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New Member Orientation


Date and Time: Monday, 9 March 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.

Mount Royal Cemetery


Date and Time: Monday, 23 March 2020 - 19:30 EDT

Presenter: Myriam Cloutier

Myriam Cloutier, Director of Heritage Programs at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, will discuss the history and evolution of Mount Royal Cemetery (including Hawthorn-Dale and Belvedere Cemeteries) and stories of interesting burials and monuments. She will demonstrate how best to use the on-line genealogy search function and how to search for a monument if able to visit the cemetery in person. Myriam will also talk about the Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery’s role in promoting and preserving Mount Royal Cemetery’s history through monument restoration, walking tours, and numerous publications.

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PRDH-IGD Database


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

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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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 let us know. We are looking for speakers for our 2020 webinar series.
Members' Forum
My Brick Wall
I have been looking for any information about my gr gr grandparents, Anthony McDonnell and Margaret Jordon. I'm looking for their parents and when/where they were married. I know they came from Ireland. The first record I find is the birth of their first son, Michael McDonnell in 1841 in Buckingham where Michael and subsequent siblings were born and baptized by Father Brady of the Catholic Parish of Buckingham. Martin, Bridget, James, Mary and Charles were born of this couple and all of their baptizmal records are in Buckingham. Anthony dies in Laughber in 1859. Margaret remarries but became a widow once again. All of the children (and their mother, Margaret) moved to either Michigan or Wisconsin except for the youngest, Charles. I cannot find anything about Charles after about the 1860 census where he was living with his family and his mother's new husband, James McHale. If anyone finds any more information about Anthony McDonnell, Margaret Jordan McDonnell and Charles McDonnell (B 1854) I would be most gratefull!

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Resource Links
Administrative Region 14 - Lanaudière

The Lanaudière region stretches from the Saint Lawrence River just north of Montreal toward the Laurentian Mountains. The region is generally rural with a landscape of farmland, hills and lakes, while the urban areas are concentrated in the south of the region, such as Repentigny, Terrebonne and Berthierville.
The origin of the region stems from the fact that a significant part of its territory was part of the seigniory of Lanaudière under the French regime. The Seigneurie de Lanaudière was a seigneury of Quebec granted to Charles-François Tarieu de Lanaudière on March 1, 1750 by Governor Jonquière.
Repentigny was founded in 1670 by Jean-Baptiste Le Gardeur, son of Seigneur Pierre Le Gardeur. During the town's first 250 years, Repentigny was only inhabited by a few hundred peasants, or habitants, and was an agricultural community. In 1677, the first population census only shows 30 inhabitants.
Terrebonne is divided in three sectors, namely Lachenaie, La Plaine and Terrebonne. Prior to 2001, these sectors were distinct cities. The town of Lachenaie, which was founded in 1670 by Lord Charles Aubert de Lachenaye, is the oldest of the three towns that were merged.
Berthierville, also called Berthier-en-haut, and legally called Berthier before 1942, is over 340 years old. On October 29, 1672, the Intendant Jean Talon conceded to Mr. Randin a part of the seigneury which he sold the following year to Mr. Alexandre Berthier who gave it his name. This seigneury was bought on April 25, 1718 by Pierre de Lestage, a merchant from Montreal. It then passed to his nephews who, on March 7, 1765, sold it to James Cuthbert, of Scottish origin. Upon the death of James Cuthbert in 1798, his son James inherited the seigneury, which passed to his son Edward Octavian, who was the last lord of Berthier, upon his death in 1849.

Below are the resources added over the past weeks to our Resource Links page of our website. If you know of any websites related to the Lanaudière region that could help with family history research, please let us know.

Births, Marriages, Deaths

Originis Database

From the Originis database, an index of baptisms and burials for the region from 1909-1909 have been added. There are only a few entries listed, but they may help in your research!

An index of baptisms and burials from 1875 to 1900 have been added to our website, thanks to Lise Chevalier who produced this online extract with the permission of the Lanaudière Genealogy Society.

