The Birth and Baptism of Geneviève Fortin – 1662

On 08 Apr 1662, Geneviève Fortin, daughter of Julien Fortin-Bellefontaine and Geneviève Gamache, was born. On Easter Sunday, 09 Apr 1662, she was baptized in the Church of Nôtre Dame de la Visitation in Château Richer, Canada, New France.

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Genevieve Fortin - 1662

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Geneviève Fortin – 1662

SOURCE: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montréal, Québec, Canada : Institut Généalogique Drouin. Nôtre Dame de la Visitation, Château Richer, Canada, New France, 1662. Birth and Baptismal Record of Geneviève Fortin, page 6.

Click on the image above to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Geneviève Fortin. The record reads:

Geneviève Fortin

Geneviève, daughter of Julien Fortin-Bellefontaine
and Geneviève Gamache was born on the eighth
of the month of April and was baptized on
Easter, the ninth of the present month, the Godfather
was François Fortin, surgeon, on behalf of Nicolas
Gamache and the Godmother was Geneviève Auber, daughter
of Claude Auber.
                             Th[omas] Morel, pastor

This record can be found as image 17/727 in the Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 on Ancestry.com in the records for Château Richer 1661-1702. The record appears on page 6.

I am uncertain if the Godfather’s name is François Fortin and his occupation is surgeon, or if his name is a dit name: François Fortin-Chirurgien.

UPDATE 25 Jun 2008: Gilles of The Nomadic Researcher wrote to let me know that François Fortin, surgeon is the correct translation. Chirurgien is not a dit-name. Gilles referred me to the website of the PDRH which discusses dit-names and provides a searchable database of all dit-names known to be associated with surnames before 1800. Thanks again for your help, Gilles!

At the time this record was written, France and her colonies were using the Gregorian Calendar, while England and her colonies were still using the Julian Calendar. England did not switch to the new calendar until 02 Sep 1752.

Copyright © 2008 by Stephen J. Danko

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