January 21, 2010

A Brick Wall Comes Tumbling Down - What a find



Dear Cousins,

For more years, searches, hours and minutes than I can count, I have searched endlessly in search of my great grandfather Georges Dumais' baptismal record. The grandfather of my mother Rosanna Levesque LeBlanc, and the father of my grandmother Arthémise Dumais, it seemed that I would never find this record.



St. Georges Church, Cacouna
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec

Yesterday, January 20th, that brick wall came tumbling down.  One more time as I searched through my Family Tree Maker software that takes me onto Ancestry.com, I saw a George Dumais born in 1839 that I'd not seen before.  At that moment I was tempted to overlook it since the record was for a parish in Cacouna, Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec.  Why you might ask?  Well Georges was the 7th of twelve children and all of his siblings 1 through 6 were baptized in the parish of St-André, Kamouraska.  I would have expected that he would have been baptized in the same parish especially since his next three siblings were also baptized at St-André.  How baffling is this and I will try to figure out the reason this might have happened (if possible).   I scoured those parish registers and for that matter all of the registers for Kamouraska County.  I never expected he would have been baptized elsewhere *but* I never stopped looking.
 
I cannot tell you the excitement and elation I felt that I had *finally* found this record.  A day later I still can't believe it.

Well it is proof  that we should never stop searching when it comes to genealogy.  Never!  I hope all of your brick walls come tumbling down and no matter how much time passes, no matter where you have looked, just don't give up.




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18 comments:

Wendy said...

Congratulations! It is so exciting when we make such discoveries.

And aren't they always in the places we least expect? :)

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Wendy. This one was a big surprise. What a find after years of searching ;o)

Greta Koehl said...

So exciting - and it's so funny that I had just the same thoughts as you before I had a couple of unexpected finds - "Oh, this can't be it!" It's such a shock when it is the very thing you've been searching for. Congratulations!

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Greta. This is a nice "shock" to kindof have lol.

Felicia R Mathis said...

Congrats Lucie,
I know how it feels to finally siecover something that you have been looking for!

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Felicia - I feel as elated today as I did when I found it. I still cannot believe it! ;o)

Yvonne, Sweden said...

Hi, I can really understand how wonderful it is when you find what you are looking for a very long time! I also believe that we can look at places where you looked before, the first time you can miss the information and perhaps you look at the info another way, when you look next time. I have one (or actually several..;) ) brick walls and has not given up, yet ...wish me luck..! :)

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Good luck indeed Yvonne. What I am also finding with the siblings of my great grandfather is that his parents were too creative in the names they gave their children. Today I found one of my great great aunts, sister of my great great grandfather Georges, was named D'Égypte Lodie Dumais - now that is beyond my wildest!! so we just never know and must keep on digging!

Lucie

Yvonne, Sweden said...

Thanks for your reply. Amazing that you have found your great great aunt, to! Well, you never know...! I think you have so beautiful and nice blogs! I have just started my own. I think it's fun, but hard to get it good and informative. I would like to keep a line, it will mainly focus on genealogy. And then I'm Swedish and have it not toooo easy with the English language ...;)

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

That's great Yvonne! Blogging can be so much fun. I really enjoy it. You are doing very well with your English from what I can see...

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Congratulations on your find! I never get tired of reading about broken brick walls.

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thanks Amy - these are big ones to be sure.

Lori E said...

Hooray on breaking down that wall. It took a big hammer.
I have passed on an award to you from my blog.
http://storiesofmyancestors.blogspot.com/

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thanks so much Loi and a big thank you for the award. I feel so honored!

Deb said...

so glad you found what you were looking for....

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Deb!

Ruth said...

Very happy for you! It is such a pleasure when that happens!

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

Thank you Ruth. An amazing discovery without a doubt.