14 May 2019        View this email in your browser 

THANK YOU to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Members' Meeting! 
If you weren't able to attend the meeting, the recording is on our Past Webinars page.

Have you ever wondered where all of our members are from? Here's a breakdown to give you a general idea.


Members' Forum

Recently posted on the Members' Forum

Costello/Brophy Family Quebec
" I've hit a brick wall in my research of my great great grandparents who came to Quebec during the late 1840's or early 1850's. My GG Grandfather was John Brophy and his wife was Mary/Margaret Costello. I'm trying to determine exactly when they came to Quebec and where they are from in Ireland. I found John Brophy, his wife Mary and two sons, Michael and William listed in the 1851 Census of Canada East.... through Ancestry. Michael Brophy is my great grandfather. I know he was born and baptized Canada because I've also found birth records through Ancestry. Further, his obituary indicated that he had been born in Canada and came to the United States after his mother died. I also found the death information for Mary Costello in the Drouin records on Ancestry. She died in 1855 and was buried in St. Louis Cemetery from the Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec. To date, I have not been able to find any information on when they arrived in Canada. My hope is that this information will lead me back to their place of birth in Ireland. I have some theories and data related to possible connections in Ireland but I am hopeful that information on ships passenger list or other sites may provide conclusive information. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated."

If you can help Paula, go to our Members' Forum page on our website, under Genealogy Discussion — Discussion de généalogie and post a reply!


Our Upcoming Webinars 

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

Self-Publishing Your Family Stories


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

Presenters: 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

It’s time to start from the beginning! We now have over 1,000 Resource links to help you with your research. Some administrative regions are more populous than others such as Quebec City and Montreal; consequently, they contain the majority of our links.  Let's try to increase the number of resource links in some of our remote or less populous regions! We’re starting from the beginning, region 01 Bas-Saint-Laurent (Lower Saint-Lawrence), searching for and adding new links then moving on to the next region in consecutive order.

Next week we'll be tackling region 02 Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean. If you know of some links for this region that we don't already have and you think would help our members in their genealogical research, please let us know!

Bas-Saint-Laurent is a region in the East of Quebec, delimited to the north by the Saint Lawrence River, to the south by New-Brunswick and Maine, to the east by the Gaspé Peninsula and to the west by Côte-du-Sud.

The following resource links have been added to this region over the last several weeks. 

  • Rimouski Archives
Their archives management collects, processes, distributes and preserves the archives that constitute the memory of the city of Rimouski.
  • Rivière-du-Loup Archive Centre
They have various images, videos, and fonds with an online search facility.

Cemetery Transcriptions
Columbarium and cemetery transcriptions for Bas-St-Laurent
  • This website from Généalogie Abitibi-Témiscamingue includes transcriptions of 2 columbariums and 27 cemeteries in Bas-St-Laurent.

Temiscouta County Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Auclair Cemetery, Auclair, Temiscouata 
  • Cabano Cemetery, Temiscouata-sur-le-Lac, Temiscouata
  • Lots Renverses Cemetery, Lots Renverses, Temiscouata
  • Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery, Temiscouata sur le Lac, Temiscouata
  • Packington Cemetery, Packington, Temiscouata
  • Saint Eusebe Cemetery, Saint Eusebe, Temiscouata
  • Saint Jean de la Lande Cemetery, Saint Jean de la Lande, Temiscouata
  • Saint Juste du Lac Cemetery, Saint Juste du Lac, Temiscouata
  • Genealogy of the families of Rivière Ouelle
This book includes the genealogy of families from Rivière Ouelle  starting from the origins of the parish up to 1908.

Digitized Newspapers

  • Chez Nous 1921-1923, 1941
  • L'Echo du Golfe 1885-1886
  • La Voix de Matane 1945, 1952-1957
  • Le Courrier de Rimouski 1871-1872 
  • Le Nouveliste de Rimouski 1876-1880

  • Grand Carrefour 1979-1980 
Trois-Pistoles et Temiscouata
  • Le Courrier de Trois-Pistoles et du Temiscouata
In the News

A closer look at solving crimes with the help of genetic genealogy   

by JOY LEPOLA, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tuesday, May 14th 2019

BALTIMORE, Md. (SBG) - Police may be using your data to track down rapists and killers without you even knowing it.

It's in the summer of 2007, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where police say a serial rapist carried out his first attack.

At the scene, police recover a t-shirt with the suspect's DNA on it. A piece of a puzzle detectives would struggle to solve. But the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, tied to twelve murders in California, may have revealed a new technique for finding violent criminals.

