New Le Forum continues Gueret-Guerette listings

Posted May 31, 2009, at 6:03 p.m.

This is the 17th year of Bob Chenard’s writing “The French Connection: Franco-American Families of Maine” for Le Forum, the publication of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine.

In the spring 2009 issue, Chenard, who lives in Waterville, follows the family by listing marriages from Les Familles Gueret.

“The listing can be used up or down to find parents or descendants,” Chenard writes in the introduction.

For instance, you have the marriage for Ulderic Gueret and Exilia Bernier in Lewiston on Sept. 15, 1884.

The number after their marriage listing is 33C, which lists marriages for children Leda-M., Aurore and Joseph-Fernand.

The number before Ulderic Gueret — and also his siblings Joseph, Adeline, Cyriaque and Leda — is 33A. So we look above the listing to find the couple that has 33A at the end of their marriage listing, and that turns out to be Cyriac/Cyriaque Guerette and Adeline/Clementine Parent, who were married in St. Alexandre, Kamouraska, Quebec, on Jan. 11, 1859.

I found the 33A marriage in the first part of Chenard’s article in the winter 2008 issue of Le Forum.

One you’ve used Chenard’s articles a bit, you’ll be in good shape to use similar series of books at Maine State Library in Augusta.

Brother Eloi-Gerard Talbot did two sets of marriage books in particular for Quebec counties, one set for Beauce, Dorchester and Frontenac; and the other for Montmagny, L’Islet and Bellechasse.

These counties, you’ll notice on a map, are a prime traveling route for the French to migrate from Quebec to the Waterville, Lewiston and Biddeford areas.

Kamouraska is a bit further up the St. Lawrence River.

Many Quebec families who lived first in Quebec City moved to Kamouraska for a generation or two before migrating up to the St. John Valley in New Brunswick and what is now Maine.

Also in this issue, Chenard begins the Marquis genealogy.

Other treasures in this issue of Le Forum include:

• “France in North America,” by Jacqueline Chamberland Blesso of Patterson, N.J. Blesso, a St. Agathe native, is the daughter of my husband’s uncle, the late Gerard Chamberland. Read the article and you’ll learn about the last remaining French territory in North America, where the official currency is the euro. As it often does, Le Forum offers both a French version and an English version of this article. Having had three years of French in high school, I enjoy comparing the two and seeing how much I can remember.

• Part 2 of “Sanford’s Mr. Baseball,” by Yves Chartrand of Ottawa, Ontario. The subject is Frederick Alfred Parent, who was the last surviving Boston player from the first World Series in 1903.

• “Heritage of a Full Life, Full Heart,” Evangeline Thibodeau Beaupre,” of the Biddeford-Saco area, by Norman Beaupre.

• “Aunt Grace Comes Home,” by Bob Rivard, Amherst, Mass.

Due to budgetary cuts, Le Forum no longer will be printing paper copies.

But you can find it online at francoamericanarchives.org.

Or, send the center your e-mail address and receive a pdf file.

Either way, you can print off a copy if you like.

If you do not have access to a computer, let the center know so they can arrange for you receive a paper copy.

Either way, do continue or start your subscription.

The cost is $20 in the United States, $25 outside the country, $40 for libraries. Send check to Le Forum, Centre Franco-Americain, Orono, ME 04469-5719.

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A genealogy workshop for the public will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 6, in the Piscataquis Room at the Mayo Regional Hospital Conference Center on Dwelley Avenue, Dover-Foxcroft.

Tisbury Manor Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, is the sponsor, and I will be giving the workshop.

The program is for those of all levels of genealogy experience. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Nancy Battick at 564-3576 or Estella Bennett at 876-3073.

Hope to see you there.

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A celebration to unveil Thomaston’s exhibit on the Maine Memory Network Web site will take place 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Watts Hall, 246 Main St., Thomaston. The event will be catered, and the public is invited to the free event.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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