Protestant marriages in the Lanaudière region

The Lanaudière Gen Web lists most protestant marriages that have occurred in the region.

Acadians whose children married in the Lanudière region

Also from the Lanaudière Gen Web is a listing of more than 125 Acadians whose children married in the region.

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 50 locations in the Lanaudière region. 

Below is a cemetery transcription for the Honorable Ross Cuthbert from the Berthierville Protestant Cemetery also known as the Saint James Anglican Church Cemetery. 

Ross Cuthbert  was a Canadian writer, lawyer and politician. Born at Berthier and baptised at Montreal, as the son of James Cuthbert, he was heir to the seigneuries of Lanoraie and Dautray. He studied at Douai in France and completed his studies in law in Philadelphia where he married Emily Rush, daughter of Benjamin Rush, one of the signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence. Cuthbert sat at the Executive Council and represented Warwick County (later Berthier) in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada. 

He died in Berthier-en-Haut in 1861. In 1866 the remains of 5 adults and 7 children, members of the Cuthbert family, were moved to this cemetery from Cuthbert Chapel.

Census records for the region

The transcription for the 1825 Population Return for the Township of Rawdon, County of Leinster was recently added to our website. Although not the original census return, the transcription provides an easy way of searching for your ancestors in Rawdon. 

Genealogical and Historical Societies

The website for the Historical and Heritage Society of Lavaltrie has recently been added to our Resource Links page. This website also includes some genealogical information on certain individuals and families.


Many buildings and historical sites in Lanaudière tell the story of our past from religious sites to heritage homes, and the numerous mills that are a testament to the prosperous economy of yesteryear. Below are a few examples that may help with your ancestral research:

Antoine-Lacombe House and Gardens in Saint-Charles-Borromée

The ancestor of the Lacombe family, originally from Bordeaux, France, was named Étienne de la Comble. Antoine Lacombe, a wheat and oat farmer born in Saint-Paul de Joliette in 1803, settled in Saint-Charles-Borromée in 1834. In 1847, he had this stone house built by Mr. Amable Archambault, the master mason of Saint-Charles-Borromée. About 20 owners succeeded one another and, in 1987,  the municipality of Saint-Charles-Borromée rented the house and finally became the owner in 1989.

The Cuthbert Chapel in Berthierville

Built in 1786 by James Cuthbert, this chapel is the oldest Anglican church in Quebec. Classified a historic monument, in the summer it offers guided tours and exhibitions.

Bélisle House

Maison Bélisle is the oldest preserved house in Old Terrebonne. Built in 1759, it is the best witness to the great history of Terrebonne.  It is named in honour of the last family to inhabit it, that of blacksmith Donat Bélisle.


For two centuries, Île-des-Moulins was at the centre of the development of one of the largest seigneuries in Quebec’s history. Today, five restored historical buildings bear witness to the economic vitality of the Terrebonne seigneury and the accomplishments of its seigneurs and landholders. The mills of Terrebonne, in operation from 1721 to 1940, still stand proudly on the beautiful Île-des-Moulins site.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site

It was in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, on land owned by his father, that Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first French-Canadian Prime Minister of Canada in 1896 took his first steps. You can discover the highlights of his life and his career and explore an historic home, faithful to those of the period. A visit to this fascinating site encourages you to learn more about the daily lives and customs of an early 19th century family.


Links to seven digitized newspapers have been added to our website for the  Lanaudière region.
  • Berthierville: Le Berthelais 1956-1967
  • Berthierville: Le Courrier de Berthierville 1930-1948
  • Joliette: L'Action Populaire 1913-1970
  • Joliette: L'Horizon 1970-1974
  • Joliette: La Gazette de Joliette 1863-1899
  • Terrebonne: L'Echo de Terrebonne 1917-1920
  • Terrebonne: Le Courrier de Terrebonne 1959-1968

Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on administrative region 15 - Laurentides !

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?

Civil Registrations in Quebec of Births, Marriages, and Deaths up to 1917

Did you know that the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) also known as the National Library and Archives of Quebec, has civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths up to 1917?

