Here is ancestry.ca's record listing for the baptism of Marie Cleophie [Cléophée] Cheval, daughter of Joseph Cheval and Marie Louise Goneau: And here is ancestry.ca's record listing for the marriage of Cleophes [Marie Cléophée] Cheval to Pierre Dubeau, son of Pierre Dubeau and Louise Poirier dit Desloges: Note that an ancestry.ca user has supplied a … Continue reading French Canadian “dit” names
I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for the longest time, ever since a reader asked me, ‘Can you assume Catholic or Protestant for a family on the basis of their children’s first names?’ And my shorter answer is: No. No, you cannot infer a religious affiliation for your Irish ancestors on the basis … Continue reading Catholic or Protestant? Can you tell by the forenames? Preliminary
So the reason I’m blue in the face is not apnoea or an impending heart attack, it’s from telling people over and over and over that it makes no difference whether your Quin family have been insanely fussy about spelling their surname with one N for the past three centuries. Ninety-nine times out of a … Continue reading John Grenham on Irish surname spellings
Nowadays we tend to think of someone as having a 'real' name, with nicknames and diminutives as informal variations on that one official and authentic version of the name. A person's 'real' name is what appears on the birth certificate, of course (and also in the baptismal record, if relevant), and in all subsequent official … Continue reading What was her ‘real’ name? (Lillian Doyle)
One of the things I love about TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding) is its powerful search capacity. Once you've entered some data into your TNG-based genealogy database, you can quickly and easily perform all kinds of searches based on any number of criteria. Cause of death contains "tuberculosis," for example, gives me this list … Continue reading Emmet/Emmett as First or Middle Name
RC Burial Record and Ontario Civil RegistrationIf you're looking for Catholic ancestors, the parish register, if available, will be a very important, and in many cases the most important, source of genealogical information.Because the RC records typically supply maiden names (of the mother of an infant in the case of a baptism; of both the … Continue reading Hanorah Ryan’s Death Records
It was virtually universal in every class and creed in Ireland for the firstborn son to be given the Christian name of his paternal grandfather. One can presume this with a degree of genealogical surety -- provided one knows the name of the firstborn son, which, in an era of high infant mortality, was not … Continue reading Firstborn Son or Eldest Known Surviving Son?
In my family tree, I've noticed the name Loreto/Loretto as a girl's middle name from about 1860. It seems to peak around 1900 or so (though there are a couple of examples which occur a generation or two later). So, for example, my great-grandmother, daughter of Patrick Killeen and Bridget Galligan, was baptized Bridget Loreto … Continue reading Middle Name ‘Loretto’/’Loreto’