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How do you locate a nun in the U.S?

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Re: How do you locate a nun in the U.S?

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 8:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
You wrote -

> Upon researching my family tree, I found out that one of the individuals
> is a nun, possibly in Florida. Is there a way to easy way to locate her?

It is helpful if you include more of what you know of this relative because
this information provides pointers to possible solutions.

As you know something of this lady, do you know her date of birth? Was she
baptised into the Catholic church as an infant or did she become a Catholic
later in life?

In 1908, the Vatican issued a decree (Ne Temere) relating to the recording
of marriages and of corresponding events in religious life. Proof of
baptism, i.e. a copy of the entry in the baptism register had to be provided
before the ceremonies can take place. After the marriage ceremony, or
ordination to the priesthood, or of the taking of vows for the religious
life had taken place, the details have to be sent back to the parish of
baptism to be entered on the baptism entry. So, if your relative was born
after 1908. or became a Catholic after 1980, and you know where she was
baptised, check the entry for her baptism. This 'should' provide the details
of the religious community she entered and the date. Sadly, some such
entries were never made.

If you have found her baptism, it is worth writing to the Parish Priest, to
see if their is any information in the Parish about vocations to the
religious life, e.g. in commemorative material prepared for anniversaries
of the parish or church.

If there are no details against her baptism entry, or if the register is not
available on-line, then you should write to the Diocesan Archivist of the
appropriate diocese in Florida (there are seven). You will need explain your
interest, and there will probably be a fee. You could ask about houses of
nuns in the area, as there may be different OSF communities, some of which
may have several houses. You could then write to the Sister Archivist of the
communities with several houses to see if they recognize your relative's
name.

Have you found her in any of the Censuses? If you find her in a Census, you
may be able to identity the Convent where she is resident, and hence
determine the order she entered.

Hope this helps

Jim Lancaster (Bury, Lancs., England)
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
teecbear 17 Jun 2012 8:25PM GMT 
jimlancaster9... 18 Jun 2012 2:52PM GMT 
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