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If you haven’t noticed, then we did a good job because the Québec Genealogical eSociety is now operating from a different website host and we have a new website developer. We made the switch to provide a more suitable environment for the continued evolution of our unique, virtual genealogical society. Development work already planned includes a streamlined database logon process.

Our goal is to make the Québec Genealogical eSociety the one-stop shop for genealogists pursuing their ancestral links in the province of Quebec!


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. Due to the summer vacation period, a date has not been confirmed yet. 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.

Resource Links
Administrative Region 05 - Estrie

There may be some confusion around the make-up of the administrative region of Estrie and the tourist region of the Eastern Townships. The distinction between these two areas can be confusing. Here is a clarification of what cities, towns, municipalities, and villages are not included in the administrative region of Estrie, yet have long been considered as part of the Eastern Townships.
Estrie is an administrative region of Quebec located along the border with the United States (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York), east of the Montérégie region, and south of the Centre-du-Québec region. The word Estrie, a French neologism, was coined as a derivative of the French word “est” (east).
The Eastern Townships (French: Cantons de l'Est) is a tourist region and a former administrative region in southeastern Quebec, situated between the former seigneuries south of the Saint Lawrence River and the United States border.  The region comprises counties that were originally divided into townships after the traditional method of land grants of the original New England and New York settlers. Earlier French settlement along the Saint Lawrence River had divided the landscape into parishes and Seigneuries. 
The administrative region of Estrie comprises most, but not all of the Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l'Est), as shown in the maps below.
The municipalities of La Haute-Yamaska (Granby-Bromont) and Brome-Missisquoi are excluded from Estrie.
La Haute-Yamaska (meaning The Upper Yamaska) is a regional municipality county in the Montérégie region of Quebec. Its county seat is Granby. The following cities, municipalities, townships, and villages are part of the Eastern Townships tourist region but are in fact classified administratively as part of the Montérégie region.
  Cities  Municipalities Townships  Villages
Granby Roxton Pond Shefford Warden
Waterloo Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby    
  Brome-Missisquoi, formed from municipalities of the historic Brome and Missisquoi counties, is also located in the administrative region of the Montérégie. On January 1, 2010, the city of Bromont moved from La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality to Brome-Missisquoi.
   Cities Municipalities   Townships  Villages
Bedford Bolton-Ouest Bedford Abercorn
Bromont Brigham   Brome
Cowansville East Farnham    
Dunham Frelighsburg    
Farnham Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge    
Lac-Brome Pike River    
Sutton Saint-Armand    
  Stanbridge East    
  Stanbridge Station    
Unfortunately, we had many resource links that were grouped under the Estrie administrative region when they should have been grouped under the Montérégie administrative region. This has now been corrected.

If you're looking for ancestral information under the heading of Estrie and can’t find the town/city/municipality/village you’re looking for, try the Montérégie region!

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

Births, Marriages, Deaths

1. Originis website
  • From the Originis website, we have added baptisms, marriages and burials for the Estrie region. Here you will find indexes in alphabetical order that when selected will display the transcription of the record.

               INDEX                                                                     TRANSCRIPTION


2. Eastern Townships BMD Transcription - 1831 to 1878 
  • From RootsWeb, transcriptions of births, marriages, and deaths from Sherbrooke newspapers


1. Find A Grave
  • 154 cemeteries for the Estrie region with photographs of gravestones, and portraits, biographies, and stories of the deceased.

2. From the website, cemetery records have been added for the counties of Richmond, Sherbrooke, and Stanstead.

Lovell’s Farmers’ Register of 1909
  • This register is an alphabetical list of farmers for the counties of Sherbrooke, Stanstead, Compton, Richmond, Brome, and Shefford. Starting from page 34 you can browse the names of farmers and their locations.


1. Historical Newspapers Online for Quebec
  • A link to the BGSU website that contains historical newspapers online for Quebec has been added to the Estrie region. Scroll through this immense list of Quebec newspapers sorted alphabetically by town and the name of the newspaper.

2. Links to the following digitized newspapers have been added to the Estrie region:
  • Asbestos – L’Asbestos 1941-1949
  • Coaticook - Observer 1890-1891, 1927-1928, 1939-1948, 1958-1961
  • Cookshire - Compton County Chronicle 1891-1893

Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on administrative region 06 - Montreal!

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

The Research Wiki—Your Best Friend for Family History


When searching for your ancestors, have you ever needed help finding a birth or military record? Do you know what types of records were kept in your ancestors’ birth country and how to find these records?

It would be great if you could look in one place to find the answers to these questions. Well, you can! The Research Wiki on FamilySearch makes it simple to find where and when records were kept and if they are online. 

What Exactly Is the Research Wiki, and Where Do You Find It?  

The Research Wiki is a free, online family history guide. It lists websites, shows different strategies to learn more about your family, and suggests records and resources to help you find ancestors from all over the world.  

Wiki articles explain how to use records, what the records contain, and how to find them—and it does that for countries all around the world. Although you do not search for an ancestor by name in the Research Wiki, you learn the best places to search. You can also use the wiki as a reference for learning which types of records will help you find your ancestor.

How to Locate the Research Wiki

From the main page of FamilySearch, click Search. Then choose the last option, Research Wiki. The main page of the Research Wiki will open.

