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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
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
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
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
Statistics and Census
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.
Search the RootsWeb - Mailing Lists for your area of French research.
An effective genealogy search engine that indexes only genealogy websites.
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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