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Adrien Joseph, or Joseph Adrien?

Started by Adrien (Jay) Peltier on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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4/20/2010 at 8:58 AM

Found this web site, that shows my grandfather (definately Adrien Joseph Ducharme) as being named Joseph Adrien. I even tried e-mailing them, and they told me it's correct and they wouldn't change it. Weird?

http://www.larryvoyer.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I164845&...

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4/20/2010 at 9:20 AM

Looks like the scan of the birth register linked to on that page has him as "Joseph Adrian", born February 10th 1895 to Jacob Ducharme and Marguerite Bedard. So perhaps that's been his real legal name all along.

I wouldn't be surprised if that's true - maybe it's an Acadian thing to not know what your legal name is :-) As an example, my father-in-law was surprised to find out (when he was around 60) that his name was spelled "Vern" on his birth certificate, not "Verne" as he had been using all his life. It caused problems when he tried to get his first passport (now that they require passports to go to Canada).

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4/20/2010 at 9:22 AM

PS - I added a link to the Voyer page on your grandfather's profile, just for reference.

4/20/2010 at 9:50 AM

I guess if you believe this register, he was born on February 10th, and his name is Joseph AdriAn. His son (Adrian Junior Ducharme) spelled his with the AN.

Hard to argue with a birth register that was filled in within a month of his birth.

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4/20/2010 at 10:08 AM

It is compelling evidence... but I'm not taking sides. It's your decision now!

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