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Where has the time gone?
LESS THAN 2 WEEKS to the start of Conference 2021!
Click here to register for our 2021 Virtual Genealogy Conference

Interested in learning how to decipher French script? Did your ancestors own land in Quebec? What are notarial records? How could the BAnQ help with your research?

All these questions can be answered in the following Conference 2021 lectures.

Paleography workshop
Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Joseph Gagné
Language: English 
Description: Reading period manuscripts isn’t always easy, especially when one isn’t used to it. This workshop aims to introduce the researcher to paleography or the art of deciphering old writing. This initiation will allow the genealogist to become familiar with useful methods of extracting information from archival documents, to learn what sources are available to develop this skill, and finally, to pick up a few tips and tricks on how to decipher difficult cases.
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They paid lords, kings, priests and the public: the evolution of land ownership and tenancy in Quebec
Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Tracey Arial
Language: English
Description: If you have ancestors who lived in Quebec, there’s a wealth of information in the land records. Understanding them means learning about five distinct registrations: the French seigniorial, the British crown, the Jesuit, the township, and the current public registration systems. This workshop highlights each of the systems and provides you with handy tools to make your search easier.
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Notarial records: an invaluable resource for genealogists
Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne
Language: English
Description: Between 1635 and 1935 (a period of 300 years), tens of thousands of notarial records were drawn up by French and English speaking notaries. So, were your ancestors bound by a marriage contract? Did they buy or sell land and take out loans? How can you search for their wills? Did a notary made a detailed inventory of their movable property? Was your ancestor involved in the fur trade or was he apprenticed to a master? Was his wife an indentured servant? This presentation will help you find answers.
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Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)’s website: a treasure trove for genealogists
Date: Sunday, 17 January 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne
Language: English
Description: Was your great great aunt murdered? Did your ancestor request a guardianship for his minor children? Are you looking for vintage prints or photographs? In which part of Quebec City did your ancestors live? How can you view Quebec newspapers online? Is there a book on the history of your patronymic ancestor? Where is your ancestor's marriage contract? How to get aerial photos of the family farm? How can you seek help from archivists or obtain copies of documents? This presentation is an overview of the wealth of published works and archival records from New France to the 20th Century, available at BAnQ.
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New Member Orientation


Date and Time: 
Monday, 11 January 2021 - 19:00 Eastern Time

Presenter: Johanne Gervais

Description: This webinar is scheduled for the second Monday of every month.
Join us to help familiarize yourself with all the features of our eSociety including using the PRDH-IGD, BMS2000, and Fichier Origine databases, Resource Links, Members’ Directory, and the Members' Forum.

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If you would like to share your genealogical interests or expertise in a webinar, please contact us. We are looking for speakers for our 2021 webinar series.

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Based on our members' feedback, this new section has been added to answer some frequently asked questions.  
Where could I find information on the Voyageurs?

The Voyageurs  were largely French Canadians who engaged in the transporting of furs by canoe during the fur trade years. The emblematic meaning of the term applies to places (New France, including the Pays d'en Haut and the Pays des Illinois) and times (primarily in the 18th and early 19th centuries) where transportation of materials was mainly over long distances. The voyageurs were regarded as legendary, especially in French Canada. They were heroes celebrated in folklore and music. For reasons of promised celebrity status and wealth, this position was very coveted.
Below are some of the links available to you under the Voyageurs and the Fur Trade heading on the General Resource Links page of our website:

Voyageur Contracts Database
This database includes data from approximately 35,900 fur trade contracts signed in front of Montreal notaries between 1714 and 1830.
Coppenrath Collection of Voyageur Contracts 
This collection contains 52 contracts for the period from approximately 1800 to 1821 with printed forms from before 1800 being used in some cases. A significant number of outfitters are included namely the firm of McTavish, McGillivrays & Co. with various partners including John Ogilvy and Thomas Thain, Pierre de Rocheblave and earlier partnership – McTavish, Frobisher & Co. As well, there are contracts with lesser known outfitters. These contracts provide not only the names of the "engagés" but usually their place of residence and the conditions and terms of their employment.
Join Joseph Gagné's Conference 2021 lecture on "The Pays d'en Haut (the Great Lakes region) and the study of voyageur ancestors" for more information!
The Pays d'en Haut (the Great Lakes region) and the study of voyageur ancestors
Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Joseph Gagné
Language: English
Description: Many people in both Canada and the U.S. have ancestors who travelled up and down the French river world which gave rise to the fur trade. Those who were charged with the transportation of merchandise in this trade were commonly known as voyageurs. Do you know if any of your ancestors were voyageurs? And if you do, how can you know more about their world? This presentation is an introduction to the rich world of archival documents, databases, and resources that are available to genealogists wishing to find out more about the fascinating world of these hardy workers paddling their way across the Pays d’en Haut.
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