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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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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 $10 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 Cemetery.  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.   

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
899 North Capitol St NE  
Washington DC 20002

202-442-9303  DC Vital Records  
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
District of Columbia Superior Court
Marriage Bureau - JM 690
500 Indiana Ave NW
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
www.trinity.org

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

St. Mary, Mother of God (1845)
725 Fifth St NW
Washington DC  20001
202.289.7771 • Fax 202.408.1989
www.saintmarymotherofgod.org

St. Dominic (1852)
630 E St SW
Washington DC  20024
202.554.7863 • Fax 202.554.0231
www.stdominicchurch.org

St. Aloysius (1859)
*St. Aloysius parish is now closed. All records are stored at nearby Holy Redeemer parish.
206 New York Ave NW, Washington DC  20001 
202.347-7510

www.holyredeemerchurchdc.org/hrc/

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

Holy Name (1891)
920 Eleventh St NE
Washington DC  20002•
202.397.2525 • Fax 202.397.6639
www.holynameparishdc.org

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian (1893)
1357 East Capitol St SE
Washington DC  20003
202.546.1885 • Fax 202.544.1385
https://hcscchurch.org/

St. Vincent de Paul (1903)
14 M St SE
Washington DC  20003
202.488.1354 • Fax 202.488.7899
www.stvincentdepauldc.org

St. Francis Xavier (1924)
2800 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC  20003
202.582.5021 • Fax 202.581.7224
www.stfrancisxavierdc.org/