The Diocese of California was organized in 1850. Originally the Diocese of California covered all of the state of California. Other dioceses have split off as follows:

Northern California — 1874

Los Angeles — 1895

San Joaquin — 1910

El Camino Real — 1980

Baptismal and Marriage Records in Historical Archives

These records are held by the churches in which the events occurred. Contact the church directly to ask for copies of your records. You can find churches either using our Find a Church page or scrolling through the list on All Congregations page. If the church has closed, the diocese holds the records.

For diocesan archive inquiries, please contact: Michael Stroup, archivist, archives@diocal.org, 415.869.7816