"We were so anxious we thought that everything was going to come crashing down, that people would be so angry, but for the most part people were fine with it," said Dr. Ellen Greytak.

It is genetic genealogy.

It turns out those home DNA kits that can help you discover your ancestry are also being used to solve crimes.

Once you submit a sample of your DNA, companies store that information in a database.

After people get their DNA profiles, many of them voluntarily upload their information to Gedmatch, a crowd-sourced database that allows you to learn even more about potential family members and genealogy. And it's this database that's being increasingly used to cross reference DNA taken from crime scenes.

Genetic genealogists are building family trees that go back generations. Through those long-lost relatives, suspects who've eluded police for years are getting caught.

Read more

Genealogy sites are helping birth parents find children they placed for adoption — but not everyone wants to be found 


By Alison BowenContact Reporter Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2019

DeAnn Link is searching for her daughter. She’d be 23 years old now.

Link said she gave birth in a Chicago hospital in 1996 at age 18, and the baby was placed with an adoptive family.

She has searched for her on LinkedIn, Google and through websites that allow birth parents and adoptees to register with contact information. But years of searching has led to nothing.

“It’s kind of frustrating,” she said. “I know she’s out there, and I know I’ll find her soon. The more I try, the more I put myself out there, the more she’ll be able to see it.”

Recently, Link opened an account on, and she is waiting on the next steps to submit her DNA, which could potentially match others who have submitted to the site. Maybe, she hopes, she will find her that way.

“I'm excited,” she said. “I was so young when everything went on, and it’s been a missing piece in my heart since then.”

Genetic testing sites like Ancestry, 23AndMe and MyHeritage are expanding the options for biological parents seeking to find adoptees.

The ability to seek matches instantly is an enormous shift, adoption experts said.

“That is a huge, huge sort of change in the way that nobody ever anticipated,” said Nina Friedman, director of post adoption support at The Cradle, an adoption agency based in Evanston, Ill.

At, a website that has 850,000 members and helps adoptees and biological parents connect, founder Katharine Wall said, “Technology can really change things overnight.”

Last fall, the website, which already helps connect searchers with investigators and genetic researchers, began letting users upload their own DNA profiles. is working on partnerships with some genealogy websites in hopes of eventually being able to offer users a way to check matches across several sites.

Read more

The best ways to go about genealogy research

And leave a meaningful legacy for your kids

Deborah Lynn Blumberg
6 days ago


Shortly after her mother died, Lisa Jacobson started to write her parents’ story. Both had cerebral palsy, raised a family, and lived into their 80s.

During the process, Jacobson, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, also got curious about her extended family, and joined

Since then, she’s created a 101-page word document of stories and pictures of her parents, and she has more than 4,000 people in her online family tree. She’s connected with family members from as far as Israel and Australia.

“I discovered branches I never knew existed,” Jacobson says. “It’s broadened my horizons. This is a record I can leave for my daughter and my nieces and nephews.”

Jacobson isn’t alone in her quest to document her family stories. For many older adults, it’s a hobby that’s become increasingly popular—and easier—as technology has evolved.

More and more people are jumping into genealogy research and documenting their family histories and stories.

Some are content to create a detailed family tree. Others set out to publish a custom book as a way to leave a meaningful legacy for their kids.

Connecting with your ancestors

“People find it fascinating to look at the history and try to imagine their ancestors’ lives,” says Wintress Odom, founder of The Writers for Hire, a Houston, Texas-based writing and editing company.

Odom and her team help private clients trace genealogy, interview family members, and delve into archives. For many, they produce a high-quality book clients give as a gift. 

Working with a company like Odom’s is one option for people who might feel overwhelmed with the research, but still want to leave a legacy.

Packages start at $2,500 and go up from there. Some clients come to Odom after they hit a stumbling block in their research.

Stick to a goal

To do your own legwork, says Phil Sutton, a librarian in the New York Public Library’s Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy, first decide on a goal.

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.

"May is for Memoir"
with Jan Draper

Presented by QAHN's Communication Matters Conferences Series


Date and Time: May 27, 2019, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Location: Uplands Heritage and Cultural Centre, 9 Speid St., Lennoxville, 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.


Tel: 450-636-8686 (please leave your message)
Archives Hemmingford
517 av. Champlain                                  
Hemmingford, QC  J0L 1H0 

Atwater Library Lunchtime Series


Date and Time: Friday, May 31, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Location: 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4

Cynthia Boyle Russell tells the astounding story of her father, Willard Boyle, who spent his childhood in a remote Quebec logging camp and went on to win a Nobel Prize for Physics. She will show family photos and offer for sale copies of her book about her father’s childhood.

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