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Genealogy and Vintage Postcards

Welcome – Soyez Les Bienvenus!

Note to readers: I’m presently winding down my teaching career and will be back to the your enquiries in a few months. I continue to publish comments in case you’re able to help each other in the meantime. Best of luck with your research till we work together again!



Indian/Native American/First Peoples Genealogy

Index: Native American Surnames of Eastern Canada Through Marriage Records 

Indexes: First Peoples

Non-Natives with connections to Kahnawake (aka Caughnawaga, Quebec)

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke (mostly French Canadian) 

Genealogy of French Canadians and Acadians

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Indexes: Acadian and French-Canadian Genealogy, History and Culture

Historic Images of Eastern Canada 

Indexes: Historical Postcards

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault

April 6, 2014 Posted by | . | 33 Comments

Dunn’s Delicatessen – Famous Smoked Meat And Strawberry Cheese Cake

vintage deli | Montreal retail history | 1960sDunn’s Famous Delicatessen

Dunn’s Famous Steak House

Cocktail Lounge & Bar

Dunn’s Famous Smoked Meat

Further Reading:

Dunn’s Famous Deli in Montreal – MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT RESTAURANT

Myer Dunn holds the famous cheese cake – The Jewish Tribune

The Montreal  Smoked Meat sandwich – Montreal Gazette (1974)

Related Posts:

Index: Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

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January 30, 2011 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oscar Guitard & Rosia Arseneault


Hi my grandmother was originally a Guitard her name is Arnolda and i am desperately trying to find information on her parents Oscar and Rosaline, who i have only met once… I researching the family tree and wanting to reconnect if possible.


Information 1

Date 1928-04-17
Number 1416
Code B4/1928
Microfilm F19693

Link to image of record:


Information 2

Sex M
Date 1903-06-25
Number 3379
Code A5/1903
Microfilm F19001

Link to image of record:


Information 3

Guitard Family in 1911


February 22, 2017 Posted by | . | Leave a comment

Marie Ann Aglae Paquette m. Felix Albert George Larocque


“Hi, my name is Ernest Larocque.

I am looking for information on my grandmother Marie Ann Aglae Larocque (born Paquette). She was born 1891 in St-Venent-de-Paquette, East Hereford, Quebec. She married my grandfather Felix Albert George Larocque September 28, 1910 in Riviere Qui Barre, Alberta and died in New West Minster B.C.May 18, 1978. Both my parents have past away and our family doesn’t really know much about the Paquettes so I really am grasping to find information about the Paquette family.
I don’t have access to records and wondered if you would have any way to determine who Marie Ann Aglae’s parents were.
Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

Information 1

Anne Aglae Paquette was born on July 9th, 1891 and baptized on July 12th of the same year.

Her parents were Theophile Paquette and Rosanna Tremblay.

Her godparents were Augustin Lamoureux and Exina Paquette. Continue reading

February 2, 2017 Posted by | . | 3 Comments

Reader Query: Ash m. Duquette – Oral family history – Mohawk Connection

Query:  Hi there, my grandfather Edouard Ash had a mother Anna Duquette, married to a William Ash. My grandmother and grandfather maintained that Anna was Mohawk. After reading everything that is written here it may be that her family was just passing through. Please give me further details. thank you so much. sincerely, Louise Boutin

Information 1

William Ash (son of William Ash and Sophranie Gravel) married Anna Duquette (daughter of Francois-Xavier Duquette and Marie-Louise Piche) in St-Jerome Cathedral (Terrebonne, QC) on March 1st, 1897.

Information 2

Anna Duquette’s parents, Francois-Xavier Duquette (son of Francois-Xavier Duquette and Marcelline Sigouin) and Louise Piche (daughter of Magloire Piche and Scholastique Paquet) had been married in St-Jerome Cathedral in St-Jerome (Terrebonne, QC) on September 7th, 1875.

The following may be Anna Duquette’s parents and siblings in the 1901 census: Exavier Duquette and Marie Louise Duquette living in Sainte-Agathe (Terrebonne, QC) in 1901 with their children: anna, Leontine, Eglantine, Amandine, Joseph, Blandine, Roseanne and Leonne. They are described as French Canadian and Catholic.  Source Citation: Year: 1901; Census Place: Sainte-Agathe, Terrebonne, Quebec; Page: 10; Family No: 76  Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2004. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/about-census.aspxl. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6428 to T-6556.

Note: Native Reserves near Ste-Agathe include  Kanesatake and Doncaster.

Anna Duquette’s paternal grandparents, Francois-Xavier Duquette (son of Antoine Duquette and Marie-Angelique Labelle) and Tharsile Sigouin (daughter of Jean-Baptiste Sigouin and Catherine Rochon) were married  in St-Jerome Cathedral in St-Jerome (Terrebonne, QC) on March 6th, 1848.

