Genealogy: Digital Churchyards & Registers

Trinity Archives has three databases you can search to aid in your genealogical research, all of which provide different information. Here’s what you need to know:

 

Search Parish RegistersThe Registers Database
The Registers database searches the records in Trinity’s sacramental registers of baptism, marriage, and burial. This includes Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, and all the chapels that were formerly part of Trinity Parish, including the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Chapel of the Intercession, St. Agnes Chapel, St. Augustine’s Chapel, All Saints Church, St. Christopher’s Chapel, St. Chrysostom’s Chapel, St. George’s Chapel, St. John’s Chapel, St. Luke’s Chapel, and Trinity Chapel. Click here for more information on individual chapels.

While extensive, the records are incomplete. Our 17th century and many of our 18th century records were lost in fires. The baptism records date from 1769 to June 1885, the Marriage records date from 1746 to 1886, and the burial records date from 1777 to 2003. Later records will be added eventually. For now, contact Archives staff directly for baptisms after 1885, marriages after 1886, and burials after 2003. Please note that baptism records are closed for 75 years; if you would like to access your own baptism information you must provide proof of identification. Contact the Archives at 212.602.9652 or archives@trinitywallstreet.org.

 
 

Search Trinity ChurchyardThe Trinity Churchyard Database
The Trinity Churchyard database searches burials in Trinity Churchyard, which was an active burial ground from the 1660s to the 1820s. It should be thought of as a “virtual churchyard,” a digital representation of the information that exists on the stones in the churchyard. In some cases, epitaphs and photos are included.

The information in this database comes from an 1896 survey of the churchyard, in which all legible information from all stones was recorded, as well as Trinity’s vault book, which lists all known burials in the churchyard burial vaults. Because the information in this database comes from the gravestones themselves, it is not a comprehensive list of everyone who is buried in the churchyard. Many people were buried without gravestones, or their stones were already illegible when the data was first recorded in 1896. Because we either have no record of these burials or of where they are, they are not included in this database. If you are looking for someone you know is buried in Trinity Churchyard but are unable to locate them in the churchyard database, you may have luck checking our Registers database.

Images, where available, courtesy of Miriam Silverman and The Trinity Gravestone Project – Trinity Wall Street Archives

 
 

Search St. Paul's ChurchyardThe St. Paul’s Churchyard Database
The St. Paul's Churchyard database searches burials in St. Paul’s Churchyard, which was an active burial ground from 1766 to the 1820s. It should be thought of as a “virtual churchyard,” a digital representation of the information that exists on the stones in the churchyard. In some cases, epitaphs and photos are included.

The information in this database comes from an 1896 survey of the churchyard, in which all legible information from all stones was recorded, as well as St. Paul’s vault book, which lists all known burials in the churchyard burial vaults.  Because the information in this database comes from the gravestones themselves, it is not a comprehensive list of everyone who is buried in the churchyard. Many people were buried without gravestones, or their stones were already illegible when the data was first recorded in 1896. Because we either have no record of these burials or of where they are, they are not included in this database. If you are looking for someone you know is buried in St. Paul’s Churchyard but are unable to locate them in the churchyard database, you may have luck checking our registers database.

Images, where available, courtesy of Miriam Silverman and The Trinity Gravestone Project – Trinity Wall Street Archives

 
 

Uptown Cemetery and Mausoleum
Trinity Church has a third burial ground, the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, which was opened in 1843 at 155th St. and Riverside Dr. The records of Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum are maintained separately, and are not included in any of our online databases. For information, contact the Cemetery at 212.368.1600 or cemetery@trinitywallstreet.org.