From the founding of New France, the colony's government ensured the identity of the king's subjects by registering births (baptisms) as well as marriages and deaths (burials). Following the common practice in France, Catholic priests kept two copies of each of the civil registers: the religious copy, kept in the parish, and the state copy, filed each year in the court serving the territory. After the Conquest and especially in the 19th century, the right to keep civil registers was gradually extended to some 20 non-Catholic denominations as well as to the Jewish population.
The main denominations represented in civil registers at the end of the 19th century were Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Evangelical, Jewish and Lutheran. These archives are invaluable sources for genealogical and historical research. The Directeur de l'état civil du Québec donates the registrations to BAnQ after 100 years, allowing the institution to digitize them and distribute them in their Digital Collection as they arrive.

You can search for a registration by parish, by district, or by Quebec region, although not all parishes, districts, or regions are listed.

Below is an example of a list of church records available for the district of Terrebonne.

Did you know that if you look under the R's of a parish or within a district or region you may find some interesting registers such as registries for the compulsory registration of unbaptized children?
If you can't find a birth/marriage/death record for your ancestors in the BMS2000 or PRDH-IGD databases, try Quebec's civil registrations on the BAnQ's website. To get to the link, on our website under the Resources main menu, click on Resource Links. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on General Resource Links.  You will find the BAnQ link under the heading of Births, Marriages, Deaths.
In the News

Why Use Pinterest For Genealogy?

January 16, 2020
Family History Fanatics Blog

While researching for the best technology tools to use as a genealogist, I thought, “Why would anyone use Pinterest for genealogy?”

Genealogists need methods to organize their discoveries, research, and discoveries so I read blog posts and watched YouTube videos. I learned that Pinterest organizes photos, quotes, tips, training from blog posts, YouTube videos, and direct uploads onto visual bulletin boards. Family historians can quickly view and access the content they need to answer genealogy research questions or write family histories.

Let me share with you the advantages I discovered about using Pinterest for genealogy.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a free tool for bookmarking and organizing things you like on the internet.

Instead of using a web browser to bookmark web pages you want to revisit, you can use Pinterest.

Pinterest works on any browser or through a dedicated mobile app.

This means you won’t have to find hacks to access your bookmarks in Safari while you’re using a PC computer. (What a relief!)

Can you find genealogy topics on Pinterest?

Initially, I didn’t think so, but Yes! Yes, you can find genealogy topics on Pinterest.

When Pinterest debuted in January 2010, I was too busy with four small children and another on the way. I wasn’t crafty and I didn’t have time to explore recipes and crafts that I would never successfully create.

Pinterest has evolved from the myth of attracting only middle-aged women interested in extreme crafts, impossible recipes, perfect home decor, and unrealistic fashion hacks.

The expanded Pinterest universe of topics includes vintage movies and cartoons, camping gear, travel tips, STEM education, finding balance, writing tips, self-publishing, and yes genealogy!

Users of all ages are pinning their future and hobby activities. They value the visual reminders of lays beyond the bookmarked image that directs them to a blog post, database, storefront, or YouTube video.

Lisa Lisson, of Are You My Cousin, often states that people use Pinterest to be inspired or to solve problems.

It’s safe to say that you, a genealogist, would like inspiration and to solve problems.

You’ll find genealogy quotes that will inspire or make you laugh. You’ll find tips for using FamilySearch, Ancestry, and Internet Archive. You’ll find blog posts and videos about genealogy methodology and writing family history. There is a wealth of information available on Pinterest right now, and being added every day. You just have to start searching.

What Problems Does Pinterest Solve For Genealogy?

Using Pinterest in genealogy can help you in many ways.

Create a Personalized Genealogy Education Center

The first problem Pinterest solves for genealogists is creating a visual reference library.

In the past, I used my web browser to save links to articles about how to research Civil War unit histories, how to encourage my children to do family history, and how to write family histories.

These bookmakers should have helped me know where my resources and training material resided online.

I soon forgot why I bookmarked each of these ‘genealogy’ links. Only by clicking on each link will I hopefully remember. What a waste of time!