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Spelling for Genealogists 

Carol Stetser - Researcher/Director at Large

Larimer County Genealogical Society

Recently, while I was volunteering as a genealogy helper, I found what I thought was a good record for the ancestor the client was looking for. Dates and places seemed to be exactly what he thought they should be, but he looked at the computer screen and said, “But, this can’t be my ancestor; we never spelled our name that way.” After some discussion, the client finally, reluctantly, accepted the record as pertaining to his ancestor, but I wonder if he actually ever added that record to his family tree. Sadly, he’s not the only person I’ve ever heard make the same claim. My own father-in-law denied that the “Stetzers” in the next town over were any relation; he was sure that the folks who spelled their name with a “z” instead of an “s” as his branch of the family did, were Jewish, and his line was definitely not. I, of course, was thrilled to be able to add some potential Jewish ancestors to the family tree, but after I researched the so-called Jewish branch of the Stetser Family, it turned out that those “z” spellers were descendants of my father-in-law’s great grandfather; for some reason, the two branches of the family had lost contact, and the descendants of both branches were sure that the other branch was not related.


These two examples are, sadly, not isolated examples. Many beginning genealogists, and some not-so-beginning genealogists reject the idea that their surname was ever spelled any differently than it is now. The fact is that in earlier times many people were illiterate and their name got written however the census taker, the tax collector or the school teacher thought it should be spelled. Often these “corrected” spellings stuck, at least for some parts of the family. Even when people could read and write, their knowledge was fairly rudimentary, and they sometimes added or subtracted letters in their own name in what seems to be an arbitrary way. It probably was arbitrary since how someone spelled his name just was not anything to worry about a few generations ago. I have documents for an ancestor who signed his name differently on his marriage license, an affidavit he made as part of a lawsuit and on his will; consistent spelling didn’t make any difference to him. Everyone probably knew he was who he said he was, no matter how he spelled his name. Another problem in some families were the brothers who didn’t like each other very much and wanted to distinguish their branch of the family from those no-good “Lock’s” by becoming “Locke’s.” As time went by, the families forgot the story of the spelling change and even their relationship.


To add to the confusion of spelling, name changes really weren’t regulated in earlier times. Immigrants often anglicized their names to become more American. Schmidt’s became Smith’s and Johansson’s became Johnson’s. Sometimes the name was translated into the English version such as Mueller becoming Miller. No one really cared about the changes, and no one bothered, in most cases, to officially change the names in a court.


As is commonly stated, “Spelling doesn’t count for Genealogists.” No matter what your former English teacher said when you were in high school!

Research Like a Pro Using the FAN Club 

Posted by Hazel Scullin - Family Locket

What is the FAN Club and how do you use it in your research? When working on family history, we tend to forget about all the people that our ancestors interacted with beyond their household. Just like you interact with many people beyond your household, so did our ancestors!

To aid in researching our ancestors and those that they knew, Elizabeth Shown Mills developed the FAN club principle. She defined the FAN club as the friends, associates, and neighbors of your family. Later genealogists have expanded the FAN club to include family members, particularly those living in other households and extended family members. You will probably end up researching different surnames which adds to the complexity of the research. There is certainly overlap in these categories, and you may find that associates or neighbors turn out to be family members!

Examples of FAN club members

Family/Friends: Extended family members, in-laws, cousins, half-siblings and step-siblings

Associates: Grantors and grantees of land, executors and administrators for probate, witnesses, involved in court cases together, those who shared the same occupation

Neighbors: Members of the same church, located near each other on census records, bought land near each other

Uses for the FAN Club

If you’ve hit a brick wall (and who hasn’t?), then the FAN club is for you! These are just a few cases of when using the FAN club principle would be helpful: absence of direct evidence, urban research, common surnames, migration/immigration/emigration, limited record availability, and unknown parentage. By seeing who your ancestors interacted with, you can solve these common and frustrating research problems.

Research Strategies

1. Families often moved with members of their FAN club. For example, if the family you are researching lived in Fayette County, Kentucky and they dropped out of records after 1845 in that county, you might hypothesize that they moved away. The 1850 census contains too many entries for the surname you are researching, and you don’t have enough information to distinguish all of them. One way to narrow down the results is to build out the FAN club. If you build out their FAN club in Fayette County, then you can research those people to see where they are in 1850. It’s possible that your family may have moved with members of their FAN club, so searching for FAN club members might lead you to your family.

2. If there is limited record availability, you’ll need to use subtle clues in many different records to solve your research objective. Careful note should be made of anyone mentioned in the records of your ancestors. I would recommend keeping a spreadsheet of the name of the person, the date of the record, the location, and how they are mentioned on the record (witness, executor, etc.)

3. Researching common surnames is a frequent and frustrating research problem. It can be difficult to distinguish between two people with the same name living in the same location. By building out the FAN club for that person, you might be begin to notice patterns in the records of who they are interacting with and living near.

4. The FAN club principle is also helpful in researching certain ethnic groups that often lived together or near each other and moved around together. African Americans and Eastern European Jews often fall into this category. Common surnames are also frequent in these groups, so building a FAN club when researching these groups is very important.

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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!

McCord Museum Historic Outdoor Tours

Montreal's McCord Museum offers three 90-minutes outdoor historic walks.

Be amazed by the buildings of McGill University's campus with the Golden Square Mile walk, visit Montreal's business district, and learn more about the rescue of the iconic Milton Park neighborhood.

A rendez-vous on Tuesdays and Saturdays until October 5, 2019. Get a 30% discount on the cost of the ticket using the promotional code Heritage2019 when booking online.

Click here for details

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