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Index:  A Portrait Gallery of Traditional Quebec Life

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  1. Hey.. So glad to find your site. One day when time permits I’ll find those Canadian families I’ve done some research on. They are both for friends of mine I’ve done work on.

    Glad to meet you.



    Comment by gtownma | January 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi Evely,
    I love your site! It’s good to meet another Acadian blogger. I’m sure I’ll visit it often.
    Thanks for the Kreative Genealogy award; it’s a lovely icon!
    My LaBauve/Breaux Genealogy website is at


    Comment by Lynn | February 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Googled Theriault Lanteigne together looking for an early marriage and found your site. Great history and knowledge shared. Appreciated by all . Please contact me, I have a request


    Comment by Dan Lanteigne | March 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Je suis aussi un mordu de généalogie.

    Je suis en train de travailler sur la généalogie d’une lignée de Lagacé dont les ancêtres sont Joseph Lagacé et Elmire Pierrocini.

    Un de leurs descendants possède un magasin de vélo à Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines et je lui ai dit que je ferais des recherches pour trouver le lien entre lui et André Mignier dit La Gâchette.


    Comment by Pierre Lagacé | May 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. Bonjour Pierre,
    Je suis contente de rencontrer un’autre Lagacé!
    J’ai visité ton site “Nos ancetres” http://nosancetres.monblogue.branchez-vous.com/ma_page.php et j’ai trouvé tres interessant ton idée de te concentrer sur une place (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec). Malheureusement, ce type de discipline me manque complètement!
    Evelyn in Montreal


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | May 1, 2009 | Reply

  6. J’ai complété la recherche concernant la famille Pieroccini

    Ce patronyme change pour des Sini

    Vous retrouverez les résultats de ma recherche sur monforum à l’adresse suivante : http://vosoriginesyourroots.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1836&start=0

    Denise Pelletier


    Comment by Denise Pelletier | October 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. Bonjour,

    Je viens de trouver votre site. C’est formidable. Je vous demande la permission de me servire de quelques photos cartes postale de Caraquet qui seront inclus dans l’historique de mon époux Conrad Gionet. Je ne ferai aucun abus de vos droits d’auteur. Merci.
    Patricia Marcotte


    Comment by Patricia Marcotte | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. Bonour,
    Je viens de trouver votre site. C’est formidable. Je vous demande la permission de me servir de vos photos cartes postales de Caraquet qui seront inclus dans l’historique de mon époux Conrad Gionet. Je n’abuserai pas vos droits d’auteur. Merci
    Patricia Marcotte


    Comment by Patricia Marcotte | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  9. Bonjour Patricia,
    Je suis contente de rencontrer quelqu’un de la famille Gionet et suis contente que mes photos peuvent vous servir dans votre historique pour votre epoux.
    S.v.p. n’oubliez pas d’inclure toujours la reference:
    A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection, http://acanadianfamily.com


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  10. Hello,

    I have been trying to do some of my wifes family tree for some time now, she is from Montreal area (repentingy) I have alot of hand me down info from her grand mother but its mostly word of mouth.

    I live out in San Diego and was wondering what is available online for searching in those areas.


    Note for David – I’ll contact you this evening when I get back home.


    Comment by David | January 14, 2010 | Reply

  11. Bonsoir Evelyn,
    Merci d’avoir répondu à mon message. Je cherche toujours les ancêtres Patry, pas facile,… C’est au tour de Charles Patry marié à Célanie Filion de me donner des problèmes, Si vous avez de l’Info. ce serait très appréécié, merci gros!!!


    Comment by claudette | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  12. I am looking for information about Marie Louise Deneaul, born 1838 in Caughnawaga, Roussillon, Quebec. She was either my great-grandfather’s (Maxim Raymond) sister-in-law or his mother. (Pihpe’ or who gave the info for his death certificate may have skipped a generation). The Raymonds and ancestors lived for generations in the La Prairie – St. Constant area.
    I have a picture of him and some of his children on my Facebook page. He said he was part Native; but that it was his great-grandmother.

