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Our Upcoming Webinars 

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

New Member Orientation


Date and Time: Monday, 8 July and 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.

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

Members' Forum

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 we are concentrating on administrative region 03 – Capital-Nationale. Located in this administrative region is Quebec City, Quebec's centre of government. The Capitale-Nationale area has a total resident population of about 700,616 as of Canada’s 2011 Census, with Quebec City having 73.7 percent of the total. Although Quebec City is well known, in an enclave entirely surrounded by the La Haute-Saint-Charles borough of Quebec City, within the former city of Loretteville, is the lesser known urban reserve of the Huron-Wendat Nation, called Wendake. It is one of the Seven Nations of Canada and  was formerly known as Village-des-Hurons ("Huron Village"), and also as Jeune-Lorette ("New Lorette").

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

Cemetery Transcriptions

Find A Grave
  • Find A Grave is the world’s largest gravesite collection. Owned by, it is an American website that allows the public to search and add to an online database of cemetery records. It has gravestones for over 186 cemeteries in the Capitale-Nationale region.

Wondering if a disaster or a natural event may have affected your ancestors? Here are a few for the Capitale-Nationale region:

The 1857 "Montreal" Tragedy
  • On the afternoon of Friday June 26, 1857, 250 Scottish emigrants from the recently arrived ship, the "John McKenzie", boarded the paddle steamer "Montreal" at Quebec City. They were bound for the city of Montreal, 180 miles up the St. Lawrence River. Also on board were Norwegian emigrants and some local people. Passengers were estimated to be more than 300. At about 5 o'clock pm, the "Montreal" had reached Cap Rouge, some 12 miles past Quebec, when fire was discovered in wooden panelling surrounding the boiler. Efforts by the crew to extinguish the fire failed, and it quickly spread through the wooden superstructure. With no hope of stopping the flames an attempt was made to beach the ship in shallow water, but she struck a rock and was held fast 800 feet from shore.
  • This Resource List also includes a passenger list for the "John McKenzie".
Charlevoix earthquakes

The Charlevoix Seismic Zone is a seismically active area in the Charlevoix region. With over 200 small earthquakes occurring each year, the Charlevoix Seismic Zone is one of the most active seismic zones in Canada. Since 1663, five damaging earthquakes have occurred in the area, including a magnitude 7.3-7.9 event in 1663, a magnitude 7.0 event in 1791, a magnitude 6.0 event in 1860, a magnitude 6.5 event in 1870 and a magnitude 6.2 event in 1925. Because of these concerns, the Charlevoix Seismic Zone is considered to be a highly hazardous earthquake zone and it is comparable to those in British Columbia where earthquakes are due to movement of the Earth's tectonic plates. 

Resource links for these earthquakes have been added to our Resource Links page on our website.
  • 1663 Charlevoix earthquake
  • 1791 Charlevoix earthquake
  • 1860 Charlevoix earthquake
  • 1870 Charlevoix earthquake
  • 1925 Charlevoix–Kamouraska earthquake

Genealogical and Historical Societies
  • Côte-de-Beaupré and Île d'Orléans - Heritage and History Society
  • Saint-Basile-de-Portneuf - Historical Society
  • Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures - Historical Society (located in the Maison Thibault-Soulard below)


  • Quebec Almanac (1780-1841). The Quebec Almanac is the ancestor of Quebec city directories. It contains useful information for historians, archivists, genealogists and all those who want to immerse themselves in the daily life of the citizens of Quebec City at that time.
  • Register of the Patients of the l’Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Quebec City 1689-1760
  • Directory of officers and students of the Séminaire de Québec

Passenger Lists

1908 - Miscellaneous Passenger Lists to Quebec
These are passenger lists for ship arrivals into the port of Quebec in 1908. Most passengers were heading to Western Canada, some to Quebec and to the U.S. Departures were mainly from Liverpool, Antwerp, and Glasgow.

1836 - King William
On April 7, 1836, the parish of Downton in Wiltshire, England saw almost 10% of its population leave in a parish-sponsored emigration to the wilds of Upper Canada. Two hundred and twenty souls from the parish of Downton, along with 59 others from Standlynch and Whiteparish left on the 380 ton King William.

1828 - Brig Dispatch
Names of 158 men, women, and children who were saved from the wreck of the Dispatch which sailed from Derry, Ireland, on the 29th May 1828 for Quebec.
Stay tuned for our next issue where we will be concentrating on administrative region 04 - Mauricie!
In the News

Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant   

Ms. Joh is a law professor.

The New York Times
June 11, 2019


Should the police be able to investigate your genetic family tree for any crime, no matter how minor?

Someone broke into a church in Centerville, Utah, last November and attacked the organist who was practicing there. In March, after a conventional investigation came up empty, a police detective turned to forensic consultants at Parabon NanoLabs. Using the publicly accessible website GEDmatch, the consultants found a likely distant genetic relative of the suspect, whose blood sample had been found near the church’s broken window.

Someone related to the person on GEDmatch did indeed live in Centerville: a 17-year-old high school student. Alerted by the police, a school resource officer watched the student during lunch at the school cafeteria and collected the milk carton and juice box he’d thrown in the garbage. The DNA on the trash was a match for the crime scene evidence. This appears to be the first time that this technique was used for an assault investigation.

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Human remains found in Gaspé are from 1847 shipwreck, Parks Canada confirms   


Bones from 21 individuals found over 5 years suggest rural Irish origins based on diet

Archeologists discovered the remains of 18 individuals during a dig at the Cap-des-Rosiers Beach before a restoration project in 2011. (Radio-Canada)

Scientists have confirmed a long-held theory of locals in Gaspé, Que., that the human remains of 21 individuals, unearthed over a five-year period, are from an 1847 Carricks shipwreck.

The ship left Sligo, Ireland, carrying 180 passengers fleeing the Potato Famine, also known as the Great Hunger. It sank off the coast of Cap-des-Rosiers in Gaspé, killing as many as 150 people.

The bones of three children washed up on the shore in 2011 after a harsh storm, and the remains of another 18 individuals were unearthed in 2016 before a beach restoration.

The remains were sent to Parks Canada offices in Ottawa, and then to researchers at the Université de Montréal for analysis.

"This is like the end of the story for people who were interested in this," said Mathieu Côté, a resource conservation manager at Forillon National Park.

"We were suspicious of where [the remains] were from, and we had a good idea where they were from, but now we have evidence that those people were from Ireland."

Côté started with Parks Canada about a year before the first remains were found. He called the last eight years a "great project" that's shed light on an important part of Canada's history.

"They were old bones, and they were very fragile," Côté said, adding that 160 years of saltwater exposure worsened their condition.


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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.

Canada Historic Places Day
July 6, 2019

On July 6, 2019, we invite you to time travel by visiting historic places across Canada. More than 400 sites are waiting to be discovered − find one near you. 

Participate and win prizes! We have two contests for #HistoricPlacesDay – check our Contests page to get involved!

Participating sites receive national exposure and access to resources for organizing events and attracting new audiences. If you own or operate a historic site and are interested in participating in 2019, register today.

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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