GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH OF SACRAMENTAL BOOKS
Holy Infancy Parish sacramental records, primarily baptisms and marriages, are preserved in the original sacramental books. There are also very limited records associated with St Michael’s Cemetery. Only records older than 70 years can be accessed for genealogy research. This time period is in accordance with guidelines of Federal Census records, as well as a recommendation of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists. In addition, any record relating to an adoption is subject to the privacy rules of Pennsylvania state law.
Genealogy research is done by searching the sacramental books. Only Parish personnel are allowed to search or handle the books which are fragile, and the searches are time consuming. It is essential, therefore, that information provided in the research request be sufficient to enable the researcher to link a family name and members to a time period within Holy Infancy Parish. There is a fee for all genealogical research.
For more information on genealogical research or sacramental records, please contact Holy Infancy by phone at (610) 866-1121, or by mail (Holy Infancy R. C. Church, 312 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015), or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the link below to read an article about St. Michael’s Cemetery featured in the Summer edition of Southern Exposure, a quarterly newsletter of South Bethlehem Historical Society written by Rosemary Buffington
Click the link below to read and article featured in the Fall edition of Southern Exposure about a receipt signed by Rev. Philip McEnroe dated 1911