Quebec, Canada Ancestry?

by admin on May 27, 2011

I saw one of my old questions and one anwser said i should put information on my Quebec ancestry because it was well researched and see if anyone could find anything. So here it is.
My GGGgrandfather Alfred Blondin was born in Quebec Canada Circa 1840, his brother was Stanislas. Alfred’s son was Joseph Blondin. Joseph Blondin moved to cook county Illinois and appeared on the 1880 census in the U.S. In Alfred’s death record it say’s his father was Jos, probably Joseph and born in Canada.
Thanks!

I believe I found the birth record in the Drouin collection for Quebec vital records, using Ancestry.com (Canadian database.)

Since the record is in French and in a script that is rather hard to read without actually looking at the original paper record, this is what I can translate for you . . .

Religion: Catholique (Catholic)
Place: Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, St-Hyacinthe (the name of the county), Quebec –
Birth year: 1840
Birth date: may be 24 July; The record is on a page dated "Vingt Cinquieme" (25th) and the month looks like Juillet (July.) Part of the written record is: "né hier soir" (born last evening/night), which would make the birth date 24 July.
Full given name: Narcisse Alfred Désiré Blondin
Father: Joseph Blondin, boulanger (baker – his occupation)
Mother: Hélène Robert (Robert probably was her maiden name. This was legal to do, even though she and Joseph were married. It was the custom in Quebec for a long time.)
Both were members of the parish "de cette paroisse," translates as "of this parish."
Godfather/Sponsor (the word in the document is "le parrain"): Antoine Robert
Godmother/Sponsor (the phrase in the document is "la marraine"): Rose Benoit tante de l’enfant (aunt of the baby)

That’s the best I can do.

If you wish to ask someone look up the actual/real record and send you an image of it, if they can, here is a link to a web page of a genealogy help list for Quebec province:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canghl/pqmar.html
Be sure to read the info in the link: Guidelines For Requesting Help
The person on the list who covers St. Hyacinthe County is listed.

In case you are interested, this is the mailing/street address for the church:
Paroisse (Parish) Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire
2200, rue Girouard Ouest, C.P. 128
Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc, J2S 7B4
Canada

Unsolicited advice . . .

If you will be conducting more Quebec ancestor research, you may wish subscribe to the International databases of Ancestry.com for just 1 month, do "a heck of a lot of research" in one month’s time, and then cancel the monthly subscription. There are some free resources for Canadian research, but research in Quebec online is very "tricky," (including "creative" spellings of surnames and what are called "dit" surnames.) A lot of those databases are just not available for free. The Drouin records are not available for free anywhere, as far as I can tell, unless you cross the Canadian border and use the Canadian databases of Ancestry.com at a Canadian public library. 🙂

Whew! This is probably all more than you want to know.

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Best wishes

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Juanaquena May 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I believe I found the birth record in the Drouin collection for Quebec vital records, using Ancestry.com (Canadian database.)

Since the record is in French and in a script that is rather hard to read without actually looking at the original paper record, this is what I can translate for you . . .

Religion: Catholique (Catholic)
Place: Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, St-Hyacinthe (the name of the county), Quebec –
Birth year: 1840
Birth date: may be 24 July; The record is on a page dated "Vingt Cinquieme" (25th) and the month looks like Juillet (July.) Part of the written record is: "né hier soir" (born last evening/night), which would make the birth date 24 July.
Full given name: Narcisse Alfred Désiré Blondin
Father: Joseph Blondin, boulanger (baker – his occupation)
Mother: Hélène Robert (Robert probably was her maiden name. This was legal to do, even though she and Joseph were married. It was the custom in Quebec for a long time.)
Both were members of the parish "de cette paroisse," translates as "of this parish."
Godfather/Sponsor (the word in the document is "le parrain"): Antoine Robert
Godmother/Sponsor (the phrase in the document is "la marraine"): Rose Benoit tante de l’enfant (aunt of the baby)

That’s the best I can do.

If you wish to ask someone look up the actual/real record and send you an image of it, if they can, here is a link to a web page of a genealogy help list for Quebec province:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canghl/pqmar.html
Be sure to read the info in the link: Guidelines For Requesting Help
The person on the list who covers St. Hyacinthe County is listed.

In case you are interested, this is the mailing/street address for the church:
Paroisse (Parish) Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire
2200, rue Girouard Ouest, C.P. 128
Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc, J2S 7B4
Canada

Unsolicited advice . . .

If you will be conducting more Quebec ancestor research, you may wish subscribe to the International databases of Ancestry.com for just 1 month, do "a heck of a lot of research" in one month’s time, and then cancel the monthly subscription. There are some free resources for Canadian research, but research in Quebec online is very "tricky," (including "creative" spellings of surnames and what are called "dit" surnames.) A lot of those databases are just not available for free. The Drouin records are not available for free anywhere, as far as I can tell, unless you cross the Canadian border and use the Canadian databases of Ancestry.com at a Canadian public library. 🙂

Whew! This is probably all more than you want to know.

Librarians–Ask Us, We Answer!
Find your local Public Library at:
http://www.publiclibraries.com/
Find your College/University Library at:
http://lists.webjunction.org/libweb/Academic_main.html

Best wishes
References :
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wendy c May 28, 2011 at 12:33 am

https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Quebec_Church_Records
Happy to see juanquena has posted already for you. The Drouin collection was on ancestry, I don’t know if it still is. There was some dispute around it.
http://www.afgs.org/
another valuable resource, since you may find your Blondin answer…then you will hopefully have other persons and lines to be working. You are making a shift from the easy, already posted things to what requires ORIGINAL items that are not always free. Consider the "easy" stuff to be prelimary, then you get into persons who are not yet solved, and YOU go the extra mile to find the item.
Personally… the quick finds bore me. Finding what others DON’T have is the real challenge. A cousin of mine used to order microfilms of court records from the LDS library, and literally sit and read through them. Her persistance put me to shame.
You are progressing.
References :

Donna J. Strinden January 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am interested in finding information on a Mr. Coakley, who in the years between !865 & !868 was killed, when he was dragged by his Tractor, while farming in St. Hyacinth Quebec Canada. He was wed to a Hannah Mary “Nora” McCail, Coakley and had 4-5 children. I don;t have a first name for him. If you can help me with any old documents of this event, it would be helpful to his great grandchildren. Thank you kindly. Donna Strinden

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