|1||If there was a publication, try to get or check a copy, or at least
the page about this migrant. Internet pages are often not complete.
If a source ahs more data, it has usually less details for each raw data,
so the closer you are of the searcher, more odds you have to see a copy
of the record.
|2||Some publications has a copy of the record. The best example
is AGCF (Amitiés généalogiques canadiennes-françaises)
which has a periodical full of such examples. So, check the source.
|3||Visit a Family History Center of Mormons (see under listing Latter
Day Saints in your phone book). Mormons have over 2 millions
of microfilm reels. Thus, it is possible that the record you are
looking for was microfilmed. However, the French series of microfilms
is far from complete. Also, French records are in 2 copies and often
the record can be found in one version only (the other not existing for
that year). If the microfilm exists, but is not available locally,
you will have to order it (delay is a few week and you have to pay the
|4||Write to departemental, communal or municipal archives, or to an association
in the area of origin, or find a correspond in the neighborhood or contact
a professional genealogist. If you don't speak French, please avoid
those self-translating softwares: they will likely make your letter impossible
to read; instead, try to find someone near you that can translate for you,
or take a chance in writing in English (it will work, but only from times
In many cases, remember it is the same reel you can see at the LDS library.
|5||Archives of Fichier Origine are kept at library of SGCF in Montreal.
Anybody can check them, but since many files are unique, an appointment
is necessary and you must say which ancestor interest you. At this
time, there are very few copies of records in those files.
|6||Don't overreact by crying it is a fraud or that you are oppressed.
What is asked to searchers is to find records. It is obvious that
it is always better to have a copy of those records, but it is not compulsory
at this time. Thus, it is not to the searcher who found the record
to send it to you on request (except if openly telling it). It is
true that fees for some societies are expensive, like professional fees
and some archives won't do copies. But it is cheapest than going
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