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The fur traders and coureurs de bois of Quebec, Northern Ontario and labrador – part 2

The following database consists of four sections:

* Pages 3-11 Trading Companies: articles, maps, journals and correspondence.

* Pages 11-40 Forts and Fur Trading Posts: along with a description of their locations.

*Pages 41-51 History: documentation by publishers on the subject.

*Pages 51-55 Repositories : consisting of links to Archives, various BanQs, Bibliotheques, Librairies, etc.

The Fur Traders and Coureurs de bois of Quebec, Northern Ontario and Labrador

The Fur Traders and Coureurs de bois of Quebec, Northern Ontario and Labrador

This is the first part of a two part series The first part of this database consists of an extensive list of authors who have written on the subject of the fur trade in the specific areas of Quebec, Northern Ontario and Labrador.

The second section consist of historical documents on the fur trading industry. While the third section lists the many repositories containing information on the fur traders.

Part two will follow in the next session.

Please note that this database contains numerous books, documents, articles and reports that are free to either read online or download. These are highlighted in green text for easy recognition.


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The Company of One Hundred Associates of New France

The Compagnie des Habitants (or Communauté des Habitants) was a company formed by traders from New France founded in 1645 and which held the monopoly on the fur trade of the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France from 1645 to 1663.

The following database consists of a compilation of information with extensive links to The Company of One Hundred Associates of New France. 1627-1663.

The fur industry attracted investors , bankers, administrators, ship owners, fur traders, explorers, military officers, merchants, notaries, first nation language interpreters, civil servants, seigneurs, governors and coureurs de bois of the French colonies of Nouvelle-France and Acadie.

The database is divided into sections:

Page 1-5  Various Companies, the Elite, Pioneer Families, Census, of families.

Page 6-78      Leaders, explorers, fur traders, officers, merchants, etc.

Page 78-125  Authors noting where complete documents are available online.

Page125-148    History – reference links to biographies, publishers, socieities, universities, etc.

Page 148-159  Repositories in France

Page 159-163  Repositories in Canada

Complete document available online is written under any link that opens up to a document that can be read online or is available for download. Where restrictions apply, they are indicated.

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The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site


Overview of jacques’ recent databases

Overview of Jacques’ Recent Databases

The tragic cholera epidemic of 1832 in lower canada | Genealogy Ensemble
How Canada coped with the epidemic as told by various authors
The last in a series of information by archivist at ETRC, BanQ and Anglican Archives
This database contains information on forts in Canada by Ernest Voorhis in 1930
France and NOuvelle-France – 1604 -1759 | Genealogy Ensemble
This database contains the names of pioneer families and their origins in France  
french canadian and Acadian Family lineage in Quebec | Genealogy Ensemble
Many of the Acadians who were deported settled in Quebec, by numerous authors
  french forts and fur trading 1564- 1759 | Genealogy Ensemble
This database contains lists of Archives, Historical societies, Museums, Publisher  pertaining to forts and fur traders in New France
  french forts and trading posts of New france | Genealogy Ensemble
This database contains lists of Archives, Historical societies, Museums,
  Slavery in British Quebec and Lower Canada | Genealogy Ensemble
A list of books written on slavery in Quebec
  Sheriff Sales in Lower Canada from 1783  BAnQ Advitam / BAnQ Numérique
Contains information on Landowners 1783-1854, British Developers, British America Land Co.  
A Useful Reference List | Genealogy Ensemble InformationLists, archives, biographies, associations, publishers and universities
Catholic Parish Registers- Auvergne – Bearn – Gascogne – guyenne 17th-18th centuries
Catholic Parish Registers in Alsace – Artois – Champagne – Flandre – Lorraine – Picardie
Catholic Parish Registers in Angoumois – Aunis – Limousin – Marche – Périgord – Saintonge
Catholic Parish Registers of Paris and Ile de France | Genealogy Ensemble

Researching Church records in the 92  departementales in France

The tragic cholera epidemic of 1832 in lower canada

The database is divided into several sections. The first part discusses the Historical background referring to records kept at the time. These records state that the epidemic started in India, then made its way to England, followed by the great immigration of Irish citizens going to Quebec. The government set up quarantine stations in both the Gaspe and Grosse Ile. Today Grosse Ile is National Historical site.

The next two sections refer to the doctors who were in charge of the stations and the authors who wrote and documented the epidemic. Many of these documents, thesis, dissertations, articles and books are available to download or read online.

The database concludes with a list of Repositories and Historical Societies referring to the epidemic

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protestant Churches in northern quebec


The above blog was originally posted in August of 2015.


The following database “Protestant Churches of Northern Quebec” is an extensive list of churches recently prepared by the Archivists noted below.

  • Archivist Jody Robinson at the Anglican Archives Quebec Diocese at Bishop’s University (ETRC)
  • Julie Roy – Archivist at BAnQ Sherbrooke in regard to the United Church of Canada Fonds addressing acts of baptisms, marriages, deaths of regions north of the St. Lawrence River, east and north of Quebec City.
  • Marthe Brown – Archivist Anglican Archives Diocese of Moosonee at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON.

There is a section that includes Historical societies listed by county

the fur traders and coureurs des bois of western canada

Frances Anne Hopkins

Fur Traders and Coureurs des bois of Western Canada

Historic Forts and Trading Posts of the French regime and of the English Fur Trading Companies

compiled by Ernest Voorhis, A. M., Ph. D.,  1930

The author, Ernest Voothis has identified 614 Forts and Trading Posts in North America  

Complete book available online

Alphabetical listing of voyageurs (wood runners / bush-lopers) who navigated by canoes from the villages of Lachine and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal to the far regions of Western North America from 1788 to 1821

Below is a map by Ernest Voorhis. It includes the numbers in this database  indicating all the forts that coincide with the fort numbers in each of the links..

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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 :


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.

Click below to access the database.

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 (

“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.”


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

Click link below.

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

french forts and fur trading 1564- 1759

Forts and Fur Trading

Parts 2 – 3 History sections list and Repositories information sources:

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

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Highlighted are several complete documents that are available for downloading.

Part 3 – Repositories –