Source Information Brooklyn, New York, St. Paul's Catholic Church Baptism Records, 1837-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2008.
Original data: James R Reilly, comp. St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Brooklyn, New York, Baptism and Marriage Records, Volumes I-II. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Redmond Press, 1996.

About Brooklyn, New York, St. Paul's Catholic Church Baptism Records, 1837-1900

St. Paul’s church was founded in 1836 in Brooklyn, New York. It was known as the “Irish Parish” because it served as the focal point for Irish immigrants in Brooklyn during the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1851.

This database contains baptismal records from St. Paul’s parish from 1837-1900. The city of Brooklyn did not require the reporting of births until 1866. Baptisms were generally performed within days of children’s births. Because of this, baptismal records can often be used in place of birth records when birth records are either unavailable or non-existent.

Information listed in this database includes:

  • Name of individual baptized

  • Baptismal date

  • Parents’ names

  • Birth date

  • Names of godparents


  • At least one godparent was required for proper baptism

  • ‘NL’ or ‘Not Listed’ indicates that the name or date is not written in the original record

  • ‘XXX’ indicates that the name or date is completely illegible

  • ‘CXX’ indicates that only the initial letter of a name is legible in the original record

  • Middle names were not transcribed except for ‘Mary Ann/Anne’ to distinguish from ‘Mary’

  • Surnames and given names were transcribed as they appear and were verified in the original registers