Thursday, October 27, 2011
Finding Philomene Gagné's parents
I've just recently started branching out into types of records other than the census, because I know that, as much as I love the nice, simple census records, they can't tell me everything. So, I recently got around to looking Philomene up in the Drouin Collection, which is a collection of Quebec vital records from 1621 to 1967. Searching for her, along with the name of her spouse, Jean-Baptiste Lavoie, I found their marriage record right away. (Here's where I saved the record image on Wikitree.)
Philomene and Jean-Baptiste married in 1856. Other details are very difficult to make out on records from the Drouin Collection, because they tend to consist of messily handwritten paragraphs. However, I was able to determine that Philomene's father's name was Louis, and her mother's name is something along the lines of Marie Chantale Thalbot.
I already had a list of 1852 census records that could possibly have been Philomene, when she was 13/14 years old. So I went through those, checking to see if any of them had parents that matched the marriage record. I found this one. Philomene's parents in this census record are Louis Gagné and Marie fse Talbot. (fse? Maybe Francoise?) So, I don't know what's going one with Marie's middle name there, but it appears that I've found the correct census record!
WAH-BAM! Brick wall smashed!