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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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Julian or Gregorian Calendars in early Quebec 1 Reply

Since France changed calendars early on did they take the Gregorian calendar with them to Quebec? Sounds logical to me but that means transactions between Quebec and the colonies were on different…Continue

Started by Roger Newman. Last reply by James P. LaLone on Friday.

French-Canadian, Acadian, Cajun & metis surnames sites & bibliography 15 Replies

Attached here is an updated listing of surname sites. I am going through Tanguay's listing of "dit" names & spelling variations he has listed in the back of vol.7 to better cross reference my…Continue

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by James P. LaLone Mar 20.

Filles à Marier 2 Replies

The Filles à Marier are those women who left France between 1634-1662 to marry men already residing in Nouvelle France. Based on the research of Peter Gagné (book title -Before the King's Daughters:…Continue

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by James P. LaLone Mar 19.

"DIT" names 6 Replies

"Dit" names are probley the biggest stumbling block in French-Canadian research.  The best translation in English for its use is "alias" or "a.k.a. (also known as)" without any of the negative…Continue

Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by James P. LaLone Feb 25.

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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.

Comment by James P. LaLone on February 21, 2011 at 2:50pm

Diane, that one more generation did it, here is Isaie's lineage:


1.    Isaie LALANDE.
    He married (1) Marie-Ange-Emma HUOT, married 29 Mar 1875 in St-Jerome, Terrebonne, Qc., CAN.
    He married (2) Zephirine PAIEMENT, married 27 Nov 1876 in St-Hermas, 2 Mts., Qc., CAN.


2.    Michel LALANDE, b. 1811.  He married Henriette ANDRE-LAFONTAINE, married 23 Aug 1836 in St-Benoit, 2Mts., Qc., CAN.

3.    Henriette ANDRE-LAFONTAINE.

Grand Parents

4.    Michel LALANDE-LATREILLE, b. 1780, d. 1832, buried 22 Aug 1832 in St-Benoit, 2Mts., Qc., CAN.  He married Marie-Angelique BIROLEAU-LAFLEUR, married 25 Jan 1802 in St-Eustache, 2 Mts., Qc., CAN.

5.    Marie-Angelique BIROLEAU-LAFLEUR, b. c. 1785, d. 1836, buried 3 Oct 1836 in St-Benoit, 2Mts., Qc., CAN.

6.    Joseph ANDRE-LAFONTAINE.  He married Catherine GOURGEON.

7.    Catherine GOURGEON.

Great Grand Parents

8.    Jean-Baptiste LALANDE/LALONDE, b. 1750, d. 1813 in St-Eustache, 2 Mts., Qc., CAN, buried 6 May 1813 in St-Eustache-de-la-Riviere-du-Chene, Qc.  He married (1) Ursule PROULX, married 11 Jan 1773 in Ste-Genevieve, 2 Mts., Qc., CAN, b. c. 1755, d. 1790, buried 3 Mar 1790 in St-Eustache-de-la-Riviere-du-Chene, Qc.  He married (2) Felicite FALAISE-LEDUC, married 10 Jan 1791 in St-Eustache, 2 Mts., Qc., CAN.

9.    Ursule PROULX, b. c. 1755, d. 1790, buried 3 Mar 1790 in St-Eustache-de-la-Riviere-du-Chene, Qc.

10.    Michel BIROLEAU-LAFLEUR.  He married Marguerite VILLERAY.

11.    Marguerite VILLERAY.

Great Great Grand Parents

16.    Antoine LALANDE-LATREILLE, b. c. 1708, d. 1759, buried 6 Dec 1759.  He married (1) Marie-Claire COULONGE, married 11 Jul 1729 in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Qc., CAN, b. 1705, d. 26 Apr 1733, buried 27 Apr 1744 in Bout-de-l'Ile, Montreal, Qc., CAN.  He married (2) Suzanne LEGAULT/LEGAUD-DESLAURIERS, married 10 Jan 1735 in Pointe-Claire, Qc., CAN.


