18 March 2021   Click here to View this email in your browser 

Projet Patrimoine Québec


Date and Time: Friday, 26 March 2021 - 19:30 Eastern Time

Presenter: Nico Lefrançois
Language: French

Description: The Patrimoine Québec project is a collection of several tools and data useful to genealogy.

It is the personal research laboratory of Nico Lefrançois, one of our Québec Genealogical eSociety members, and is dedicated to genealogy enthusiasts. The project explores and indexes the archives and demographic and genealogical data of Quebec under different themes and databases.
This webinar will provide an overview of the project, explore the different databases and demonstrate how to use them effectively.

Note: Nico Lefrançois' database is located on the Databases page of our website. His Projet Patrimoine Québec database is in French; however, you will easily find the information you are looking for. See the Databases section below for more information!

Although this webinar is in French, the live demonstration of his website will show you the wonderful genealogical information available to you for free.

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New Member Orientation


Date and Time: 
Monday, 5 April 2021 - 19:00 Eastern Time

Presenter: Johanne Gervais

Description: This webinar is scheduled for the second Monday of every month.
Join us to help familiarize yourself with all the features of our eSociety including using the PRDH-IGD, BMS2000, and Fichier Origine databases, Resource Links, Members’ Directory, and the Members' Forum.

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Do you have suggestions for webinar workshop topics?

 Would you like to conduct a genealogy related workshop?

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Patrimoine Québec

The Patrimoine Québec website, created by Nico Lefrançois, one of our Québec Genealogical eSociety members, is now on the Databases page of our website. The main databases we can access for free are listed on the first page. Just click on the hyperlink next to the database description under the LIEN (link in English) column to access the information.

This is the French to English translation of the main page to help you choose which databases to research.

Clergenealogy Database


This database is on our Databases page of our website. It consists of the men and women in Quebec who entered religious orders and disappeared from genealogical records.

March 16, 2021 Website Update
By André Morel

The database now has the impressive number of 60,259 persons entered in religion orders. (nuns, brothers and fathers, and priests).‍
First and Last Names Improved Search

The latest update of March 16, 2021, allows you to search with or without accents on vowels in the First Name and Last Name fields. We also started to use a tool allowing us to associate the family names of a same family but entered under different spelling or variant.

Search Without Typing Accents

Before this release, if you were launching a search, for example, to find François Bérubé, without the cedilla under the « c » of François or the acute accent on the two « e » of Bérubé, the result was empty, because it was mandatory to add accents and the cedilla. From now on, the First Name and the Last Name will be found when you will search, no matter whether you have added the accents and cedilla or not.

Example of search results for Francois Berube, without the cedilla (ç) or acute accents:

Associated Names - Letters A and B

Up until now, if you were searching for a family name (e.g. BRAULT), only the names which were written as typed were listed in the results. In this case, the following names with a different spelling or variant (BRAUD, BÉRAUD, BÉRAULT, BRAULT, BREAU, BREAULT and BRO) were excluded. We have now started to associate family names with different spelling or variants such as defined in the P.R.D.H. (Programme de recherche en démographie historique). This is quite a tedious task. We have now completed the letters A and B. We will continue this work of normalization in the following months.


André Morel

Resource Links

Marriage Information


The following marriage information has recently been added to the General Resource Links section on our website.

Hessian (German) Marriages in Quebec

From a register totaling over 4,000 entries in the book “The Hessians of Québec - German Auxiliary Soldiers of the American Revolution Remaining in Canada” by Johannes Helmut Merz and over 2,000 entries in the book “Germany Military Settlers in Canada – after the American Revolution” by Virginia Easley Demarce, Mr Bill Beaudoin of the American-French Genealogical Society compiled a list of over 550 marriages performed in Quebec during this time period. He also included in this compilation 100 other marriages uncovered in their library between German nationals and French Canadians.
This document contains the above mentioned list of over 550 marriages performed in Quebec. They are listed alphabetically by male and then by female.

The Pioneers Established by Marriage in Canada 1617-1825

This is a new free database on the marriages of early settlers in Quebec launched by the Société de recherche historique Archiv-Histo. It provides the year of the birth and marriage, where the settler/pioneer was born, occupation when s/he arrived in New France/Quebec, spouse's name, and where s/he married.
The database contains 14,671 marriages from 1617 to 1825, and it will be updated yearly with new information and corrections. It includes Catholic marriages from the beginning of New France in 1716 to 1825 and non-Catholic marriages between 1760 and 1800.


List of Marriage Licences Issued in Upper Canada (1803, 1808, 1819-1841) and Lower Canada (1835-1837)

The Lower Canada records, which include Quebec, were compiled from the Register of licences issued through the Prerogative Court 1835-1837. The licences no longer exist. These records are lists only and are not available online. If you do find one of your ancestors on this list, you can visit Library and Archives Canada to view the documents on site or order copies of the original list through Library and Archives Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions
For your convenience, our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have now been added to our website under the Resources main menu. This list of FAQ will be updated as new questions are posed and answers are provided.

Just click on the Frequently Asked Questions sub-menu tab and browse through the Questions and Answers.
Upcoming Events

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN)


"Power and Politics: Quebec City's Jewish contributions," with Simon Jacobs


Sunday, March 21, 2021
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

In 1832, Quebec’s elected officials enacted a law giving Jews their civil and political rights. This legislation allowed Jews to participate as equals in society. Sigismund Mohr and Maurice Pollack are two key historical figures who took their rightful place in Quebec. Mohr remains a little-known character in Quebec’s history, but this technological pioneer established the first commercial hydroelectric plant. Pollack was a successful merchant who operated a large retail company and he was one of Quebec’s major philanthropists; his name and generosity is still well known through the Maurice Pollack Foundation.

Simon Jacobs created and directed Shalom Quebec, an exhibition on the Jewish history of Quebec City, from 2005-2009 and was the general director for the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec/Morrin Centre from 2009-2012. He is past president of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, involved in the preservation and dissemination of Anglophone heritage throughout the province. He has written articles for Life in Quebec magazine, the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph and has coedited a book on the Jewish history of Quebec City, published in April 2015.

This event will take place live on Zoom, as well as on Facebook Livestream.
To participate on Zoom click here. 

To view on Facebook Live, click here.

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN)


"The Man Behind the Curtain: Andrew McNaughton and the First World War," with Caitlin Bailey


Thursday April 8, 2021
7:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

A Quebecer by choice, Andrew McNaughton was a professor of engineering at McGill University when the First World War broke out in 1914. McNaughton joined the artillery and rose through the ranks to become the Counter Battery Staff Officer of the Canadian Corps in February 1917. McNaughton used his skills and knowledge as an engineer to develop one of the Canadian Corps most pivotal technological achievements– the use of counter battery attack. McNaughton is credited with being one of the best and most knowledgeable artillery officers of the Great War, but he is little known outside of specialist military circles.

Caitlin Bailey is an accomplished non-profit leader and public history professional and is the Executive Director of two successful heritage non-profits: the Vimy Foundation and the Canadian Centre for the Great War. She is committed to highlighting the role of Canada’s history in public life and its contribution to maintaining a civil society. A graduate of the University of Calgary and McGill, Caitlin holds degrees in Russian Literature and Library and Information Sciences. She is a member of the Banff Forum and a Director of the Toronto Ward Museum.

This event will take place live on Zoom, as well as on Facebook Livestream.
To participate on Zoom click here. 

To view on Facebook Live, click here.

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