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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 ($).


Some French Words

This is a very short list of some French words you will come across during your research in French-Canadian records. It is suggested that you bring a small French-English dictionary with you for quick reference of other words.

General Words

French English
Acadien
Acadian
Américain
American
Ancêtre
Ancestor
Bail
Lease
Baptême
Baptism
Bibliothèque
Library
Canadien
Canadian
Catholique
Catholic
Centre d’archives
Archive Centre
Chercheur
Researcher
Comté
County
Concession de terre
Land Grant
Contrats de mariage
Marriage Contracts
Décès
Death
Dictionnaire
Dictionary
Donations entre Héritiers
Donations to Heirs
École
School
Église
Church
Engagements
Indentures
État civil
Civil Registration
États-Unis
United States
Ferme
Farm
Fichier
Card Catalogue
Généalogie
Genealogy
Greffe de Notaire
Notarial Record
Histoire
History
Inventaires
Inventories
Journaux
Newspapers
Livre
Book
Maison
House, home
Mariage
Marriage
Militaire Military
Mort Death
Naissance Birth
Nom Name
Paroisse Parish
Partage Settlement
Passager Passenger
Pays Country
Prénom First Name
Prêtre Priest
Province Province
Recensements Census
Recherche Research
Registres Registers
Répertoires Registers
Sépulture Burial
Soeur Sister
Surnom Surname
Terrain, terre Land
Testaments Wills
Village Town
Ville City




Days of the Week

French English
Dimanche Sunday
Lundi Monday
Mardi Tuesday
Mercredi Wednesday
Jeudi Thursday
Vendredi Friday
Samedi Saturday


             

Months of the Year

French English
Janvier January
Février February
Mars March
Avril April
Mai May
Juin June
Juillet July
Août August
Septembre September
Octobre October
Novembre November
Décembre December


                       

People & Family Members French English Beau-fils Son-in-law Beau-frère Brother-in-law Beau-père Father-in-law Belle-fille Daughter-in-law Belle-mère Mother-in-law Belle-soeur Sister-in-law Cousin Cousin Demi-frère Half-brother, Step-brother Demi-soeur Half-sister, Step-sister Endroit Location Enfant Child Épouse Wife Époux Husband Famille Family Femme Woman Fille Daughter Fille Girl Fils Son Frère Brother Garçon Boy Grand-mère Grandmother Grand-oncle Great Uncle Grand-parents Grandparents Grand-père Grandfather Grand-tante Great Aunt Homme Man Maman, Mère Mother Marié Groom Mariée Bride Marraine Godmother Neveu Nephew Nièce Niece Oncle Uncle Papa, Père Father Parent Parent Parrain Godfather Soeur Sister Tante Aunt



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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 wiki@genealogicalstudies.com

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