Archives | Access and Services

Are you:

  • Working on your family tree?
  • In need of a copy of your sacramental records?
  • Writing the history of your parish?
  • Doing research on the Diocese of Green Bay?

Help is as close as the Archives of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Archives | Genealogy Research

Our Archives can help you research your family tree or the Catholic history of Northeastern Wisconsin using parish, diocesan, and other related records. We have microfiche copies of all existing sacramental records (baptisms, marriages, burials, plus some first Communions and confirmations) for the Catholic churches of the Green Bay Diocese (most of Northeastern Wisconsin). However, many of the early records are not complete.

Archives | Locating Sacramental Records

Everyone is entitled to a free copies of their sacramental records, including baptism, first Communion, confirmation, and marriage. If you know where the sacraments were conferred, contact the parish for copies.

Preparing for marriage? Contact the parish that conferred the sacraments to arrange for certificates to be prepared from sacramental registers.

Archives | Diocesan Library

The Library for the Diocese of Green Bay houses books on Scripture, theology, history, and other subjects. Several books in the Library were donated by bishops, priests and other benefactors.

Archives | Bishops of the Diocese of Green Bay

Twelve men have served as Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay since its creation in 1868. When the Diocese was founded there were a handful of parishes and priests serving 40,000 Catholics. Today, more than 150 parishes serve some 350,000 Catholics. In addition, there are more than 60 elementary and high schools, two Catholic colleges and 10 Catholic hospitals.

Archives | History of the Diocese of Green Bay

Although the Diocese of Green Bay was not officially created until 1868, the history of the Catholic faith in the area dates back to 1634 when Jean Nicolet landed near Green Bay. He was soon followed by Jesuit missionaries dedicated to spreading the gospel to the native people along the Fox, Wolf, and Menominee Rivers.

For nearly a century, the Indians, missionaries, and French Canadian voyagers kept the faith alive.