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  • Records, 1842-1996, of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia, including anniversary booklets, baptismal registers, communion registers, confirmation registers, marriage registers, and funeral registers. Also includes a register of first communions of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
  • MISC. REEL 4648 contains: Baptismal register, 18 September 1842-8 March 1873 (includes index); First Holy Communion Register, 1852, 1914-1966 (includes index)
  • MISC. REEL 4649 contains: Baptisms, Burials, and Marriages, 1862-1888; Baptisms, Burials, and Marriages, 1842-1888; Baptisms, Burials, and Marriages, 1888-1971 (includes index); Baptismal register, 3 September 1888-21 December 1903 (includes index)
  • MISC. REEL 4650 contains: Marriage register, 5 September 1888-15 July 1942 (includes index); Record of interments, 1894-1960 (includes index); Confirmation register, 25 November 1894-28 May 1929 (includes index); Record of First of Communions, 31 July 1894-14 May 1944 (includes index); 50th anniversary booklet (1858-1908), THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE CHURCH OF ST. MARY’S OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION WITH A RESUME OF CATHOLIC HISTORY IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK, compiled by Thomas J. Hogan; 100th anniversary booklet (1858-1958), THE STORY OF ST. MARY’S; Marriage register, 18 December 1894-4 June 1961 (includes index); Baptismal register, 27 May 1894-18 December 1925 (includes index)
  • MISC. REEL 4651 contains: Confirmations, 12 October 1890-12 March 1966 (includes index); Baptisms, Burials, and Marriages, 1906-1918; Confirmations and First Communions, 1914-1948; Baptisms, 1950’s; Marriage register, 10 June 1926-28 February 1943
  • MISC. REEL 4652 contains: Baptismal register, 30 January 1904-7 May 1922 (includes index); Baptismal register, 14 May 1922-9 May 1941 (includes index); Baptismal register, 9 May 1941-19 April 1959 (includes index)
  • MISC. REEL 4653 contains: Baptismal register, 5 April 1959-30 March 1980 (includes index); Baptismal register, 6 April 1980-2 June 1996 (includes index)
  • MISC. REEL 4654 contains: Marriage register, 15 July 1942-4 December 1993 (includes index); Marriage register, 26 February 1994-15 June 1996 (includes index); Register of Confirmations, 13 March 1966-25 May 1996 (includes index); Register of First Communions, 16 April 1967-18 June1995 (includes index); Baptismal register, 5 March 1943-23 May 1956 (includes index); Baptismal register, 7 April 1956-4 June 1961 (includes index); Confirmation register, 24 March 1946-25 May 1961; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Register of First Communions, 13 May 1945-14 May 1961
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Located in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is the oldest parish community in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and often referred to as "The Mother Church of Tidewater Virginia." The church first came into existence in 1791 as St. Patrick’s Church with its first parishioners French Catholics, compelled to leave France because of the French Revolution. In a few years, the church received some of the earliest Irish Catholic immigrants to the United States. The original church was built in 1842, but was destroyed by fire in 1856. In 1858, the present church building was erected and dedicated to Mary of the Immaculate Conception. It was the first church to bear the name after the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX. African American Catholics began attending St. Mary's in 1886 where a portion of the choir loft was reserved for them. In 1889 the Josephites began coming from Richmond and by September of that year, St. Joseph's Black Catholic parish was founded with the Josephites serving as priests. In 1961, St. Joseph's was merged with St. Mary's, which is now ninety-nine percent African American. Source: Catholic Community Forum (
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Base of film
safety base polyester
  • The Library of Virginia
black and white
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silver halide
service copy
Immediate source of acquisition
Eller, Teresa J.
Positive negative aspect
Reproduction note
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microfilm reel
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