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Simard |  Metis, Cree, Montagnais Mixed-heritage: Cree, Montagnais | 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.



  • Purpose:
    • The goal of these Surname Anchor Posts is to answer these questions: Based on settler documents, has my surname ever been associated with indigenous people in what is now called CanadaIf so, where and when did it occurAnd finally, with which specific peoples was my surname associated?  Note: These posts are just a Finding Aide to help you continue with your own in-depth research. This project is constantly updated but will never be complete 🙂
  • Regions:  
    • These are the regions where the Simard surnames appear in census and/or marriage documents.  Regions: Manitoba, Quebec, Western Canada.  Note: Please see the Census District section down below for links to posts with more location-based information.
  • Ethnicity:  
    • These are the ethnicities recorded for the Simards in census records as well as Metis scrip and marriage documents.  Ethnicities: Metis, Cree, Montagnais Mixed-heritage: Cree, Montagnais.   Note: Please see the Census District section below for links to census posts that list ethnicity by location.
  • Associated surnames:
    • These are the surnames of Fagnant, Fayant and Faillant spouses. Note: Please see the Marriages section down below to reach posts containing my marriage transcriptions.
    • Blackburn, Clark, Cochrane
    • Dallaire, Duberger,  Filion, Gagnon
    • Hervieux, Kennedy, Kent
    • McLeod, Murdock, Seymour, Sinclair
    • Tremblay, Vollant.
  • Misc.:
    • This is where I place scattered bits of information from my Archives.
    • 1. The earliest Western Metis Simards are French Canadian Louis Simard and his Metis wife Betsy Cochrane.  
    • 2. One branch of the Western Simards changed their surname to Seymour. I have not examined Seymour recores yet.
    • 3. My marriage database contains both Innu Montagnais First Nations individuals as well as mixed Montagnais / French marriages as listed in a study by the Communauté Métisse du Domaine du Roy et de la Seigneurie de Mingan.  Some mixed French/Montagnais descendants self-identify as Metis.




Selkirk  |  Seymours (aka Simards) in Unorganized Territory q-3  (1901)





BENA   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]


BLAN   [CDN Marriage Extracts]


D …    [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]


F  ….   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [QC]


MOBE   [CDN Marriage Extracts [QC]


SAUN  [CDN Marriage Extracts] [MB-QC-Western Metis Scrip]


SIMO   [CDN Marriage Extracts] [MB]






Main Index: Canadian Census Extracts by Region & by Nation

Index: Canadian Marriage Extracts in Alphabetical Order

Index: First Nations and Metis Surname Lists



French Canadian Pioneers: The Simards of Quebec




December 13, 2020 - Posted by | . | , ,

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