 Consumer DNA tests likely to remain prohibited in France

Posted on February 5, 2020 by Gail Dever
Genealogy à la carte - blog


Hopes that consumer DNA kits will soon go on sale in France have been dashed.

The French Senate voted last week against allowing the sale of genetic genealogy tests.

The bill still has to go before the National Assembly, but there is apparently almost no chance it will be passed.

Guillaume de Morant writes in the French genealogy magazine, La revue française de la généalogie, that what can be learned from the latest French debates is politicians’ lack of understanding about consumer DNA tests. “They’re almost all convinced genetic genealogy tests are the same thing as medical tests.”

Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn, one of the fiercest opponents, has denounced the imprecise nature of the medical information provided by consumer tests. She is also concerned about protecting the confidentiality of the DNA data.

It appears, however, all is not lost for genetic genealogists who want to connect with their French cousins.

First, about a million people in France have bought a DNA kit, and no one has been fined for doing so.

Second, foreign laboratories deliver their kits to people in France without any worries. Only Ancestry refuses to do so, respecting French law, but people have still managed to work around this to order Ancestry kits. 

Mr. de Morant believes the economy of other countries will continue to benefit as tens of thousands of French people purchase their DNA kits from Great Britain, Switzerland, and the United States.

A point raised by DNA Pass, a European genetics association that has been lobbying for change in France, is that France is at the level of North Korea, one of the few countries in the world where genetic genealogy tests remain prohibited.

Disappointing, but… c’est la vie.

Genealogy giant Ancestry just joined 23andMe in cutting workers as the DNA testing fad ends

Lydia Ramsey Feb 5, 2020, 5:43 PM

Business Insider


Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis  Courtesy Health

The DNA-testing fad is ending, and it's hitting one of the biggest players in the space hard.

On Wednesday, Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis wrote in a blog post that the company is laying off 6% of its 1,700-person workforce, or roughly 100 employees. In the post, Georgiadis cited the slowdown in the consumer genetics market as the reason, noting that the market is at an "inflection point," and most early adopters have already taken one of the tests.  

The layoffs come just weeks after rival 23andMe also laid off 100 employees, representing about 14% of its staff. 

"Over the last 18 months, we have seen a slowdown in consumer demand across the entire DNA category," Georgiadis wrote in the post. "Future growth will require a continued focus on building consumer trust and innovative new offerings that deliver even greater value to people."

Protestant Schools in Quebec City

My Genealogy Life

Family stories are my buried treasure. — Patricia Greber, treesrch1800 at


The question started with “Did my grandmother attend school while she was living in Quebec City?” And it snowballed as it usually does when doing genealogy.

I found a book on the BAnQ (National Library and Archives of Quebec) website about Protestant Schools in Quebec. The book is called “Molding our tomorrows: a survey of the first hundred years of Protestant education in Quebec City, 1846-1946 / made to the order of the Protestant Board of School Commissioners”, by Arthur G. Penny. BA

Not only is it a great resource for Protestant education in Quebec City covering the years 1846-1946, but as a bonus, it also lists students who fought in the South African War, WWI & WWII.

pg. 75 From the book Molding our tomorrows: a survey of the first hundred years of Protestant education in Quebec City, 1846-1946 / made to the order of the Protestant Board of School Commissioners by Arthur G. Penny. BA 


pg. 76 From the book Molding our tomorrows: a survey of the first hundred years of Protestant education in Quebec City, 1846-1946 / made to the order of the Protestant Board of School Commissioners by Arthur G. Penny. BA 

And voila! I found two of my Norton relatives, George Beveridge Norton and his cousin Alfred Lee Norton both attended Victoria Protestant School. A quick look in the Directories (again on the BAnQ website)  and found it was located on St. Estache Street.


Another success in my school searches was finding mention in the newspaper of my great grandmother, Caroline Norton. The prize list below was for the Girls’ High School located on St. Augustin Street in Quebec City.

Quebec Morning Chronicle June 26, 1889

I am still looking for my grandmother Beatrice’s school but I am happy with the school discoveries so far.

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