Our Loisel ancestor first came to Canada from France around 1643. His parents were from France. What we know about his parents, Louis Loysel and Jeanne LeTerrier, and his siblings Philippe Loiselle and Marie-Madeleine Loiselle are provided here: https://sinotteloisellegenealogy.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/louis-loisel-m-jeanne-leterrier/
I really hope that we can trace the birth/death certificates for this family. So far, I found Louis Loysel’s birth certificate on the internet: http://www.fichierorigine.com/dossiers/242609.jpg
So far, with Kenneth Loiselle’s help, I have come up wit the following transcription:
On the left-hand margin, it definitely says “Baptism of Louis Loisel.”
en Samedi Second ????
? Lois Loysel fils de louis et de
????? ???? baptised par
notre ?????? pbre ??? de
????? et ???? par ??? julieltt???
??? pbre ????
Per Kenneth “pbre” is a term used for priests in the Old Regime
Kenneth Loiselle provides this website to get more tips for deciphering French handwriting : https://paleography.library.utoronto.ca/
I will try to visit the UofT library soon to see if they are able to help us.
So sometime, when the funds and the time become available, will take a trip, but not the last week of Jun and first week of July because they are closed then for summer holidays. Per Kenneth, the place to go is the Archives Departementales du Calvados in Caen [http://archives.numerisees.calvados.fr/cg14v3/accueil.php ]. We will be able to provide the archivist with the details of the birthplace of Courseulles-sur-Mer and estimated dates, so they will be able to tell us which series to look for “acte de naissance pour l’Ancien Régime avant la Révolution française” (the series are different before and after the Revolution of 1789).
If anyone is planning a trip to France and the Normandy coast and wants to try checking things out, let us know!