My uncle, John Danko, married Alice Charron. The two were my Godparents. Alice’s mother was Marie-Zénaïde-Zite Patenaude, who was born in Coaticook, Québec, Canada in 1870, and was baptized in either the Mission of St. Edmond or the Mission of St. Herménégilde in Coatacook. Her Birth and Baptismal Record is the third record on this page, designated as B.68.
The Birth and Baptismal Record of Marie-Zenaide-Zite Patenaude -1870
SOURCE: Ancestry.com. Quebec Vital Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Birth and Baptismal Record of Marie-Zenaide-Zite Patenaude, Mission of St. Edmond, Coaticook, Quebec, Canada, 1870. Back of Folio 12, B.68.
Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Marie-Zenaide-Zite Patenaude -1870. The record, translated from French, states:
B.68 [baptism #68]
On the ninth of July one thousand eight hundred seventy, we, the parish priest whose name is signed below, baptized Marie-Zénaïde-Zite, daughter born on the twelfth day of June last, of the legitimate marriage of Charles Patenaude, farmer, and Osithe Gamache of Saint Herménégilde. Godfather, Octave Blain, laborer, godmother, Adeline Gamache, who don’t know how to sign. The father has signed with us.
[signed] C Patenaude
[I.A. Dufresne ??]
This is the first French Canadian record I’ve found, and the first record I’ve translated from the French. Years ago, I had purchased a copy of:
Geyh, Patricia Keeney. 2002. French Canadian sources: a guide for genealogists. Orem, Utah: Ancestry Pub.
Luckily, I had this book around when I found Marie-Zénaïde-Zite Patenaude’s Birth and Baptismal Record today. Page 147 shows an image, transcription, and translation nearly identical in format to the record I found.
So, even though I can’t speak more than a dozen words of French, with the help of this book I was able to translate this record.