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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
There is no guide about origins of Acadians, so you must use general
works like those:
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.
Le grand arrangement des Acadiens au Québec, by Adrien Bergeron.
Same comments. Focus on Acadians who were later in Quebec.
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.
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
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.
Series Nos Origines en France (see Quebec)
La population des forts français, by Marthe Faribault, is
a list of old vital records of the Illinois, Michigan and other French
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):
Diocese of Baton Rouge, Catholic Church records (1707-1885, 16 volumes)
Sacramental Records of Archdiocese of New Orleans (1718-1815, 11
South Louisiana (1794-1920, 17 volumes)
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
You can also check family periodicals or books that I skipped until
now, due to lack of time.