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France and NOuvelle-France – 1604 -1759

Family Names in 59 Ancient Regions of France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg

This database consists of a list of authors, book sellers and publishers containing the family names in the regions. Most of the books are in the French language.

The list contains several complete books online which can be downloaded.

For many of the regions there is a short description of the region.

For exmple :

Auvergne

The origin of the name auvergne comes from the Gallic people of the Arvernes. On the death of Charlemagne and then Louix-le-Pieux,the Carolingian empire was divided between his sons and Auvergne finally returned to Charles the Bald. In the 12th century the county of Auvergne was the subject of a conflict between William VII, the rightful heir returning from the Crusades, and his uncle William VIII. The county will eventually be divided between a new county of Auvergne and the Dauphiné d’Auvergne. This conflict will be in line with the war between France and England since the new county of Auvergne will depend on the Aquitaine and therefore the Plantagenêts,the Dauphiné d’Auvergne will take the side of the King of France.
During the French Revolution, the territory formed the departments of Haute-Auvergne (then Cantal), Lower Auvergne (then Puy-de-Dôme), Haute-Loire and Allier and an accompanying map indicating the region.

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french canadian and Acadian Family lineage in Quebec

The Great Upheaval of 1755

This week’s blog is a repetition of a previous blog with the addition of a reference to the article in the Gaspesian HerItage Webmagazine that contains an overview of “The Great Upheaval.”

French Canadian and Acadian Family Lineage in Quebec

Excerpts From Gaspesian Heritage Webmagazine

URL From Acadia to Québec: Acadians in Québec and in the Gaspé | Gaspesian Heritage WebMagazine (quebecheritageweb.com)

“In 1755, the British authorities began to dismantle the former Acadian colony by deporting its entire population… unleashing a French-speaking exodus to various regions, including many areas of Québec”.

“At the time of the Deportation, many Acadians made their way into Québec, where they were granted farmlands.”

“It is estimated that today, among Québec’s population, more than a million (or more than 15%) people bear Acadian origins.”

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This database focuses on the Historical and Genealogical Societies in Quebec counties and includes books by authors who have written about the various communities.

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This blog is a repeat of last week’s blog with

french forts and fur trading 1564- 1759

Forts and Fur Trading

History and Repositories

The database contains Forts and Fur Trading Parts 2 and 3.

The Part 2 – History section lists information sources:

  • Archives
  • Historical Societies
  • Heritage sites
  •  Journals
  • Publishers
  • Museums
  • Book sellers

Also are highlighted several complete documents that are available for downloading

Part 3 – Repositories – list contains the links to

  • BanQ websites
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Archives Montreal
  • Villes de Montreal and Quebec

french forts and trading posts of New france

Historic Forts and Trading Posts of the French Regime

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The database has been divided into 3 parts.

Part 1 Historic Forts and Trading Posts of the French Regime in New France and the English Fur Trading Companies 1564 – 1759

It will be followed by Part 2 in Jacques’ next posting. It contains an extensive list of Authors who wrote about the fur trade and the explorers.

Part 3 will follow and it consists of the History of fur trading during the French Regime as seen through the eyes of Authors and Historical societies. It includes a lengthy list of libraries and publishers.

To access Part 1 click the following link below:

French Canadian and Acadian Family Lineage Researches in Quebec

Mitchell, S. Augustus, Jr. (Samuel Augustus). Map of Quebec in counties., map, 1872; [Philadelphia]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth251883/m1/1/: accessed April 12, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas at Arlington Library.

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The content of this dossier features 78 regions of Québec, the various genealogical societies, historical societies, authors, historians whose databases or/and books or essays or papers or dissertations can shed light on the life of one’s ancestor.

Especially in rural regions of French Québec, both historical and genealogical societies have over the years recruited long-time members who have researched a particular family.

This database includes  lists of repositories and of publishers.

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Slavery in British Quebec aND Lower Canada

Slavery in British Quebec and Lower Canada is the subject of this database. Various authors have given us insight into slavery in the Montreal area, the Eastern townships and basically what slavery looked like in Lower Canada in the late 1700s

The following quotations are taken fromA Short History of Slavery in Canada by Jean Bellefeuille

“Slavery became a common practice in New France and the Church became the largest slave owner.”

“In fact, the ports are the first places where slaves are put to work.”

“The historian Marcel Trudel has counted 4,092 slaves throughout Canadian history, of which 2,692 were Indians (the favorites of French settlers) and 1,400 Blacks (the favorites of English settlers) owned by approximately 1,400 masters.”.

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Sheriff Sales in Lower Canada from 1783 onward at BAnQ Advitam / BAnQ Numérique / ETRC – Eastern Townships Resource Centre

Old Counties in the Province of Quebec

Advitam is a powerful new search engine that has replaced Pistard at BAnQ. It contains documents, files photos. etc in their archives

Instructions for using Advitam are found in this article, including detailed descriptions of the type of information available.

Instructions

List of Sheriffs

Landowners 1783-1854

British Land Developers

Shareholders in British America Land Co.

Genealogy Ensemble articles

Sheriffs

Repositories

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A Useful Reference List

The following reference list is extracted from a larger database to be posted. Sheriff Sales in Lower Canada from 1783 onward at BAnQ Advitam ‘prepared by Jacques Gagne.

The database lists website addresses for a variety of

Archives

Book stores

Canadian Biographies

Historical Associations and Societies

Libraries

Publishers

Universities

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Catholic Parish Registers- Auvergne – Bearn – Gascogne – guyenne 17th-18th centuries

Features of this dossier (research guide)

Regional archives  11

Municipal archives 25

Genealogical solution providers 39

Revues savantes BnF Gallica – Bibliotheque de France  16

What to expect while researching online at about 92 Archives départementales de France; Free Online Searches with free downloads of original Church Registers or original Civil Registers or original Notarial acts through the web or smart phones. No memberships are required except for one archive Filae.com and it permits and an online research process which is also free to see what  documents are available, however, a membership is required to view these documents.These are indicated with $$$

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Catholic Parish Registers in Dauphiné – Languedoc – Provence of the 17th & 18th centuries

What to expect while researching online at about 92 Archives départementales de France; Free Online Searches with free downloads of original Church Registers or original Civil Registers or original Notarial acts through the web or smart phones. No memberships are required except for one archive Filae.com and it permits and an online research process is also free to see what  documents are available, however, a membership is required to view these documents.

 Features:

24 scholar journals in history (revues savants)

20 regional archives

54 municipal archives

62 genealogy solution providers

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