Location: Saint-Raymond, Portneuf, Québec
Saint-Raymond One Place Study
This is a One Place Study for Saint-Raymond, located in Portneuf District near the capital of Québec, Canada.
The goal of this study is to create profiles for all Saint-Raymond residents listed on the censuses of 1842, 1851, 1861, 1871, etc., and to coordinate the census information with the parish records and genealogical studies that are available online. No profiles will be created without fact-checking the census information with other sources.
The first census of Saint-Raymond that included all residents was taken in 1851. At the time, the most common surnames in Saint-Raymond were Plamondon, Cantin, Beaupré, Alain, Hamel, Déry, Gingras, Drolette, Moisan, and Paquet. The most common non-French surname was Gray. While most of the residents were French Canadian, there were also many Irish and some English residents.
This study benefits immensely from the online availability of the parish records that are a part of the Drouin Collection. Baptism, marriage and burial dates specifically for Saint-Raymond are available beginning in October 1844.
When Saint-Raymond was first settled in the 1830s, it was called "Bourg-Louis." The thriving town of Saint-Raymond was not formed until the 1840s. The name "Bourg Louis" came to refer to the settlement of mostly Irish and English Protestants located south of the town. On the 1851 Census, these Protestants were counted as part of "Saint-Raymond." Bourg Louis did not officially separate from Saint-Raymond until the late 1800s.
After 1844, Catholic parish records for Saint-Raymond can be found in the Drouin Collection under "Saint-Raymond." Prior to 1844, these records were recorded in other parishes, most notably Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier. The Sainte-Catherine records note whether the person being baptized, married, or buried was from "St Raymond," "St Raymond de Bourg Louis," or "Bourg Louis" (as opposed to "this parish" for those who were actually from Sainte-Catherine).
The main source of information in this study is Saint-Raymond's Catholic parish records. The Protestant families who formed what would later officially be Bourg Louis merit their own Bourg Louis study; their records can be found in the Drouin Collection as well, under the Portneuf Church of England.
The following links lead to Free Space Pages for each Saint-Raymond census, with partial transcriptions by Sarah Heiney. If you have ancestors who appear on a Saint-Raymond census, please contact Sarah to have them added to the list!
Sarah Heiney has begun indexing information from the Saint-Raymond parish records that are accessible online as part of the Drouin Collection.
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