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French-Canadian Descendants

All French-Canadians are related as they are descended from about 2.500 people. They also have some of the best kept records in the world. Please feel free to post queries, events, pictures, tell stories, etc.

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Was your ancestor really French? There were a number of Indian captives from New England who settled in Canada, see the following for more info;One of the most popular books on the subject is: New…Continue

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Even though of French origin, those settlers who settled in the region called Acadia had a different history. Some did settle in Quebec while some settled in Louisiana and became known as Cajuns.…Continue

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Christmas Holiday Season 1 Reply

The holidays are a time that the senses are often overwhelmed creating memories and hopefully good feeling to share with family and friends. The following may be of interest in developing or…Continue

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Nobility and royalty ancestors of French-Canadians 7 Replies

There are two main sites which will extend your French-Canadian ancestors back in time if they descend from royalty or the nobility:…Continue

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Comment by Chris Bitner on March 7, 2011 at 2:57pm

Thanks Jim,

They were married in Quebec and their children were born in Quebec, Ontario, New York, and Michigan. I've ordered marriage certificates for 3 more of their children, hopefully they will all have the same maiden name for Rose.

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 7, 2011 at 9:19am

Chris -

1) Since you did not say you need to determine if Peter & Rose were married in Quebec (or Canada) or if in Wisconsin, you should be able to determine this is any children were born in Canada by the census records. You will need to look at all the children's marriage records to determine the mother's maiden name (there may have been two wives? or she may have been married twice)

2) Get the death records of Peter & Rose, hopefully that should give the parent's name.

3) If Peter & Rose were married in Quebec then look at the Loiselle and/or Fabien marriage indexes to determine a parish (you will need to know all the dit names for DeROSIER as well as keep in mind CHATEREAU/CHARTRAND & McDONALD possibilities. Once you have a parish you can check Drouin if you have a subscription to Ancestry, or Family Search or order in the parish films in through you local Family History Center which hopefully will provide you with further info such as baptisms, marriages and burials.

Good luck, Jim

Comment by Chris Bitner on March 6, 2011 at 8:56am


I'm looking for information on Peter DeRosier/DeRosia born about 1822 in Quebec, died 1907 in Commonwealth, Wisconsin and his wife M. Rose Chatereau/Chartrand born 1825-1835 in Quebec, died 1888 in Commonwealth.


Their son Albert's Marriage license has Rose's maiden name as Chatereau but his Death Certificate has Rose's name as McDonald.  I've heard from other descendants that her name is Chartrand and that McDonald was her grandmother's maiden name. Also heard Peter's parents are named Francois and Sofrana but I haven't found anything in the Drouin collection to confirm any of this.

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 4, 2011 at 8:40am
A message from Tricia Datene to all members of French-Canadian Descendants on Genealogy Wise!

I am new to this group.  I am a direct descendant of
Francois Brousson dit Lafleur

Father: Francois Brousson
Mother: Francoise Gribault
Birth:  Abt. 1666 in St Louis de Resson sur Matz Beauvais,Picardie,France
Burial: 08 Jun 1740 in Ste Anne de la Perade
Death:  08 Jun 1740 in Ste Anne de la Perade, Quebec
Marriage:       Marie-Jeanne Collet  18 Jan 1689 in Batiscan, Q.C.  Married by contract
# 16 by Notary Francois Trottain.
Francois Brousson
       Jean-François Brousson
       Pierre Brousson
       Marie-Joseph Brousson
       Jean-Baptiste Brousson
       Etienne Brousson
       Marie-Marguerite Brousson
       Luc Lafleur Brousson
       Marie-Anne Brousson
       Ambroise Brousson Dit Lafleur
       Joseph Brousson

Person Notes:
From district of Compiesne, diocese of Beauvais, Picardie (Oise), France.
1693, compagnie de Crisafy, (CFM)
Comment by James P. LaLone on February 25, 2011 at 9:43am


I would say that means English as opposed to being French.

Comment by James P. LaLone on February 25, 2011 at 9:41am

I noticed the following from Shari (thanks!) did not get posted here, so am adding it for future reference.  As she says neither the FamilySearch nor Ancestry have a complete index of the church records, however you can use the Loiselle marriage & the Rivest marriage indexes to help narrow down areas your family originate.


A message from Shari Strahan to all members of French-Canadian Descendants on Genealogy Wise!

There seems to be some confusion over what is available to us on-line. Let me take a stab at it:

There were always at least two copies of parish records - one kept with the parish, one sent into the diocese. Sometimes an individual record will have differences in content between the two copies and it is recommended you view both if at all possible. And occasionally we can see the ancestors' signatures on one, but not the other.

The Drouin microfilms are currently available to subscribers of or, and directly from the Institut Genealogique Drouin at, also for a fee. These microfilms were made about 1946 from the official records send into the dioceses, and sometimes the quality is poor or pages were "cut off." These are "indexed"on Ancestry, but this was poorly done and obviously not by French speakers. It can be impossible to rely on the index, and many of us are very frustrated by it. is also making their Quebec parish records available on-line for FREE. These are digital images of the microfilms we previously would rent and view at Family History Centers. There is no comprehensive on-line index as yet, although volunteers are pecking away at it. These records were microfilmed at the parish level in 1976, and end with records (usually) in 1876. They are NOT "Drouin" microfilms. The quality is much higher than the Drouin copies.

The real downside of the free Family Search parish records is mainly the 30 year gap between the efforts. Some register pages deteriorated in that interim (or were totally destroyed) and therefore cannot be viewed at all. Also, these records end much earlier 1876ish as opposed to the 1940s, which might be a problem for some researchers.

Shari Strahan
Comment by Tj Thomas on February 24, 2011 at 3:04pm
I have seen the term "anglois de nation" (English of Nation) in the Drouin records. Does anyone know for certain what it means? I would think that if they are mentioning it on birth, marriage and death records, it's the place of birth but I don't want to assume. Thank you!
Comment by James P. LaLone on February 24, 2011 at 9:04am
Please note I have updated the surname sites (in Discussion section), and have also started to add book titles. This is an ongoing project so keep checking it. Thanks, Jim.
Comment by Daniel Joseph Teitelbaum on February 22, 2011 at 7:57pm
Thanks, Jim. I'd love to read these books.
Comment by James P. LaLone on February 22, 2011 at 4:18pm

A couple of history books I really want to recommend are THE WHITE AND THE GOLD: THE FRENCH REGIME IN CANADA, by Thomas B. Costain & DAILY LIFE IN EARLY CANADA FROM CHAMPLAIN TO MONTCALM, by Raymond Douville & Jacques-Donat Casanova. While being history they are not dry reading and they mention a lot of the early settlers (you ancestors!)


Another book which I have not read yet but comes highly recommended is Willa Cather's SHADOWS ON THE ROCK. It is historical fiction and gives a good flavor of life in New France.


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