15 July 2019        View this email in your browser 

To improve security provisions related to our members’ access to the BMS2000 and PRDH databases, please observe the following protocol:

- Always access the subscription databases through our Québec Genealogical eSociety website.

- Do not share with non-members the user id and passwords to access these databases or your user id and password to access the Québec Genealogical eSociety website.

- Please confine your unlimited access to these databases for your personal research. While professional genealogists are welcomed members, their membership in the Québec Genealogical eSociety does not extend to research on behalf of their clients.

These measures are intended to guard members’ membership investment in the society which allows us to provide you with unlimited access to these subscription databases.

For further information related to terms of membership, please consult Policy 3 in the Administrative Section of our Society's website.


Our Upcoming Webinars 

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

New Member Orientation


Date and Time: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 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 PRDH, BMS2000, and Fichier Origine databases.

Good news! FamilySearch will be providing us with an English webinar on how FamilySearch can help you find your ancestors in Quebec. Stay tuned for the webinar in August! Thank you to the Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie du Québec for launching this initiative.

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

Members' Forum

What are must-visit repositories for research trip to Montreal?

"I'll be traveling to Montreal for a few days in September. What places must I visit to conduct on-site research? My Irish ancestors emigrated to Montreal in the mid-1800s and lived there for several generations before my great-grandparents moved down to Boston. They belonged to St. Patrick's church as well as Notre Dame. According to an 1877 city directory, my great-great-grandmother was the proprietor of a saloon on St. Catherine St. Family names are Storen, Doherty, Moore and Garrigan. Thanks so much! Patty Vitale"

If you could help Patty, go to our Members' Forum page, under the Resources main menu, and post a reply.

If you have a brick wall that needs removing or you would like to share some interesting information related to genealogical research, go to our Members' Forum page on our website, and write a post!

Resource Links

This week our focus is on region 04 Mauricie. This is a region of stunning natural beauty located between Montréal and Québec City. It spans from the St. Lawrence River to the heart of the boreal forest. Its landscape encompasses forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. In the Laurentian Mountains, La Mauricie National Park is a protected forest once used for logging. The St-Maurice River runs north-south through the region, joining the St. Lawrence River at the city of Trois-Rivières.

The following are new resource links added to our Resource Links page on our website over the past weeks:

Archives of the Saint Joseph Seminary in Trois-Rivières
  • Their oldest documents date back to the 16th century. Whether letters, financial papers, notarial deeds, photographs or postcards, historical notes, plans or soundtracks ... the majority of these documents are made available to all researchers.

Cemetery Transcriptions

Find A Grave
  • Find A Grave, the world’s largest grave site collection, has gravestones for 46 locations in the Mauricie region.

Census Records
Census records for the Algonquins in Trois Rivières have been added to our Resource Links page for the years 1841, 1850, 1851, and 1852.

Wondering if a disaster or a natural event may have affected your ancestors? Here are a couple for the Mauricie region:

Three Rivers, QC Fire - 1908

THREE RIVERS, Que., June 23.---Fanned by a high wind a fire which broke out shortly before noon Monday in a stable did not pause in its work of destruction until the greater part of the lower town containing the business section of the city, had been consumed. Then with the assistance of firemen summoned by special trains from Montreal, Quebec, Sherbrooke and Grande Mere, it was held in check. Almost every building of any consequence in that section of the city was destroyed, including the post office, the City Hall, every hotel worthy of the name with one exception, the fine building of the Hochelaga Bank and almost all of the leading stores. Over three hundred buildings were burned.

