French Canadians in Eastern Ontario 1816-2002

Francophones have been a presence in Ontario since the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in 1615. They settled mostly in Eastern Ontario to work on the railways and in forestry and in Northwestern Ontario to work in the mines.

Their births, marriages and deaths were recorded and are available at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ,) the national library of Quebec. To see what records the BAnQ has, click on the link: French Canadians in Eastern Ontario Rev2

You can also google the ‘family search wiki’ for the Ontario county where your ancestors lived to find a wide variety of records useful to genealogists.


Carleton County


Catholic Parishes

Frontenac County


Catholic Parishes

Glengarry and Stormont Counties


Catholic Parishes

Prescott and Russel Counties


Catholic Parishes

Renfrew and Perth Counties


Catholic Parishes

This post was revised Nov. 14, 2019 to remove links that did not work. 

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