Researching RC family history in penal times is difficult because of the scarcity of relevant records and the wide variety of depositories where these records might be found. However, for the period after the Catholic Relief Acts, i.e. the nineteenth century and beyond, sacramental registers are generally available which provide a continuous record of Catholic families. These are a valuable supplement to civil records such as the Census Enumerators Returns and the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
From North and East Yorkshire, the areas where Fr Postgate was active, most of the older sacramental registers are in Middlesbrough Diocesan Archives. For access to these records please email details of your enquiry to:firstname.lastname@example.orgIn addition, these registers have recently been photographed by the family history firm FindmyPastand are freely available to view online. Press the following link to go to the relevant page on their website: