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Cover of Quebec During the American Invasion, 1775 to 1776, published in 2005.

My SAR Journey: Service

Some French-Canadians joined the Americans in fighting against the British, fighting side-by-side with those who were not that long ago their sworn enemies. Many joined militias in the colonies that bordered Canada, especially in New York. Those who have French-Canadian ancestors who appeared early (prior to 1850) in the United States should look or evidence…
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Nineteenth-century etching of the Salem Witch Trials.

Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

According to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the standards for documenting call for genealogists to “identify the sources of all substantive information and images they gather, use, or plan to gather or use, except sources of ‘common knowledge’ beyond disputes, such as the years of major historical events.” [1] The problem is, what about…
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Colonial Society of Massachusetts website.

Free Online Colonial Massachusetts Records

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts was founded at Boston in 1892 to promote the study of Massachusetts history from the earliest settlements to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Society occasionally convenes conferences on the subject. It is a member organization of the Ne England Regional Fellowship Consortium. And it is co-sponsor, with the…
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Sarah Barker gravestone.

Archaeology and Genealogy

When doing genealogical research, we become familiar with local history. Knowing and understanding the history of the areas where our ancestors lived can make a big difference in research success. It can also make a difference in understanding our ancestors’ lives and telling their stories. One area of local history that often gets overlooked is…
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SAR Website

My SAR Journey: The Beginning

Aside from family associations, French-Canadians do not have a large number of lineage societies. Part of that may come from the fact that, compared to the United States, Canada has a relatively peaceful history. Thus there are few opportunities for those of us of French-Canadian descent to join one of these groups. Recently, however, this…
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Testament from Quebec.

Quebec’s Notarial Records

Our French-Canadian ancestors left us a rich resource in the Catholic parish registers. While these provide us with a great skeleton of vital information (showing us when and where our ancestors were born, married and died), there is much more to learning about our ancestors’ lives than that. Quebec’s legal system is much more complicated…
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Cover shot for Michael Leclerc's episode of the Genealogy Professional Podcast.

Genealogy Professional Podcast

I listen to many podcasts. They cover a wide variety of subjects, including genealogy, history, education, business, music, film, politics, current events, and comedy. One of my favorites genealogy podcasters has always been my friend Marian Pierre-Louis. Among her many activities is the Genealogy Professional Podcast. It targets professional genealogists as well as those transitioning…
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Part of the North End in Boston in an 1819 atlas.

The Massachusetts Real Estate Atlas Digitization Project

Maps are a vital part of genealogical research. Recognizing their historical and genealogical value, the Massachusetts State Library initiated a major project to digitize a part of their collection. The Massachusetts Real Estate Atlas Digitization Project, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is working to digitize the collection of…
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Genealogy Quebec Home Page

Genealogie Quebec: A Valuable Resource for French-Canadians

I had the pleasure of meeting the team from Genealogie Quebec at the New England Regional Genealogy Conference a couple of months ago. As two of my grandparents were born in Quebec, and the parents of my other two were born there, my roots quickly go back to Quebec, I’m always on the lookout for…
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Marriage contract between Sieur Jean Baptiste Deslandes and Dame Malvina Leclerc.

Marriage Contracts in Quebec

Today our notion of marriage is built on the concept of finding a life partner, falling in love, and getting married. This romanticized idea of marriage is perpetuated in modern popular culture, especially music and the cinema. But this ideal is a modern creation, and has not always been the case. Prior to the twentieth…
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