30 April 2019        View this email in your browser 


Quebec Genealogical eSociety

                                 Members’ Annual Meeting


Date: 9 May 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT
Where: Wherever you are! Connect with us through GoToWebinar.
Chairperson: Michael Laekas
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1) Opening remarks, confirmation of quorum, review of agenda.

2) Acceptance of minutes from 2018-04-19 Annual Meeting.
The minutes of the 2018 meeting are available in the Administrative section of our website for you to review prior to the meeting.   

3) 2018 year in review and future plans for the eSociety.

4) Presentation of results of ballot for changes to Policy 5 (Meetings).
The ballot for this revision to Policy 5 was distributed mid-April to members. Please respond to the ballot if you haven’t already. All of our policies are located in the Administrative section of our website. 
Note: New members who joined after the issuance of the ballot, will be sent the ballot this week.

5) Presentation of internal auditor’s review of 2018 finances.

6) Question for members attending the meeting (Reference: QGeS Policy 2 (Finances), para 2.9 Public Accountant).
Question: Do you object to having an internal auditor verify and validate the Quebec Genealogical eSociety financial statement for 2019, as was done for the 2018 financial statement?
7) Nomination of an internal auditor for 2019.
8) Status of your Board of Directors.
              - Michael Baker, Director, term ends 2023-04-19.
              - Bruce Dawe, Director, term ends 2023-04-19
              - Mark Gallop, Director, term ends 2023-04-19
              - Johanne Gervais, Director, and Founder
              - Michael Laekas, Director, term ends 2023-04-19
9) Attendees’ opportunity to comment, ask questions, and make suggestions.

10) Closing remarks.

Members' Forum

Recently posted on the Members' Forum

La Riviere Family in Trois Rivieres
" I have reached a brick wall in researching my second great grandfather who used the name Joseph Rivers after he moved from Canada to Northern New York, most likely in the late 1830s. Several distant cousins believe the original family surname was La Riviere. According to his Civil War pension file, he was born around 1818 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec Canada. Sp far I have had no luck in locating any kind of birth/baptism record or learning the names of his parents. Would welcome any suggestions about how to get beyond this brick wall."

If you can help Linda, go to our Members' Forum page on our website and post a reply!


Our Upcoming Webinars 

(To register for a webinar, go to our Upcoming Webinars page on our Website.)

Write Your Family Stories

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Sandra McHugh and Tracey Arial

Inspirations, advice, tips and tricks: all you need to trace the footsteps of your ancestors and write their stories.

Language: English

New Member Orientation

Date and Time: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Johanne Gervais

This webinar is scheduled for the second Monday of every month. Join us to help familiarize yourself with all the features of the eSociety includingus ing the PRDH, BMS2000, and Fichier Origine databases.

Language: English

Self-Publishing Your Family Stories


Date and Time: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Sandra McHugh and Tracey Arial

Our members Tracey Arial and Sandra McHugh, who are also members of the group "Genealogy Ensemble", will take you on the same journey they followed with the self-publishing of their book "Beads in a Necklace".
They will discuss writing, planning, layout, printing, book launch, advertising and distribution including libraries,
Kindle, Kobo, Indigo, Chapters, Blurb, Lulu and others.

Language: English

Don't forget our Past Webinars page on our website has recorded webinars that you can view at your leisure.

Resource Links
General Resource Links

This week we are continuing our focus on new additions to the General Resource Links section. To get to the General Resource Links section, under the Resources main menu, click on the Resource Links sub-menu tab. Scroll to the very bottom of the page, then click on General Resource Links.


1. Abridged cadastres of Quebec seigneuries belonging to the crown in 1863. Includes numerous towns and villages with street names, cadastral numbers, and names of people and businesses located at each cadastral number.
  • Did you know that a cadastre is a register of property showing the  value and ownership of land for taxation purposes as well as the dimensions and location of the land?

2. Letters Patent of Grants of Land - 1891
  • This book contains a list, county by county, of Crown Lands sold or conceded by free grant and the letters-patent entered in the Registrar’s Office from July 1890 to July 1891.

1. Métis Genealogy
  • Explanations and description of material available at Library and Archives Canada
2. Warren Sinclair’s Métis Genealogy Collection
  • This collection consists of approximately 450 short biographies of Métis ancestors and 910 descendancy tables. Most of the individuals charted were born before 1900. The biographies and tables are indexed by surname.

3. The Charles Denney Métis Genealogical Collection
  • This collection consists of family history files of families with Red River and Métis connections, indexes to the files, genealogical source materials including microfilms of parish and census records from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and photographs.


1. Annual Report on the Catholic Institution of the Deaf-Mutes for the Province of Quebec 1875
  • The report contains a list of names

Obituaries of the Irish Diaspora
  • The Genealogical Society of Ireland obtained, some years ago, a collection of obituaries of Irish people who had died mainly in Canada with some in the USA and New Zealand. The collection consists of newspaper cuttings and also a few transcriptions of obituaries and gravestones. Where known, the birthplace of the deceased is identified. There are 36 occurrences of obituaries listed for Irish who died in Quebec.
In the News

Exploring Identity: Who are the Métis and what are their rights?   

Rhiannon Johnson
CBCNEWS 28 April 2019

This article is a part of our series, 'Exploring Identity.' We're taking a closer look at issues surrounding identity in Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities.


Canada's 1982 Constitiution recognizes three distinct Indigenous groups: First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Who are the Métis and why is this question so complicated? Here's some historical background.

What does 'Métis' mean?

