Sunday, February 9, 2014

Church Record Sunday - Catholic Directories

I posted earlier about trying to find records for my ancestor Julia Creedan/Sister Mary Felix when she was in the Sisters of Charity. While searching for her,  I ran across several Catholic Directories available for free online. These directories are a great resource if you have an ancestor that was in the Catholic clergy in the 1800s.  They don't provide a listing of every name, but you might get lucky.

I found two entries for a Sister Felix in the directories for the Sisters of Charity in New York. The first entry was from page 179 of  Sadliers' Catholic Directory Almanac and Ordo for 1876. In the section for Albany, there is a Sister M. Felix, superior at St. John's Parochial School.

The second entry is from page 145 of  Sadliers' Catholic Directory Almanac and Ordo for 1881. This one has a Sister Felix working in St. Mary's Orphan Asylum in Rondout, New York.

I wasn't able to find a Felix or Creedan that matched my ancestor in the 1880 census for New York. Julia was from the Sisters of Charity order in Cincinnati, Ohio, so I'm finding it doubtful that either of these are her. It's still a possibility since I know they sent her out of state at various times. I really need that 1880 census entry to tell for sure!

These books are available to search online through Google Books or you can download them in several formats. Once you've found a book you want to download, hover your mouse over the red box on the upper left that says "READ EBOOK". A box will pop up with links to download the various formats, including pdf.

More information on Julia's religious career is available here.


  1. Kathryn,
    The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio are still in existence. You might try contacting the order Archivist for information on Julia. There is a contact link on the web site.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I contacted the Sisters back in 2012 and they provided me with Julia's religious name and some of her assignments. They didn't have any information for her from 1872 to 1887, so that's why I was trying to find info in the 1880 census. I posted about it back then:, but will add a link to the post in this article too. Thanks for stopping by!