Church Records

The Acadian expulsion.

This homebody wishes to be part of an Acadian trip to France.

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             Of all of the numerous branches in our family history, there are two of which I am almost obsessive in my interest – and research.   Those are my mother’s Acadian roots and my father-in-law’s Welsh Quaker ancestry. Featured image: La grande derangement (Acadian Expulsion)   A few years ago, we had the amazing …

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Transcription – Marriage of Abraham Fougere and Elizabeth Cordeau

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             Abraham Fougère & Elizabeth Cordeau Film # 1316273, Record # 16   Date and place of Marriage:    Jany 10th 1876 River Bourgeois C.B. How married (by License or Banns):    Banns Full name of Groom:    Abraham Fougère His age:    23 Condition (Bachelor or Widower):    Bachelor Profession or Trade:    Fisherman Residence:    River Bourgeois Where born:        …

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St. Peters, Nova Scotia

Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère

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             Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère. Featured image: St. Peters, Nova Scotia Marriage License of William Beaver and Mary Fourgere No. 440 Province of Nova Scotia Marriage License (Signature) M.B. Daly Lt. Govn (Right Margin) – BY HIS HONOR Malachy Bowes Daly, Esquire Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, &c., …

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Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 - Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

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1          1ShareTranscription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5     1836 a 1899 Bouctouche, Cte Kent, N. B. Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste Registres Photographies a la Paroisse 4 —— B. Olivier Girouard Le 29 Mars 1836 à Olivier Girouard né le 11 fevrier du legitime mariage de Joseph Girouard et …

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Transcription: Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 – Beaven to Eyre

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           The following is my transcription of the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records dated between 1708 and 1985, for surnames Beavan to Eyre (in alphabetical order).   CHESTER FRIENDS CEMETERY On the west side of Edgmont Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Chester, Pa. ____________________ The image above links directly to the transcription of the document. …

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Learning to transcribe old documents.

Learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.

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           Transcribing the baptism register from Norfolk, England in my previous post, “Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register” was particularly problematic for me, requiring my learning to transcribe from ‘ye olde englishe’ and latin.   I am familiar with transcribing in several languages such as German, …

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Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

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           I previously wrote an article about my fascination with the ‘science of husbandry on a human scale‘. My interest in this subject was piqued by my own Acadian ancestry and the Acadians’ practice of ‘managing’ biological relationships through the church in order to safeguard against close relatives marrying and having children. This has been a …

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Marriage of Trenee Aucoin and Marguerite Giroir

Transcription: Marriage Cerificate for Irenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.

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2          2SharesBelow is my transcription of the marriage certificate for Trenée Aucoin and Marguerite Girroir.   (a) PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA Date and place of Marriage:  22 May, 1872, Arichat, Co. Richmond How Married ; by License or Banns:  By Banns Full Name of GROOM:  Irenée Aucoin His age:  28 years Condition (Bachelor or Widower):  Bachelor …

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Obituary of Casildee Lavallee and Antoine Labelle

Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.

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           The following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Casildée Lavallée and Antoine Labelle.   A la douce mémoire de CASILDÉE LAVALLÉE épouse de feu ANTOINE LABELLE décédée à Ottawa le 15 juin, 1964 à l’âge de 89 ans et de ANTOINE LABELLE décédée à Sault Ste-Marie le 18 mars 1944 à l’âge …

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Albertine Audet-Turmel

Transcriptions: Obituaries for Albertine Audet-Turmel.

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2 1    4   7SharesFollowing are my translated transcriptions for the obituaries of Albertine Audet-Turmel in their original French. Original French Texts Obituary #1 TURMEL Albertine (née Audet). Au Foyer Nazareth, le 20 juin 1992, à l’âge de 93 ans et 8 mois, est décédée dame Albertine Audet, épouse de feu monsieur Michel Turmel. Elle demeurait à Québec. La …

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Marriage Certificate of Joseph William Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois

Transcription: 2nd Marriage Certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme.

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  2        2Shares This post contains my transcription of the second marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois-Ducharme. Certificate of Marriage Church of St. George, Manchester, New Hampshire. This is to Certify that Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois were lawfully Married on the 31st day of May 1935 According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic …

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Marriage Certificate of Joseph William Herve (Babe) Ducharme and Marguerite (Peggy) Bourgeois

Transcription: Marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois.