September 25, 2015 Posted by | . | 2 Comments

Reader Query: A Labrie / Berthelette Lineage

My grandmother’s father was Mohawk. Her maiden name was Rose Berthelet (surname of the non-Mohawk man with whom Rose’s mother was married). Rose married Edouard Labrie of Cyrville (in Ottawa). Rose and Edouard eventually lived at Lac des Iles near Mont-Laurier in Quebec. I would really appreciate knowing if anyone knows who my grand-mother’s Mohawk father was and how much time they spent together. Thank you. Louise Labrie


I don’t have an answer to your specific request however I’ve turned your query into a post and added the following information in the hopes that someone will come across it! Continue reading

July 8, 2015 Posted by | . | 2 Comments

Chief of the Caughnawaga Indians Died, 1902 / Surname: Sky

Chief of the Caughnawaga Indians

Mr. Joseph Sky, eighty-three years old, a chief of the Caughnawaga Indians, died on Tuesday night at his home in Caughnawaga, N.Y. He was elected chief in 1852, wand was chief when the first Indian lacrosse team went to Europe. He was chief when King Edward visited Canada in 1860. He was a noted Athlete. The chief was with Dawson when he surveyed the route to Manitoba over which the troops went at one time. Continue reading

June 21, 2015 Posted by | . | , , , | 4 Comments

Indians in British America, 1898 (Caughnawaga Excerpts)

(Note: Several extracts from longer article, link follows)

Nearly 100,000 on the Canadian Reservation at Present


In Quebec there are 10,622 Indians …..

The most interesting reservations are those of eastern Canada, continuing the remnants of the nations who figure so prominently in the early history of this continent; the tribes who ruled over the dark forests before Champlain had landed at Quebec or the Pilgrim Fathers on New England’s coast. There are two Iroquois reservations in Quebec.

One is at Caughnawaga, on the south bank of the St. Lawrence, ten miles above Montreal. It is an old settlement, established under the French regime Continue reading

June 21, 2015 Posted by | . | , , | 1 Comment

Destructive Fire 1888 / Surnames: Stacey, Gay (?)

Destructive Fire

Dedham, Mass, May 27-

The chocolate factory of C.D. Brooks was burned this morning. Loss, $80,000; insurance, $40,000.

It is now believed the explosion was caused by a fitter incautiously approaching a leak with a lamp while endeavouring to locate the leak. The damage to property is estimated at from $150,000 to $200,000. It is possible the walls of the adjoining gas meter are so shaken that a large portion will have to be taken down. The excitement in th east end of the city is great. The scene presented while the bodies of the victims were being removed was very pathetic.

Another name, that of a young man O’Brien has been added to the list of killed. His body and that of Joseph Angel are still under the debris.

The following is the lsit of fatally injured: Angus Gay, a Caughnawaga Indian, Continue reading

June 21, 2015 Posted by | . | Leave a comment

Early French Canadian Pioneers: The Lauriers of Quebec

Laurier Cottinault Coutineaud, Francois / Milot Madeleine

January 7th, 1677

Variations and associated surnames

Cham, Cotineau, Cotino, Larochelle

Of Possible Interest

Expulsion Of The Whites From The Indian Reserve (1878) | Surnames: Dawes, Giroux, Laurier, Meloche, Poirier

June 21, 2015 Posted by | . | Leave a comment

Early French Canadian Pioneers: The Lacoutures of Quebec

Lacouture Canac Etienne / Rouillard, Marie-Josephe

October 10th, 1763

Lacouture Gonneau, Jean /  Hurtebise, Marie-Andree

June 16th, 1734

Lacouture Liandra, Francois / Deschamps dit Roger, Marie-Anne

January 12th, 1761

Variations and associated surnames

Baillon – Bridel – Bridet – Bussot – Cauchy – Cayer – Chatignon

Clement – Cochy – Dufort – Goneau – Gueneau – Liondras – Mailly

Of Possible Interest

Chief John Jocks Near Anniversary (1934) Surnames: Bouchard, Jocks, Lacouture, Letourneau, Palmer, Two Axe

June 21, 2015 Posted by | . | , , , | Leave a comment

Some Caldwells and Seymours of St.Regis

Reader Query:

Looking For Records of siblings of My Grandmother. Katie Seymour Caldwell, Married My Grandfather, Paul Caldwell. St.Regis Quebec. My Grandfather was a Heavy Duty Catholic, and i cant find much on Him or his siblings. I’ll be Back to take a look in The Future.

The Other Family Tie, We’re Trying to search is Katie’s Family. But, Not finding alot. Thanks
Im Guessing That Paul & Katie were Married at Akwesasne.

Information 1 

In 1911, Katie Seymour (Iroquois) was living in the St. Regis Indian Reserve with her parents Richard and Lena Seymour and her siblings Joe, Mary Ann, Mary and Francis, plus John and Mary Seymour and their children Richard, Louise, Kate, Louis, Mary and Francis, as well as Mitchell and Emma Seymour and their children Joe and Peter Seymour. Continue reading

June 20, 2015 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Reader Query: Barachois, Waugh & Palmert Surnames

Grant Pritchard says:

I would also like to see family trees of Barachois. My mom, Donna Waugh was born there, my grandmother Ida Palmert (spelling??) Was born there. It’s been years since I’ve been but I have a soft spot for that town. I have aunts and uncles that still own homes there.  Anything you could send me would be great

Information 1

Donna Theresa Frances was born to Donald Waugh and Ida-Emily Paulmart in the early 1950s in Eastern Gaspe (information suppressed).

Donald Waugh (son of Jack Waugh and Flora Lucas) had married Ida Emily Paulmart (daughter of James Paulmart and Emily Lawrence) on June 12th, 1945 in St-Pierre-de-Malbaie (Barachois, Gaspe-Est, Quebec). Continue reading

June 20, 2015 Posted by | . | , , , | Leave a comment

Early French Canadian Pioneers: The Letourneaus of Quebec

David Letourneau / Estourneau & Sebastienne Guerry 

June 10th, 1640

David Letourneau / Francoise Chapelain 

June 6th, 1664 Continue reading

February 22, 2015 Posted by | . | Leave a comment