The Old St. Joseph’s Church archives were moved in July of 2009 for better and safer keeping to Saint Joseph’s University.  As of February 24, 2017, all genealogical inquiries will be answered by the staff of Archives and Special Collections department of the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library at the University.   Although incomplete, the Old St. Joseph’s archives contain more than 23,000 baptism and marriage records dating from 1758 to present day.


If you are seeking a baptism record AFTER February 1963 or a marriage record AFTER January 1, 1974,

  • Email your request to our Rectory Office.
  • Or call 215-923-1733  a member of the staff will respond promptly to your request at no charge since theses records are located at the church.

Please include the following information in your request:

    • For baptismal records, give the complete name of the person baptized, the names of parents, and approximate date of birth.
    • For marriage records, give the names of the bride and groom, the names of the parents (if known), and the approximate date of the marriage.
    • If you are uncertain about your information, give as much information as you know.

If you are seeking a baptism record PRIOR TO February 1963, or a marriage record PRIOR TO January 1, 1974,

  • Click here to download and complete our Archival Research Form
  • Please include with your request a check for $25 payable to Saint Joseph’s University.
  • Mail your completed form with payment to:
    Archives and Special Collections
    Attention: OSJ  Baptism and Marriage Record Research
    Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
    Saint Joseph’s University
    5600 City Ave
    Philadelphia, PA. 19131

Other Sources:

If you have access to Records of the American Catholic Historical Society, often available in Catholic libraries or local genealogical or historical societies, the following sacramental records of Old St. Joseph’s are published in Volumes I to XVIII, 1884-1907.

Baptisms 1758-1810, except 1787-1790
Marriages 1758-1836, except 1787-1799

In addition, the pre-1800 records of Old St. Joseph’s have been published in alphabetical form in Catholic Trails West, Vol. 1, by Edmund Adams and Barbara Brady O’Keefe, Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore, 1988.