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Over 300 members!

This month we reached a milestone for our Society. We have just registered our 302nd member since our launch in February 2018. Thank you for joining or renewing your membership in the only virtual genealogical society that focuses on research in Quebec.


Our Upcoming Webinars 

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

Using City Directories for Genealogical Research


Date and Time: Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Mark Gallop

Learn how to navigate the online Lovell's Directories for Montreal (1842-2010) and the Marcotte Directories for Quebec City (1822-1976) to understand more about your ancestors, their businesses, neighbours, and communities.

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

Resource Links
Administrative Region 07 - Outaouais

Outaouais or more commonly called “the Outaouais” is a region of western Quebec created in 1966. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, opposite Canada's capital, Ottawa, sharing a border with Ontario. The region is made up of 4 regional county municipalities and 67 local municipalities including the city of Gatineau (Hull, Aylmer, Gatineau, Masson-Angers, Buckingham), the Pontiac region, and the town of Maniwaki.
The Outaouais takes its name from the Ottawa River (rivière des Outaouais) which, for a large part of its course, serves as a border between Ontario and Quebec. The area is also known for its extensive history, with numerous archaeological sites revealing that First Nations peoples inhabited the region as far back as 6,000 years ago. The region’s immediate neighbours are the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in the north-west, the Laurentides region in the east and the province of Ontario in the south.
The following are new resource links added over the past weeks to the administrative region of Outaouais on the Resource Links page of our website:


City of Gatineau - Archives Collections
  • They have an Archives Guide that lists all the fonds and collections of institutional and private archives kept at the City of Gatineau. They also have archival research software, where researchers can access thousands of fact sheets spanning more than 150 years of history.

Births, Marriages, Deaths

Originis website

From the Originis website, we have added baptisms, marriages, and deaths for the Outaouais region. Here you will find indexes in alphabetical order that when selected will display the transcription of the record. The following index is for burials (sépultures) and the transcription of the first record.

Find A Grave

Includes 95 cemeteries for the Outaouais region with photographs of gravestones, and portraits, biographies, and stories of the deceased.

Gatineau County cemetery transcriptions
  • Aumond Cemetery
  • Blue Sea Lake Cemetery
  • Bois Franc Cemetery
  • Dunning Cemetery
  • East Templeton Cemetery
  • Maniwaki 2 / Assumption RC Cemetery
  • Maniwaki Protestant Cemetery
  • St Camillus RC Cemetery
  • St Gabriel de Bouchette Cemetery
  • St Philomene Cemetery
  • St Roch Cemetery

Wondering why one of your ancestors has disappeared? Perhaps they changed their place of work or residence. Perhaps they died in an unfortunate event such as an explosion or fire.
1894 - Hull, QB Dynamite Explosion


Ottawa, Ont., Dec. 5. -- Five men were killed and a score of people injured by an explosion of dynamite in Hull, Que. The accident occurred at the Hull water works extension, at the corner of Duke and Wall Streets.
Two boxes containing forty pounds of dynamite each did the damage. The dynamite was used for blasting purposes, and was stored in a twelve foot square cabin, which caught fire.
The dead are:
N. MARTIN, aged 36.
T. SEGUIN, aged 58.
MOIS BARBEAU, aged 12.
The two boys were passing by on their way to school.

1900 – Hull Fire

The Hull-Ottawa fire of 1900 was a devastating fire in 1900 that destroyed much of Hull, Quebec and large portions of Ottawa, Ontario. On April 26 a defective chimney on a house in Hull started a fire, which quickly spread between the wooden houses due to windy conditions. Along the river were the large lumber companies, and huge amounts of stacked lumber that quickly ignited.

Two thirds of Hull were destroyed, including 40% of its residential buildings and most of its largest employers along the waterfront. The fire also spread across the wooden Chaudière Bridge and destroyed a large swath of western Ottawa from the Lebreton Flats south to Dow's Lake. About one fifth of Ottawa was destroyed with almost everything in the band between Booth and the rail line leveled. Fortunately prevailing wind patterns and the higher elevation of central Ottawa prevented the fire from spreading east. The fire break created by the rail line also preserved the Hintonburg area.

