Part 842p - Smith Groh Genealogy - Parisé Consanguinity - Paspébiac, Québec, Canada

04 March 2013

Good Day,

I have been working on the uploading of Parisé marriages, circa 1860 through 1867, to my Clooz database. The search and research of the Parisé Family Line has increased in complexity. It appears that there are many cases of first and second marriages due to the untimely passing of a spouse.

The case of CK's gggg-grandparents Thimothée and Catherine (née Grenier) Parisé is somewhat complicated. Both gggg-grandfather Thimothée and gggg-grandmother Catherine, when they married in 1867 in Paspébiac, had been widowed.  That is just the beginning.

Based on the documentation from the Registers in The Drouin Collection the work is somewhat time-consuming. I have to transcribe each document, albeit registration, and then translate each from the French. The nice thing is that there appears to be a set format of producing each birth, marriage, and burial registration. This format allows me to “expect” what should be written, regularly, in each registration.

The one thing that has had me somewhat baffled is trying to understand the idea of "degrees of consanguinity". I was able to grasp the idea that the degree of consanguinity is the degree of relationship. I also understood, based on the degree of relationship, persons, specifically within the Roman Catholic Church would be, and are required to obtain a form of dispensation, that is, exemption from the Church hierarchy in order to be married.

The part that is somewhat confusing is when there is reference to two levels or two degrees of consanguinity within the same registration. For example, from gggg-grandfather Thimothée 1865 and first marriage to Julienne Chapados the document reads, I transcribed “du la dispense du trois au troisième & du quatre au quatrième degree de consanguinité qui la trousait entre…” My translation “and exemption from three to third & four to fourth degree of consanguinity which was between the two…” (See Part 802cp.)

And this is where I got confused… Logically, how could a dispensation be received for two different levels of consanguinity, third and fourth?

The following is a Table of Consanguinity.

Based on the 1865 Registration gggg-grandfather Thimothée Parisé and his first wife, Julienne Chapados may have shared two degrees of consanguinity. If I understand the chart correctly, this might mean that gggg-grandfather Thimothée and his first wife; Julienne could have been First Cousins – 4th Degree. They also may have been, according to the 3rd Degree, each other’s Nephew or Niece or Uncle or Aunt. All-things-being-equal they could have been both and that is where it gets truly confusing.

If you look at the Parisé Descendant Chart you can see that in the generation immediately above gggg-grandfather Thimothée and Julienne Chapados there are three female individuals with the surname Dugué or Duguay. (There are actually four Dugués that I have found and then the overall relationship then gets even more confusing.)

Are you confused? Just wait...




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