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Webinars

New Member Orientation

 

Date and Time: Monday, 13 April 2020 - 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 including using the Resource Links, Members' Forum, and the PRDH, BMS2000, and Fichier Origine databases.

To register for this webinar, go to our Upcoming Webinars page on our Website.

PRDH-IGD Database

 

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 April, 2020 - 20:00 EDT

Presenter: Bertrand Desjardins

Mr. Bertrand Desjardins, Genealogist emeritus, PRDH-IGD, will provide an online demonstration of the PRDH database to show you all of its functionality and some tips to help you with your research.

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Stories from the Mount Royal Cemetery

 

Date and Time: Wednesday, 6 May 2020 - 19:30 EDT

Presenter: Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal

A virtual guided tour of famous people buried in Mount Royal Cemetery will bring to life many interesting people with facts and anecdotes that are linked to important historic events. These great Montrealers who have great monuments to commemorate them, played a major role in the advents of steamships, railways, banks, industries and institutions such as hospitals, schools and museums.

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


If you would like to share your genealogical interests or expertise in a webinar, please contact us. We are looking for speakers for our 2020 webinar series.
COVID-19
Special offer to our members
 
To counter the current health risks associated with COVID-19, the Québec Genealogical eSociety is offering our webinar services to members for their local genealogical events.

This web-based software enables virtual meetings (e.g. special focus-groups, local society meetings, lectures, etc.) where members meet and discuss, share, and investigate without the need of a physical presence.

If you are interested in using our GoToWebinar software (free of charge) to help you or your local genealogical society continue their events, please contact us. 
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Members' Forum
Delisle from Cap-Sante/American Revolution
 

The "Canadian Participants in the American Revolution" index states that Augustin Delisle of Cap-Sante was a "sergeant of militia for the rebels." It also states that Antoine Delisle was a soldier in "Menard's Co., 1775."

The Daughters of the American Revolution have confirmed that Mathurin Morrissett (Mauricet/Morisset), married to Marie-Catherine Delisle, was from Cap-Sante and a "sergeant of militia for the rebels."

Are Augustin and Antoine Delisle brothers and the children of Antoine Delisle (1713-1749) and Marie-Charlotte de la Rue (1717-?)? Or are they the children of Augustin Delisle (1715-1773) and Marie Anne Rivard (1724-1771)?

I'm trying to find the Delisles who were patriots in the American Revolution, and how they are related to Marie-Catherine Delisle (wife of patriot Mathurin Morrissett).


To comment on this post, please go to the Members' Forum page on our website and post a Reply.
Resource Links
Administrative Region 16 - Montérégie



 
Montérégie is an administrative region in the southwest part of Quebec. Bordering the Eastern Townships and Centre-du-Québec to the east, the Montérégie region borders the states of Vermont and New York to the south, borders Ontario to the west and then follows the river to the north. The region takes its name from the seven hills that line it: the Collines Montérégiennes (Saint-Bruno, Saint-Hilaire, Rougemont, Yamaska, Shefford, Brome, Saint-Grégoire). The toponym comes from the latinized form of Mount Royal, mons regius.
 
The Montérégie Region has two native reserves. The population of both of these reserves are mostly Mohawk, one of the historic Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois League. The Kahnawake reserve was established south of Montreal in 1719 as a mission village. The Akwesasne reserve was established upriver by Mohawk leaders and their families in the mid-18th century, accompanied by French Jesuit missionaries. Akwesasne spans the boundaries of Canada and the United States, extending across the St. Lawrence River into New York State, where it is referred to as the St. Regis Reservation.
 
Some of the battles which decided the destiny of Canada took place in the Montérégie Region. At the beginning of the 17th century, the French began colonizing the St. Lawrence River valley and formed a political and economic alliance with the Algonquin peoples who resided there. The Algonquians were in relative conflict with the Mohawks of the Iroquois Confederacy, established further south and allied with the British.
 
The current Montérégie region, on the border between these two groups, became a zone of confrontation. Several forts (Chambly, Richelieu, Saint-Jean) were built to protect the French colony. The Franco-Iroquois wars began with the Battle of Lake Champlain in 1609, intensified in the 1660s with the mobilization of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, and ended only in 1701 with the Treaty of the Great Peace of Montreal. Despite the region's great potential, these troubles hindered colonization and the population lived mainly in the seigneuries granted near the river, opposite Montreal: Longueuil (1657), Boucherville and La Prairie (1667). At the time of the British Conquest, the Montérégie Region had about 9,000 inhabitants, or 13% of the colony.
 
