Parish » Sacramental Records
In the Diocese of Manchester, each individual parish keeps records of baptisms, first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths. These records are not centralized in the Diocese of Manchester. To contact the parishes in the State of New Hampshire yourself, please utilize our online directory to search for the parishes. Parishes that have been merged or unified with another parish are listed in the online directory under "Churches" and will indicate where the sacramental records are kept (namely, in the unified or merged parish).
You should be aware that sacramental records are historical, ecclesiastical documents, and the information in them is confidential. Sacramental certificates are available only to the person listed in the sacramental record or his /her direct relatives, legal representatives (i.e., parents, children, grandchildren, legal guardians), and ecclesiastical authorities. As a result, when you request the records, you should provide documentation to substantiate your relationship.
Also, be aware that the Diocese of Manchester was not established until 1884. From 1853-1884, the parishes in the State of New Hampshire were part of the Diocese of Portland, Maine. If you are unable to find the sacramental records in the parishes, you may want to check with the Diocese of Portland.
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Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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