    George M Johnson
    Charlotte NC

    Note from Evelyn: Will reply privately


    Comment by George M Johnson | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  13. je suis en train de travailler sur la généalogie d`une lignée bernard fidéle,mariée a marquerite arsenault dans Île du prince eduard, si vous avez de l`info ce serait trés apprécier merci


    Comment by brigitte | September 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Brigitte..do you have an approximate date for this couple?


      Comment by Lucie | September 19, 2010 | Reply

  14. Hi Evelyn.
    Great site! I found the surname Laura on your Kahnawake surname list. I have been searching for my 3rd g grandmother Margaret Leroy. She married francis Labreche, he was French but raised around Montreal. Family tradition says that there were labreches (also spelled LaBrash) just south of Montreal. I have a tin-type(metal) photo of 2 women, one of them looks native. Since I can’t find any info on Margaret leroy I wondered if she may have been native as there are family traits that indicate this. When I found the surname Laura on your site it made me wonder if she could have come from there although the timeline of my Margaret was c. 1800. Do you know how i could find more info on this?
    Thanks, Richard

    Answered by email.


    Comment by Richard | October 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Richard: I have been searching for information on Peter Andrew Labrash born 1879 in Ontario. His parents are listed as John Labrash and Jane Pemebrton. We have received some information that leads us to think that he was adopted or taken in by this family as he spoke French and looked Native while his siblings spoke only English and did not look at all like him. While searching I came across some information regarding Francis Labrash b. 1789 and Margaret Leroi b. 1790. Did you ever find the genealogy information that you were looking for in 2010 on the A Canadian Family website? Would this information be of value to you?
      Deborah Stevens (my Mother’s maiden name was Labrash)


      Comment by Deborah Stevens | April 27, 2012 | Reply

      • Hello Deborah,

        I have been researching the Labrash tree of Francis and Margaret Labrash for some years. They are my 3x Grandparents.

        In my search I have come across John and Jane (Pemberton) Labrash. I have son Peter ALLAN Labrash, born 5 Mar 1879, Murray Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario (source: Ontario Archives, Births, Microfilm MS929-39, Reg# 020870). He married Harriet Gould (b-1881, Simcoe Co,Ontario) on 31 March 1904 in Parry Sound District, Ontario. (source: Ontario Archives, Marriages, Microfilm MS932-115, Reg# 014825).
        All the best in your research.
        Robert Wm Prentice U.E.


        Comment by Robert Wm Prentice | April 29, 2012 | Reply

        • Thank you, Robert.


          Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | April 29, 2012 | Reply

        • Thank you Robert – I have that information as well – but nothing more on John Labrash or Jane Pemberton, which is why I have started to search outside of Ontario. I have been very lucky finding information for my mother’s mother’s side of her family (Gould), and my husband’s family (Stevens and Henderson) but have hit a brick wall with my grandfather Peter Andrew Labrash’s parents. – He and my grandmother (Harriet) lived in Parry Sound and Hamilton. Thanks again. Deborah


          Comment by Deborah Stevens | April 29, 2012 | Reply

          • I seem to recall having info on John and Jane continuing to live in Northumberland and Hastings Co. I think Jane died about 1895 and John remarried. I think he died in Campbellford, Northumberland Co. I recall some Labrashes buried in the two cemeteries there and I jotted it down, but since John (as yet) not part of my tree, I just filed it away. All this info is from emails sent to me over the years, and i have made no attempt to source it and prove it. I will be in Campbellford next weekend and will take a walk again through the area. But i do believe John and Jane stayed in the area.


            Comment by Robert Prentice | April 29, 2012

          • Thank you for this great information, Robert. At a certain point if you have several pieces of information and you want to, I can publish it as a post so that it’s more visible.


            Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | April 29, 2012

  15. This is just an additional comment I need to make. It was part of our culture to give any one who joined our community ( in the early 1600’s to 1700’s and as late as the 1800’s) a native name. Jesuit priests also received native names. The is well documented in several studies done on Native American People. Some who were adopted by the mohawk nation, became mohawks regardless of their nationality. They were not mohawk, but citizens of the Mohawk Nation. Just as Quebec increases it’s population by inviting different nationalities to gain more Quebeckers. As A Mohawk, I can honestly say that we are not allowed to do this. The Governments probably fear we may rise up and over take them. In the early 1600’s our nation was well over 30,000 in just several villages alone. By the early 1700’s we were almost extinct with several thousand of us left. Mostly scattered throughout Northern Newyork, ontario and Quebec. Small pox infested blankets were given in trade for furs, to the women and children. As well as the firearms that were used to intimidate and kill almost all of us. It’s depressing when you think about it. For an accurate account of life with the Jesuits, read Darren Bonaparte’s A Lily Among The Thorns. Darren is a Mohawk from Akwesasne.
    Toh, Konwahseti


    Comment by konwahseti | October 26, 2010 | Reply

  16. Salutations à vous tous ,

    Pour débuter , donnez-moi l’opportunité de vous démontrer ma gratitude pour chacune des super connaissances que j’ai retrouvées sur cet imposant site web .

    Je ne suis pas convaincue d’être au meilleur section mais je n’en ai pas trouvé de meilleur.

    Je proviens de Saint marys, États-Unis. J’ai 48 années et j’élève deux super enfants qui sont tous âgés entre 4 et 13 ans (1 est adopté). J’adore beaucoup les animaux et je tempte de leur offrir les accessoires qui leur rendent la vie plus festive .

    Je vous remercie d’avance pour toutes les très pertinentes débats dans le futur et je vous remercie de votre compassion pour mon français moins que parfait: ma langue maternelle est le portuguais et je tempte de m’enseigner mais c’est très compliqué !




    Comment by abmanuls3 | March 29, 2011 | Reply

  17. Hello! I am researching my mothers family. She descends from Pierre Charron & Cathrine Pillard.
    I am trying to find more recent family & history, as they all came to Mass & NH, & Vermont early to mid 1800’s. Antoine Charron, his son Louis and a daughter Flavia ( sweeny) are some of my ancestors. Any help would be great.


    Comment by June Roberts SAppier | May 20, 2011 | Reply

  18. Hello I am helping my mother in law research her family we have a photo of 2 ladies together we know the one is her great grandmother Emma Canadian and the other looks to be about a year younger and we were told it was her sister Eliza I have been searching hi and low hoping you can help


    Comment by peggy | August 14, 2011 | Reply

  19. So glad to find you – both because we may have some of the same ancestors and because I also enjoy using postcards to fill out a family history! I look forward to exploring your site even more in the future. Thanks for the extent of your work and your dedication to sharing!


    Comment by Pam | October 29, 2011 | Reply

  20. What a wonderful site to stumble upon. Any suggestions as to where to start researching my wife’s tree. She is a Lacroix dit Langevin who as far as we know have lived in the Lac des Deux Montagnes area. Her dad gave her some basic info before he passed away, back as far as his grandfather. Are there online sources available ?

    Note from Evelyn: Answered privately


    Comment by Dave Harding | January 6, 2012 | Reply

  21. Bonjour,

    I came across your site while researching my family tree. My great-grandfather, Joseph LaPointe (born 1853) married a woman named Mary Jane Lagace, and I’m curious if she may have been a relative of yours. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


    Query answered – will publish soon.


    Comment by Michael LaPointe | January 12, 2012 | Reply

  22. Hello
    My name is William Russell, I am decended from the Roussel of Riviere-Ouelle. I have researched my family tree and I am at a stumbling block. I can not find anything on my gggrandfather Louis Roussel who married Zoe Levesque. I know he is decended from Lambert Roussel and he had a child Arthur Roussel. If you have any information, I would appreciate it.
    Thank You for a wonderful website.
    Bill Russell

    Note from Evelyn:
    Answered privately


    Comment by Bill Russell | January 15, 2012 | Reply

    • Hello William

      My e-mail address is d.pelletier@vosoriginesyourroots.com

      Generation One

      1. Lambert1 Roussel (son of Jacques Roussel and Geneviève Émond). He married Geneviève Simon, 14 juillet 1794 in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse,Rivière-Ouelle,Cté Kamouraska,Qc, Canada (daughter of Jean-François Simon and Marie-Josèphe Ouellet).


