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April  –  550+  new indigenous, Metis & mixed-heritage marriages (Ontario)



Native – First Peoples – Metis  [Canadian Marriage Extracts]

Native – First Peoples – Metis [Canadian Census Extracts]

Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts



 Early French Canadian Pioneers

A Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life, Trades & Professions



Bruneau, Bruno

Bellehumeur (& Monet dit Belhumeur)  – Charette, Charest  –  Roy   – 

Payette, Pyette   –  Solomon  – Trudeau   –   Longlade



Spanish   –   Hallam   –   Long Sault    

Monteagle and Hershel   –   Cartier   –   Westmeath   –   Sandfield   –  Oso

Toronto East    –  Striker   –  Aldborough   –  Sabine and Lyell  –  Killarney  

Penetanguishene (Town)  –  Malahide   –   Osnabruck   




November 30, 2020 Posted by | . | , | 42 Comments

Index: Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts

Index of Canada-wide Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-heritage surnames

The goal of this project is to create a series of mini-indexes that make it easier to access information about surnames on this site that are associated with indigenous, Metis or mixed-heritage individuals. Each post below serves to organize the  information that is currently scattered about the site. There are frequent updates. Continue reading

November 30, 2020 Posted by | . | , | 8 Comments

List of Metis Surnames of Ontario

SPRING   2022

75+ Metis marriages added weekly to Canadian Marriage Extracts.

Metis & mixed related posts added regularly to Surname Anchor Posts.

Dozens of new census records added to  ON Census 1901  and  ON Census: 1921


This index is a list of links to information about Metis surnames that are present in Ontario and which originated primarily with the Metis of western and central Canada. It’s under development and is intended to be a Finding Aide to any information on this site that relates to the Ontario Metis. Most of the surnames are derived from the official Metis Nation of Ontario project, but I’ve also added a few from more recent generations.  




SURNAMES IN ORANGE Continue reading

June 18, 2019 Posted by | . | , , | 8 Comments

Index: A Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life, Trades & Professions

A Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life, Trades & Professions | First French Canadian Settlers of Quebec

Some years ago I was combing through the discarded books at my local library when I was lucky enough to come across this wonderfully illustrated volume called Les Anciennes Familles du Quebec. I used it for several years with my students as they worked on family history projects and I’ve decided to share it with readers of this blog because I think it could be very helpful to other teachers of Quebec history as well as to those of you writing your own family histories. Continue reading

November 9, 2018 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Main Index: Native – First Peoples – Metis [Canadian Census Extracts]

Core Index: First Peoples Genealogy and History

Surnames: Mi'kmaq (Micmac), Malecite (Amelicite Maliseet), Inuit, Algonquin. Ojibway, Cree, Six Nations, Oneida, Iroquois, Mississauga, Tuscarora, Chippewa, Metis, Montagnais

This is part of a constantly updated larger project to locate surnames carried by Canadian Natives, First Peoples and Metis. In this series of posts, I list Continue reading

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Core Index: Historical Postcards

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Regional Indexes


Main Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Main Index: Vintage Postcards of New Brunswick Continue reading

May 4, 2013 Posted by | . | Leave a comment

Index: Native – First Peoples – Metis [Canadian Marriage Extracts]

Main Index: Native/First Peoples/Metis Surnames | Census Extracts

Core Index: First Peoples Genealogy & History

Native First Peoples Metis Marriages

Each indigenous people of Canada has their own written and oral historical knowledge  to draw on when researching their family trees. Unfortunately, for non-indigenous family historians who believe they might have First Nations bloodlines, and who are not connected to a particular indigenous group it can be difficult to even know where to start to trace their lines. Continue reading

January 6, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , , , | 151 Comments

Main Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec



Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec is a series of micro-posts containing information I’ve collected over the years about many of Quebec’s earliest settlers. The list is not comprehensive. It contains surnames from my family trees and other family trees I’ve worked on as well as surnames that appear in my First Nations, Metis and Mixed-heritage projects. Continue reading

March 25, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 109 Comments

Bruneau, Bruno | Cree, Metis, Mixed-heritage: Cree, Chipewyan | Surname Anchor Post

Index:  Indigenous, Metis & Mixed-Heritage Surname Anchor Posts

Each of these posts is dedicated to one surname that is carried by someone connected to indigenous, Metis or mixed-heritage people in Canada.  Please be aware that it’s a synthesis of the information I’ve collected in my personal research throughout the years and is by no means complete!


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May 2, 2022 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment