Jérõme Meunier and church records

In 1827, Jérõme Meunier is “Jérõme Meunier” and in the village of Bouctouche. On April 5th of that year, he was listed as one of the sponsors to the baptism of Marie Rose, a daughter of Jacques Noël and Marie Elizabeth Bernard. This parish register entry confirms he was already in the community, as mentioned in an 1829 property sale. Jérõme would have been an unwed 28 year-old when he became a godparent to Marie Rose. His relationship with the Noël family is not yet understood. However, there is a large Reserve, with Millers Brook running through it, situated on the north side of the Upper Bouctouche River as identified on the crown land grant map. It is located directly across from the 100-acre lot he purchased in 1829.

Parish registers can be a gold mine of genealogical information, especially the Drouin collection of church records for Canada. This data set is immense. According to the Quebec Records section of their website, it contains 2, 366 microfilms. The available records begin in 1621 and represent churches, Catholic and Protestant, throughout the country. The registers are available on Ancestry, too.

The early priests in Canada seemed to love writing stuff down. Therefore, in many instances, additional information can be gleaned from the registers beyond the names, the dates and the types of service rendered. The records may include a person’s place of residence, or where they were born, names of the parents, age at time of service, names of sponsors or witnesses, whether the person can read or write, and race or ethnicities. They may also note if a person is a foundling, of an illegitimate birth, or if a marrying couple is related by blood or through marriage, too. Sometimes a register will note a future event on an earlier record. For instance, if a person marries, a priest may record that marriage on their baptism record with some details. This is true even if the later event took place in another country.




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