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John Redonnett appears to have come to the US circa the 1840s but can you suggest where I could look for more information?

Two records indicate that he was born in France.

  • He is in the 1850 US Census which suggests that he was born in 1822:

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6J1-PTK : 9 November 2014), John Redonnett, Bristol, Lincoln, Maine, United States; citing family 525, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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    Welcome to G&FH SE! Are you perhaps trying to find an immigration record to the US for John? Or do you have that and are seeking to find a record of his life in France before that? Either way there is an edit button beneath your question that you can use to provide more details to make your question into something that we can try to help with. – PolyGeo Sep 29 '16 at 21:58
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    Is this the John Redonnett that you are interested in? "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6J1-PTK : 9 November 2014), John Redonnett, Bristol, Lincoln, Maine, United States; citing family 525, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). – PolyGeo Sep 29 '16 at 22:01
  • Yes, this is the John Redonnett I am looking for. His tombstone in Maine reads that he was born in Toulouse, France in 1826. Here the census suggests that he was born in 1822. – Jean-Claude Redonnet Oct 1 '16 at 15:30
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    Jean-Claude, would you mind clarifying precisely what information you are trying to find? I suggest you collect together every piece of information you know about him. Any one document or source may be inaccurate or incorrect, but by analysing a number of sources you can get a better idea of, for example, when and where someone might have been born. You will then be better able to direct your searches. – Harry Vervet Oct 1 '16 at 20:39
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    I've edited the question because you asked for "a document to prove" what he was asking about. A single document is not proof. You can find more information on the skillbuilding section of the website of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Here is their page on the Genealogical Proof Standard: bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html You may also want to consult their publication Genealogy Standards bcgcertification.org/catalog/index.html or Dr. Tom Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof from NGS: ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof – Jan Murphy Dec 23 '16 at 7:53
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This Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 seems to confirm what you have concerning place of birth, and includes the fact that John Redonnett was a Civil War veteran, as well as cause of death.enter image description here

As to immigration the first census does list John as a Sailor, so he may have arrived as crew and not passenger. Some Redonet names do appear (Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945) entering through New Orleans from France, so that may be the area to focus on.

There are also some birth records (France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792-1893) from France which may eventually provide a connection.

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