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French Canadian surnames

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French Canadian surnames

Posted: 19 Jun 2002 2:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Jan 2005 7:42PM GMT
Surnames: Gadbois, Gadbaw, Gadbaugh, Gadbow, Vandandaique surnames
Suggest that those of you who bear the Gadbaw surname also look for ancestors using other spellings since the adopted spelling may have depended on record keepers in various localities. It appears that Joseph Vandandaique (Vandendaique, Vandandaigue, Etc.) born in Belgium 1653 introduced the name problem into Canada. French commonly use dits (other names) to help identify families and the dits associated with Vandandaique include Gadbois, Gatebois, having to do with carpenters or wood workers, and the spelling variations that occured trying to write French names once they got to America. My line of Gadbois settled for a time in Indian Lands in Canada just above New York State and entered New York in the Racket-River area of St. Lawrence Co. probably by 1825. My Gadbois connection married a St. Peter in Franklin Co., NY and their St. Peter family moved in mid-1800s to Minnesota.
On the internet, there is a Gadbaw Family tree: Index of Individuals listing some 180 or so Gadbaw names, 16 Gadbaugh and about 55 Gadbois with links taking you to family groups that may help some:
If you have a nearby Family History Center, they should have in their collection Tanguay's Dictionnaire of French Canadians on microfiche mostly early 1600's - mid 1700's. Several compendiums to his dictionnaire correcting entries or adding to by Lebeouf are available by microfilm order. Also available are similar dictionnaires by Jette or Drouin that can be ordered in. Several useful marriage records, Rivest and Loiselle, include information on when and where marriages took place and names of parents of both bride and groom. Altho most limited to records from Quebec, there are some for people married elsewhere. Again the dit problem sometimes interferes. I know a lady whose lineage on both sides goes back to Quebec who in some families had to check a dozen dits. Persistence helps with the French-Canadian search, and I am still trying to find the Indian (presumably native of Canada) in my lineage.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
rfear2 19 Jun 2002 8:55PM GMT 
R_Gadbois 31 Oct 2002 3:21PM GMT 
Laurie 9 Jan 2003 5:50AM GMT 
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