18.    Antoine PROULX.  He married Marie-Anne ROY.

19.    Marie-Anne ROY.

3rd Great Grand Parents

32.    Leonard  LALANDE-LATREILLE, b. c. 1660/72 in Magnac-Laval, France.  He married Marie-Gabrielle BEAUNE/BAULNE-LaFRANCHISE, married 18 Nov 1698 in Lachine, Ile-de-Montreal, Qc., CAN.

33.    Marie-Gabrielle BEAUNE/BAULNE-LaFRANCHISE, b. 1673 in Qc., CAN, d. 11 Oct 1738 in Pointe-Claire, Qc., CAN, buried 12 Oct 1738 in Pointe-Claire, Qc., CAN.

34.    Noel LEGAUD-DESLAURIERS.  He married Marie BESNARD.

35.    Marie BESNARD.

4th Great Grand Parents

64.    Jean LALANDE, b. c. 1645 in Magnac-Laval, Limoges, Haute-Vienne, FR.  He married Marie LARIVIERE, married in FR.

65.    Marie LARIVIERE, b. c. 1645 in FR.

66.    Jean BEAUNE-LaFRANCHISE, b. 1633 in Bellenaves, Dio/Bourges, Berry, France, d. 24 Jan 1687 in Lachine, Ile-de-Montreal, Qc., CAN, buried 25 Jan 1687 in Lachine, Ile-de-Montreal, Qc., CAN.  He married Marie-Madeleine BOURGERY, married 22 Aug 1667 in Quebec, Qc., CAN.

67.    Marie-Madeleine BOURGERY, b. 22 Jul 1652 in Trois-Rivieres, Qc., CAN.

5th Great Grand Parents

132.    Gilbert BEAUNE, b. in France, d. in France, buried in France.  He married Jeanne DURON.

133.    Jeanne DURON.

134.    Jean-Baptiste Bourgery, b. ABT    1620 in La Rochelle, Aunis, France, buried 10 Nov 1657 in Trois-Rivieres, Qc., CAN.  He married Marie Gendre, married 1643/45 in La Rochelle, Aunis, France.

135.    Marie Gendre, b. 1607/24 in Surgeres, Saintonge, France.

6th Great Grand Parents

270.    Moyse Gendre.  He married Jeanne
Comment by timothy hal on February 21, 2011 at 12:53pm

Hi Looking for birth of Charles Crawford born about 1815 Father John

Thank You

Comment by Shari Strahan on February 21, 2011 at 11:39am

According to the database (transcribed records)

At the parish of "St-Joseph, Montreal (Bordeaux)", Ile-de-Montreal, Quebec on the 18th of Sept. 1911 were married:


Georges Jean-Baptiste ROY, son of Ferdinand Roy and Georgiana Chabot, and

Marie-Reine Blanche LALANDE, daughter of Isaie Lalonde (deceased) and Zephirine Paiement.


I could not find the corresponding parish registers in's listing of Drouin microfilms. I'm sure the church is listed, it's just not something I can find for some reason.


Best regards,

Shari Strahan


Comment by Patricia Quinn on February 20, 2011 at 9:27pm

Thanks for the links - I will follow up on those.  In the meantime, you posted before I had a chance to get back in here - I did find the ships list for Olivier Charbonneau and his family.  They arrived on the Saint-Andre on 7 September 1659.


Now to check out the links you just posted!  thanks again!

Comment by James P. LaLone on February 20, 2011 at 8:57pm

Diane B.,

I do not have your couple in my LALONDE/LALANDE database.  You apparently have her baptism? Not sure what info you are looking for. Do you have the marriage date & place? Try looking in the Rivest & Loiselle marriage indexes if you don't, or if you can get access to the "blue" Drouin marriage index. Then use FamilySearch (free) or if you subscribe to Ancestry you can then look at the parish records to find marriage, baptisms and burials.


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