Below are the resources added over the past weeks for Region 16 - Montérégie to our Resource Links page of our website. If you know of any websites related to the Montérégie region that could help with family history research, please let us know.


Archives

Archives Hemmingford
 
  • They are dedicated to preserving and sharing the historical heritage of Hemmingford, Quebec
  • They have a collection of books from the 1830s, old photographs, genealogical information on over 1,000 local families, historical land records, maps, artifacts, and much more.

Births, Marriages, Deaths

Originis Database for the Montérégie region

From the Originis database, an index of baptisms from 1886-1915, marriages from 1905-1915, and burials from about 1886-1913 have been added to our website. 


 
Cemetery Transcriptions

Having trouble finding information about the death of your ancestors? Gravestone transcriptions are a valuable source of genealogical information as they frequently include dates of birth and death as well as the names of spouses, children, and other family members. Some websites also include biographical information on the deceased that could help with your research.

Find A Grave

The Find A Grave database includes cemetery transcriptions for 225 locations in the Montérégie region. 



 
Below is a Find A Grave cemetery transcription from the Old Abercorn Cemetery in Abercorn, Quebec. This is the oldest cemetery in the area. The first pioneer people are buried here in the early 1800's. The cemetery was established in the early 1800's and is still very well maintained. Most of the larger monuments are in very good condition. There are 250 memorials transcribed in Find A Grave for this cemetery with 90% of the monuments photographed.
 

Other Cemetery Transcriptions

Links to the following cemetery transcriptions have been added to the Resource Links page of our website:
  • Missisquoi County Cemetery Records
  • Athelstan Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • Beauharnois  - Saint Edward's Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Beauharnois - Trinity Anglican Cemetery
  • Franklin - Towns Farm Cemetery
  • Hinchinbrooke - Gore Cemetery
  • Howick - Georgetown Protestant Cemetery
  • Howick - Riverfield Cemetery
  • Ormstown - Union Cemetery
  • Ormstown - St-Paul's Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Ormstown - St-James Anglican Cemetery (Old)
  • St-Chrysostôme  - St-Matthew's Episcopal (Edwardstown Anglican)
  • St-Chrysostôme  - Russeltown Flats Cemetery – Little White Church
  • Saint Louis de Gonzague Protestant Cemetery
  • Sainte Agnes de Dundee Catholic Church
  • Sainte-Clotilde - Beechridge Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Valleyfield Protestant Cemetery
     
Directories
 
The following list of directories from the Canadiana and Internet Archive websites have been added to the Miscellaneous section of our Montérégie Region Resource Links on our website:

  • Chambly Basin - 1877 
  • Chateauguay Valley - 1877 
  • Granby - 1912-13 
  • Longueuil - 1873-74 
  • St-Hyacinthe - 1875
  • St-Hyacinthe - 1883 
  • St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, West Farnham, Granby, West Shefford, Roxton Falls, etc. - 1876 
  • St-Jean-sur-Richelieu & Missisquoi County - 1879-81




Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on administrative region 17 -  Centre-du-Québec !

If you have found an interesting resource link that is not on our website, please let us know and we will add it.
Did You Know?

FamilySearch
Finding Aid

 

 
Did you know that we now have a FamilySearch Finding Aid on the Databases page of our website? This Finding Aid can help you easily find Quebec records on the FamilySearch website.

If you know the date of your ancestor's baptism, marriage, or burial, and the image has not yet been digitized and linked to the BMS2000 database, you may find the church record by browsing through the non-indexed images on FamilySearch.

To access the Finding Aid, click on the Resources main menu tab of our website, then click on the Databases sub-menu. Click on the FamilySearch icon and the Finding Aid will appear.

Below is an example of what you can expect to see in this 4-page Finding Aid:

 


Stay tuned for our upcoming BAnQ Finding Aid!
In the News

Virtual Tours—19 Ways to Travel from Home 


FamilySearch Blog
March 27, 2020  - by  Alison Ensign


 

Virtual tours can open up amazing and awe-inspiring locations around the world that may otherwise be inaccessible to you. You can experience the majesty of the Sistine Chapel, the wonder of the Great Wall of China, or the beauty of Hawaii from the comfort of your own home. 

Picking the Right Virtual Tour for You

As you consider which virtual tour you want to take, try finding one that not only helps you explore a new place, but consider a place tied to your heritage. Learning more about your cultural heritage can help you become more resilient as you develop a deeper understanding of your story.

You can discover more about your heritage using the Where Am I From? experience, which maps where your ancestors came from.

