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First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

French Canadian Pioneers: The Genests of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

Index: Filles du Roi

GENEST French Canadian Pioneers: The Genests of Quebec


Jacques Genest / Genes / Labarre | Catherine Doribeau

1670 (Ste-Famille, Ile d’Orleans)

[Occ. edge-tool maker]

Catherine Doribeau was a Fille du Roi.

Source: Researchers – Carmen Labarre-Hébert


Pierre Genest(e) / Lajeunesse | Marie-Anne Poitras

August 8th, 1729  Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. mil. canoneer or gunner, troupes de la Marine]

Source: Researchers – Marie Gagné



Variations or associated surnames

Gené  – Genet  – Genette
Janet(te)  – Jenay  – Jeunesse  – Junais
Labarre   – Laberge  – Laliberté


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. The posts are intended as Finding Aides – a place to find possible clues and start your own research!


Filles du Roi   is the name that’s been given to about 700/800 women who emigrated from France to Quebec in the middle of the 17th century. They were called the King’s Daughters because Louis XIV (King of France) had sponsored their trips to the New World. Each Fille received her passage, a hope chest and room and board until her marriage (read further at The Canadian Encyclopedia).

Catherine Doribeau was a Fille du Roi. Catherine was baptised on December 13th, 1650 in Fors (Notre-Dame) (Deux-Sevres) France. Her parents were Michel Doribeau and Antoinette Olivier (see external link below].



Filles du Roy



Related Posts

Index: Filles du Roi 

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

King George Hotel (Genest Hotels) | 1960s(?)

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy & History


First Nations Marriage Records – Genest Surname

DADA …  | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]

PETE …  | Native – First Peoples – Metis [CDN Marriage Extracts]



External Links

Catherine Doribeau | Denis Thievin. 

Troupes de la Marine | The Canadian Encyclopedia

Siege of Quebec | Colonial Troops | Troupes de la Marine  

Blacksmithing (inc. edge-tool making) | The Canadian Encyclopedia 




March 28, 2019 - Posted by | . | , , , , ,


  1. Hello,
    Is there a way you could add Jean Ouimet and Renée Gagnon to your list.
    I have an image and a text in french that I could easily translate.
    Denis Ouimet


    Comment by Denis Ouimet | November 11, 2019 | Reply

    • Yes I could Denis, however you might want to consider having a stand alone post with the information (and a link to it from this post). I will email you later today so we can confer privately 🙂
      Bye for now,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | November 11, 2019 | Reply

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