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           The following is my transcription of the marriage certificate of Herve Ducharme and Marguerite Bourgeois. STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE Certificate of Marriage This Certifies that on this, the 31st day of May, 1935, at Manchester, I joined in Marriage, in the presence of witnesses, Herve Ducharme of Manchester and Marguerite Bourgeois of Manchester. Certificate of …

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Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

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           Following is my transcription of the extract of a baptism for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois. French Original Extrait du régistre de baptêmes, marriages, sépultures de la paroisse de St. Hughes du Lac Saguay from l’année mil neuf cent-quinze. Le trente-et un octobre, mil neuf cent-quinze, nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Marie Margeurite Yvette, née le …

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Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

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           The following is my transcription of the baptism certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme, as well as the English translation via Google Translate. French Original Certificat de Bapteme —— Eglise Ste-Marie, Manchester, N. H. ——- Je soussigné certifie que Joseph William Hervé Ducharme enfant de Joseph Ducharme et de Alice Tremblay né le 31 jour …

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Memorial for Armand J. Martel.

Transcription – ‘In Memoriam’ for Armand J. Martel.

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           Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Armand J. Martel. “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” St. Matt. V. 5 May Jesus have mercy on the Soul of ARMAND J. MARTEL 1928 – 1998 O gentlest heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with …

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The Turmaine Family

Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

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           Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better. My grandparents on my father’s side were …

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Martha and Elam Dennis Matthews

Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

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           The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time. Area Deaths ______________ Aged Louisa County Resident Dies Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the …

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Baptism record of Jaques Labelle (1688)..

Transcription: Baptism record for Jacques Labelle (and others).

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           Following is the baptism record for Jacques Labelle (1688) and other records from the same page of entries. Unfortunately, the image is of very poor quality and a good portion of the page is indecipherable.   Feel free to forward any new information and/or corrections to help with this transcription. Parish records for Mere Ste. …

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Carter, Clifford & Sampson, Elizabeth

Transcriptions: Marriage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson – II.

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           Transcriptions: Documents relating to the marriage of Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson.  These documents are a continuation of Part I of this post. —————- No. 1462 MARRIAGE LICENSE —————- PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA D. MacKeen Lieutenant-Governor BY HIS HONOUR The Honourable David McKeen Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. Whereas, Clifford Carter and Elizabeth Sampson  have determined …

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Priests of St. Roch Church, Quebec

Transcription of the memorial stone for the priests of St. Roch Church, Quebec

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2          2SharesThe following is my transcription of the memorial stone for the priests of St. Roch Church, Quebec City, Quebec in Canada. It lists the head priests and the beginning and end dates of their terms.   ??????????? cures de ST. ROCH Seigneur ????????? ??? le repos et la lumiere eternelle Jean Bro; 1787- Antoine Desforces; …

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Elizabeth Stalham baptism record

Transcription and Translation: Baptism of Elizabeth Stalham and others from the St. George Tombland Church register.

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2          2SharesSt. George Tombland Church Parish Register of Norfolk, England for 1597 – Elizabeth Williams (Stalham) baptism (and others).   This was very difficult to transcribe and translate, and errors may be present. Be sure to consult the original image and keep the original image attached to this transcription and translation.   Transcription of Latin text …

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Melanson Settlement

Historical Vital Statistics website of Nova Scotia Archives is searchable in French and English.

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           I have a few favorite, go-to sites that I use much more than any others, and the Nova Scotia Archives site is one. Considering the substantial Acadian ancestry of my family, it’s no surprise that the majority of vital records for the majority of my ancestors are available on this site. The searchable database of …

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Keefer, Christian W. and Mary A

Genealogy Mystery: Who were Christian W. Keefer’s parents?

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3          3SharesChristian W. Keefer (Chester) is an important figure in one of the main branches of my husband’s and children’s ascendancy. He married Mary Ann Jacques and they eventually settled and raised a family in Dodge County, Wisconsin. After numerous years of research, however, I’m still left scratching my head at the mystery of the identity …

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Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

Transcription: Baptism Record for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois

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           The following is my transcription and translation of the baptism certificate for Marie Marguerite Yvette Bourgeois. ORIGINAL FRENCH Extrait du régistre de baptémes, marriages, sépulture. De la paroisse de St. Hughes du Lac Saguay, from l’année mil neuf cent quinze. Le trente et un octobre mil neuf cent quinze, nous frétre, soussigné, arons baptisé Marie …

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