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Abstract

A project began in 2002 to develop a database tracking all the admissions to the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph’s (1809–1849) and the Daughters of Charity (1850–1909) in the United States. This article explains how the project was conducted, what sources were used, and what the study’s major findings were. The database encompassed many different demographics: family backgrounds, birthplaces, and age of entrants, their marital and/or convert status, their years of entrance, and whether they had relatives in the community. Military service, withdrawals, transfers, separations, and burial places were also tracked.

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