Quebec Ancestors: Prison Registers at BAnQ

Some people are rather taken aback when they find their ancestor listed in a criminal register. Then there are those of us who get excited, because it means there\’s an interesting story to add to our family tree. If you have Quebec ancestors that may not have been totally straight and narrow, BAnQ has severalContinue reading “Quebec Ancestors: Prison Registers at BAnQ”

Quebec Ancestors: Notarial Records on Family Search

Sometimes as a genealogist you\’re forced to pick and choose what sites and societies you subscribe to.  If you\’re someone like myself, whose ancestry stretches across several regions and cultural groups, then it can be really difficult to stretch those genealogy dollars to get what you need. My personal ancestry covers PEI, Nova Scotia, NewContinue reading “Quebec Ancestors: Notarial Records on Family Search”

Maximize Your Searching with the New France Archives

A great many of us can trace our Canadian ancestry back to when we were a part of France. The French starting coming to North America in the 1500s, and the first permanent settlements started in 1604. The eastern part of what is now called Canada was called New France. The territory came to includeContinue reading “Maximize Your Searching with the New France Archives”

Quebec Ancestors: Church Indexes on Family Search

Those with Quebec ancestors are lucky in the fact there are a tremendous amount of church records digitized online. This is especially true for Catholic ancestors. But if you\’re having trouble finding a record, you might want to look at Family Search\’s browse only collection Quebec Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902. One ofContinue reading “Quebec Ancestors: Church Indexes on Family Search”

52 Ancestors: Week 46 – Poorhouses Week 46 of 52 Ancestors is \”poor\”. One can\’t think of the poor in history without the dreaded \”poorhouse\” or \”workhouse\” coming to mind. Most people associate these with Britain, but Canada had them too. These institutions had the official names of \”Houses of Industry\”. They also went by names such as \”Poor Asylum\”.Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 46 – Poorhouses”

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

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.\’accueil.htm A few years ago, I stumbled upon a website called Migrations. This website has some great informationContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 38 – French Canadian and Acadian Research on”

52 Ancestors: Week 34 – Finding Coroner\’s Reports

Week 33\’s theme for the 52 ancestors series of posts is \”tragedy\”. When you have an ancestor who died in unusual circumstances, there might have been a coroner\’s, or chief medical examiner\’s, inquest. These inquests looked into these kinds of deaths. Because the coroner could interview people and look at evidence that would not qualifyContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 34 – Finding Coroner\’s Reports”

52 Ancestors: Week 30 – Using the Drouin Collection

The prompt for week 30 of 52 Ancestors is \”Easy\”. Contrary to how it looks on genealogy shows, researching your ancestors is not easy. Don\’t get me wrong, I\’m a huge fan of these shows. I just wish they would let people know how much research time went into making these hour long shows. BecauseContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 30 – Using the Drouin Collection”

52 Ancestors: Week 9 – The Canadian Court System and where to find records

Week 9 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks has the prompt \”At the Courthouse\”. If you\’re new to Canadian research, it is important to know a little about the Canadian Court System to find the records you need. There are two main court systems that genealogists concern themselves with. The Provincial/ Territorial Courts, and theContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 9 – The Canadian Court System and where to find records”

52 Ancestors: Week 5 – Don\’t Forget to Check Out Libraries

This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is \”At the Library\”. Libraries are such an over looked resource for genealogy. There is so much focus given to Museums, Historical Societies and websites such as Ancestry and Family Search. People seem to forget that libraries can hold wealth of information as well, especially local history. A lotContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 5 – Don\’t Forget to Check Out Libraries”