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Subject: Re: [Q-R] PRDH Question
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 11:19:15 EDT
In a message dated 6/9/2005 8:55:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Would some kind soul be able to tell me how to read the the certificates in
the PRDH database. For instance:
Mariage Certificate No. 344417
Rank Name Age M.S. Pr. Sex
01 JULIEN RIVARD --- c p m
02 GENEVIEVE RIVARD --- c p f
03 JULIEN RIVARD --- --- --- m
FATHER OF 01
04 MARIE ANNE LACERTE --- --- --- f
MOTHER OF 01
05 ALEXIS RIVARD --- --- --- m
FATHER OF 02
06 DUTEAU --- --- d f
MOTHER OF 02
• DISPENSE DU 4E DEGRE DE CONSANGUINITE
Rank is understandable. Age is self-explanatory. What does M.S. stand for?
Is Pr. Presence? With p meaning present and d meaning deceased? Sex is self
explanatory. And as a last question, what does DISPENSE DU 4E DEGRE DE
CONSANGUINITE mean? Dispensation of 4E? Degree of Consanguinity. Were they
First of all, Marie, you're right on the columns you named. On a marriage
record, rank starts with the spouses, and continues with the parents of the
parties and, sometimes, with other witnesses at the wedding. Name is obvious.
Pr is presence, and the notation for each individual can be p = present, a =
absent, or d = deceased. On later records, especially those culled from the
civil rather than the church registers, age is not noted, presence is noted
for the spouses only, and absence is noted only for a deceased person (like
Genevieve Rivard's mother, whose given name is also missing).
Finally, "Dispense du 4e degre de consanguinite" means "dispensation from
the fourth degree of consanguinity in the collateral line. The first degree is
siblings, so the other degrees are one digit higher than the "cousin"
number. The 4th degree is 3rd cousins, individuals who have at least one
great-great-parent in common.
Fr. Owen Taggart
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