Family History Research

St Benedict’s Parish is a historical church in the inner-city where a good number of Catholics have ancestral roots. The earliest Baptism in our Baptism Register dates back to 1869, as does the earliest Marriage in the Marriage Register. The Funeral Register dates back to 1919. (click here for a complete list of Parish Registers). Earlier records are sometimes available in the Sydney Archdiocesan Archives, as St Benedict’s and its clergy were closely associated with St Mary’s Cathedral in the 19th century.

We receive numerous requests for information for the purpose of ‘family tree’ research. Since the Parish Secretary only works part-time, the assistance of a volunteer is needed to answer these requests. In order that the time and effort the volunteer takes to provide this service can be honored, a fee of $25 per entry in any of the Parish’s registers needs to be supplied. This fee covers the cost of researching your request and supplying you with a digital image (pdf) of the relevant page from the register. This fee does not apply to those who wish to receive a Baptism Certificate for the purpose of providing the required documentation in the event of preparing for other sacraments, as this request pertains to a standard procedure in every Parish, rather than personal interest.

We will endeavour to answer your requests within a 10 working day period.

Before you make a request for information from our parish registers please consult the parish’s privacy policy. In view of privacy legislation and standard archival practice, we usually limit the provision of an extract from a register involving a Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, first Holy Communion or sick call that took place in the last 70 years to the person(s) about whom the information relates.