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New Member Orientation


Date and Time: 
Monday, 8 March 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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Goddo surname variations


Hello, Bonjour!
As a new member, I just listened to last year's webinar about, and someone named Catherine asked about Mary Goddo, born in Montreal in 1778. She asked about possible surname variations. I do not know how to contact her, but here is a list of possibilities: Gadou, Goudeau, Gaudon, Gautreau, Gotro, Gaudrealt, Gaudreau, Gauterot, Gautreaux, Gautron, Gadrau, Gautreau, Gautrot.
Also, if there are any DNA matches, see if the distant cousins have any links to Acadia. Gautreau/Gautrot can be found in Acadian family trees due to one of the first Acadian colonists named François Gautreau/Gautrot.

Rebecca Drew

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In The News

How a Black Abenaki man shaped U.S. history, and Akwesasne's

Jordan Haworth
Publishing date: Feb 18, 2021

Atiatoharongwen was born in present-day Schuylerville, N.Y., in 1740 to a Black father and Abenaki mother.

During these years, the land was not yet named Canada or the United States of America, but was instead known by the regions that shifted between French, British, First Nation and American control. For most people residing in the region, their lives were fraught with conflict and an ever-evolving story of colonization.

But in the midst of this chaos and bloodshed, some of history’s most memorable warriors, scholars, and revolutionaries were born.

“His daughter described him as tall, broad-shouldered, muscular and athletic, with curly hair… He was a natural leader,” said Tom Cook, a sixth-generation descendant and first cousin of Atiatoharongwen. Cook is currently a historian and on the board of the Akwesasne Genealogy and History Association.

Atiatoharongwen and his parents were originally British subjects, and Cook says his hatred for the British held steadfast throughout his life.

“To the British, he’s a slave, he’s not a man, and his early life was all about that,” said Cook.

After the family was captured by soldiers during a French massacre, the boy and his mother were liberated from a Montreal officer by Mohawks of Kahnawake, where he would more or less reside until he settled in present-day Akwesasne territory.

The boy took a keen interest in the tribal council, and became known as a warrior and talented lacrosse player.

“The lacrosse game identifies the leaders, the fastest on their feet, the best handlers, and the ones with the best voices. The ones that people listen to,” said Cook.

Like many notable historical figures, Atiatoharongwen was cited as having a sharp mind. At eight, he learned the customs and history of Kahnawake, and took up religion and politics. He was fluent in Mohawk, Abenaki, as well as English and French, which helped him in diplomacy with notable figures like George Washington, Louis-Joseph Montcalm, Pontiac, and Richard Montgomery.

“He was an effective, imposing commander of many war parties, because he could speak all these languages, as well as his qualities, one of which was his boisterous voice,” said Cook. “He would sing French opera, and an officer wrote about him describing it.”

At some point, he was given the name Louis Cook, with Louis being a common French name and Cook possibly deriving from Peter Cook, who took him in after his mother died. However, he’s known in history as Col. Louis for his diplomatic and wartime accomplishments.

In July 1755, at 15 years old, he was in Pittsburgh, Pa., with 1,200 French soldiers and 600 Indigenous soldiers when an entire fleet of British, led by Edward Braddock, attacked.

“The French general said it’s best to surrender on the best of terms, but Pontiac said no,” said Cook.

The troupe set an ambush, and a three-hour battle made the British retreat with the dead totalling 41 French, 16 Indian, and 971 British. Pontiac and his allies were instrumental in the victory. Pivoting off their success, a small team of Mohawks were sent to Montreal carrying detailed battle plans of an attack on Lake Champlain they had obtained. Atiatoharongwen was selected to be on this team.

“He was recorded at the first battle of Lake Champlain, and was prominent in the French and Indian Wars,” said Cook.

His bravery and leadership during the Seven Years’ War with the British saw him command a party of Indigenous warriors, and be wounded. Cmdr. Louis-Joseph Montcalm commissioned Atiatoharongwen as a lieutenant-colonel for his service, spawning his nickname. After the war, he returned to Kahnawake and married his first wife, Marie-Charlotte, before moving to the St. Regis district of Akwesasne.

His time as a leader was just beginning.

In 1775, he convinced a group of Kahnawake to join him in supporting the American revolution to expel the British, and the team travelled to visit George Washington. There, he acted as a diplomat, promoting the relationship between Canadians, Mohawks and Americans to secure the land from foreign powers. He also served as a messenger and scout to Richard Montgomery, and was pictured at his death.

“He became pivotal in the support of some Mohawks for the Americans during the revolution,” said Cook.

Louis led a contingent of various Indigenous allies in the Battle of Saratoga, among others.

“The Mohawks and Oneidas knew the woods and were picking them off,” said Cook. “Saratoga is listed as the turning battle of the American Revolution, and our ancestor was in that.”

Louis continued his work with the Americans, although they failed to secure Quebec as initially planned.

After the revolution, Louis tried to make a country for allied First Nations, but was not as successful as George Washington in Dakota, and ended up with only 32 acres. He kept working towards securing land for his allies, and King George of France later recognized northern New York as the hunting grounds for the Iroquois. Unfortunately, his American allies did not honour their agreements.

“The treaty was fraudulent; they lied,” said Cook.

Louis made a claim to 100,000 acres, but just a few square miles were recognized.

Upcoming Events



Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience

For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your browser.

Note from our Members' Forum: If you have not yet signed up for RootsTech 2021, then you may want to check out the course offerings! There are 96 sessions such as Beginning French Research for Non-French Speakers, Using French Church Records, Finding your French-Canadian Roots, Understanding Catholic Marriages and Dispensations, A Toboggan Ride through Canadian Records, and more. Another interesting one appears to be When Your Tree is a Banyan: Untangling Endogamy. The conference runs from February 25th-27th. Here is a list of the online webinars:
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Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN)


"Meet Your Irish Neighbours: Irish-Quebecers who made a Difference," with Fergus Keyes


Tuesday, March 16, 2021
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

In past QAHN Heritage Talks, Fergus Keyes has spoken about the general history of the Irish in Quebec, as well as, the Quebec events around the Irish Famine of 1847. In this presentation, he will highlight various individuals that have made a difference to Montreal and Quebec society. All of these people were either born in Ireland or had strong Irish heritage. Some are well-known, while others have been lost to history. You will likely be surprised at how many Irish can be found in all areas of Quebec history including politics, medicine and in the arts.

Fergus Keyes was born and raised in Montreal and loves his 100% Irish heritage. Retiring after a successful career in senior management positions in the Canadian private security industry, he earned a degree as a Chartered Director with a specialty in board and governance issues. Fergus has served on a number of non-profit boards and is currently the secretary of the board for Alzheimer’s Montreal and a board member for the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network. He is also enthusiastically involved in the efforts of the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation to build a memorial space around the Black Rock.

This event will take place live on Zoom, as well as on Facebook Livestream.

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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.
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