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How do you find the original name of a nun?

How do you find the original name of a nun?

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 5:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I had a relative who was a Mother Superior of a convent. She was related somehow to my father and I knew her as Sister Angelina. How can I find out her original name? Can anyone give me an idea how to find information on a nun? I'd really appreciate any help. Thanks.

Re: How do you find the original name of a nun?

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 10:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Depending on the location and the time frame, an obituary and/or a death certificate may have the names of parents or other family members, which may lead you to her full name.

I have a cousin who was a nun and died in 2002, in New Jersey. Her obituary did not have her birth name, but the Order of Service from her funeral does have her birth name.

Re: How do you find the original name of a nun?

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 11:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Also, if you can contact the order she belonged to, especially if you can contact the convent where she lived, they may be able to help you. My great-grandmother had two sisters who were nuns, and the order was very helpful when I wrote them.

Re: How do you find the original name of a nun?

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 1:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Since your question has now been moved to the Catholic Nuns thread, there are a couple of messages in this thread that might be useful.

I also saw a thread on the NEHGS site, which might be useful. While it may not specifically apply in your case, the process might be helpful.

Question: How do I locate a nun with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Massachusetts? She served from 1900 through 1943 and I cannot find her in any United States census . Thank you!

Answer: The Archives for the Massachusetts Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph's can be reached online at http://www.csjboston.org/archives.htm

Archivist , Boston CSJ Archives, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton , MA 02135 -2801

Telephone: (617) 746-2117, FAX: (617) 783-8246 , e-mail: archives@csjboston.org

http://www.americanancestors.org/online-genealogist/

Re: How do you find the original name of a nun?

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 6:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much for your help. I will continue with these suggestions in mind.

Re: How do you find the original name of a nun?

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 6:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much. These suggestions will be a great help, I'm sure.
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