A Canadian Family

Natives, French Canadians, Acadians

ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME

I’m Evelyn Yvonne Theriault, a teacher who lives near Montreal, Quebec. I belong to a wonderful family so I’ve combined my  love of family and history into one hobby – genealogy. This site is a place for me to share:

  1. my family genealogy and history information
  2. my findings related to Native American genealogy (primarily Quebec but also Eastern Canada).
  3. my vintage postcard collection of images related to Quebec and New Brunswick.

 

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  1. Hi Evelyn! Thank you do much for sharing your info. I live in Colorado and have mostly all French Canadian roots. I’ve been doing light research for a few years. It is so interesting to me. I plan on going to the Hudson, Vaudreuil, Shefford and Brome areas for library or history society research. My family names are Mallet, Davidson, Fleury, along with other names I haven’t worked to much on yet. I am stuck in finding my ggg grandfather’s parents about 1830. I believe it may have been a Joseph Mallet of Vaudreuil, as he lived with him in 1851 census, but have no church or civil records of his name.

    My question is where would you advise I search next on my Mallet side for birth record of an Octave Mallet of 1830?
    Also, my Fleury line can be quite confusing, I am from Alexander J Fleury in NH, who I believe may be from Brome county Quebec. I do not know where to go for more records for him. Any guidance or direction would be appreciated. Thank you so much for your blog site!
    Lisa Millette

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    Comment by Lisa Millette | June 18, 2013 | Reply

    • If you could give me the name of the wife, or his parents, Joseph Mallet Vaudreuil, I could more easily do some research for you. There was a lot of Mallet in this region and Joseph was a common first name at that time.

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      Comment by Serge Veillette | July 31, 2013 | Reply

      • Hello again, I am still trying to find the parents of Octave Mallet. He married Sarah Davidson in 1858 at Wyman Methodist Church in Hudson area, Quebec. The first I find of him is in the 1852 census of Vaudreuil Quebec. A clue may be that on their marriage certificate, the witness for Octave is a Francois x Mallet.
        Any help will be much appreciated! Thank you!

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        Comment by LMillette | November 7, 2014 | Reply

  2. Your work is amazing. I can’t imagine how much time and effort has gone into making the indexes I looked at. It’s a true gift to the genealogy world. Thank you!

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    Comment by Tammy Lough | April 22, 2015 | Reply

  3. Hello. My name is Alison. Im trying to figure out if my mother and her late mother(s) are Mi’qmaw. My great grandmothers lastname is ashley. I believe her maiden name is moore; elsie moore. She lived in Verdun and this was what she had told her daughter as well as my mother. I also know Moore is a Metis lastname as well. Do you know of any way to help me narrow this down? Thank you

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    Comment by Alison | February 17, 2017 | Reply

  4. I think my great grandfather is Joseph adelard pitre you speak of. 1911 Bathurst nb census.

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    Comment by Christina Smith | March 9, 2017 | Reply

  5. Hi and thank you for so much info. On your “Caughnawaga Census 1921 | Households 181 – 200” I had left a comment that the census does not match with the Two Axe. My great grandfather was with his new wife by this time and the age doesn’t match. Are you sure of the census date? I have other info to back that up and can provide. Just wanted to know as I think the census if from prior to the date listed.

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    Comment by Dan | April 13, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello Dan,
      I saw your comment but haven’t had a moment to go back and check the original image or my transcription. Will try to get to it in the next day or two. I am presently moving a lot of records onto the site and will go back when I have a moment.
      Have a nice day,
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | April 13, 2017 | Reply

  6. Hello, I am trying to confirm if my gr gr gr gr grandmother was from the Abenaki. The problems are there are many branches of Abenaki. She (Marie Bruneau 12.18.1798 – 1837) was born in Germignon Ville Eure et lar. All of the google links come up to dead ends. Any suggestions for me please?

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    Comment by Jennifer Lessig | April 29, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello Jennifer,
      Germignon is a town in France. If you are thinking you have Abenaki relatives perhaps you can leave the series of couples going back starting with your generation and see f someone picks up on it!
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | April 30, 2017 | Reply

      • Hi Evelyn, thank you for responding. I went back to my notes and that Marie I listed was one from my notes while searching. The Marie Bruneau listed in my family tree was born in Canade in approx. 1809, no death date. Her parents are listed as Louis Marie Phillipe Bruneau (8.15.1771 in St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. D 6.3.1839) and mother was Marie Isabelle Louise Bader/Madere (7.28.1772 Vercheres, Quebec).
        Marie and Pierre Guion (Dion) were married 1.10.1826 and had Emelia Genevieve Dionne (Emily Dion) (1833 – 10.6.1896. She died in Providence, RI, USA) and their daughter was my great great grandmother (Cecile Noel. b 1870 Bolon, Canada and died 3.11.1958 in Meriden, CT, USA).
        Do you have any other resources I might be able to check? Thank you for your time!

