The Birth and Baptism of Joseph François Adélard Patenaude – 1879

Joseph François Adélard Patenaude was born in 1879 in Coatacook, Québec, the son of Charles Patenaude and Ozithe Gamache. His birth and baptism are recorded in record B38 on the back of Folio 9.

Birth and Baptismal Record for Joseph Francois Adelard Patenaude

The Birth and Baptism of Joseph François Adélard Patenaude – 1879

SOURCE: Québec Vital Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 [database on-line]. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Québec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Birth and Baptismal Record of Joseph François Adélard Patenaude, Roman Catholic Parish of St. Edmond, Coaticook, Québec, Canada, 1879. Back of Folio 9, B.38.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptism of Joseph François Adélard Patenaude – 1879. Translated from the French, the record states:

B38 [baptism #38]
Joseph François

On the seventh of June, one thousand eight hundred seventy nine, by us, the undersigned parish vicar, was baptized Joseph François Adélard, born on the third of the current month, of the legitimate marriage of Charles Patenaude, laborer of this place, and Osithe Gamache. Godfather, Louis Laroche, Godmother, Mary Dupont, who did not sign.

[signed] N. Rainville, Priest

French Canadian birth and baptismal records from this time period all use the same format and, for the most part, the same words. Learn to translate one and you’re in good shape to translate all the others. That said, different priests tended to use slightly different words, and the specifics of the events sometimes results in slightly different language.

Unlike the birth and baptismal records from Poland I recently published where the same people reappeared as Godparents in a given family’s records, these French Canadian records show different Godparents for every child in the family. I don’t know if this observation was made by chance or if there is a pattern here.

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