Genealogy Research Request Policy

Our cemeteries’ records have been designed and maintained to provide immediate and specific cemetery related information to authorized parties. The location of an individual’s burial location, for instance, can be provided immediately and at no cost to the requestor.

Although the physical records for each of our twenty-five cemeteries are centrally located, these records are not all part of a centralized database. At present, a single, comprehensive list of burials and entombments is not yet available.

Though there has always been occasional interest in genealogical research, recent history has shown an increased interest for this type of information. Many requests may require an hour or more of research. In addition, some individuals may submit multiple requests at one time for consideration. As a result, it has become necessary to set limits on genealogical research.

We are happy to service the needs of those who are interested in researching their families. Therefore the following policies must be followed:

  • Obtain a Genealogy Request Form from our centralized Records Office located in the Holy Cross Mausoleum building at 175 Broadway in Malden, MA or online here.
  • Complete a form for each lot search being requested.
  • A fee of $40.00 per lot must be submitted along with the request(s). A check or money order (no cash please) for the appropriate amount must be made payable to The Catholic Cemetery Association. If we are unable to provide the information requested, based on limited records, the fee will be returned.
  • Mail the completed form, along with the required fee as indicated above, to:
    The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.
    Genealogy Requests
    175 Broadway
    Malden, MA  02148

Under normal conditions, you can expect a response within thirty days. At times, when cemetery visits and service to lot holders increases, the wait may be longer than thirty days. This policy has been implemented in the belief that it will help us to serve you in the most effective manner.

Please understand that we cannot provide any information regarding parish cemeteries not under our authority. Requests of this type must be made to the parish directly.

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