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Quebec and French Canadian Specific Articles
  • BOOK REVIEW - Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and the Humors of the Valley By: Paul Milner. This is a fine reprint of a rare volume for those with ancestors in this part of Quebec (Hull & Aylmer area).
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Quebec By: Marielle A. Bourgeois. One day, I wondered if I could find my ancestors who were from the Richelieu River Valley area, in the province of Québec, Canada.
  • A Productive French Genealogy-Research Day By: Marielle A. Bourgeois. More than twenty-five years ago I set out to find the roots of my paternal ancestors in the Richelieu River Valley in the province of Québec, Canada.
  • Researching Births, Marriages and Deaths in Quebec In the Province of Quebec, the responsibility for registration of vital events fell to the church. These civil registers have been in existence since the early seventeenth century. Official government registration and collection of vital events centrally did not begin in Quebec until 1994.
  • Lost and Found: 103-Year-Old Baby Laid to Rest; 154-Year-Old Still Missing By: Xenia Stanford. The story of five-month-old Margaret Everett McNeil, whose remains were unearthed and reburied 103 years after her birth, reminds me of my own search for Victoria Stanford, five years old on her last known record of existence 149 years ago. Could anything in the story of baby Margaret help me find missing child Victoria?
  • Salle Gagnon: An Almost Hidden Treasure By: Xenia Stanford. One of my favourite places to conduct research in Montreal had been renovated since previous visits. Many new improvements have been made but the old reliable sources are still there. I am talking about Salle Gagnon nestled within Le Bibliothèque Centrale de Montréal.
  • THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: A VIEW OF NORTH AMERICAN FRENCH HISTORY & HOW CHANGING POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY AFFECTED RECORDS By: Xenia Stanford. Those searching for French roots in modern Quebec or other areas of North America are often confused by the names used for various political divisions of the French inhabited regions of Canada and the United States.
  • Vital Records in the Province of Quebec - Part I - French Influences By: Xenia Stanford. The records of New France, early Canada or Quebec were influenced by its French beginnings. This is why even today Quebec records may be mysterious to many. It is not just the language but also the carry-over of French practices and customs that makes the records of the Province of Quebec different from those of other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Vital Records in the Province of Quebec - Part II - Laws, Customs and Practices By: Xenia Stanford. One of the reasons it is difficult for those who are not familiar with Quebec to find relevant records is that the laws of this province are different from those of other provinces and other English based systems. This is not surprising before the English conquest or even before the Confederation of Canada. However, to this day Quebec has had separate and unique laws affecting the handling of vital and other records.
  • Vital Records in the Province of Quebec - Part III - How to Obtain Quebec Records For Vital Events After 1900 By: Xenia Stanford. The answer to the question of how and where to obtain vital records of the past one hundred years in North America is usually a fairly easy one.
  • Did You Know That Florida Was Once Part Of Canada? By: Xenia Stanford. I like to shock people with this revelation. Perhaps I have said it too many times for it to be still a surprise. However, the misunderstanding of the old boundaries has caused much puzzlement to genealogists looking for their ancestors in North America.
  • MY GREATEST GENEALOGICAL MISTAKE - Part I By: Xenia Stanford. At the December meeting of the Alberta Family Histories Society in Calgary, I was one of four asked to speak about our greatest genealogical mistakes. The program coordinator thought it would be comforting to those less experienced to know that even seasoned veterans could err.
  • MY GREATEST GENEALOGICAL MISTAKE - Part II By: Xenia Stanford. In Part I, I explained how I found Marie was the fifth daughter of Joseph Stanford and Adelaide Marticotte as listed on the 1851 St. Roch Ward, Quebec City census record. The mother and the other children on this and the 1861 census were all listed as Roman Catholics while the father and Marie were listed as Protestant.
  • THE FINAL ACT - SÉPULTURE By: Xenia Stanford. This is the final act in the series of "Les Actes de Baptême, Mariage et Sépulture" which are the equivalent of the vital statistics of births, marriages and deaths. It is also the final church act on behalf of a parishioner.
  • FRENCH CATHOLIC MARRIAGE RECORDS IN QUEBEC - PART I By: Xenia Stanford. "Is "fille de feu" a girl of fire?" asked a non-French speaking researcher in a message to a newsgroup. The meaning of this phrase is much more mundane than the image conjured up by this word for word translation.
  • FRENCH CATHOLIC MARRIAGE RECORDS IN QUEBEC - PART II By: Xenia Stanford. The topics covered in Part I were clues for establishing other vital dates, such as the living or deceased status of parents of the couple at the time of the marriage and whether the groom and bride were of the age of majority or minority. As hinted in the previous issue, we may also find relationships of the witnesses to the couple.
  • PIERRE INCONNU AND OTHER POSSIBLE UNKNOWNS IN QUEBEC BAPTISM RECORDS By: Xenia Stanford. As a volunteer at our local Family History Centre, I helped a gentleman find his Pierre Jolivet in a baptism index in a Quebec parish register.
  • L'institut Drouin/Drouin Institute Assets Move South By: Xenia Stanford. On July 31, 1998 the American French Genealogical Society located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA purchased some of the archives as well as the current assets of the former L'Institut Drouin of Montreal.
Canadian Articles - Possibly Including Quebec
  • Did Your Cdn Immigrant Come Via NY By Rick Roberts. Recently, while searching the free online passenger lists at I encountered a result that left me speechless (not an easy accomplishment).
