I have a record that indicates a great aunt was born "at" (not "in") Lebonnaire, Canada. The record does not indicate which Province.

I know her father was Canadian, her mother was from New Jersey. All siblings were born in USA, she was the only child they had who was born in Canada, so this is the only lead I have regarding her father, who was Firmen Vaillancourt.

Is Lebonnaire a town? A hospital? Or some other place?

I have been unable to locate it via Google search when searching for it different ways based on the information I have.

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    Hi Randy and welcome. Is the source record you are referring to this obituary in The Blaine Journal for Edith Loomis (d.1931)? wagenweb.org/whatcom/obits/obitli_ly.htm
    – Harry V.
    Aug 1, 2015 at 21:51
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    Sounds like "Le Bon Air" (which isn't a place either).
    – lejonet
    Aug 1, 2015 at 22:27
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    Hi, Randy, welcome to G&FH.SE. Could you tell us a little bit about the nature of the sources you have examined? What year did the family enter the US? If you can determine when and where the family came to the US, it might give you a clue about possible migration patterns.
    – Jan Murphy
    Aug 1, 2015 at 23:41
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    @JanMurphy Yes. No leaps made. Just trying to add helpful information as I am not sure if/when the OP will return to answer those questions. I found the obituary, then the 1930 census, then 1920 census, then 1910 census, etc. going back chronologically. However, for the purposes of this question (Where is Lebonnaire in Canada?) I thought it might be useful to include records that contain pertinent information about her Canadian origins?
    – Harry V.
    Aug 2, 2015 at 9:16
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    Sounds like a maritime province name. I would search no further west than Quebec for this place. Aug 2, 2015 at 13:54

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I think the place you're looking for is in Quebec, possibly in the Témiscouata region. There have been many Vaillancourts in this area. For example, there are two men named Féménin Vaillancourt in the 1861 census. One is listed as 29 years old (born approx. 1832) and the other 16 years old. They may be related to your Edith. Strangely, in the census image below it says that the woman, Briget White from Ireland, is not part of the family - even though she is in the spot usually held by the wife/mother.

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There was also 50 acres granted to Jean-Bet Vaillancourt of Whitworth, Témiscouata, in 1852.

Drilling down further, there is a beach called Bon Air in Packington Témiscouata, Quebec. There is also an interesting fellow named Benoît Valcourt mentioned in the history of Packington. Perhaps Bon Air was a landmark or settlement before the official establishment of Packington.

I believe if you do some digging in these regions, you may find some ancestors of your great-aunt Edith.

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