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Re: Simon Allaire
Posted by: Dorothy Drake (ID *****2062) Date: June 05, 2003 at 09:11:42
In Reply to: Simon Allaire by Audra Davis of 403

Audra, your Simon Sr. and Mary Free could perhaps be in the Loiselle Marriage Index (available through any LDS Family History Library) if they were married in Quebec. I suspect that Mary's name was something different there, perhaps Marie Laliberte. Often when French speaking people came from Quebec they changed their names to something more English sounding---and Laliberte is a surname which can be translated as "Free." Be aware also, that Quebec people often had double given names which were used interchangeably, so that, you have Joseph Simon----that could be the full name of his father Simon as well, because boys were often given the name Joseph to honor the foster father of Jesus. Girls were given the name Marie to honor the mother of Jesus, plus another name, such as Rose, Euphrosine or Charlotte. Sometimes records will give her name as only Marie and sometimes as only this second name, so they will not necessarily be consistent in the use of names.

The best way to find them is to get Catholic church records, if they were married and baptised in the church. Start with the latest record you have and go backwards with Baptisms, Marriages and burials/Sepultures in Quebec. That is the most reliable way to do it. The Loiselle Index will help you if they were married in Quebec but none of the later records show you the parish or town they came from. Once you find an ancestor in the Loiselle, you can often take your line all the way back to the first immigrant to Quebec in those same records. Good Luck.

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