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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 ($).


Historical Details

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

Musée Virtuel de la Nouvelle-France 

Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois - Chronologie Les Patriotes de 1837-1838

Compagnies et soldats du Le Régiment Carignan-Salières

Discriminating General - History and Uniform of the Compagnies franches de la marine, 1683-1760

Le origines familles des pionniers du Québec ancien (1621-1865) 

University of Ottawa - Canada at the Time of New France

Société d’histoire des Filles du Roy 

A Look Backward … - Filles du Roi — “King’s Daughters

Database of le Groupe de recherche sur Montréal

Office of the Historian - French and Indian War/Seven Years’ War, 1754-63

Chronologie de l’histoire du Québec

Québec History - The Seven Years’ War in Canada

Québec History- L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec/The Québec History Encyclopedia

Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents 1610 to 1791

Métiers Insolites du Passé

Acadian and French Canadian Ancestral - Occupations and Trades in New France

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.

Cartes historiques canadiennes - Cartes des origines ethniques des Canadiens, 1901

Commission de toponymie Québec - Banque de noms de lieux du Québec ]

FrancoGène Québec- Endroits au Québec / Places in Québec

Bibliothèque et archives nationale du Québec - Images
Includes digitized postcards

Natural Resources Canada - Atlas of Canada

Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Geographical Names

Canada in the Making - Maps and Images

Alexander Mackenzie Voyageur Route

Québec GenWeb

GenWeb Bas du fleuve

Chateauguay County GenWeb

Eastern Townships Research

GenWeb de l’Estrie

GenWeb Huntingdon

GenWeb Lanaudière

GenWeb Laurentides

GenWeb Mauricie Bois-Franc

Outaouais GenWeb

La Montérégie GenWeb

Pontiac County Genealogical Resources

Ville de Québec GenWeb

GenWeb Richelieu

GenWeb Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Statistics and Census

Institut de la statistique du Québec

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada - Historical Statistics of Canada

Statistics Canada - Searches of the National Registration File of 1940

Awesome Genealogy - Index to the 1744 Québec City Census

FrancoGène - Index of French immigrants in North America


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: for queries, good and bad.

Mailing Lists

Search the RootsWeb - Mailing Lists for your area of French research.

Search Engines

Search Engine Watch

An effective genealogy search engine that indexes only genealogy websites.

Acadian Research

University of Moncton - Centre d’étude acadienne ]

Acadian GenWeb

Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History - Surnames - Surnames

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

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