We have been doing some very in depth searching of another one of my wife's lines (CHALLEAU) which happens to be in the same region of France. The searching has been among recently available online parish records (in terrible scribbling, completely in French). We have made numerous breakthroughs on that other line. So we just started research on her LAPERLE ancestry, and pretty quickly traced from the 1800's in Quebec, all the way back to Mathurin Banlier Dit Laperle. And lo and behold, we were excited to learn that he was supposedly from Poitiers, France (the area around where we have been doing a LOT of research). So I have been digging in old records in Poitiers for a few hours, and the best I can tell, there is nothing resembling this name there.
So, still on day one of this new line.... I looked on some French websites (not Canadian, in France), and it appears that the main area where the BANLIER family is located is in Deux-Sevres (the next state to the West of Viennes - where Poitiers is located). I am theorizing that since he was a Soldat in the Carignan (a soldier), perhaps Poitiers is where he joined, and not where his family is from. I spent a lot of time digging through some good resources, and BANLIER (alon with the 11 other variants) are not to be found in Viennes state. And LaPerle was not found there either. But in my searching, I DID find that there is a Banlier family concentrated in Deux-Sevres state. They have some online records, but I need to figure out what town they lived in before I can search, as this is not digitally recognizable stuff (can't do a web search in a search engine). They are all photocopies of old parish records, etc. So, perhaps in a few months I will be able to post a find.
To the previous poster, that is a nice data set you posted. I have quite a bit, but not sure how mine compares to yours. If when I look, I have enough other info to be worth it, I'll post a report in this forum.
Meanwhile, if anyone can come up with a name of a town where the BANLIER family lived or lives in Deux-Sevres, that would be a welcome piece of data to help me in further searching.
The good news is that Deux-Sevres has a good data set. The bad news is that most data only goes back to the early 1600s. So at best, we will likely find Mathurin and his parents, possibly grandparents and cousins, etc. I was very lucky in my Challeau research to find a few scattered records to take me all the way back to the 1500s. I'd welcome email from a fellow researcher.
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