15 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.
To register for the meeting, just click on the registration link in the Upcoming Webinars section of our website.
Chairperson: Michael Laekas

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

This is my brick wall. A cousin and I have been searching for our great-great-grandfather's marriage certificate for some years now.

His name is Joseph Poirier, his wife is Scholastique Forget. I have not been able to find their birth certificates. (Too many duplicates)
Their marriage certificat is the last thing I need in order to finish my Poirier tree.

Fortunately I have found their daughter Louise Poirier's marriage in Bouchette (Gatineau) to Augustin Gascon 14 Sept. 1872.

Joseph's father is Joseph Poirier, his mother is Marie Legault. They were married in Lachine in 1832. This info I have already.

Thank you for your help.

If you can help Jocelyne, 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.)

DNA Coaching - Genome Mate Pro


Date and Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Jason Porteous

In this DNA Coaching session, Jason will help you get started with Genome Mate Pro and answer any questions you may have on how to analyze your DNA results with this software.

Language: English

Auto-publier vos histoires de famille


Date and Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 19:00 EDT

Presenter: Sandra McHugh et Tracey Arial

Nos membres Tracey Arial et Sandra McHugh, qui sont également membres du groupe « Genealogy Ensemble »
vous mènera sur le même chemin qu’ils ont suivi avec l’auto-édition de leur livre « Beads in a Necklace ».
Ils discuteront de l’écriture, de la planification, de la mise en page, de l’impression, du lancement du livre, de la publicité et de la distribution, y compris les bibliothèques, Kindle, Kobo, Indigo, Chapters, Blurb, Lulu et d'autres méthodes de distribution.

Language: French

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

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 our focus is on new additions to our General Resource Links section of our Resource Links page. 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.

Acadian Research
Two more great resource links have been added to our large Acadian section.

1. Acadians of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
 The biographies presented in “Acadians of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries” provide rich insights into an important period in Canadian history. Topics covered are:
  • Rebuilding
  • Economic Adaptation
  • Religious Leaders
  • Elementary Education in French
  • Higher Education in French
  • Political Action
  • Communicating Ideas
  • Remembering the Past
  • The Nationalist Movement
Biographies of Acadians who played an important role in each of these topics are presented. For example, “Economic Adaptation” illustrates attempts by Acadians to move beyond traditional livelihoods and to explore new industries and various possibilities.
Gilbert DesRoches Store, c1900. Gilbert Desroches stands in the entrance of his general store in Miscouche. (Centre de recherche acadien de l’Í.-P.-É., Musée acadien, Miscouche)

These are the list of Acadians who played an important role during "Economic Adaptation" with links to their biographies:

2. Fédération acadienne du Québec

This website has plenty of information to help with your Acadian research and also has a Facebook page.

The Fédération acadienne du Québec's mission is to bring together Acadians of origin, with the goal of making Acadia and its people known.

Adoptees in Quebec

This is a new topic under the General Resource Links section. For adoptees, finding your biological family members can be very challenging and often requires a different set of tools than the typical genealogical research. We have recently added three resource links to help with your search in Quebec. 

This is a global registry where people can reunite instantly. Some of their partners are 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritageDNA.

2.  OriginsCanada - Quebec Adoption Records

Their objectives are:
  • To provide confidential support and resources to those separated from their families by adoption in safe and secure environments. 
  • To provide resources and education to those separated by adoption or for any mother considering an adoption plan. To provide resources to, and to advise, governments, mental health professionals, and others with respect to adoption policies, practices, and adoption trauma. 
  • To assist in the reunion of family members separated by adoption. 
  • To seek acknowledgement, validation, accountability and redress for illegal and unethical adoption practices. 
  • To undertake and promote research into adoption policies and practices past and present. 
  • To encourage and promote legislative, social, and administrative reforms that honour and respect the mother-child bond, support the preservation of natural families, meet the needs of those separated by adoption, and abolish reproductive exploitation.
3. Finding Your Biological Parents, biological brothers and sisters or your Adopted Child

This website includes procedures, psychosocial support, and other useful websites.

If anyone has additional links that could help adoptees find their biological family members in Quebec, please let us know and we will be happy to add it!
In the News

A wallet, lost long ago in Quebec City, captivates social media  

CBC/Radio-Canada  3 days ago

Dan Côté, an amateur genealogist and the director of the EtcheminsGénéalogie et Histoire organization, said he believes he found the wallet's owner, using a baptism certificate with a name and birth date matching the driver's licence. 

René-Georges Grégoire lost his wallet in Quebec City around 50 years ago.

It was finally found on Tuesday, tucked into the wall of a restaurant undergoing renovations, by a woman who quickly launched an online search for its rightful owner.

The wallet, mostly intact, with untouched, slightly deteriorated cash safely held in aged leather, offers a glimpse into the life of a young man in the 1960s.

It contained an old driver's licence, a handful of black and white snapshots and $22 cash — the equivalent of about $180 today.

The bills include $2 Canadian bank notes, which were discontinued more than two decades ago.

