How lovely, thanks for this. I will add all this to our little collection of family material.
And I do have another question. Can you explain what the notation 'dit' in Quebecois genealogy means? I presume it somehow designates a change in surname (or the name used as a surname)(does 'dit' mean 'known as'? and if so why would this normally be included?).
In the family we are following there were quite a few 'name changes' over the years. They seem to start in Anjou (perhaps) France in the late 1600s as 'Cimetiere' (this as a surname is a real puzzle!), then become JANSON (perhaps a Norse connection in Normandy?. Those two names come with them across to Quebec.
They are in Vercheres, Quebec by about 1730, and remain Janson until the 1820s when DesLaurier creeps in and they are DesLaurier/Janson for several generations. By the 1850s all this has become Johnson. The Charlie Johnson who married our young Mabel Labonte was the first simple 'Johnson'.
If you could give me a clue as to the usual story of name changes in these old French families we'd be grateful. Thanks, nancy
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