The SSJ Rochester Archives, located at our
Motherhouse, preserves material that documents the history of the Sisters of
St. Joseph in Western NY, beginning with their arrival in Canandaigua in 1854.
Also included is information on related topics such as the Diocese of
Rochester, parishes where the Sisters have served, the Catholic Church,
religious life, and spirituality.
Among the Archives’ holdings are
records of three Rochester orphan homes: St. Patrick’s Girls Asylum
(1845-1942), St. Mary’s Boys Asylum (1864-1942), and St. Joseph’s Orphan Asylum
(1870-1938). Directory information in these records (e.g., child’s name,
date of birth, parents’ names, dates of admission and discharge) is available
to former residents of the orphan homes and to researchers working on family
history. To request access to orphan home records, please complete the
Archives Request form below.
Are You Doing Research?
Academic researchers, students and genealogists are welcome to contact our Archives by clicking on the link below and completing the Archive Request form.