Three Rivers, QC Bridge Spans Collapse - 1951
Three Rivers, Que. -- (AP) -- Four concrete and steel spans of the $3,000,000 Duplessis bridge crumbled and plunged into the St. Maurice river with a mighty roar today, carrying at least four persons to an icy death. Police said it was possible as many as eight persons may have been killed in the collapse. The bodies of three of the victims have been recovered. Four cars can be seen at the bottom of the river, their headlights still on. It could not be determined how many other victims there actually were until the autos are dragged from the water. The collapse occurred at 2:55 a.m., EST. The four arches, each 180 feet long, were part of the highway bridge connecting Three Rivers with Cap De La Madeleine, just above the point where the St. Maurice runs into the St. Lawrence river, half-way between Quebec and Montreal.
(The names of the casualties are listed in this resource link on our website.)


Genealogical and Historical Societies
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade History Society
  • This society has plenty of photos of historical events, houses, and people.
This imposing residence is the result of several additions made to a first building dating from 1719. From residence, pharmacy and doctor's office, it was, among other owners, the property of the illustrious Dorion family.


Abridged Cadastres of the Seigniories of the Trois-Rivières District 1863
  • You could browse page by page to find the seigniory you are looking for.

Seigniorial Mill of Pointe-du-Lac in Trois-Rivières
  • Built around 1765, the Moulin seigneurial de Pointe-du-Lac is one of the most beautiful jewels of Quebec’s rural architecture. Classified as a Heritage site, the Moulin is one of the few premises of its era to still have functioning mechanisms.

The old presbytery of Batiscan in Batiscan
  • It has been opening its doors for more than 200 years. Built in 1816, this old presbytery is an architectural wonder retaining all its authenticity. Classified as a Heritage site, it is now a witness to our ancestors’ lives.

Saint-Anne Seignorial Estate historical site in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade
  • Founded in 1667, the seigniory of Sainte-Anne has lived through the entirety of Quebec’s history. From Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade’s origin, to the 20th century, let the Seignorial Estate guide you and tell you its secrets.
Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on administrative region 05 - Estrie (the Eastern Townships)! 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

Pssst! Want to Buy Your Family’s Coat of Arms?   

In many shopping malls across America, you will see pushcart vendors selling reproductions of coats of arms, claiming to be the “proud history and heritage of your family name” or similar words. These merchants sell coats of arms on parchment paper, suitable for framing. They also may sell coats of arms on t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf jerseys, stationery, coffee mugs or even key chains.

Similar “businesses” exist on the Web. A number of Web sites proclaim that they can sell you “authentic” copies of your family’s coat of arms. One Web site says, “What is your Name? What was it’s origin? Was it taken from the name of a village? Was it taken from the Bible? A clan name? An Occupation? An ancient landmark? Who were your historical namesakes who bore your fine family name in the homeland of your ancestors?” Sometimes they also claim to sell “gifts of lasting heritage.”

I have one thing to say to these con artists: “Balderdash!”

Actually, that’s not my first choice of response, but, after all, this is a family newsletter.

The study of coats of arms is called heraldry. Those who control the issuance of arms are the heralds. Typically, each country in Western Europe as well as in England, Scotland, and Ireland has an office of the heralds, sometimes called the Kings of Arms. The heralds are empowered to decide who is authorized to display a certain coat of arms. If you do not have authorization from the heralds, you are not authorized to display any coat of arms. That authorization must be on paper, signed, and made out to you personally, not to your entire family and never to everyone of a certain surname.


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Another Method of Sending Large Files to Others   

Sending large files, pictures, or videos to someone else or even to your yourself (for copying a file to another computer) has often been difficult. Sending files by email often is limited by the size of the file(s) to be sent. In the past, the only method of sending large files was by FTP file transfers or by questionable P2P (peer-to-peer) programs. Luckily, technology has moved on and today it is easy and cheap to send large files, such as family photographs, large GEDCOM files, and even videos of your grandchildren you want to share with other relatives.

Sharing files has long been easy for smaller files but with limitations. For instance, the various methods of sending files often have maximum file size limitations.

Next, sharing files by Dropbox is exactly that: sharing. While you can technically share files hosted on Dropbox, any edits or changes affect the file for all users. If someone uploads a file and a recipient then deletes it, the file is deleted for everyone.