In French, the word métis is an adjective referring to someone of mixed ancestry. Since the 18th century, the word has been used to describe individuals with mixed Indigenous and European ancestry.

But it's generally recognized that being Métis is more than having mixed Indigenous and European heritage. Métis have a distinct collective identity, customs and way of life, unique from Indigenous or European roots.

The 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples stated "Many Canadians have mixed Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal ancestry, but that does not make them Métis or even Aboriginal. Some of them identify themselves as First Nations persons or Inuit, some as Métis and some as non-Aboriginal. What distinguishes Métis people from everyone else is that they associate themselves with a culture that is distinctly Métis."


Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jim Sinclair pushed to have Métis and non-status Indians' rights recognized in the Constitution, helping establish the Native Council of Canada (NCC). When the Constitution was repatriated in 1982, First Nations, Inuit and Métis were recognized as Indigenous Peoples with rights under Canadian law.

In 1983, the Métis Nation split from the NCC to form the Métis National Council, which represents Métis communities from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

The Métis Nation are descendants of fur traders who settled in present-day Manitoba. There's a shared culture, traditions and language among those who trace their family roots back to the Red River colony.

There are others outside of the Métis Nation who do not have connections to the Red River colony who also identify as Métis, particularly in Quebec and the Maritimes. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples referred to them as "the other Métis" and said they constituted "a minority within a minority within a minority."

Over the last decade, the number of people identifying as Métis in these areas has skyrocketed.

Read more

Seeing the Big Picture: 3 Ways to Chart Your DNA Matches  

March 28, 2019  Posted by Robin Wirthlin 

Are you challenged with visualizing how you connect to your DNA matches? DNA companies provide match lists, but sometimes we need to take control of our DNA data and organize it in a way that works for us. Creating a genetic family tree for your DNA matches might be easier than you think.

Robin Wirthlin, FamilyLocket’s new genetic genealogist shares three ways to view your DNA matches in the following article. I’m looking forward to trying each method to see what works best for me. Why don’t you do the same!



After you have identified some of your DNA matches, it’s important to see the “big picture” of how they are connected to you, and which common ancestors you share.

Here are three effective ways to illustrate your DNA matches:

1. is a web-based software that allows you to draw a pedigree chart using shapes and connecting lines to illustrate your DNA matches and how they are related to you through common ancestors.

Read more

DNA search angels: the Facebook 'detectives' who help reunite families

The Guardian 
Oscar Schwartz Mon 29 Apr 2019 

Volunteers are helping others find their roots, and revolutionizing the young science of genetic genealogy

The first search angels began helping people find birth families decades ago, a response to the secrecy and stigma that defined the adoption process in the mid-20th century. Illustration: Timo Kuilder/Guardian US

Beth’s older brothers would sometimes joke that she was the postman’s daughter. They had dark hair and brown eyes while she was fair and blonde. Growing up, Beth ignored them – the man that she was told was her father was not around anyway.

But as an adult, when her mother grew sick, the question became more urgent. During visits to the hospital, Beth tried to work up the courage to ask her directly: who is my real father? She would always back out at the last minute.

When Beth’s mother passed away in 2010, she feared the truth had gone to the grave. Beth reached out to her friend, Christina Pearson, who had experience tracing her own family ancestry. Together, they gathered as much information as they could from Beth’s relatives to fill the gaps in her family tree, but were led down a series of blind alleys.

Then, in February 2017, Pearson read a story online about how DNA tests were being used by adoptees to locate birth parents. Pearson, who worked full time as a schoolteacher, didn’t know anything about genetics, but found a Facebook group called DNA Detectives where people shared advice about how to use DNA to track down biological family, an approach called genetic genealogy.

In Pearson’s previous genealogical work on her own family tree, she started with known close relatives and then built the branches back in time in search of unknown distant ancestors. Genetic genealogy was the opposite. She had to take Beth’s closest DNA match from her test, go back in time to find a common ancestor, like a great-great grandparent, and then build the branches forward to discover immediate relatives.

Pearson picked up the skills quickly and in a few months she had identified a man she was almost certain was Beth’s father.
2019 Upcoming Events

If you know of an upcoming event that could help with Québec
research, please contact us and we will add it here.


Date and Time: Fri, 3 May 2019, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT


Location: 3459 McTavish St., Colgate Room, 4th Floor, McLennan,
Montreal, QC H3A 0C9

Join us for the Second Annual Colloquium of the St. Andrew's Society/McEuen Scholarship Foundation Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies! Co-sponsored by the Canadian-Scottish Chair and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, the event will feature talks on diverse topics related to the Scottish factor in northern North America. The event will take place on May 3rd, 2019, from 1PM to 6PM in the Colgate Room on the fourth floor of the McLennan Library Building.


"May is for Memoir"
with Jan Draper

Presented by QAHN's Communication Matters Conferences Series


Date and Time: May 11, 2019, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Location: North Hatley Library, 165 Main St., North Hatley, Qc.

A memory is a story waiting to be told. This year Quebec Heritage News magazine is planning to publish selected new works by Quebec writers who take part in the spring 2019 series of memoir-writing seminars offered through the Write here, Write now training initiative of Townshippers’ Association.

Is there a memorable time or event from your life that you’ve always wanted to put down down into words? Would you like the opportunity to share your story with readers from across Quebec and Canada? Get professional advice and feedback this spring during three free creative writing workshops, offered in partnership with the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), publishers of Quebec’s only English-language history magazine.

Please reserve your place ASAP by calling (819) 566-5717.
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