There has been much controversy/confusion about the birth/ baptism of our ancestor, Barthelemy Bergeron D’Amboise. For years we were under the false impression that he was born/baptized in the year 1665 and that his parents were Antoine and Claudette SCARRON Bergeron. It has now been found that this was very possibly not correct. Barthelemy was born/baptized 23 May 1663 at St-Denis Church in Amboise; his parents were Rene and Anne DAGAULT Bergeron. But, let’s let Cousin Marius D’Amboise tell this story himself in his own words.
“I found the baptism of Barthelemy Bergeron in 1974 in the library of Amboise. I spent many days searching through their records before I finally, on a bright sunny morning, turned the page to the baptism act on left, top of the page. I examined the records from 1600 roughly to 1710 and I did not find any other Bergeron (or D'Amboise, by the way) named << Barthelemy >>. Furthermore, the time bracket that I first considered for Barthelemy's birth was 1655-1665 based on the time of his arrival in Canada and the supposed age for his marriage according to Father Adrian Bergeron. I have examined the records of all of the parishes in Amboise and none but St-Denis contained an act for Barthelemy. I was therefore and still am convinced that the act found was that of Barthelemy, our ancestor. The act is that of his baptism, not of his birth. However, it is very likely that he was born around the day he was baptized, since this was the common practice at the time (in New-France, however, this was not always possible and sometimes baptism took place many months after birth). It is to be noted that on those times, there were no civil act of birth as such: baptism was considered the civil act; a copy of the act was given to the civil archives. By the way it is still like that in Quebec where the religious act is coupled to the civil act; in France, it changed with the Revolution. As you all know, genealogical research is a never ending process. We proceed by what is most likely, what is possible... and then, we try to find the proof. Unfortunately, with Acadian roots we often have to satisfy ourselves with what is likely or what is possible rather than what is proven.”
Thank you, Professor D’Amboise
Foot note; for those of you who don’t know him,
Marius D’Amboise is a professor of chemistry at the University of Montréal, Quebec. He is also an avid part time genealogist.
For those of us who would require more information on this, or any other subject pertaining to our Acadian Heritage, Professor D’Amboise has graciously consented to conduct a discussion, followed by a question and answer session, to be held (at a time to be mutually decided upon) during our reunion in July of 2009. In order to attend our reunion. Please log into our website at the URL below... http://www.bergeron-damboise.com/en/http://www.bergeron-damboise.com/en/ Click on the “Reunion 2009” tab fill out the reservation form, click on the send button. If you should encounter a problem, simply copy the required information, using the same format, into an e-mail and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org c/c email@example.com.