  • Royal Canadian Rifles 1840-1883 By Rick Roberts. The Royal Canadian Rifles was a British Army regiment that was mostly made up of long-serving soldiers who were nearing retirement age. The military brass predicted that 'old' soldiers would be reluctant to do anything that might result in the loss of their army pensions. The fact that the long-serving men had not deserted up until this time also helped to ensure the success of the regiment.
  • Birth, Marriage & Death Records By Fawne Stratford-Devai. The government registration of births, marriages and deaths, is usually referred to as civil registration. In Canada, the responsibility for all aspects of civil registration falls to the individual provinces and territories.
  • Visiting Nat. Archives By: Norman K. Crowder. Here is some information that may be helpful if you are visiting the National Archives of Canada (NAC) for the first time.
  • Archiving Research Data The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in partnership with the National Archives of Canada (NAC), invites researchers to contribute to a national consultation on the archiving of research data.
  • Provincial Archives' Web Sites By Ryan Taylor. I set myself the task of reading the websites for all ten provincial archives. Really reading them, too, not just skimming the headings. I have not finished, but already I am surprised by the variety.
  • National Archives Association Raising CAIN By Sandra Devlin. It is a popular misconception that an archives is a place where historic documents are squirreled away. What archives are really all about is having things and having them accessible to the public,”
  • Finding Lumbermen Ancestors By Ryan Taylor. The first things the Canadian pioneer had to do was chop down trees. Throughout the nineteenth century there was always a need for lumbermen, first to help the settlers chop and then in larger scale lumbering operations. These could be found upriver in New Brunswick, in Quebec and on both sides of the Ottawa River.
  • Finding Your "Strays" By Sandra Devlin. Genealogically speaking, a stray is a person described in a record as being from, or connected with, a place outside the area in which an event took place. For example, someone dies in one place, but was born in another.
  • Online resources - LAC By Fawne Stratford-Devai. This issue of English and Welsh Roots takes a look at new Inventories and online indexes available from the National Archives of Canada which contain important information about English and Welsh immigrants to Canada.
  • Passenger Lists 1865 - 1919 By Ryan Taylor. The hot news in Canadian genealogical circles is about passenger lists. When our ancestors crossed the Atlantic, the ship's captain was obliged to make a list of the people on board his boat. Sometimes the list was made for the authorities at the port of embarkation, whether it was Liverpool, Le Havre, Amsterdam or Hamburg.
  • English & Welsh To Canada By Fawne Stratford-Devai. This issue of English and Welsh Roots offers resources and assistance for two researchers who have sent email requests for help in locating family members who came to Canada during the 20th century.
  • Finding Elusive Places In Cda By Alan Rayburn. Recently a lady wrote to me from Cheboygan, Michigan, and asked me where "Cronsound" was located in Ontario, which she had seen in three different sources.
  • Military Sources & Sites By: Fawne Stratford-Devai. Often when researching our English and Welsh roots we fail to search Canadian military records for information about our ancestors.
  • Searching For Female Kin By: Sandra Devlin. Sandra discusses on-line searchable Canadian databases for researching Female Kin. 5th article in a series.
  • Women's History Month By: Sandra Devlin. The fourth in a series of columns dealing with the female side of your genealogical record, I point out some biographies/stories/journals of famous, infamous and not-so-well known Canadian women.
  • Goldmine - Female Ancestors By: Sandra Devlin. This is the third in a series of columns about researching women in your pedigree charts.
  • Researching Women Ancestors By: Sandra Devlin. This column is the second in a series dedicated to encouraging genealogists to focus a concerted effort to include their women ancestors, as well as the male lines.
  • Researching Women Ancestors By: Sandra Devlin. This column is the first in a series dedicated to encouraging genealogists to focus a concerted effort to include their women ancestors, as well as the male lines.
  • World War I Resources By: Ryan Taylor. Some time ago I wrote about a query from Karen Russell of Peterborough, who wanted to know how to find out more about the circumstances of her great-uncle's death in World War I. Karen recently wrote to me to say that her search was very successful.
  • The Hessian Soldiers - Part I By Fred Vickerson. Who were these "foreign mercenaries" and what relevance do they have to our pursuit of genealogy. These are the questions I will attempt to answer in this two part series.
  • The Hessian Soldiers - Part IIBy Fred Vickerson. Who were these "foreign mercenaries" and what relevance do they have to our pursuit of genealogy. These are the questions I will attempt to answer in this two part series.
  • Chronology of Railway History By Colin Churcher, Rick Roberts. 1720-1997
  • National Registration of 1940 By Bill Martin. If one resided in Canada in 1940 he/she was probably included in the National Registration that took place in that year.
  • 1801-1849 Immigrant Lists By: Ryan Taylor. The pre-1850 passenger and immigrant lists at the National Archives of Canada can now be accessed free of charge.
  • Three New Resources & Advice By: Ryan Taylor. Here's potpourri, three new resources and some good advice.
  • War Graves - Update By: Ryan Taylor.
  • World War One Unit Diaries By: Ryan Taylor. War diaries were kept by all units in the field. From your relation's personal record, you will be able to determine what unit he joined. You can read the unit's actual diaries from the battles they fought or their times off the line in England or France.
  • Making The Leap Over The Atlantic By: Ryan Taylor. Charles Roth of Waterloo, Ontario has written asking several general questions about taking the genealogical leap over the Atlantic.
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