Category Archives: Quebec

New books in LAC’s Genealogy Services Collection

Library and Archives Canada posted on its blog a list of new books available in its Genealogy Services Collection. Among the books listed, the following are about Quebec and Quebec families. Family Histories L’ancêtre des familles Kirouac en Amérique, son épouse et leurs fils : … Continue reading


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Joyeuse Fête de la Saint-Jean

Today marks the 180th edition of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec. Early French colonists introduced to North America the tradition of celebrating the summer solstice around the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. The patriotic tone of the Saint- Jean-Baptiste … Continue reading

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American soldiers and their children who died in Quebec during the War of 1812

While reading Vicky Lapointe’s blog, Quebec City’s history and its region, I came across a year-old post that made me realize that publishing burial information, in the hope a distant relative will learn about it, is not new. Even some people in the … Continue reading

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The devastation of Trois-Rivières in 1908

The Maison du roi (governor’s house), built in 1723, and the Immaculée-Conception church, built in 1710, were completely destroyed. At least 800 homes were nothing but rubble when it was over. This was the result of the great fire that ravaged a third … Continue reading

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FamilySearch updates Canadian records collection

This past week, FamilySearch updated its Canadian records collection. British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971. Pre-emptions are purchased land that has not been fully surveyed. The registers summarize the information from the pre-emption certificates. The pre-emptions are listed in registration number order, … Continue reading

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More online resources and a video about North America’s oldest newspaper, Quebec Telegraph-Chronicle

Today, North America’s oldest surviving newspaper, the Quebec Telegraph-Chronicle, celebrates its 250th anniversary. It was originally published as a bilingual newspaper, called The Quebec Gazette – La Gazette de Québec. And I have discovered even more about the history of this publication … Continue reading

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My Mobile Plains (of Abraham) app launched

The National Battlefields Commission yesterday launched My Mobile Plains at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham. My Mobile Plains is an app that is described in detail in the news release: “The new free mobile app, available in both … Continue reading

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Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph plaque unveiled

To mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (formerly the Quebec Gazette), a plaque was unveiled on Monday at the newspaper’s former home at the corner of Buade and du Trésor. It was in that building that the … Continue reading

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The lesser-known Filles à marier

Time to confess. I am jealous of those who have Filles du roi in their ancestry. Despite my envy, I still read stories about these young women — and on occasion, I will listen to friends tell me about their illustrious … Continue reading

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Drouin Institute updates its Quebec records collection

Yesterday, the Institut généalogique Drouin announced updates to its Quebec Records Collection.  1. LAFRANCE. Marriages for 1913 has now links to images. 14,700 new links. 2. Dictionnaire généalogique des familles québécoises de l’origine jusqu’à 1730 is now online (The Jetté … Continue reading

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