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        Comment by Jennifer Lessig | April 30, 2017 | Reply

        • This is the best all-around resource to check genealogical lines in Quebec.
          http://www.bms2000.org/en
          Best of luck with your searching,
          Evelyn

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          Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | April 30, 2017 | Reply

  7. Thank you.. I will go there soon. I have just realized that she may not be Abenaki, but one of the other tribes. My grandmother can not confirm which tribe she may be from. I appreciate your time!

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    Comment by Jennifer Lessig | April 30, 2017 | Reply

  8. Hello Evelyn,
    I feel I can ask. My paternal grandfather is Noe Legault 1881-1938, born in Papineauville, Qc son of Louis Dani Legault and Hermeline Brayer dit St Pierre. I am hoping to find a paper stating he was registered at an indian reserve, as his branch of the Legault tree had lived in what is now Oka, and they moved to Ripon (papineauville area), and I don’t know which, if they registered with any tribe. How do I find out? I have searched many days/hours. Thank you

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    Comment by Aline Legault | April 30, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello Aline,
      I notice that the 1901 census registers Noe and his parents as French-Canadian. As such, I’m not aware of any registration that they could have on a reservation.
      If I’ve misunderstood please let me know 🙂
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | April 30, 2017 | Reply

  9. I Evelyn Yvonne. I just saw a picture of the father of m’y grandmother Arthur Gendreau. I saw that the picture was send by Brian o’hara. I think we are in the same family. My grandmother is sick and she talk a lot about is family. I Want to know if it’s possible to talk to him for maybe exchange picture. My grandmother have already show me picture of is family House. The one in the picture.
    I don’t know if il will be possible but I take a chance. We are from Montréal.
    Thank you.

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    Comment by Marie-Josee | May 22, 2017 | Reply

  10. Hi Evelyn:
    I just came across your genealogy site and found an ancestor of mine. His name is Pierre-Edme Thuot Duval. He was married to Marie Fournier. Apparently Pierre-Edme was the first Duval to immigrate from France to New France, Quebec. I have been researching for about 15 years now and have quite a bit of info on my ancestors. I even went to Tonnerre, France where he was born and have photos of the Church where he was baptized. I would love any info you have on Pierre-Edme and his descendants. Unfortunately I can not speak or read French, even though I have the Duval name.

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    Comment by Jim Duval | June 18, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      I added some information to the Duval Pioneer post based on your previous request for information but re-reading this query I realize you must already have that information. I would recommend you correspond directly with the Fishier Origine people as they will have seen the original documents. The researcher for the Duval name is listed as Pierre Le Clercq.
      The website url is:
      http://www.fichierorigine.com
      Good luck,
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | June 26, 2017 | Reply

      • Thanks very much for this info Evelyn. It’s very much appreciated. I’ll see if I can get in touch with Pierre Le Clercq.

        Jim Duval

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        Comment by Jim Duval | June 26, 2017 | Reply

  11. Hello, I would love to connect with you I have family from Restigouche New Brunswick my Grandmother was born there she was a Leblanc, Emma or may have gone by Rose Emma in 1900 so interested in this!!

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    Comment by Amanda Mazza | June 27, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello Amanda,
      Please leave the name of your grandmother’s husband and her parents if you have them.
      thank you,
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | June 27, 2017 | Reply

  12. Hi, Evelyn. I had posted a few months back in regards to research of my great grandmother’s family. I am now concentrating on Marie Therese Portelance dit Roy 26 dec 1719 – 20 May 1800, trying to confirm she is the mother of Marie Anne Hubert (1735-1798) but also that she was Algonquin.
    Thanks again.
    Jennifer Veillette Lessig

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    Comment by Jennifer Veillette Lessig | June 27, 2017 | Reply

    • Good evening,
      Do you have her the name of Marie Therese’ husband? And/or marriage information?
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | June 27, 2017 | Reply

      • married John Baptiste Hubert in Oct 1740 or 1741. Marie was supposedly born in St Nicolas, Levi. Someone had sent me a link that states she is “thoroughbred Algonquin” although the information seems to be contradicted as well.
        Here it is: http://forum.autochtones.ca/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2630&start=30

        Thank you so much

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        Comment by Jennifer Veillette Lessig | June 27, 2017 | Reply

