MSS-015-French-Canadian Marriage Records

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoMarriage records are the backbone of your French-Canadian research upon which you build your family structure. Before we dissect a marriage record, it helps to understand what’s behind the parts that make up the whole.

In preparation, today we will discuss the history of marriage in New France, as well as what is meant by banns of marriage, impediments like consanguinity and affinity, dispensations, and marriage contracts.

In Language Tips #15, we cover the sounds of the French ‘CH.’

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