Facing a research brick wall?
Perhaps one or more of the Conference lectures below can provide a way through.
Identifying marriageable girls and King's daughters
Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Tracey Arial Language: English Description: Researching our women ancestors can be a struggle. Few contracts, landholdings and military records exist in their names. This isn't true for the marriageable girls and the King's daughters, however, thanks to extensive genealogical work over the years. Immigration records, letters and contracts specify details about who they were, but you have to know where to look. Two men, one French and one English, traced these women by collecting multiple primary sources and presenting them in a coherent fashion for the rest of us. This presentation retraces the work of these researchers by outlining the primary sources available and how to use them. Perhaps you'll identify a woman or two in your ancestors who can be added to the databases.
The Lost Voices: Asylums, Ethics, and the Irish in 19th Century Quebec
Date: Friday, 15 January 2021 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time Presenter: Jane McGaughey Language: English Description: Many histories and legends of the Irish in Quebec are well known within this province, as are many of the details about the starving refugees who arrived at Grosse Île in the summer of 1847 at the height of the Great Irish Famine. As many as 1/3 of all Quebecers have some link to Irish ancestry in their family history. In many cases, the journey across the Atlantic to settle in what was then “Lower Canada” was eventually one of triumph over adversity, culminating in the Irish becoming the second largest ethnic community in the province after French Canadians. But, what are the stories of those who arrived here from the horrors of famine, eviction, and disease, only to find that their new existence was one of incarceration, deportation, or rejection?
Understanding the variation in your ancestors’ names
Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021 Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time Presenter: Marielle Côté-Gendreau Language: English Description: The practice of French-Canadian genealogy quickly leads one to the conclusion that the first and last names of our ancestors were not set in stone: over the course of records, censuses and contracts, they evolve through variations that sometimes seem minor, sometimes major. This webinar will present some linguistic and historical processes behind these variations that are often obscure to the 21st century observer. For example, why the ancestor of the Dions is a Guyon, and that of the Riendeaus, a Reguindeau? How is it that a Rosalie shows up as Délima, or a Mathilde, as Domitille? With concrete examples and practical tips, it aims to provide tools to better understand changes that appear random but are in reality governed by coherent principles.
Date: Sunday, 17 January 2021 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time Presenter: Gillian Leitch Language: English Description: While not a large group in terms of numbers, Quebec’s Scots have played an important role in the history and development of the province. This presentation will explore the history of the Scots in the province, highlighting the various regions where Scots were numerous or noteworthy, and discuss the various sources genealogists/family historians can use in researching their Scottish ancestors in Quebec. This will include a discussion on religious records, associational, municipal records and newspapers.
Date and Time: Monday, 11 January 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.
We recently added the Clergenealogy database to the Database page of our website!
Some researchers estimate that over 120,000 young women and men in French America have dedicated their lives to religious service from the beginnings of New France to the present day. Their contribution to society is significant; they have worked in the fields of education, health and helping the most deprived (orphans, disabled, elderly, patients with intellectual disabilities, etc.) in addition to their religious functions.
The birth of these people is for the most part attested in baptismal records; however, anyone trying to follow the lives of these children to reconstruct the story of a family often loses their trace. Their religious commitment, regularly involving a name change, often “separated them from the world”. Their vow of chastity prevented them from getting married, leaving us with no marriage records to track them. Information about their deaths is often difficult to find, as religious communities sometimes have their own cemeteries and registers. They have become the "forgotten in genealogy".
The Clergenealogy database allows researchers and genealogists to find the men and women who have entered the religious orders and have often disappeared from genealogical records. The goal of this database is to not only list them but most of all to connect them to their parents in order to help those of you who want to complete family records.
The Clergenealogy database is free and can be accessed in English or French, although you have to create a free account to search the database.
A great big thank you to the following members who recently
purchased BMS2000 vouchers for all of our members to use.
Mr. Richard Dupont
Mr. Yves Rivest
Mr. André Dubois
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Based on our members' feedback, this new section has been added to answer some frequently asked questions.
Where could I find information on my Acadian ancestors?
Acadians are the descendants of the French who settled in Acadia during the 17th and 18th centuries. Acadia was located in what is now Eastern Canada's Maritime provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island), as well as parts of Quebec, and present-day Maine to the Kennebec River. Acadia, a distinctly separate colony of New France, was ethnically, geographically and administratively different from the other French colonies and the French colony of Canada (modern-day Quebec). As a result, the Acadians developed a distinct history and culture. The settlers whose descendants became Acadians primarily came from the southwestern region of France, such as the rural areas of Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine.
Below are some interesting links to help with your Acadian research that you can find under theGeneral Resource Links tab on the Resource Links page of our website:
Genealogy of Acadian Families - Book by Placide Gaudet, 1850-1930
Acadia - Table of the Registers of the former Parishes and missions of Acadia
Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home
Acadian Historical Museum in Bonaventure
Acadian-Cajun Genealogy and History
Acadian.org - The number one source for Acadian genealogy information