With help of a wonderful researcher in Quebec, I have found what may be my great grandfather Edward Gerard who was born in the 1830's (records vary - either 1832 or 1838) in Quebec and immigrated to Michigan where he lived out his life.
However, his name in the Canadian baptismal record is spelled "Edouard Girard". The "Edouard" change to "Edward" I know is the common anglicized way. But I wonder about the change from "Girard" to "Gerard". And I notice there are many posts here in this forum where people are looking for ancestors with spelling either Girard or Gerard.
Does anyone have any thoughts on whether "Girard" was the French spelling and people tended to anglicize it to "Gerard"? Or why else would people change the spelling of this last name? I am hoping I have found the right records but can't figure out why he would have changed the spelling of his last name...
Thank you for any thoughts you may have on this!
- Nancy Gerard Rhine
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