Research Guidelines

Collapse of Mission San Jose church tower, ca. 1928. (Catholic Archives of Texas)
Collapse of Mission San Jose church tower, ca. 1928. (Catholic Archives of Texas)

Plan Your Visit

The Catholic Archives of Texas (CAT) is available to host researchers on a limited basis and requires research appointments made at least 48 hours in advance. For any questions regarding research access to CAT, please contact Selena Aleman at selena@txcatholic.org or at 512-476-6296.

CAT staff can provide general information about holdings or research tools such as published finding aids. Please note the CAT has a limited staff and reserves the right to decline extensive research requests.

Research FAQs

Genealogy and Sacramental Record FAQs

We are not a genealogy center and serve as a limited resource for individuals wishing to research their family history. Due to limited staff and resources, CAT staff cannot assist in creating family trees and locating records for individuals. It is highly recommended that researchers contact either the parish or (arch)diocese in which the sacramental record was created.

CAT does not release sacramental records to individuals or genealogy services including Ancestry or FamilySearch and cannot assist individuals with using online genealogy resources.