24 May 2021   Click here to View this email in your browser 
Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Time: 19:00 Eastern Time
Where: Wherever you are! Connect with us virtually through GoToWebinar.
Chairperson: Michael Laekas


1. Approval of minutes from 2020-06-11 Annual Meeting

2. 2020 Statement of Operations

3. Presentation of audit results of 2020 finances

4. Nomination of auditor for 2021

5. Status of your Board of Directors

6. 2020 year-in-review and future plans for the eSociety

7. Your opportunity to comment, make suggestions, and ask questions

8. Closing remarks


The Minutes from our 2020-06-11 Annual General Meeting is located on our website. Go to About Us, click on Administrative, then select Minutes of Meeting.

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New Member Orientation


Date and Time: 
Monday, 14 June 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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The Nom-Dit: from Oral Tradition in France to Social Institution in New France


Date and Time: Sunday, 27 June, 2021 - 14:00 - 15:30 Eastern Time
Note: This webinar is 1.5 hours

Presenter: Mr. Pierre Gendreau-Hétu
Language: English
Description: The French-Canadian population has been distinguished from its beginnings by a particular phenomenon called the nom-dit, a designation which in many cases has established itself as the alternative, main or even unique name of families in the St. Lawrence Valley. The pioneer brought with him a family name but also a profession that traditionally bestowed an oral nickname to its practitioners. Without being specific to New France, this anthroponymic trait carried over from Europe found in the Laurentian colony conditions favorable to a new pattern of inheritance that became extensive: until the 20th century, the designations of a large number of families maintained in unpredictable alternation both the civil name and the dit name.
The military constituted about half of Old Canada’s French settlers and the nom de guerre, one dominant type of dit name, consequently weighed on the rooting of this tradition. The preservation of service names by the demobilized soldiers, and soon-to-be inhabitants, found in this prolonged neighborhood a reinforcing factor. The military’s cultural influence on the new society can be seen in the family-name extension of this professional use in other trades such as among masons or carpenters. Like the soldier, the Ancien Régime’s craftsmen used to adopt within their profession a nom de compagnon whose shedding occurred when they returned to civilian life. New France’s newly-formed population fostered instead the coexistence of both surnames as well as their preservation. A naming duality thus took hold until modern requirements of vital records pressured families to side with one or the other. Only a handful of compounded surnames escaped this fate, such as Gérin-Lajoie or Canac-Marquis.

Pierre Gendreau-Hétu studied linguistics at the Université de Montréal. His graduate research focused on writing systems and their historical typologies. Questions of onomastics subsequently caught the attention of this independent researcher, notably the origin and evolution of surnames in French Canada.

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Family Genealogies

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In The News
The Stories Behind Our Favorite V-E Day Photos from MyHeritage Users

By Esther · May 8, 2021 · History, Holidays
MyHeritage Blog

May 8, 1945 marked the end of one of the darkest periods in modern history. With the formal acceptance of Germany’s unconditional surrender, Europe emerged from under the shadow of the Nazi regime. Hitler was gone, Germany had collapsed, and the Allies had prevailed. The euphoria and relief felt by the people of Europe and North America was palpable — it spilled onto the streets as people gathered en masse to celebrate their freedom.

Today, in 2021, those living in countries with successful vaccine campaigns may have a small inkling of the relief one might feel having made it to the other side of an extended global crisis, but we can only imagine what it felt like to see the end of the Third Reich. Even people who didn’t witness the horrors committed by the Germans first-hand spent 6 years living in fear for their loved ones and anxiety about the fate of the world at large. There would be no returning to life as they’d known it before, but moving into this new, post-war era must have been nothing less than exhilarating.

The photos of these jubilant celebrations offer us a unique glimpse into the electric atmosphere of joy that filled the Allied countries on that day. But beyond the collective story of a world celebrating its freedom are the stories of the individuals captured in these photos. The MyHeritage Research team found some wonderful V-E Day photos from MyHeritage users and reached out to them to discover those stories. We also colorized and enhanced them using the MyHeritage photo tools.

Here’s what we found.

Roma Helfand in Toronto, Canada

The woman at the top is Roma Helfand, nee Rosenzweig. She was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926, and emigrated to Toronto, Canada with her immediate family in 1938 — narrowly escaping the terrible fate suffered by those they left behind, who perished in the Warsaw ghetto.

This photo was taken in downtown Toronto in front of the city hall. Roma is celebrating the end of the war with her friends, who are holding up a newspaper with the headline “Unconditional Surrender.”

The Clarkes of Holly Road, Ellesemere Port, Cheshire, England


This photo captures a party organized by the residents of Holly Road in Ellesmere Port to celebrate the end of the war. Most people in the photo are women and children, since most of the men of the town were still in the frontlines. “The males were far from home and most of the residents of the town in 1945 were the mothers and their children,” says MyHeritage user Derek Clarke, whose grandfather and stepmother are standing in the middle of the photo. “My grandfather fought in WWI, and in WWII he was too old to fight, but he worked for a company that produced oil.”

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Upcoming Events

Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network's
2021 Heritage Talks Online presents


"Fire and Ice Cream: Unpacking the 1819 Burning of a Montreal Confectionery" 

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm Eastern TIme
 Elena Cerrolaza

Jean-Baptiste Girard and Sarah Moses, recent immigrants to Montreal from New England, owned a confectioner’s shop on Notre Dame Street where they sold ice cream and other delicacies and catered private events. Girard, formerly a Napoleonic soldier, was on business in St. Genevieve on October 27, 1819, when the shop burned to the ground, the sparks even causing damage to a bookshop across the street. Newspaper coverage criticized the disorganized response of the firemen but did not mention the possibly shady involvement of Paul Kauntz (a rival confectioner) and John Burns (Girard’s troublesome brother-in-law) in the events surrounding the fire. This incident sheds intriguing light on early 19th century social relations and family strategies for survival in changing times.

Elena Cerrolaza teaches Art History and Humanities at Montreal’s Marianopolis College. Her interest in the history of fencing led to extensive research into the checkered career of Jean-Baptiste Girard – soldier, adventurer, fencing instructor, umbrella maker, circus performer, bailiff, and confectioner – and Sarah Moses, who escaped an abusive first marriage to become the matriarch of several important Quebec families.

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