The following virtual tours allow you to see some of the most spectacular sites in the world and gain a greater appreciation for world cultures. By immersing yourself in world heritage, you will better understand your own heritage.

1. Vatican Museums

 

This collection of virtual tours lets you see some of the masterpieces of the Renaissance, including the Sistine Chapel, Niccoline Chapel, Raphael’s Room, and more.

Start the Tour

2. Great Wall of China

The Great Wall is often regarded as a wonder of the world, making it a prime tourist attraction. By taking the tour online, you can skip the crowds and still experience the incredible view and Chinese history.

Start the Tour

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 7 Family History Activities for When You Can’t Focus

BY AMY JOHNSON CROW | APRIL 2, 2020



Genealogy is something that countless people find enjoyable and rewarding. In this time of crisis, it’s natural to turn to it… but many of us have found ourselves unable to concentrate. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we can’t do something. Here are 7 family history activities that we can do, even when we can’t focus.
 

It can feel frustrating, even discouraging, to have time on your hands but an inability to focus on research. After all, haven’t many of us joked, “Oh if only I had all day where I could sit at home and work on my genealogy…” Many of us now have that time, due to stay-at-home orders, but it certainly isn’t what we envisioned. But even though we might not be able to concentrate to do some in-depth research, we can still do meaningful and enjoyable family history activities.

1. Label Some Photographs

You know you need to do this (or maybe I’m just projecting). Grab a handful of photos and a soft pencil or archivally safe pen and label the back of the photo with the who-what-when-where-and-why. Record as much as you know about that image. Not only is this incredibly important in our family history, but it’s a fun activity, too!

2. Scan Some Photographs and Documents

Now that you have some photos labeled, get out the scanner, camera, or your smartphone, and make a digital copy. I have a stack of letters that my grandfather wrote to my grandmother while they were courting. Now would be the perfect time for me to digitize those.

3. Share With Family

Social distancing doesn’t mean no communication. Share some of those photos and documents with your family via email, Facebook, or even text. Not only does it get a copy of that image in another place (following the “Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe” principle), but it can also spark dialogue… which brings us to our next activity…

4. Interview Family Members and Share Stories

Humans are built for stories, and those stories are even more important in times of distress. Photos are a great way to spark conversation. They don’t even have to be old photos of our ancestors. Photos of family reunions or holidays can be a great starting point for sharing stories. Remember: We are all a part of our own family histories. We need to get our stories out there, too!
 

5. Journal Your Experience During the Pandemic

I’ll be honest — I hoard notebooks and journals. I don’t necessarily write in all of the ones that I buy, but I have quite a collection. Since things started getting crazy a few weeks ago, I started a journal to record my experience. It serves two purposes. If it’s ever discovered by a descendant years from now, they’ll have an idea of what this time was like. But it’s also been cathartic to write in it.

I’ve had trouble in the past keeping going with a journal, but I’ve been consistent this time. Two things that have helped me: I don’t force myself to write every day (which, ironically, has made me feel more free to write almost every day!) and I don’t feel the need to follow a set format. Some days are pages long, while other days are only a couple of sentences. I write down my experiences, my observations, and my feelings. As I said, it has been quite cathartic.

6. Index Records for FamilySearch

Did you know that many of the records that you use on FamilySearch were indexed by volunteers—people just like you and me. You can help right from home! FamilySearch has indexing projects for record sets around the world. (In fact, they’re always looking for people who can read languages other than English. But don’t worry, there are plenty of English-language records that you can work on, too.) You can find tutorials and get started on the FamilySearch Indexing website.

The batches are small, so you can make progress right away. I’ve been an indexer for quite some time. You might be amazed at how enjoyable it is!

7. Use the WANDER Method

What about when we really want to research? How can we stay focused then?

We genealogists sometimes joke about falling into rabbit holes in our research. Somehow, we find ourselves researching our 3rd-cousin’s grandfather’s next-door-neighbor’s son-in-law. How did we get there?!

When we want to do research, it’s always a good idea to be focused, and that’s especially true when our ability to concentrate is at a premium. Having a good research method is key.

The WANDER Method is a way of viewing the research process to help keep you focused and on track. The steps are:

  • W – What do you want to find?
  • A – Analyze what you already have
  • N – Note what is missing
  • D – Discover new records
  • E – Evaluate everything
  • R – Repeat as necessary

That first step – what do you want to find — by itself can help you stay focused. 

This is a confusing, stressful time we’re in. Fortunately, there are still things we can do to stay engaged with the family history that we love. How are you working on your genealogy right now?

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