Images of the wallet made a splash on social media this week, when photographer CarolanGuay posted photos of the find to Facebook, asking the public for help finding its owner, who would now be 73 years old.

Guay found it while tidying up during a renovation project at Le Continental, a restaurant in Old Quebec. 

The eatery was was built in 1967. Restaurant co-owner Sylvain Pageau doesn't know Grégoire, but had some ideas about who he could have been.

"I think it might be a worker who could have left his wallet on the wall, which was later closed," he said.

Guay's post quickly gathered steam and has been shared more than 16,000 times. She was surprised by the outpouring of interest in solving the mystery.

"I did not think it would impact many people," she said.

She said she shared the post with hopes could return the photographs to the owner because, she said, they are "precious memories."

Wallet owner believed to have died nearly 45 years ago

Managing your DNA matches with Excel

Posted on March 29, 2019 by Philip Grass

Normally when I write something here it’s because I think I have something useful to say. This time I want to write about how I record my DNA matches in Excel. I’ll be honest, I’m sure I’m not the first person to do this, and I’m not suggesting that this is the best method, but it does help.

Firstly I should explain why you should record your matches. As I see it there are at least five great benefits of doing this:

  • It’s cross-platform i.e. it keeps all your matches from Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage etc. in one place.
  • DNA matches sometimes disappear from your online lists. The matching algorithm used by the DNA testing companies do change, but more commonly matches choose to remove/hide their information.
  • Recording matches can show you patterns of inheritance that you might not otherwise spot. As an example I can see that someone that shares my mitochondrial DNA as both she and I are on the same direct maternal line. There are plenty of examples online where yDNA or mitochondrial DNA has helped prove a theory, probably non more-so than the identification of Richard III of England from his mitochondrial DNA.
  • You can get statistics from this data. I love statistics, more of this later.
  • You don’t keep going back to the same DNA matches, only to realise you’ve already done the research.

I should mention that this article focuses on working with results from This is because it is the main source of cousin-matching information. Roughly 85% of my cousin-matches come from (the joy of statistics).


Using the DNA websites’ tools.

Before I work through my Excel approach, it’s worth looking at the in-built tools available to help organise your matches. Both Ancestry and FamilyTreeDNA have a Notes field for each of your DNA matches. I am now fairly methodical, particularly at Ancestry, about the structure I use in this field, which displays the calculated relationship and the shared ancestor(s) name(s), birth date(s) and birth place(s). This is because the Ancestry match-list displays some of the notes field information (see illustration below).

What I like to see at a glance is the exact relationship and the common ancestor(s) of match and myself. More detailed info can then be added.

Read more

DNA quirk could reveal mysteries of Newfoundland's first settlers

Holly McKenzie-Sutter · The Canadian Press 
Posted: Apr 15, 2019 11:17 AM NT

The mutation likely comes from Europe

A Newfoundland genealogist has stumbled onto a rare and mysterious DNA quirk that he says could tell the untold story of the island's first European settlers.

Memorial University mathematics professor David Pike suspects the DNA came from a woman who travelled to Newfoundland around the early 1600s. (Paula Gale/CBC)


David Pike, a mathematics professor and genealogist, said the rare mitochondrial DNA profile caught his attention over a decade ago when it began popping up frequently in test results for a Newfoundland and Labrador genealogy project.

The profile — called H5a5, plus another unnamed mutation — is likely European in origin.

It has appeared in about 10 per cent of the 264 people across the province who have supplied mitochondrial DNA for the online project.

Compared with thousands of results from other countries, however, it's extremely rare.

I think it would give us brand new insight into the peopling of Newfoundland.- David Pike

Only a handful of people from Europe — fewer than 10 — have been found to test positive for the specific profile, and almost all those have roots in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Pike said the results point to a possible "founder effect," where a biological trait becomes commonplace when passed down from a small group of colonizing ancestors.

Genealogy is often pursued as a way to trace one's own family roots, but Pike said this particular mystery could speak to the heritage of much of the province.

Even if individuals don't carry the profile themselves, they could still descend from it.

"You talk to individual people, they have their individual genealogical mysteries," Pike said. "This is one that's broader, it's at the level of population genetics."

Read more

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.

Through the Mill: Girls and Women in the Quebec Cotton Textile Industry, 1881-1951

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Place: Atwater Library
1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount, Québec H3Z 1X4

Historian and author Gail Cuthbert Brandt discusses her book Through the Mill: Girls and Women in the Quebec Cotton Textile Industry, 1881-1951.


The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free though we do appreciate donations! Everyone is welcome and we serve coffee and biscuits.

Alberta Genealogical Society Conference 2019

26-28 April 2019

The Québec Genealogical eSociety will have a table in the Marketplace area. If you plan to attend the conference, drop by to say hi!


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.


The 6th edition of the Congrès mondial acadien

The goal of this international gathering, held every 5 years, is to strengthen the ties that unite all Acadian communities throughout the world, all while showcasing a modern and authentic Acadian identity. The Congrès is also an opportunity to welcome all those who are interested in l’Acadie.

We want to hear from you, contact us with your suggestions for future newsletters.

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