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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Research: French Canadian Ancestors by Louise St Denis. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).
History is helpful, if not necessary in genealogy. Here are some sites to help understand the context of our ancestors’ lives.
Louis Dupuis, Coureur De Bois
Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois - Chronologie Les Patriotes de 1837-1838
Adhémar http://www.remparts.info/adhemar_php/ Database of le Groupe de recherche sur Montréal A Look Backwards… - Filles du Roi — “King’s Daughters”
Office of the Historian - French and Indian War/Seven Years’ War, 1754-63
Demography and Geography
Where did they go? Most of us could readily find the names of our grandparents. But even when you have access to a relative in their 80’s finding where they got married or the names of the great-grand-parents is another thing. Research between 1840 and 1930 can be very frustrating― 50% of French-Canadians in Québec migrated out of Québec, and some returned during that period. Looking at their diaspora can give an idea where to look for them.
Statistics and Census
You can participate to discussion in French genealogy on Google Groups. This is a way of getting in touch with peers to exchange information. It is preferable to state what you know, that can help others as you make a query requesting information you are missing see the last references on suggestions.
soc.genealogy.french is for those researching French ancestors in America, mostly Québec, Acadians and others of French descent.
Some guidelines in how to post a query can be found on the webpage FAQ: queries, good and bad at
Mailing Lists Search the RootsWeb - Mailing Lists at for your area of French research.
Search Engine Watch
Mocavo An effective genealogy search engine that indexes only genealogy websites.
Acadian Research University of Moncton - Centre d’étude acadienne
Nova Scotia Genealogy- External Links focused on Acadian Lineages
Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online courses Research: French Canadian Ancestors offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about these courses or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at email@example.com
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