Thursday, 2 February 2017

Two French Marriage Records for 5th-Great-Grandparents' Nicholas & Angelique: What Do They Say?

Over the course of the past few months, I decided to put my Swedish research on hold and spend more time focusing on my other lines. One line in specific is my Benoit line, which hails from Quebec in Canada. The Benoits are of French-Canadian descent. As I continue my research with this line, one problem I have is that a large majority of documents I find are in French, which I know very little of. 

Recently, I have found two separate marriage records for my 5th-great-grandparents Nicholas Magny and Angelique Gervais. Both are in French. The marriage took place in 1785. I am hoping to take away as much information as I can from both of them, on the chance that one contains information that the other doesn't, and was hoping to find someone who would be able to translate both of these.

Below are the two marriage records, divided into two images each. Any help in translating both of these would be greatly appreciated.


1st Marriage Record




2nd Marriage Record



Copyright © 2017, David J. McRae

Monday, 2 January 2017

On This Day In Family History (January 2):

1843: 1st cousin 5x removed Katrina Andersdotter was born in Löfås, Östad församling, Älvsborgs län, Västergötland, Sweden.


1848:  4th-great-granduncle Olaus Olsson was buried. 

1848: 1st cousin 5x removed Aron Ryberg passed away by cause of kikhosta in Angered Storegården, Angered församling, Älvsborgs län, Västergötland, Sweden, aged 2.


1885: 4th cousin 4x removed Anna Larsdotter was baptized in Söbyn, Grinstad församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.

1935: 5th cousin 3x removed Ingrid Ulrika Hede was Nor församling, Värmlands län, Värmland, Sweden.

1981: 3rd cousin David George DeRoche was born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA.

1987: 5th cousin 3x removed Bengt Anders Ingemar Malmsköld passed away in Sweden.

Copyright © 2016, David J. McRae

Sunday, 1 January 2017

On This Day In Family History (January 1):

1773: 5th-great-grandfather Börje Andersson was born in Sweden.


1788: 6th-great-grandaunt Lisbet Andersdotter married Halfvard Bengtsson in Järn församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden. 


1805: 5th-great-grandaunt Britta Jonsdotter married 1st cousin 7x removed (Britta’s 1st cousin) Anders Börjesson in Östad församling, Älvsborgs län, Västergötland, Sweden.


1822: 5th-great-grandfather Petter Eriksson married Kjerstin Larsdotter in Grinstad församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.


1825: 1st cousin 6x removed Sven Pettersson was baptized in Järn församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.


1826: 1st cousin 7x removed Märta Lisa Ingevaldsdotter married Johannes Pärsson in Järn församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.


1848: 3rd cousin 5x removed Lars Magnus Svensson was born in Sävarebol, Grinstad församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.


1865: 3rd cousin 5x removed Wilhelmina Johansson was born in Gullesbyn, Ör församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden. 


1875: 4th cousin 4x removed Sven August Jonasson was baptized in Hede, Grinstad församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.

1909: 5th cousin 3x removed John Lars Magnus Waller was born in Önum församling, Skaraborgs län, Västergötland, Sweden.


2013: 6th cousin 2x removed Lars Erik Verner Eriksson passed away in Flo församling, Västra Götalands län, Västergötland, Sweden, aged 82.

Copyright © 2016, David J. McRae 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Ancestors In Living Color! (#3): Sarah Jane McGinn's Wedding Day

Yesterday, I asked the people over at the Random Acts of Kindness Photo Restoration Facebook group to add some color to my great-great-grandmother Sarah Jane McGinn's wedding photo from February 25, 1897. The photo is a "tintype." Seated in the middle is Sarah with her parents, James F. McGinn and Rachel (Ellsworth) McGinn, beside her. Below is the original:


Now here it is in color:


Whether those were the actual colors or not that day I'll never know but seeing these old photographs with color added to them sure does bring greater life to moments like these.

Special thanks again to the folks over at Random Acts of Kindness Photo Restoration Facebook group for doing this!

Copyright © 2016, David J. McRae

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

On This Day In Family History (July 5):

1953: Great-grandmother Lucile Rebecca (Garfield) Anderson passed away in Brockton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA, aged 37.


Great-grandmother Lucile holding her sons, Frederic and David (right; my grandfather).

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Monday, July 6, 1953
Page Two


Mrs. Henry R. Anderson

   Mrs. Lucille R. (Garfield) Anderson, 37, of 215 Copeland street, wife of Henry R. Anderson, died Sunday morning at a local hospital. She had been in failing health for the past three months, and her death brings great sorrow to her family and friends.
   Mrs. Anderson was born in Medford, and had resided in this city for 36 years. She was a woman of pleasing personality. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the South Congregational church. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Frederic R. Anderson and David W. Anderson; her mother, Mrs. Mary L. Garfield of this city; one brother, Henry A. Garfield of this city; three sisters, Mrs. Gerald Glover of California, Mrs. Leroy Carlson and Miss Edith Garfield, both of this city; also several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 from the funeral home at 647 Main street. Rev. James A. Davidson, DD, pastor of the First Baptist church will officiate, and interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater.

Copyright © 2016, David J. McRae

Saturday, 2 July 2016

On This Day In Family History (July 2):

1835: 1st cousin 6x removed Brita Maja Andersdotter was born in Frestersbyn, Järn församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.

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Friday, 1 July 2016

On This Day In Family History (July 1):

1916: Great-grandmother Lucile Rebecca Garfield was born in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. 



1916: 2nd cousin 3x removed Dagny Ingegerd Karlsson was born in Angered Stom, Angered församling, Älvsborgs län, Dalsland, Sweden.