Search for content in message boards

How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 28 Sep 2011 12:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gibeau,Giboo
My great Aunt was Nina Giboo or Gibeau. The story told to me by her half sister is that she worked in Ypsilanti driving a taxi for a while but then she decided that she wanted to become a nun. There was some sort of issue with this in the family because she was changing religion. I haven't been able to find her in any census record after 1910. I am at a loss on where to check for a nun. I know they don't go by their given name at some point but I assume they kept good records. I would think she'd choose an area close to where she was from so either Washtenaw or Wayne counties. Anyway I'm completely clueless so if anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it. Thank you!

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 2 Oct 2011 10:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
I would start with a google search for orders of sisters in the area of those two counties, and the nearest large city, too. Even if the individual convent doesn't have a website, the order will. Then you can write, call, or email and ask if they have any information on Nina.
Good luck!

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 3 Oct 2011 1:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
You are seeking a lady whom you have found in the 1910 Census, but not in the 1920 Census. Have you checked all the 1920 Census or just the part for Michigan? In the UK, nuns tended to be recorded in the Census under their civil name.

You believe she drove a taxi in Ypsilanti. Taxi drivers are often licensed by the civil authorities. Have you checked the Ypsilanti City rexcords to find when her license lapsed, as this might indicate a year by which she had entered a convent?

Turning to Catholic records, in 1908 there was a papal document, "Ne Temere", that required certain other sacramental details to be recorded in the person's baptism record. As you have found her in the 1910 Census, I would GUESS that she had not joined the Catholic Church at that time, and that she became a Catholic and entered a convent within the next 10 years. When she joined the Catholic Church she was probably conditionally baptised - if she had been validly baptised earlier then this conditional baptism would have been void. This baptism would be recorded in the Baptism Register of the church where it took place, and later details of her religious profession as a nun should have been recorded alongside it.

Rather than trying each parish that was in existence in 1910 - 1920, you could try the Lansing Diocesan Archivist, as Ypsilanti is in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. The Diocese of Lansing was only established in 1937 and its history is outline on its web-site (http://www.dioceseoflansing.org/about.html ). There is also a page about the Diocesan Archives (http://www.dioceseoflansing.org/archives/index.html ) that explains that sacramental records are held in the original parish, not in the archives, and there is a note about the conditions for access. There is very limited access for records less than 90 years old. Your search would relate to records 90 - 100 years old, so access should not be a problem. You should be asking the Archivist about parishes in existence ca 1910 - 1920, and, as White-Roses suggests, which convents existed at that time. It is possible that there is a diocesan list of ladies entering religious life, but as the diocese was only founded in 1937, it may not go back that far. The Diocese of Lansing was established out of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and you could ask the Archivist which you should contact for earlier information.

Best wishes,

Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancashire, England)

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 3 Oct 2011 3:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Jim,

Thank you for your information. That definitely explains quite a lot. I will go contact both dioceses to cover my bases.

Regards,

Trish
Posted: 3 Oct 2011 3:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you everyone for your input. I greatly appreciate you all taking the time to help me!

Sincerely,

Trish

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 30 Nov 2011 6:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Carney
Thanks Jim! One of my relatives, who became a nun, reportedly went and joined an Order in Liverpool. I will check the UK Census records and see what I can find. My other great-aunt joined an Order I can trace in the US and I have written then.

It was very kind of you to take so much time to give us so much information.

Joan Halpin Kaneshiro, Orange County, CA, USA

BTW: I found two great census site that might be of interest to the Irish and UK community. The Irish site is easier to maneuver and doesn't charge for documents; the UK site does. Also, all Irish census records were destroyed by fire prior to 1901.

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 30 Nov 2011 7:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, Joan,

Thanks for your note. As you have found your aunt in the 1910 US Census, but not in the 1920 Census, it is likely that she migrated to England after 1910. The only accessible UK Census after that date is the 1911 UK Census
and I think this is only accessible through some of the pay-to-view sites, such as www.findmypast.co.uk and www.ancestry.co.uk I have looked at the Ancestry site but it seems that you need a fairly good idea of where they
lived to be able to find someone via the index, and then you may need to spend money. The FindMyPast site was the first one to have the 1911 Census and it has a name index. I searched for GIBOO and GIBEAU but with no success. This may be because the transcribers could not read her name, or
because she was not in England at that time. If you will let me have details of the lady's name, date and place of birth, and anything that you know about her in England, I will make some enquiries over here. You can contact me by email lancaster.jim then 'at' then zen.co.uk

Hope this helps

Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs., England)

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 30 Nov 2011 10:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: CARNEY
Jim,

Your personal email box is full! You are saying "yes" to too many people! LOL!

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 1 Dec 2011 10:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Joan,

My apologies. I am in the process of learning to use a new lap-top and, as I am away from home for a few days, I had enabled the lap top to receive my emails. What I have not sorted is stopping them going to my desk top as well. I will do that on Monday from home. In the meantime I have cleared the backlog so it should be OK to send the details again.

Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs., England)

Re: How do I find a family member who left to become a nun?

Posted: 1 Dec 2011 11:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
You're very kind, Jim. Thank you!
per page

Find a board about a specific topic