Sacramental Records

St. Peter’s has sacramental records dating back to 1821.

Although we do not have an archivist on staff, every effort is made to respond to requests for assistance in locating family records. Please send your request via e-mail or regular mail to the attention of This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Rectory Manager. To help in our search, please provide as much information as you can regarding full names, approximate date of birth, death, or marriage.

If you would like copies of baptismal or other certificates, please enclose a donation of $5 per certificate, made payable to St. Peter’s Church.

The following information should help you with your request:  

MARRIAGES:    
•    There are no entries from September 16, 1836 to November 8, 1849.  The pastor at the time did not make any entries in the marriage record book.


DEATHS:
•    We have no records for 1883, or for 1885 to 1902.  
•    We have a funeral register covering September 1821 to March 2, 1836; the first burials in the St. Peter’s cemetery were December 13, 1825.
•    We have a record of bodies laid in the vault of the cemetery before burial from December 12, 1844 to September 3, 1861.  No cause of death or family information is listed.
•    The next funeral register we have begins November 10, 1858; all persons in it are listed as being buried in Mt. Olivet.  Write to1300 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington DC 20002, 202-399-3000.


We have no records of the closing of St. Peter’s cemetery and the removal of the bodies.  That information may be in the Archdiocesan archives in Baltimore, since at the time of the closure of the cemetery, Washington was still part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Please write to the following:  Attention: Archivist, Archdiocese of Baltimore, 320 Cathedral St, Baltimore MD, 410-547-5443.  

YOU CAN ASK YOUR PARISH TO SEND A REQUEST FOR HELP IN LOCATING MISSING RECORDS TO THE FOLLOWING:
Archdiocese of Washington
PO Box 29260
Washington DC  20017

Please enclose a donation to the Archdiocese


TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATE:
Vital Records Division
825 North Capitol St NE  First Floor
Washington DC 20002
202-442-9099   http://app.doh.dc.gov/services/vital_records/birth_deathrecords.shtm  
People entitled to purchase a vital record include the registrant, an immediate family member, legal guardian, or legal representative.  Birth records become public records 100 years after the date of birth.  Death records become public 50 years after the date of death. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, or other relatives who are not immediate family members cannot obtain a birth or death certificate from Vital Records before the record becomes open to the public.

TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE:
Marriage Bureau
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
500 Indiana Ave NW   Room 4485
Washington DC  20001
For the current fee schedule, please visit the Marriage Bureau web site.
Make check payable to Clerk, District of Columbia Superior Court.  
To receive a certified copy of a marriage license, you must provide the full names of the bride and groom, the bride’s maiden name, and the date of the marriage. You must pay a fee by cash or money order.  Personal checks are not accepted.  You may either come to the Marriage Bureau Branch in person to get a copy or request a copy by mail.



OTHER CHURCHES TO CONTACT:
Holy Trinity (Founded 1787)
3513 N St NW
Washington DC  20007
202.337.2840 • Fax 202.337.9048
http://www.holytrinitydc.org

St. Patrick (1794)
619 Tenth St NW
Washington DC  20001
202.347.2713 • Fax 202.347.1401
http://www.saintpatrickdc.org

St. Mary, Mother of God (1845)
725 Fifth St NW
Washington DC  20001
202.289.7771 • Fax 202.408.1989
http://www.parishes.org/marymothergod.html

St. Dominic (1852)
630 E St SW
Washington DC  20024
202.554.7863 • Fax 202.554.0231
http://www.parishes.org/dominicdc.html

St. Aloysius (1859)
19 Eye St NW
Washington DC  20001
202.336.7200 • Fax 202.408.9882
http://www.stalsdc.org

St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill (1868)
313 Second St NE
Washington DC  20002
202.547.1223 • Fax 202.547.4189
http://www.st-josephs.org

Holy Name (1891)
920 Eleventh St NE
Washington DC  20002•
202.397.2525 • Fax 202.397.6639
http://www.parishes.org/holyname.html

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian (1893)
1357 East Capitol St SE
Washington DC  20003
202.546.1885 • Fax 202.544.1385
http://www.parishes.org/hcstcyprian.html

St. Vincent de Paul (1903)
14 M St SE
Washington DC  20003
202.488.1354 • Fax 202.488.7899
http://www.parishes.org/vincentdepaul.html

St. Francis Xavier (1924)
2800 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC  20003
202.582.5021 • Fax 202.581.7224
http://www.parishes.org/stfrancisxavier.html