Marie Thérèse AUBRY was my fifth great grandmother. She was born 30 November 1712 in Ile de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, New France, as Canada was once known. She died 14 March 1747 in St. Laurent, Quebec, New France, (or maybe it was Canada at that point). She was the daughter of François AUBRY and Marie Jeanne BOUTELLIER. She married Louis Lemay 15 November 1734. The couple had at least two children that I know of, Theophile and Marguerite Thérèse.
That’s all I know about Thérèse AUBRY . She is shrouded in the mystery of time. obviously I still have some digging to do about her. I mentioned that Canada was once known as New France. That’s important to remember. It affects where the records are. Boundaries change over time and keeping that in mind will save you headaches in your family history research. Even county boundaries change over time as to place names. Cities engulf their surrounding suburbs quite often. Townships change over time and county seats change. The records don’t always follow.
The state of Michigan was once part of the Northwest Territory, which included Ohio and parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. The upper peninsula of Michigan was once part of Minnesota. Politics changed that. It’s important to keep in mind that the places of today, may or may not have existed when your ancestors were alive. Knowing that, knowing the history of the places where your ancestor lived will help you to determine where the records are, if they even exist. Courthouses sometimes burned. Sometimes the people didn’t see the need to keep records – that was in the earliest times. You will find that to be more common as you go further back in time. They knew who the people in their community were. They knew who was related to whom and how they were related. That was enough for them, but it is a brick wall for us.
I need to delve into the records of Quebec for more information on Therese AUBRY and her family. I may even have to travel to Montreal to get that information, although there are several online sources. I could pay a researcher in Montréal to obtain the information for me, but I rather like doing it myself. It might be fun to travel to the place where my ancestress lived, but that’s another blog.