"Petit-sault" ("Little Falls") in this region is an old name for what is now Edmondston NB. The name comes from the falls near the mouth of the Madawaska River where it enters the Saint John River, about 35 miles upstream from the considerably larger falls at Grand-Sault (Grand Falls) NB. Edmundston is, indeed, north of both Caribou and Presque Isle ME, however it is now in Madawaska County, not in Victoria County (Madawaska County was created from the western part of Victoria County in 1873).
Location of birth records varies depending upon the date and country of birth. When you say your grandfather was born in Madawaska, I don't know if you mean the town of Madawaska in Maine or the county of Madawaska in New Brunswick. Maine birth records are available from the town and from the state from 1892 to the present. Prior to that date, you will have to use church records (available only from the individual parishes). New Brunswick birth records are available from the Vital Statistics Branch in Fredericton from 1888 to the present (an incomplete collection of "late" birth records covering 1812-1887 is also available at the Provincial Archives). Church records for all parishes on the NB side of the Saint John are available on microfilm at the Public Archives of New Brunswick.
The Acadian Archives has a regional focus on the Upper Saint John River Valley, and we have a variety of resources which may prove useful in doing research on this region. We are a division of the University of Maine and we do not charge for most minor reference services. We will respond to queries (please be specific) as our workload permits.
Acadian Archives / Archives acadiennes
University of Maine at Fort Kent
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