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Church First Communion Database

Our First Communions database currently contains 4,185 records from 1920 through 1978, for the following Church:

St. Leonard's

St. Leonards 2001
St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice - Roman Catholic Church
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (1820-1978)

St. Leonard’s Church was formerly located at 199 Jefferson Street, which is at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. This German parish church was founded in 1871 and the parishioners were primarily German immigrants. These early records are perhaps the only place you will find the town of origin for your ancestors. St. Leonard’s closed its doors in 1978 and the church was demolished in 2001.

This database holds 4,185 records from the years 1920 - 1978.

All requests for records of St. Leonard’s RC Church must be in writing. A suitable donation is suggested.Send your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

St Joseph Patron of the Universal Church
185 Suydam Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

When writing, please give as much information as possible along with the book number, page and entry number, which can be found within this database. Keep in mind that there may be more information contained within the church book record that you’ll receive on the certificate. It is suggested that you ask for the entire record when making your request for a certificate. It is also suggested that you include a donation along with your request.

As part of our Heritage Preservation Program, members of the German Genealogy Group have spent many hours computerizing indices to the various church records on this web site. We are grateful to the Pastors of the Churches for allowing us to make these indexes available to genealogists all over the world.

If you would like to contribute time to other current
Heritage Preservation projects, please contact us by clicking here.

Records Search: Communions

Please note that the Surname (e.g. Last Name) is a required entry field. But since exact spellings are not always known, to aid your search we offer three different ways to specify Surnames...

  1. Exact Match ("is exactly") - This is the default surname search method.
  2. Soundex ("sounds like") - This option enables you to specify a surname spelling it out as best you can, and it will return results that "sound" similar to what you spelled out.
  3. Wild Card - With this option you can replace part of the surname with a * to match any number of letters, or _ to match a single letter. So for example, Sch* will return all names starting with Sch. Similarly, Schl_tz might return results such as Schlitz or Schlotz. 

NOTE: The wild card option applies ONLY to the surname. You can just enter the first few letters of a First Name; the search automatically adds a wild card to the end of the First Name.

For whichever of the above surname search options you would like to use, simply select the appropriate radio button option below the input field on the form. Although the additional form fields are optional, providing as much information as you can helps narrow your search. The more specific your search, the less time you need spend scrolling through search results!

Check the Database "About" tab to see how to obtain copies of the records.


* Matches multiple characters. 
_ Matches one single character.

Communion or Birth Year



* Matches multiple characters. 
_ Matches one single character.


The German Genealogy Group wishes to thank all the following volunteers for their help and participation in this project.

The St. Leonard’s Church project:

Robert Boeckle * Lucille Blum * Robert Blum * Ruth Cipko * Lynn DeTrano * Bob   Dockweiler * Don Eckerle * Dave Graff * Richard Haberstroh * Antoinette Jackson * Herb Lessman * Elizabeth Lovaglio * Audrey McKay * Joan Koster Morales * Kathryne Natale * Kathy Nolan * Dale Realander * Tom Risinger * Jean Schmidt * Dottie Schilling * Bob Tallman * Mark Waldron * Joe Walter * Bob Weingarten

Special thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Acker Lovaglio who was the coordinator for this project.

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