The diocese of St. Augustine preserves in its archives the oldest written records of American origin in the United States. These are the Spanish parish records of St. Augustine, dating from 1594 to 1763.
The first pages record baptisms, marriages, and burials (1594-1638). Subsequent Spanish registers carry the data forward to 1763 and from 1784 to 1821.
The Catholic Foundation will eventually make these archives accessible to qualified historians.
To read more about the St. Augustine, Florida records, go to
Preserving a Rich History (PDF file)
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