Who was my third grandmother? Which one of these women married Moyse Hypolite Fortin? Were they cousins? Were there mistakes in the information I was finding? I needed answers.
Genealogy requires exact details and facts in order to get the story right. As a new genealogist I learned this very quickly.
In the case of my third great grandmother there were conflicting reports. One day I would find Henriette Bertrand in Ile Perrot and then later find an Henriette Bertrand in Vaudreuil. The dates varied by only two years and they fit in with the time frame of my third great grandfather.
The two communities are very close to one another, a matter of only a few kilometers.
It soon became apparent that there were in fact two Henriettes. I found the baptismal document on line for Henriette 2. The discovery made me realize that perhaps I had been researching the wrong person.
At this point I needed clarification. I made a visit to Centre d’histoire La Presqu’íle in Vaudreuil and was able with the help of the archivist learn for certain which of the Henriettes was the correct one. Now I had what appeared to be a monumental task ahead. Research had been done for Henriette 1 thinking she was the right person. Now, this lineage was of little value as she was not one of my ancestors. This meant starting over with Henriette 2 and tracing her line.
The archivist was very helpful finding documentation and pointing out the right direction to proceed.
This was indeed a valuable lesson and I am grateful having learned it early on in my research. It has constantly been a reminder that before making the next move, make certain you have as many exact verified facts as possible about the particular person you are researching. That way you can avoid mistakes.
The following two documents were found on Ancestry-Drouin Collection
Registres paroissiaux et Actes d’état civil du Québec (Collection Drouin), 1621 à 1967
Ancestry.com. Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations
Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.
Comparison of data for the two Henriettes
Henriette Bertrand 1 Henriette Bertrand 2
Born: December 28, 1811 in Vaudreuil Born March 7, 1813 in Ile Perrot
————————————— Died November 5, 1838
Mother: Apoline St. Julien Mother: Scholastique Sabourin
Born: Nov 6. 1783 in Vaudreuil Born: 1789 in Rigaud
Died: Aug 2, 1834 in Vaudreuil Died: July 28 1821 in Rigaud
————————————— Married: September 12 1831 in Montebello
Father: Francois Vital Bertrand Father: Francois Joseph Bertrand
Born: Jan 4, 1780 in Vaudreuil Born 1784
Died: July 11, 1859 in St. Joeph du lac Died: 1832 in Ste Justine de Newton
In 1832 Henriette 2 married Moyse Hypolite Fortin, my third great grandfather. She died November 5, 1838 at the age of twenty-five in Montebello, having given him a daughter, Leocadie Fortin, my great-grandmother and a son, Louis.
Centre d’histoire La Presqu’íle
Achives regionales de Vaudreuil Soulanges
431 BC St. Charles
Vaudreuil-Dorion J7V 2N3
2 thoughts on “The Pitfalls of a Neophyte Genealogist”
Thank you Claire for sharing this experience with fellow genealogists. Good advise for researchers, not only beginners. Caution to those who paint their tree with a wide brush!