Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 65128
Using Our Resources at the VT-FCGS Library
Our library at the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society has many
resources; lets look at how they can be used to successfully research your
family tree in Vermont and across the border into Quebec, and eventually back
Where Do I Start?
After you have spoken to your family members; searched at the city clerks
office, and at the VT Vital Statistics in Middlesex, VT; and found all
available obituaries; lets hope that you have found the names of a HUSBAND AND WIFE IN YOUR ANCESTRY WHO WERE MARRIED IN
QUEBEC. You will need their names in order to cross the border
successfully. This is sometimes the most difficult part of French-Canadian
research. Marriage records are the key to successful research in Quebec. Each
marriage record usually contains details about the couples parents, which
enables you to find their marriages easily.
IF YOU HAVE NOT FOUND THEM, check these
resources at our library:
have many Family Histories on our shelves, maybe its already been done.
our Surname Files, 6 file drawers listed by family name.
of 5 generation charts from the NH American Canadian Genealogical Society
of 5 generation charts from the RI American French Genealogical Society
Record Extracts for Americans; Virginia Demarce, Roger Lawrence
des Cantons de L’est BMD by Marthe
Parish Marriage Repertoires (Marriage Books)
Joseph, Burlington 1834 - 1930
Francis Xavier, Winooski 1868 - 1994
Anthony, Burlington 1903 - 1988
Thomas, Underhill 1869 - 1991
Family, Essex Jct 1893 - 1999
of Norton Mills
1888 – 1955
James, Island pond 1872 – 1948
- St Francis
Xavier, Winooski Burial Records 1868 - 1994
Marriage Index from
City Directories, both as books and microfiche from 1865
Funeral Home Burials from 1934 to 1990
Burlington Births and Marriages from 1865 to 1955
town and Winooski Marriages (2 volumes) (1857 – 1998)
Isle marriages up to 1880 - Demarce
- On CD
we have the 1900 New England Census Index
the 1900 VT Census CD’s (Immigration yr and no. of yrs wed)
- On 50
CD’s we have the complete 1880 US Federal Census
- On CD
we have the 1870 Census Index for VT, NH and ME
the 1870 VT Census CD’s
1850 and 1830 US Census Indexes (Heads of families)
Vitals for the period 1870 to 1908 (BMD)
Vitals for the period 1760 to 1869 (BMD) 1st 20 reels of 288
in the Revolutionary, 1812, Spanish Am., Civil, WWI, WW2, Korean Wars
IGI microfiche for Vermont and most New England States
New England, and NY Parish Marriage Repertoires
Inscriptions from many VT and NY towns
Hopefully, these resources will help you find the names
of the first ancestors from Quebec. If not, then you may have to broaden
your research to reconstruct all the family information, versus your direct
line, in hopes of finding these names to help you cross the border.
If you have found the names
of a HUSBAND AND WIFE IN YOUR ANCESTRY WHO WERE MARRIED IN
QUEBEC, use these resources at our library to trace your family through Quebec
and into France:
NOTE: Before using the following Reference Sources, please
review these French-Canadian Research Guides which will help you understand how
to use them:
Doug MILLER –
“Miller’s Manual” (Printed 1997)
John P. DuLong
– “French-Canadian Genealogical Research” (Printed 1995)
Boudreau – “Beginning Franco-American Genealogy” (Printed 1986)
Blue DROUIN microfiche is the best resource to find your first
Quebec marriage. It is indexed by males and is in 2 sections, generally
pre and post 1880. It contains over 1.1 million marriages from 1760 to
- Our LOISELLE
microfiche contains about the same 1.1 million marriages but it has
both a male and a female index, which is useful if you believe the male
surname may have changed when crossing the border.
you have found that 1st marriage record in Quebec, you can
continue using DROUIN or LOISELLE, or you may choose to use the hundreds
of Quebec Parish Marriage Repertoires on microfiche and in printed
book form. Sometimes you can find as many as 6 generations who lived in a
single parish. It is easier to reconstruct families using the
repertoires.(One Parish vs All of Quebec)
- On CD
we have the 1881 Quebec Census
have several 1851 Census Books of St-Jean, Chambly, St Hyacinthe, St
- ARE YOU STUCK??? See these books on
Surname Changes, its very common!
