In doing some genealogy research, I came across records that were put on microfilm by the LDS church. These were records of baptisms,marriages through 1915 from the various parishes in Chicago. I believe the cutoff was 1915 since for privacy purposes only records older than 75 years old could be used.
What I find strange is how did they gain access and cooperation from the various parishes. Through experience, the parishes that I would like to do family research at, will provide information if I provide specific names and dates, they would not allow me to sit in their office and go through their records looking for relatives.
This appears to have been a project as of a specific date since no updates beyond 1915 have been made.
My assumption is that the parishes were ordered to cooperate by the Archdiocese for so many churches to have participated.
Can anybody provide any information on the subject?