Seven people were killed in the blaze, and fifteen thousand were made homeless. More were killed by disease in the densely packed tent cities where the people were forced to live afterwards.

Genealogical and Historical Societies
  • Outaouais History Society
  • Papineauville - Genealogy Center of the Petite-Nation
  • Louis-Joseph Papineau Historical Society

Heritage of the Outaouais

This site, devoted to the history and the heritage of the city of Hull, describes a good part of its 200 years of history. The historical areas available on this site are grouped into three categories:
  • Some highlights of the city of Hull.
  • Historic buildings, still visible today, but which have changed their vocation.
  • Historic buildings, now disappeared.

Buckingham, its history

A history page lists in chronological order the main historical events in Buckingham starting in 1799 to 1995.

Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on administrative region 08 - Abitibi-Témiscamingue!

If you have found an interesting resource link that is not on our website, please let us know and we will add it.
In the News

A Woman’s AncestryDNA Test Revealed a Medical Secret

Sarah Zhang 13 September 2019
The Atlantic

© Courtesy of Holly Becker / The Atlantic Holly Becker today (left) and in her 20s (right), when she had cancer

In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of a young man in New York. This was strange, but the test was not wrong. She really did have his DNA inside her. Two decades ago, she had undergone an umbilical-cord-blood transplant to treat her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The anonymous donor’s cells became her cells, and they still course through her body today. That is what the AncestryDNA test had picked up.

This Sunday, Becker, now 45, met her donor, Patrick Davey, 25, for the first time, in Chicago. They laughed. They embraced. They told each other their life stories. Theirs is the first public case of a patient meeting their cord-blood donor. For nearly 30 years, donations from infant umbilical-cord blood have been strictly anonymous for ethical reasons, but mail-in DNA tests have now introduced a way to circumvent the policy—even inadvertently, as in Becker’s case.

“We just didn’t think technology like this would exist and this scenario would arrive,” says Joanne Kurtzberg, the director of the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank and a pioneer in cord-blood banking. But now it has, and Kurtzberg said it was sure to come up at a cord-blood meeting she happens to be organizing in Miami this weekend.

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When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans

By David Vermette, Zocalo Public Square
August 21, 2019

In the late 19th century, they came to work in New England cotton mills, but the New York Times, among others, saw something more sinister

Americans who distrusted their Catholic, French-speaking neighbors burned the Old South Church in Bath, Maine. (Painting by John Hilling. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.)

In 1893, Clare de Graffenried, special agent of the United States Department of Labor, published an article in The Forum describing an invasion of America’s northeastern border. For 30 years, Graffenreid observed, hundreds of thousands of French Canadians had been pouring into states like Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, finding work in the region’s burgeoning industries. “Manufacturing New England, Puritan and homogeneous no longer, speaks a French patois,” she wrote.

Furthermore, Graffenreid continued, French Canadian workers huddled in “Little Canadas” of “hastily-constructed tenements,” in houses holding from three to 50 families, subsisting in conditions that were “a reproach to civilization,” while “inspiring fear and aversion in neighbors.”

Within the two years after Graffenried’s piece appeared, both of my grandfathers were born in Maine’s Little Canadas. A century later, when I began researching these roots, I uncovered a lost chapter in U.S. immigration history that has startling relevance today—a story of immigrants crossing a land border into the U.S. and the fears they aroused.

Inheriting an ideology of cultural survival from Québec, the French Canadians in the U.S. resisted assimilation. This led a segment of the American elite to regard these culturally isolated French speakers as a potential threat to the territorial integrity of the United States—pawns, conspiracy theorists said, in a Catholic plot to subvert the U.S. Northeast.

