1. Preliminary Search

It is first necessary to perform a search to find what is already known about your ancestor.  In general, searches were made for the largest families, for the oldest families and in certain areas in France. In many cases, no search was made, in particular for the wife of a non-migrant or the more recent migrants (who have fewer descendants).

Check general works as listed below from the more reliable or more complete (see the section describing the documents examined for the complete name and the author):


Origins of  

  1. Fichier Origine.  An Internet file with all known bith records for migrants who settled in St.Lawrence Valley before 1865.  From version 9 (October 1999), it (will) include also other traces in France when the birth record was not found (for example, birth of a sibling or the marriage of the parents).  This file doesn't include migrants when there is no known European record.  It is thus useless to write to tell us that migrant is not there: this is not part of the content.
  2. Genealogical Dictionary of our Origins.  Introduced as a Web site, this work was finally printed in February 1998 with about twice the material shown in the Web version.  Not only records found recently in France for migrants who came to Quebec before 1731 (Volume 1 and Supplement) or after 1730 (Volume 2), but also notes about searches with no result and possible places to explore.  More supplements are in preparation.
  3. Nos Origines en France (by Normand Robert, editor Archiv-Histo).  Same origin as proposed by DGFQ (see below) for periode before 1731 and proposing new places for the period 1731 to 1825, this series of 13 volumes covers each French area.  At this time, it is the only tool covering all migrants.  This work is based on both vital and notary records.  The origin is often from Histor, a list of Quebec marriages from 1731 to 1825.  One problem is that it is printed, so it can't be corrected !  Moreover, there is no indication of the origin place as found in the original record, which may mislead a local searcher.
  4. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec.  Also known as Jetté from its author, this dictionary shows early European families in Quebec.  It includes biographical data and usually a place of origin.  Since 1983, many birth records were found, so you should check GDO before going in France to do searches.  You can also contact its author IF YOU ARE GOING TO FRANCE (but it is useless to write to get now what will be published later: wait for supplements if you don't intend to do searches).
  5. Works from Archange Godbout (1886-1960).  The searcher who searched and found the more records in France about our ancestors.  For that purpose, he lived in France for 6 years in all during 2 travels between 1919 and 1931.  In some cases, the registers were even destroyed, making his work unique.  You will find in Jetté (see above) what concerns migrants before 1731, but you need to check his works for Acadians and migrants after 1730.  In particular: Origine des Familles canadiennes françaises (1925, mostly Bretagne, Perche, Normandie, Anjou), Vieilles familles de France en Nouvelle-France (1975, postdeath work presented by Roland Auger), and Émigration rochelaise en Nouvelle-France (1970).  Moreover, Fonds Archange Godbout, available only at ANQ, contains over 14,000 pages, often never published (see in particular reels ANQ 154/19 to 25 or ANQ-Mtl 1661 to 1667).  This collection describes findings made in those departements: 08, 10, 14, 16, 17, 22, 24, 27, 28, 33, 35, 37, 44, 45, 49, 50, 53, 56, 57, 61, 62, 72, 75 to 80, 85, 86, 91, 95.  The content will be published in supplements of GDO.


Origins of 

There is no guide about origins of Acadians, so you must use general works like those: 
  1. Histoire et généalogie des Acadiens, by Bona Arsenault.  Despite some mistakes (like origin of Hébert mixed with that of Haberts from Québec), there are usually French roots after 1700.  Before 1700, too many holes or hyupothesis.  For example, all those from Martaizé or La Chaussé in Poitou are hypothetical and never proven by local records.
  2. Le grand arrangement des Acadiens au Québec, by Adrien Bergeron.  Same comments.  Focus on Acadians who were later in Quebec.
  3. Coming soon (1999), Dictionnaire généalogique des familles Acadiennes, by Stephen White.  Only echo we have is that while it is a better work, there are still fuzzy data.  White has more works you can locate.
  4. Publications by Janet Jehn, Dennis Boudreaux and Donald Hebert, Acadian Church Records, periodicals from Société historique acadienne and Acadian Genealogy Exchange, series Nos Origines en France (see Quebec)


Origins of 
and inhabitants 
of Western French Forts 

No reference for the whole Louisiana or Western French Forts.  You must rely on generic works and look for marriages of the earlier migrant.  During the Spanish Period, you can also check the 2nd generation. 
  1. Series Nos Origines en France (see Quebec)
  2. La population des forts français, by Marthe Faribault, is a list of old vital records of the Illinois, Michigan and other French forts.
  3. Registers from Louisiana State, some series even covers a specific diocese (still published, the list below shows how many books were published and years they cover until now): 
    1. Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Church records (1707-1885, 16 volumes)
    2. Sacramental Records of Archdiocese of New Orleans (1718-1815, 11 volumes)
    3. South Louisiana (1794-1920, 17 volumes)
    4. South-West Louisiana (1756-1903, 35 volumes)



Besides those works, there are about 220 books and periodicals examined to write the Genealogical Dictionary of our Origin, mostly available in Montreal area, and few of them in some other towns, often near genealogical societies. 

You can also check family periodicals or books that I skipped until now, due to lack of time.


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