Post by Rivergal on Feb 17, 2017 11:10:31 GMT -6
"This book is the second in a series of seven Catholic Church Records of the Pacific Northwest books. It contains the church registers for St. Paul, Oregon, on the "French Prairie." St. Paul is south of present day Oregon City and north of present day Salem, Oregon. To order a copy of the book, click here. The price is $25.00, plus $3.00 postage.
History of the registers:
Retired Hudson's Bay employees settled on the prairie with their families. These settlers petitioned the Bishop Provencher in Quebec for a priest—several times. When Fathers F. N. Blanchet and Modeste Demers arrived in the territory in late 1838, a church was ready for them at St. Paul. Father Blanchet made Vancouver his headquarters until he received permission to move to St. Paul. Consequently, the earliest St. Paul church records are found in the Vancouver register.
The St. Paul registers begin in November 1839. The originals are preserved in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Portland. Most of the entries are written in French, with occasional use of English when the communicant was not French Canadian."