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French Canadian Pioneers: The Duranceaus of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers 

Quebec City pioneers | Duranceau surname | Chateau Frontenac


Pierre Duranceau / Brindamour  |  Marie-Jeanne Frappier

October 21st, 1696, Quebec (Notre-Dame) Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Badeaus of Quebec

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QUEBEC SURNAMES: Badeau + Arduoin, Chalifour LOCATIONS: Marenne, Quebec


Jacques Badeau  |  Anne Arduoin

August 17th, 1658, Marenne (St-Pierre)

[Occ. -]

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Bauchers of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

QUEBEC SURNAMES: Baucher + Desilva Deslyva Dassilva, Grandjean, Paradis LOCATIONS: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Ste-Famille.


Jean (Louis-Guillaume)  Baucher / Labonte  |  Marguerite Dasilva

February 2nd, 1761, Trois-Rivieres

[Occ. military, troupes de la Marine]

Source: Researchers – Archange Godbout ; Lise Dandonneau


Guillaume Baucher / Morency  |  Marie Paradis

October 16th, 1656, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. -]  [Genealogical notes – French]

Source: Researchers – Marcel Morency, Jean-Paul Macouin, Lise Dandonneau


Rene Baucher / Morancy / Sansoucy  |  Adrienne Grandjean

January 8th, 1666, Ste-Famille (Ile-d-l’Orleans)

[Occ. -]

Source: Researchers – Marcel Morency ; Lise Dandonneau ; Jean-Paul Macouin



Variations and assorted surnames

Bauché  –  Bauchet  –  Beaucher  –  Boché
Bocher  –  Bosché  –  Boscher  –  Boucher  –  Larcher
Laruine  –  Montmorency  –  Morency  –  Sansoucy


This series of  Early French Canadian Pioneers  microposts is dedicated to the earliest settlers of Quebec. If you are new to the genealogy of French-speaking Canadians, please be aware that the earliest French settlers can also descend from the Acadian pioneers who originally settled in what are now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In addition, please note that any Native related links refer back to other posts citing census, marriage or other documents with indigenous or Metis individuals of that surname, however those individuals do not necessarily descend from those particular French Canadian settlers. All these posts are intended as Finding Aides – a place to find possible clues and start your own research!



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Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

From Lisbon to La Nouvelle France – the Portuguese Desilvas

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy & History


External Links

Troupes de la Marine | The Canadian Encyclopedia

Siege of Quebec | Colonial Troops | Troupes de la Marine




From A Canadian Family Database

Baucher, Guillaume  /  Lepinteur, Marie
Married: 1728 Caen Normandie FR

Baucher, Jean Desilva / Dassylva Portugais, Marguerite
Married: 2 Feb 1761 Trois-Rivieres Mauricie QC CAN




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French Canadian Pioneers: The Auberts of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Index: Filles du Roi

French Canadian Pioneers: The Auberts of Quebec


 Aubin Lambert dit Champagne | Elisabeth Aubert

September 29th, 1670, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

Elisabeth Aubert was a Fille du Roi (see 2nd note below). Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS Eve in Quebec; quaint, dear, old, historic Quebec. (1879)

The city is looking at its very best as the representative city of a land where snow reigns for a third of the year. Other cities may boast of summer charms, but Quebec, glorious under its summer sun, is enchanting under its winter snows.

All is life and fun and bustle to-night, and the streets, where the snow is so dry with frost that it is kicked before the foot of the passer-by like sand, are filled with crowds of people making preparation for the genial morrow. Fabrique Street and St. Johns are alive with sleighs dashing along the narrow roadway or cleverly creeping up the icy slope past the Esplanade. Continue reading

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History of Christmas In Canada | Canadian Christmas Markets (1874)

My being for a length of time in a town showed me new features of our colonial life which should in vain have looked for in the country. In many respects I might easily have forgotten I was in Canada at all, for you might as well speak of getting a correct idea of England from living in a provincial town, as of Canada by living in the streets of Toronto.

The dress of the people is much the same as in Britain. Hats and light overcoats are not entirely laid aside even in winter, though fur caps and gauntlets, after all, are much more common. The ladies sweep along with more show than in England, as if they dressed for out-of-door display especially; but they are, no doubt, tempted to this by the clearness and dryness of the air, which neither soils nor injures fine things, as the coal-dust and the dampness do in English towns. The most plainly-dressed ladies I used to see were the wife and daughters of the Governor-general. Continue reading

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Christmas in Canada (1870) | “Canadian Life is fast losing its picturesqueness”

Canadian life is fast losing its picturesqueness. Whatever of romance may cling to the life of the woods, or of the shores of the great lakes, the life of towns is growing colourless in its monotony. In Quebec and Montreal everything is European.

There may be a dash of novelty in costume, when winter compels the use of fur cloaks and gloves, fur-lined coats and clumsy boots as a protection against snow; but in the main Paris and London are copied with slavish fidelity. With the exception of the houses, with their double windows, triple doors, and Russian stoves, there are few touches of local colour, and these are growing fainter every year.

This applies, among other things, to Christmas observances. Christmas is kept with great heartiness; but much in the English way. As with us, it falls when winter has reached its intensest point: only, while we sometimes have a mild December, when roses will bloom in the open air, the month in Canada is always intensely cold. Continue reading

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Ste Anne de Beaupre from the Peter Lagasse Collection

Ste Anne de Beaupre Monastery Franciscan Sisters Peter Lagasse Collection
View of the Monastery of the Franciscan Sisters

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Christmas Tide in Canada (1883)


Seasons of festivity, both sacred and secular, have never lacked zealous observance in Canada. The earliest colonists were essentially a religious people. Even when at sea Jacques Cartier was mindful of his calendar, and the great river that was expected to bear the adventurers to far Cathay was named after the valiant deacon who defied the power of heathen Rome.

Something of the crusading spirit as well as chivalry still lingered in the minds of Frenchmen, and even Basque and Breton sailors aspired to share the labors of the missionary. Such men were not likely to allow fast or festival to pass unnoticed. And, as they came of a gay and sociable race, in any plan of life that they might adopt merriment and good cheer were pretty sure to have recognition. Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Forests of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Club La Barriere Prop Forest & Frere


Marin Forest | Marie-Anne Caty

February 10th, 1726, Pointe-aux-Trembles Continue reading

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