A better solution has just been announced, called Dropbox Transfer.

Dropbox Transfer is available to all Dropbox customers, including both free and paid users of Dropbox. The original file remains on the sender’s Dropbox for the sender to do with as he or she pleases. If the sender then deletes the file(s), anyone who was sent a copy via Dropbox Transfer can still download that version. The big difference between Dropbox Transfer and other file-sharing services is the data limit: Dropbox Transfer lets users send files up to 100 gigabytes in size for free.

To use Dropbox Transfer, you must be a Dropbox user. The new service will work on Windows or Macintosh. You might want to be aware that Dropbox Transfer is still listed as being in beta test. However, in my admittedly brief testing, it seemed to work perfectly.

You can read more in the Dropbox Transfer web page

Of course, Dropbox isn’t the only service that can be used to send large files.


Transcribing Genealogy Records Correctly Helps Find New Clues 

Transcribing documents for genealogy may sound like a waste of time, but it isn’t! By properly transcribing a genealogy record such as a will or deed, you may find clues for your research that would have otherwise been overlooked. Take a look at these helpful tips for transcribing genealogy records.

Transcriptions and abstractions are suggested for a reason. In the book titled “Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians,” author Mary McCampbell Bell says:

“Skilled transcripts and abstracts are the very foundation upon which reliable research is built.”

There are rules dictating how proper transcriptions and abstractions should be made. When the rules are not followed, we may interpret the data and meaning of the document incorrectly. By not taking the time to transcribe a genealogy record appropriately, you may miss out on important clues to expand your research further.

What is a Transcription?

A transcription is a copy of a document word-for-word. This means all the spelling, grammar, and punctuation is to be copied exactly…even if it is “wrong.” An abstractionof a document is a summary of the information found within the document.

Though it is more time consuming, I prefer to make a transcription, rather than an abstraction, if at all possible. Like I said, transcribing a genealogy record is more time consuming, but when I go word-for-word, my understanding seems to be heightened and I find myself able to understand the record more deeply.

Tips for Transcribing a Genealogy Record

If you want to give it a go, here are some tips for transcribing a genealogy record.

1. Begin your transcription by stating that this is a transcription, include YOUR name, when you made the transcription, and a source citation of the document. I have received many transcriptions in which there has been no indication of the transcriber and no indication of whether the record was transcribed, abstracted, or extracted. Some transcriptions included no date! This important information indicates to the reader of the transcription the validity and credibility of the document. An example might look like this:

2. Indicate in a sentence or two a description of the document including problems such as tears, smudges, etc. For example, if the document is torn, you might say, “Though the record seems to be complete, there is a small tear in the bottom right-hand corner.” By indicating any problems with the document, the reader knows that you have considered any potential problems in the accuracy of your transcription. Other problems you might make mention of include: pen smears, faded writing, words in the margin or words cut off in the binding, and stains.

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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.

Saint-Sulpice cultural universe revives its tours and rejuvenates its brand image

This year again, Saint-Sulpice's Univers du Culturel is proud to announce the return of our guided tours program in our two locations, from May 29 to September 1, 2019.

To reward our visitors, we offer you a promo code to receive a reduction on the regular price of visits. A great opportunity to see or review one of our two classified sites.

To benefit from it, go to our online ticket office and at the time of ticket selection enter the code Ucss2019 in the promotional code box. The first dates are already available and others will be added, but, be quick; the offer is for a limited time!



Société D’histoire De Sherbrooke

275 Rue Dufferin, Sherbrooke | 819-821-5406

Sherbrooke’s Memories

The new permanent exhibit of the Sherbrooke Historical Society is now open. Come and discover what people from Sherbrooke have been saying about their city. We have given them the opportunity to tell us their stories, about their Sherbrooke. Sherbrooke’s Memories may reflect secrets or grievances, as each of these memories corresponds to a personal point of view of the society in which they lived.

Open seven days a week from June 28th.

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