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
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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Lucie LeBlanc Consentino