Main Index: Native American Names of Eastern Canada (Marriage Documents)
Research Problem: The life history of Quebec and Ontario natives can be notoriously difficult to trace. The first – and perhaps greatest – layer of difficulty for genealogist sand family historians is the late adoption of western surname usage ie. stable family names handed down from male parent to child. This has led to given individuals in certain time periods carrying multiple surnames (native only, native and westernized, westernized).
The second layer of difficulty is that Native surnames were transcribed phonetically which led to spelling variations in various official documents (e.g. between different church registers, census documents, border crossings etc.).
A last difficulty is the varying quality and approaches of the different indexing projects which makes it difficult to access the primary documents (microfilmed records) and cross-check with other indexes.
Goal: To create a Master Cross-Index of Names carried by Natives in Quebec and Ontario during the 18th/19th and 20th centuries sorted by surname variations.
Phase I: A. Transcription of names from marriage registers of parishes that have been associated with Native American populations in Quebec and Ontario. B. Creation of a Master Index that sorts those individuals by surname. Timeline: 2012/2013
To Date – Majority of marriages from Quebec, a few from Ontario & New Brunswick
Last Extensive Update January 2015