52 Ancestors: Week 38 – French Canadian and Acadian Research on migrations.fr

The 52 Ancestors prompt for week 38 is \”cousins\”. My French Canadian/Acadian roots have given me a ridiculously large amount of cousins. So what better group to focus on when I\’m trying to appeal to a wide audience.


A few years ago, I stumbled upon a website called Migrations. This website has some great information on the early settlers of New France and Acadie. The website is in French but Chrome will translate it for you if your French isn\’t that great. Now there are lots of different sites out there for early research. The problem with most French Canadian and Acadian research is that once you hit that immigrant ancestor back in the 1600\’s and 1700\’s, you\’re at a bit of a dead end. Unless you\’re lucky enough to make a trip to France to do some research, the trail tends to end there.What makes this site stand out is that thanks to the France connections of the owners, you can get information that goes back to France.

Here\’s a sampling of some of their sections:

Soldiers of the Carignan Saliere Regiment


  • History of the regiment
  • Biographies
  • Index of soldiers
  • Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials relating to the soldiers. 
  • Details of the soldiers\’ lives and battles
The church records are accompanied by images of the original record.
  • History of the girls and women sent to France for the specific purpose of marrying and growing the population of New France
  • Baptism, Marriage and Death records. 
  • Indexes of names
Original images of the church records are also included.
This section focuses on those Acadians that ended up back in France after the Deportation. Here you can find:
  • Ship\’s lists
  • Pension records
  • Marriage and Death Records

Fishermen and Sailors
This section focuses on the genealogies of several families of the Gaspesie region. You can also find:

  • contracts
  • an index of names of  Navigators and Fishermen in New France and Mont-Louis 1753 to 1756 by Mario Mimeault
  • a dictionary of French Naval terms
  • photographs

I don\’t usually highlight websites that show non Canadian based records, but I was very excited to find information on the Maillet family. In fact there is a whole page devoted to some fascinating research done in France. It was a Google search result that this page came up and then I found all the other information available.

My maternal grandmother was Marie Anne Mallais from the Shippegan area of New Brunswick.  Through her is my 5x great grandfather Jean Baptiste Mallet. Here is my connection to him:

  • Me
  • Mary Jane Govereau
  • Marie Ann Mallais
  • Patrice Mallais
  • Jean Julian Mallais
  • Joseph Jules Mallais
  • Joseph Julian Mallais
  • Jean Baptiste Maillet

Jean, along with his wife Marie Josephet Dugay and her two brothers, were the first settlers of Shippegan. Jean was born in 1742 in the Gaspesie region, and was the son of Francois Mallet and Madeleine Larocque. Francois was born about 1700 in Normandy,France. For many years not much was known about him except an approximate birth year and the fact that he was born in France. The only reason why even this was known was because by some miracle his burial record is one of the few church records that survive from the Gaspesie region. But thanks to the diligent research of several people in France, those of us descended from Francois Maillet have been able to find out more about Francois. We know know he was from Bouillon France, and was a member of the French Navy.

A baptism was found for Francois. Not only have they provided an image of the record itself, but a transcription as well.


Using the baptism researchers were then able to go a further 3 generations back using church records,dispensations and notarial acts:

  • Francois Mallet
  • Jean Maillet and Jeanne LeGros
  • Gilles Maillet and Michelle Hamelin/ Nicolas LeGros and Catherine Linois
  • Jean Mallet, father of Giles, and Pancrasse Hamelin, father of Michelle Hamelin

The site also details Francois and his father Jean\’s career in the Navy. Through research they were also able to find siblings and half siblings of Francois. Each record regarding bsptism, marriage and death has images of the original record, as well as a transcription. If your grasp of French is shaky, the Chrome browser translation to English is quite good, as you can see from the screen shot above. The documents provided take the Maillet line back to a land transaction in 1671.

If your family is from the Gaspesie region, you\’ll definitely want to look at the other biographies listed.

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