of your long gone relatives whom you're searching for. I'm looking for my great-grandma, and she left her address on the back of her picture from 1917. Keep in mind, that at that time, everyone was in walking distance,no cars!And that the parishes were divided up by ethnic groups.Brooklyn archives aren't centralized. So when you contact them,explain were you're relative was from i.e were they irish? italian? Were they born in new york or europe? etc. And they will tell you ,if you have an address,which parish was closest,and which ones to contact that have the records.Call the approximate parish, write a brief clear note , stating why you're looking for that person(in my case i want to know where she's buried in kings county),what's your relation,and as many accurate dates as you have about that person.Mail it off ,wait for word back. I just did that today. Good luck on your search! hope this helps.
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