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Re: Sisters of Notre Dame, and Holy Name nuns in CA
Posted by: Kathryn Hagel (ID *****2953) Date: April 21, 2012 at 19:25:30
In Reply to: Sisters of Notre Dame, and Holy Name nuns in CA by Barbara Nelson of 1134

Dear Barbara,
You should google Holy Name Sisters and then google Sisters of Notre Dame and try to find which convents are close to the San Jose area. Then you can write to them and give them the information about your relative that you want to find. The convents keep the birth names of their members. They can give out normal biographical information about their members, so you should be able to get things like the date she entered, her religious name, when she took her vows, places and job titles of where she served, date of death, place of burial, etc. If you can find the order's motherhouse, rather than a convent in the San Jose area, they can access their archives for you.

The parents' names you gave and their dates of death show that you should be able to find them on the 1930 and 1920 censuses at the least. You can probably go back farther on the men, and also the women provided you know their maiden names. You may be able to find marriage records on the men and get their wives maiden names that way. The 1940 census has just been released on April 1, and in the next few months Family Search and Ancestry will have it transcribed and indexed. Family Search is free. Ancestry is kind of expensive.
Kate Hagel

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