When discussing French-Canadian ancestors, Richard Crooks discusses baptismal parish registers “The first fact encountered is the date of the event. It is important to note that the event being recorded is the baptism and not the birth. The date consists of the day of the month, the month and the year usually written out in words instead of numerals. If you need a little help deciphering the date, Family Search has a helpful French Genealogical Word List found at www.familysearch.org/ENG/Search/rg/guide/WLFrench.asp that not only includes numbers, dates and times but also includes a list of several hundred key genealogical terms.” SOURCE: “Find Your Francophone Ancestors”. Discovering Family History. May/June 2009 pages 49-51.
This reminds Ol’ Myrt that there are a number of genealogy word lists. Hope these help you decipher those old documents.
Here are guidelines with sample letters to be used when writing for official records in a foreign language.
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