      2. i. Honoré2 Roussel.

      3. ii. Maximin Roussel.

      Generation Two

      2. Honoré2 Roussel (Lambert 1). He married Léocadie Bouchard, 14 fév 1831 in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse,Rivière-Ouelle,Cté Kamouraska,Qc, Canada (daughter of Joseph Bouchard and Louise Lizotte).


      4. i. Lambert3 Roussel.

      3. Maximin2 Roussel (Lambert 1). He married Hortense Danjou, 6 novembre 1838 in Rivière-Ouelle (daughter of Joseph Danjou and Thècle Lebel).


      i. Louis3 Roussel. He married Zoé Lévesque, 12 avril 1869 in Rivière-Ouelle (daughter of Zacharie Lévesque and Charlotte Plourde).

      Generation Three

      4. Lambert3 Roussel (Honoré2, Lambert 1). He married Léontine-Caroline Dubé, 15 juillet 1861 in Notre-Dame-de-Liesse,Rivière-Ouelle,Cté Kamouraska,Qc, Canada (daughter of Georges Dubé and Modeste Bérubé).


      5. i. Léda4 Roussel.

      6. ii. Louis Roussel.

      7. iii. Joseph Roussel.

      Generation Four

      5. Léda4 Roussel (Lambert3, Honoré2, Lambert 1). She married Alphonse Vaillancourt, 15 fév 1887 in Ste-Cécile,Bic,Cté Rimouski,Qc, Canada (son of François Vaillancourt and Philomène Caron).


      i. Marie-Louise5 Vaillancourt. She married Aimé Pelletier, 15 juin 1921 in St-Paul-de-la-Croix,Cté Rivière-du-Loup,Qc,Canada (son of Georges Pelletier and Annie Lepage).

      6. Louis4 Roussel (Lambert3, Honoré2, Lambert 1). He married Philomène Vaillancourt, 23 nov 1891 in St-Fabien,Cté Rimouski,Qc,Canada, b. env 1871 (daughter of François Vaillancourt and Philomène Caron), d. 10 juillet 1901 in Ste-Cécile,Bic,Cté Rimouski,Qc, Canada, buried 11 juillet 1901 in Ste-Cécile,Bic,Cté Rimouski,Qc, Canada.


      Comment by Denise | January 15, 2012 | Reply

      • Merci Denise,
        I have contacted Bill privately but will direct him to your email as well!


        Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | January 15, 2012 | Reply

  23. hi great to found this site. my biological grandfathers name was frank g. monick born march 9th 1928. i have found his brothers names and his father n his grandmothers names and years of birth from a census record. what i want is real info. He was murdered in 1974 so i cannot get answers from him.
    I want to know my family history so i can better root my native history and find my family. anyone willing to help me? thnx for your time sincerely heather-strong bear- huizenga

    Replied privately


    Comment by heather huizenga | May 24, 2012 | Reply

  24. Hello,

    I too am of the descendants of Francois Larocque and Marguerite Caplan. I’m looking for the birth or death of John Larocque, son of Charles Larocque and Margaret McKinnon. Charles was the son of Francois Larocque. I miss the information that can say that John was Indian. Please if anyone has information regarding this, it would be greatly appreciated and also might have a chance to meet relatives or descendants from afar. Here are my offspring. I do not know either if Charles Larocque with other children, if it is available I would like to know more
    Francois Laroque and Marguerite Caplan
    Charles Larocque and Margaret McKinnon
    Jean Larocque Larocque and Bridgitte
    Brigitte and Michel Larocque Mallet
    Claire and Michel Larocque Ache (Hache)
    Georges Larocque (my grandfather) married twice. Artemisia is the first and the second is LeBouthillier Louise Larocque (she is my grandmother)
    Larocque and Ida Pierre.J. Chiasson

    Thank you Réjeanne Chiasson


    Comment by Réjeanne Chiasson | August 4, 2012 | Reply

  25. looking for my line of Makon


    Comment by simone m | May 14, 2014 | Reply

  26. Anyone have any information on the Chicoine / Shequen– Vercheres, Quebec, Beloeil, VC, Quebec, Montreal. Thank you.


    Comment by Susan Wakefield | August 6, 2014 | Reply

  27. I stumbled upon this site searching for my g-g-grandfather and low and behold there is an item on him (Auguste McClure and Elise Cote). How and why did this get written into this webpage?



