There is a call for papers to be presented at the 3rd biannual Early Modern British & Irish Catholicism Conference, a joint event by Notre Dame University, and Durham University.
The conference is being planned for the 28th to 30th June 2017 at the University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway and will consider the relationship between religious orders and the Catholic Church in Britain and Ireland.
The conference organisers are inviting proposals for 20 minute talks on any related theme.
For more information contact James Kelly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Some months ago someone asked me about the name that would be on the death certificate of a nun. I wasn’t able to answer it at the time but having done some personal research into nuns who were buried at Broadwater Cemetery I’ve found out the following which might be useful for others.
In the civil records i.e. census, death, and municipal burial registers the given name (normally this would be the birth name) of the nun was used. On the gravestone the religious name of the name was used but sometimes the given name was also recorded.
It is perhaps risky to generalize from specific data but my conclusion would be that on civil records the given name would be used but in relating to the religious order the religious name would be used.
In summary if you are looking for the civil death record of an ancestor who was a nun then search under the given or family name. If you are looking in memorial inscriptions records then search under both names. Of course determining the religious name may not be that easy if you have little details of your ancestor’s life.
Work is progressing with a view to making our Index of Nuns ready for publication this year. The scripts that extract details of almost 14,000 nuns from the database and then reformat the data into a PDF and generate indexes have been written and have passed initial testing. The next steps will involve final testing and tweaking of the format, writing introductory and explanatory texts, and preparing artwork.
Further posts will provide updates as we progress.
Thanks to Jim Lancaster for the following information. It was in response to a question that appeared on the Manchester & Lancashire FHS Forum – I have edited it slightly.
Catholic nuns (there are Anglican and other nuns of whom I know nothing) are awkward to find because they ‘disappear’. They took a name in religion and generally were not recorded. Priests, on the other hand, are usually recorded in the annual Catholic Directory, etc.
There are two databases listing nuns. The first relates to nuns before
1800. This lists English nuns that entered convents in exile – in Europe.
It is only towards the end of the 1700s that convents were established in
England. This list is the result of an academic project at Queen Mary
College, University of London, The project is called “Who Were The Nuns”
and there is a web-site at http://wwtn.history.qmul.ac.uk/ (NOTE the odd
address, not www, ) There is a search engine that will work on surname
alone and will provide a list of matches and clicking on each name will give
a brief outline of their life.
The second database relates to post-1800 and is probably the one you will
need. This is being developed by the Catholic FHS and its site
(http://www.catholic-history.org.uk/cfhs/ ) has the following note –
INDEX OF NUNS
This is an index of approximately 14,000 nuns who were in the English
Province of their Order. It is arranged alphabetically by the surname of
each nun and usually gives date of birth, names of parents, religious name,
dates of profession, date and place of death and name of Order. There is no
charge for searching in this index at the moment.
The records are being updated to incorporate all additions since 1996 and
the updated index will then be published. This is a long term project and
there is no planned date at the moment.
There is a contact link at the top of the Services page, or you can write to
Mrs M. Butler, 6 Windcroft Close, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 7BJ. Whilst the
note on the web-site states there is no charge, that Society’s journal
suggests a donation of £5. The list is not complete for a variety of
reasons. Some congregations have disappeared over time and their records
lost, others have been reluctant to participate in the past and their
cooperation is being sought.