TANGUAY Volume 7 , pages 495 to 601 for Name Changes in Quebec
Vermont Variants by Veronique Gassette
Susan Whitebooks Name Changes
Robert Quintins Name Changes
you get back to 1799, you may want to use our PRDH CD which
contains all Births, Marriages and Deaths back to beginning of Quebec in
- The JETTE
Reference book uses the PRDH data and has reconstructd all the
families from the beginning of Quebec until 1730. It also contains
references to marriage contracts and other notarial contracts. The Jette
CD covers up to 1765.
- The 7
Volume Tanguay Reference book is also a reconstruction of families
from the beginning of Quebec until 1765 and the Leboeuf Complement
has corrections and additions.
Red DROUIN Reference Volume is indexed by male names. 1608 –
MANY OF YOUR ANCESTORS MAY
HAVE BEEN ACADIAN, IF SO:
Whites 2 Volumes on the Acadians reconstruct all families from the
beginning, about 1632, until 1714.
Bergeron’s 7 volumes of reconstructd Acadian Families
Jehn’s 13 Volumes of Acadian Descendents
Jehn’s yearly journals – Acadian Genealogy Exchange
OK, YOU HAVE TRACED YOUR
FAMILY TO FRANCE; NOW LETS FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR LIVES:
- The 30
volumes of “Our French Canadian Ancestors” published by
Thomas Laforest describes hundreds of the 1st family pioneers.
If you traced only your patriarchal line, you may be rewarded with a 5 to
8 page write-up on your family. If you have created a fan chart of all
your ancestors, then you will find many, many descriptions of your
ancestors. This is wonderful…We have an INDEX to the 30 volumes.
– Like Laforest, 3 volumes on hand.
male pioneers came to Quebec as soldiers of the Carignan Regiment.
Our book lists these soldiers names and their companies.
- The Meuron
Regiment – List of soldiers
- The French
Marines and 1755 French Soldiers are noted in the Reference Books
female pioneers came to Quebec as “Filles de Roi” or “Daughters of
the King”. See our 2 Volumes of “Kings Daughters and Founding
Canadians of the West – 3 volumes by Peter Gagne
of Quebec Notaries – 25 volumes - Send for the documents, its
- Our Parish
Histories contain names of many who participated of their history. (VT
- On CD
we have the “French Canadian and Acadian Revue” journals by Roland
Auger. They contain much research on many Quebec lineage and
Captives by Roger Lawrence (Deerfield, etc)
- Many VT
town histories. Grand Isle, S. Hero, Alburgh, Isle La Motte, Winooski,
JOURNALS OF OTHER GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES
have many shelves containing the journals of many French and English
genealogical societies from as early as 1944. We exchange our journal
LINKS for their journals. These journals contain many genealogies and much
family history. Some have been indexed over the past years. Our LINKS
Journal is indexed on our website.
Website is: http://www.vt-fcgs.org
MAYBE YOU ARE READY TO LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF QUEBEC
AND OF FRANCO AMERICANS?
- Our Lending
Library contains many books on the history of Quebec; its Leaders, and
its Explorers, Military Leaders, the Seigneurial System of land ownership,
etc. You may find that your ancestors are in these books!
also about the “Quiet Presence” of Franco Americans and books on
successful Franco Americans, and the Woolen and Cotton Mills, etc.
NOW, COMPILE YOUR
GENEALOGY, AND WRITE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY !!!
GIVE COPIES TO YOUR FAMILY,
AND OUR LIBRARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DONATE ARTICLES TO BE PUBLISHED IN OUR JOURNAL, “LINKS”
WHAT DON’T WE HAVE IN OUR LIBRARY?
and Death information for all the Quebec Parishes, which covers the years
1800 until your ancestors crossed into the USA, are available on microfilm
at the Quebec Archives and major genealogical libraries such as “La Salle
de Gagnon” in the Montreal Municipal Library on Sherbrooke Street. You can
also order and view these films at the Berlin, VT. LDS (Latter Day Saints,
or Mormons) Family History Center, and soon at the new Family History
Center in Essex Jct, VT.
complete DROUIN microfilms are available in the American French
Genealogical Society at Woonsocket, RI.
DROUIN microfiche indexed by females.
Birth, Marriage and Death records of the early Church of St Marys in
Burlington exists only in a hand written ledger at the Bishop Brady
Center in Burlington. They also have some records from Fr Daley, an early
missionary, and several other churches. You can write to them.
CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING AT OUR
SOCIETY AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Library Committee in cataloging, and repairing books
computer data entry and proofing efforts
Get elected as
an Officer or Director at October Business Meeting
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