Accents for French Canadian Names?

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Joseph Médéric Coté was born in Quebec.  I originally set up his profile from info available in US records and named him Joseph Mederic Cote.  I have now found his baptism record, which shows his birth name as Joseph Médéric Coté, with a vague circumflex over the O. (His father's name is shown with no circumflex on this record, but it does include the circumflex in others.)

I believe I should change his Last Name At Birth (LNAB) to Coté, even though US records show him as Cote.  Should I also add the circumflex?
WikiTree profile: Mederic Cote
in Policy and Style by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (330k points)
edited by Vic Watt
US census records are written in English, so lose any accents that should be there.  As a note, the location field should not have the ''Centre-du-Quebec region'' which is a totally modern nomenclature, not applicable back then.  Not even really applicable now, if you insist you can put Arthabaska as a provincial electoral riding, aka county.  I come from that same general area myself.  :D

Thanks. I have indicated that Arthabaska and Centre-du-Quebec region are modern nomenclature.

1 Answer

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The common practice is to use the father’s surname from the birth/baptism record as the LNAB, accents included.
by Benoît Bousquet G2G4 (4.8k points)
Thanks, that was my felling, but I wanted to check.

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