    Comment by Candice | July 8, 2015 | Reply

    • Hello Candice,
      It is in the Evelyn in Montreal series, which means that someone had asked for this information. The query is from someone called Marlaina (possibly a pseudonym) and would have been made at Genforum or Rootsweb.
      I presume that person was another descendant of this couple?
      Hope this is helpful,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | July 9, 2015 | Reply

  28. What a great site! Thank you for all of the information. Is there a link to the 1911 census in a searchable format?


    Comment by L | May 14, 2016 | Reply

  29. HI great information looking for Marie rose Migneault Labrie born 1765 married to jean pierre arsenault 1786 looking for metis blood line the 1861 census has daughter Rose born 1786 as Native American but can not fine the parents blood line hope you can help regards Barb


    Comment by barbara doyle | July 21, 2017 | Reply

    • Good evening,
      I recognize these Acadian lines but don’t see where the Metis blood line is. Where were they living at the time of the 1861 census?
      How have you determined that the Native American “Rose” in the 1861 census is a daughter of Jean Pierre and Marie Rose?


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

  30. My Dad, George Millett had a photo studio in the 500. Block of Verdun Blvd. I recall his santa clause head with cotton beard and flashing red nose! We resided upstairs at 5707. It was over a drugstore. Sugarmans was a grocery store along there. We got sawdust from his place used on the butcher shop floor. We used for the cat litter box! We attended woodland school ,(boys side)! Grandma, grand pa and my uncle were at 804 Melrose. My moms dad, (Sandy Cameron) was killed in an explosion at a veterans hall meeting. He was holding a door so others could escape! I still recall the pipers and the cason and black horse. I still have his medals if the Legon would like them. I’m 75 now n headed to Belize I hope. Vance Millett.
    Virginia City ghost town of Bonanza fame. (Gold prospecting instructor)


    Comment by Vance millett | August 13, 2017 | Reply

  31. I am searching for native link to chrysler family of standbridge qc .Mathias chrysler son Gardner chrysler married Margaret best their children catherine. Tom had native features. Catherine daughter had native features. Chrysler came from Germany to USA loyalist to standbridge qc. Would be very happy to get official information


    Comment by Barb Derick | September 25, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello,
      I’m sorry. I do see the Chrysler/Best marriage in the BMS2000 index but I have no additional information.


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

  32. Hello Evelyn, I have been searching for more information about my maternal grandmother. I am fairly certain she was Algonquin. I have been told she came from the Maniwaki area of Quebec. Her name was Josephine Miness (may have been spelled as Minesse, Meness, Menesse, Mineus). I found a census record for her, but I’m not sure if it’s the same person since it shows her living on the Nedelec reserve in Quebec. Would you be able to help me? I only found out this year through a DNA test that I am part Native American. There is no one in my family left to help me.


    Comment by Sandra | July 23, 2018 | Reply

  33. Hello, I’m looking for information on Charlotte Small and David Thompson . They had children born across Canada while they travelled by canoe and finally settled in Quebec. They renewed their vows and baptized 4 children in Quebec. I’m looking for a baptism record for one of their sons which I believe was born as John Thompson nov 9,1819.. married Isabel Kirkpatrick.. I’m looking for a record that states who John’s parents were . He may have been born in Williams town. Any information would be greatly appreciated


    Comment by Tonya Levick | February 15, 2021 | Reply

  34. Looking for birth certificate for josephine Contois born in 1875 in Byng Inlet


    Comment by tams1980 | April 2, 2021 | Reply

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