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Ask a Genealogist: Home for Sick and Destitute Servant Girls in Boston.

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Can you help me learn more about St. Joseph home for sick and destitute servant girls? It was located 1866-1880 at 43-45 East Brookline St., Boston, Mass. 

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By Alice Kane, NEHGS Genealogist

Thank you for your query about the St. Joseph Home for Sick and Destitute Servant Girls in nineteenth century Boston.
 
Moses King's Dictionary of Boston (1883, online edition at http://archive.org/details/kingsdictionaryo00baco) describes the Home (p.38) as a temporary home for servant girls.  In the same dictionary, the Franciscan Sisters (p.100) is the religious order who operated the Home at East Brookline Street in Boston.  The home was located in today's South End which hosted a number of charitable societies and homes for children and adults during the majority of the nineteenth century.  The Archdioceses of Boston Archives may be helpful in guiding you to its historical collections that pertain to the St. Joseph's Home or in directing you to the successor order of the Franciscan Sisters who may have such records and collections.  Information about the archives may be found at http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Archives.aspx.

 

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