While French-speaking people had lived in North America since the 1600s, the French Canadians Graffenried discussed crossed the U.S. border during the late 19th century, mainly to earn a living in New England’s cotton mills. Cotton textile manufacturing began in earnest in the region during the War of 1812, and by mid-century, it was the U.S.’s largest industry in terms of employment, capital investment, and the value of its products. When the United States blockaded Confederate ports during the Civil War and prices for raw cotton soared, New England’s mills shut down or slashed hours. Textile workers turned toward other industries, joined the army, or headed west.


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If you are interested in digging deeper into this subject, look for the book, A Distinct Alien Race - The Untold Story of Franco-Americans, Industrialization, Immigration, Religious Strife, which is recommended by one of our members, Anita Nevins.

Chromosome Mapping – Visualize Your DNA and Identify the Ancestors Who Passed It On To You 


Have you ever tried to explain your pursuit of DNA matches, and found it hard put into words?  Have you ever wanted to see an image of your DNA and how it connects you to your ancestors? Chromosome mapping will help you come up with an answer!

The goal in using DNA in our genealogy research is to learn which segments of our DNA we inherited from specific ancestors and use them to learn more about our parents, grandparents, and so on, back in time.  Autosomal DNA is an extremely powerful tool that can help us confirm known ancestors and identify unknown ancestors.  It can help us identify previously unknown relatives who may know more about our ancestors than we do.  Newly identified DNA cousins may help us learn more about our shared ancestors or confirm speculated ancestors farther back in our shared ancestral line.

Chromosome mapping is an exciting technique that can be used to visualize your DNA and help you see the segments of DNA you inherited from your ancestors.  Using your Autosomal DNA results, you can build a map of your chromosomes that shows segments that are inherited from specific ancestors or ancestral couples.  Chromosome mapping is a more advanced technique you can use as you become increasingly familiar with DNA.

Some key concepts to keep in mind:

– You have 23 pairs of chromosomes in each of your cells; (or a total of 46 chromosomes). These chromosomes are numbered from 1 to 23.

– Autosomes are the pairs of chromosomes numbered 1 to 22.  Autosomal chromosomes are similar in both males and females, and are numbered by size

– You receive 2 copies of each chromosome – one copy from your father and one copy from your mother

–The sex chromosomes are named X and Y; this is the 23rd pair of chromosomes

– Males inherit one X chromosome from their mothers and a Y chromosome from their fathers (XY)

– Females inherit two X chromosomes; one from their father, which was inherited from his mother, and one from their mother- which is likely a combination of X-DNA from her mother and father. (XX)

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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.

Association des descendants d’André Marsil

Ladies and gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure that the Association of descendants of André Marsil announces their Annual General Meeting to be held in Joliette. The Joliette History Society, at 585, rue Archambault, will welcome us on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 10 am.
For more information:

Association des Lambert d’Amérique Inc.

The Association des Lambert d’Amérique Inc. (Lambert Association of America Inc.) invites their members, their family and friends to participate in the 28th General Assembly, Saturday October 12, 2019 to be held at Ulverton Wool Mill, 210 Porter Road, Ulverton, QC J0B 2B0.
• 11:30 am: arrival of guests • 12:00 pm: dinner
• 13:00: general assembly.
• 14h30: visit of the mill
Hot meal menu:
Starter: Seasonal soup (vegetables)
Main course: Pork tenderloin
Dessert: Various cakes
Beverages: Tea or coffee
Cost of registration for dinner and visit: $ 35 / person
Make the check payable to: Association of American Lambert Inc.
Reservations expected by: Friday, September 30, 2019.
Send to:
Association of American Lambert Inc.
650 Graham-Bell Street, Suite 210,
Quebec QC, G1N 4H5

McCord Museum Historic Outdoor Tours

Montreal's McCord Museum offers three 90-minutes outdoor historic walks.

Be amazed by the buildings of McGill University's campus with the Golden Square Mile walk, visit Montreal's business district, and learn more about the rescue of the iconic Milton Park neighborhood.

A rendez-vous on Tuesdays and Saturdays until October 5, 2019. Get a 30% discount on the cost of the ticket using the promotional code Heritage2019 when booking online.

Click here for details
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