        • Hi Evelyn, I hope you are having a good weekend. I had replied to your response above and hoping to confirm the nationality of Marie Therese Portelance dit Roy. I included a link that I was sent from someone, but not sure the validity of it. Thank you,
          Jennifer

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          Comment by Jennifer Veillette Lessig | July 22, 2017 | Reply

          • OOPS – so sorry Jennifer I thought I had left the response.
            I did visit the site and read through the posts. As you say the information is contradictory. The notion of the Native ancestry seems to be based on oral histories and other anecdotal references but not what we would consider documentation. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be true but there is no support for it.
            One of the commenters is Dominique Ritchot – a well regarded professional researcher and is not supporting the idea of the Native ancestry in this line.
            Hope that is helpful,
            Evelyn

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            Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 22, 2017

          • Yes it is, thank you

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            Comment by Jennifer Veillette Lessig | July 22, 2017

  13. hi Evelyn; Can you tell me anything about the surname Collins and whether it is a French Canadian name ? It would be from the Ottawa area. It could be Metis as well. It could also be from around the Outaouais

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    Comment by Sue | July 20, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      1. The surname Collin can be French Canadian. I will make a post about that tomorrow for you.
      2. A quick look at the 1911 census shows the surnames Collin and Collins among Ontario Ojibway for sure.
      For further help you would need to give me one or more couples to look for.
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 20, 2017 | Reply

      • Collin surname post here –
        https://acanadianfamily.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/french-canadian-pioneers-the-colins-of-quebec/
        For further help, please send me the couple you are looking for.
        Evelyn

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        Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 21, 2017 | Reply

        • Hi Evelyn; I found a baptism record for the person we are looking for, and the couple who are the parents are: John Collins and Suzanne Sauve. This is from the bms2000.org database. The parish was St-Jean-Baptiste in Ottawa. I am actually not sure how to proceed further. I can’t find anything else. Thanks, Sue

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          Comment by Sue | September 23, 2017 | Reply

  14. Hi Evelyn,
    I am trying to understand how your site works! I am actualy trying to trace my native heritage. Do I only write the name in the search box?
    Thank you.
    Nicole

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    Comment by Sozie la fourmi | July 22, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello Nicole,
      On this site I am slowly compiling native surnames based on marriage documents, census returns and other historical documents. The list is not complete but serves as a Finding Aid for people who believe they have native or Metis ancestors and are not sure of the geographical location.
      You can place the surname in the Search Box but it sometimes comes up with a lot of different types of information. If you have a specific idea in mind you can leave your query here in a comment box. I may be able to help you or a reader may have information.
      Good luck,
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 22, 2017 | Reply

  15. Hello Nicole,

    Like all the others am researching the Lagace family. I was really happy to find the following information on your site……….

    Lagace / Mignier, Andre | Arsenault / Arseneau, Virginie

    Married: 1857 Bathurst Gloucester NB CAN

    Could you please tell me how you got the information on their marriage because I have been looking all over and have found nothing. Also would you happen to have any information (documentation) on where Andre was born and his family (mother, father etc).

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    Comment by Michael Williams | July 26, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      The information in that old post is extracted from my fully-sourced Legacy database which was lost after a computer crash.
      All the information is sourced from reputable sources, so in this case I’m presuming it’s from Ancestry.com (the actual records not the family trees) and I don’t presently have a subscription.
      The only thing I can mention – and you may already realize this – is that the Lagace/Mignier spellings at Ancestry.com are a real mess so it can be really difficult to find them.
      Good luck with your search,
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 27, 2017 | Reply

  16. Hi Evelyn, I am a descendant of Rene Ouellette. My branch of the family ended up in Windsor, Ontario. Great Grand parents Alfred Ouellette and Emma Chaput.

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    Comment by Orville Reeves | July 28, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      it’s nice to hear from you!
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 28, 2017 | Reply

  17. I really appreciate the work you have done on the descendants of Ebenezer Ward and Mary Gray. They are my direct ancestors. There is some additional information on #50, Joseph Ward and his relationships you can see on FamilySearch.org by going to Joseph’s record, ID LZ8B-T7C. I have researched my great grandparent’s vital information extensively and, as you will see, much of it is well sourced. I hope this is useful to you.
    Regards; Dik Thurston

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    Comment by Dik Thurston | August 16, 2017 | Reply

    • Thank you very much for the comment!
      I will certainly go there when I get a moment – and also if you ever want to write an article for this site I’ll be happy to publish it 🙂
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | August 16, 2017 | Reply

  18. All of the Caraquet headstones, Leger, Godin, Landry are my grandparents.

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    Comment by JR Boyle | August 29, 2017 | Reply

