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The Archives has prepared a set of recommendations for local churches in developing a policy on making name and gender changes to Episcopal Church records.  These guidelines for policy development accommodate individuals’ requests to align name and gender entries with usage they have legally adopted in civil jurisdictions.  Name and gender identity in records is particularly sensitive in instances where individuals seek to safeguard their privacy, protect themselves from harm, or simply to revise records that do not accurately represent their identity. 

The guidelines were prepared at the request of General Convention (2018-A088) and approved for distribution by Executive Council at its October 9–11, 2020 meeting.  The Executive Council’s resolution and an additional bibliography of resources are available under the website’s “Text Center” tab above.  The Guidelines for Policy on Amending Church Records for Name and Gender Changes are available in Spanish.  The Church archivists welcome questions and comments on the guidelines.

Our New Location

The Archives Research Office has recently completed a full move-in to new quarters in Austin.  The renovated building is located just 4 miles from the previous location at the Seminary of the Southwest and is situated conveniently along the city's LRV line with a stop nearby.  Most of our users will not need to change any of their contact information as we continue to use our principal web and email addresses.  You can still reach us by telephone number at 512-472-6816. 

Archivists have worked through most of the backlog of inquiries that accumulated in the past seasons, and thus we expect to return to a more timely response to inquiries.  The Research Contact Form is still the best way to submit your research request.  For those anticipating a visit to the Archvies or who wish to drop us greetings by post, please note that our physical street address has changed.  Both USPS and courier service deliveries should be addressed to The Archives of the Episcopal Church, 107 Denson Drive, Austin, Texas 78752.

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