What does "Reconnaissance" from daughter to father mean

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I came across a Quebec, Canada, Notarial record dated June 19, 1833 and the only sentence is: "Reconnaissance de Theotiste Meilleur à J Baptiste Meilleur".  "Reconnaissance" literally translated is recognition daughter Theotiste to father J Baptiste.  My question: What does this mean?  I also noticed Theotiste has a brother J Baptiste who married Adelaide Proulx they married 1834.  Would this be a transaction or exchange?
WikiTree profile: Théotiste Meilleur
in WikiTree Help by Nicole Boorse G2G6 Pilot (852k points)
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Reconnaissance means that the child is legitimized from an out of wedlock birth and gives the mother legal standing over the child.

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (459k points)
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Am i correct in understanding that she had this child prior to her marriage in 1828 and that this husband may not necessarily be the father?
He is likely the father but the child was born before they were married. Someone else might know for sure.
Thank you Doug for your help on this.  Had i left it to my own thinking it would have been a monetary transaction with her father or brother.  Just goes to show anything could happen.  Thanks you again for this information.
Nope, not in a notarial act it doesn't.  The girl is quite legitimate, born in 1806, parents married in 1790.
Sorry. My notes are wrong.
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Reconnaissance de - à  in a notarial act is normally the recognition of something from  - to , ie without further context hard to say more, but it is used sometimes to denote that a particular prior notarial agreement has been fulfilled.

Doing a few fix-ups on the profile of your girl, place names are anachronistic right now.  Laval was created as a city in the 20th century.

by Danielle Liard G2G6 Pilot (491k points)

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