    • Nice to hear from someone else with Caraquet roots. Mine are with the Theriaults 🙂 and allied lines of course. Although my 19th century Theriaults moved to Bertrand nearby as well.
      If ever you need information I have Fidele Theriault’s Les Families de Caraquet.
      Have a nice day,
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | August 29, 2017 | Reply

  19. Hello,

    My name is James C Beaudoin. My Father is Alton C. Beaudoin, My Grand father is Samuel Beaudoin.
    My father was born in Whithall NY in 1913. Samuel was born in Whitehall in 1885 or 1886. His wife was Ema Ashley.
    My Father had 2 siblings. an older brother and a younger sister who both died in 1917 of influenza. His parents split up and my father was placed in an orfaniage in Troy NY where he stayed for about 10 years so he new very little about his ancestry. The only thing he new is that his ancestors came from Canada and he was French and India he believes they were from the three rivers area .
    In his life he was a pro boxer with 74 fights, 72 wins and 2 losses. After his boxing career ended he attended the merchant marine acadamy in NY. After he finished he went to sea for 9 years attaining the rank of 3rd mate. When ww2
    broke out was forced out of merchant marine so he joined the Army were he was scout. He was awarded 3 Purple hearts and a bronze with a cluster.
    I would like to know how to track down our ancestry.

    Can you help me?

    Regards.

    James C Beaudoin
    P.O. Box 76 Chester Ct. U.S.A.
    area code 06412

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    Comment by james c beaudoin | August 31, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      You have some great information here and an interesting family history but it is a challenge to work across borders!
      You state that your grandfather was Samuel Beaudoin and that he was born in Whitehall in 1885 or 1886. I take it you don’t have access to his birth record with parents’ names? Is this date taken from census records?
      Also, was the Samuel Beaudoin-Ema Ashley marriage a Catholic one? If so, at least here in Quebec the parents’ names are listed.
      It would be great to have this, obviously, because you might have the crossing papers from Canada into the United States of his parents.
      General Information in case you’re unaware:
      1. Three Rivers is officially known as Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
      2. Beaudoin is also spelled Baudoin and Beaudouin (among other ways!)
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | August 31, 2017 | Reply

  20. Anyone know of lists of names of native structural steelworkers from Caughnawaga in the early 1900’s. I know my grandfather and his father worked on structural steel. Great Grandfather died in Quebec bridge collapse in 1909.

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    Comment by Glenn mcDonald | September 4, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      I don’t know of any one single list. The best thing to do would b to leave the names of your great grandfather, grandfather and father so that I can publish it as a post and see if anyone leaves information.
      Also, if you don’t already have it, I could go photograph the Caughnawaga Memorial which has the names listed. I had actually done this a few years back but lost all the information when my previous computer crashed.
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | September 4, 2017 | Reply

      • Grandfather was Louis Jocks a structural steel worker who died I Houston Texas in 1966. Born 9/15 /1888
        Great grandfather was Thomas Baptiste Jocks who died in the1907 Quebec bridge collapse. Born 12/4/1859
        Great Great Grandfather may also have been a structural steel worker , but not sure,
        Was Louis Baptiste Jocks. I don’t know his father. Born 1833

        All from Kanawake. Would like to know more.
        Particularly, who hired the steel workers.

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        Comment by Glenn mcDonald | September 23, 2017 | Reply

        • Hello; To the person looking for the company that hired the steelworkers, I used to work in a federal government library in Ottawa, and I saw a book that was an inquiry into the Quebec bridge disaster. It got sent to the National Library of Canada. It might have some names of companies in it. Sue

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          Comment by D | September 23, 2017 | Reply

  21. Hi Evelyn,

    I was wondering if you’d managed to find anything on Louis Soriowano or if you know who might be able to help me? Sorry to keep bugging you!

    Nicole Vincent

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    Comment by Nicole Vincent | September 22, 2017 | Reply

    • Sorry, still haven’t come across anything
      Evelyn

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      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | September 24, 2017 | Reply

  22. Hello. I am at a dead end for a great grandmother, they were living in NY and RI in late 1800s but the spouse was born in Canada. Pierre Ferrier (b1825/6-1899 born to Francois Regis LaFerrier (1791-1850) and Marie Julie Giroux (1799-1854). I am stumped as to find Pierre’s wife. We have her name as Marie Louise Chalut (approx. dates 1830-1873) but she’s listed on marriage records as Theresa and again as Louisa Charlow. Any, ANY information or direction you may have on this Marie Chalut would be appreciated. I have them married 1848 in Woonsocket, RI, so I realize you may not be able to research into US. Thank you for your expertise. ~Jennifer

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    Comment by Jennifer Veillette Lessig | September 22, 2017 | Reply


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