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Genealogy and Vintage Postcards



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Evelyn Yvonne Theriault (http://acanadianfamily.com).


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  1. Hello,

    I am doing a PhD dissertation on the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. I was wondering if I could have permission to use a picture of the “50th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway” from your website?

    Daniel Macfarlane

    Note from Evelyn: Answered privately, permission granted.

    Comment by Daniel Macfarlane | September 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. Both of your sites are absolutely fantastic! I am researching the Robert Levesque family and would love to be able to include information and pictures from your sites. i will be glad to include the requested acknowledge in hopes that anyone who sees the additions will visit your web sites.

    I live in Nevada USA and will never get the chance to visit the Canadian country of my family. I am also related, distantly of course, to Pierre Tremblay. I am so grateful for your virtual trip. Thank you so much. i am going to send the links to both my sister and brother so they too can take the trip.

    Again, may I please use some of your info and pictures on my Ancestry Tree. It is a public tree. Thanks again Loretta Tingle (email available but removed to avoid spam) (PS the email address honors 29 years of active service as a volunteer and was initiated by my husband David.)

    Comment by Loretta Tingle | October 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. Looking for information on my father’s side of the family , his name was Reginald Nelson he died March 3 2008. Looking for who his parents were and the rest of the genelogy . Thanks !

    Comment by Barbara Fletcher | January 9, 2011 | Reply

  4. Hello,

    I am a journalist for Kahnawake’s paper The Eastern Door. I write a weekly column called ‘Blast from the Past’ in which I find old photos of Kahnawake and/or its people and tell a story behind it. It’s kind of like mini history lessons for the community.

    I was wondering if I could use some of your photos of the vintage postcards?

    Thank you,
    Brittany LeBorgne

    Comment by Brittany LeBorgne | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. I would like to use your battle at Riviere ouelle story and attach it to my ancestor noted at ancestry.com; boivin and dube (perhaps others).

    Note from Evelyn: Permission to copy first paragraph and link back to article – granted.

    Comment by Lynne MacLean | March 16, 2011 | Reply

  6. Hello,
    I am research my family genealogy and saw that my 7th Great Grandfather, Nicholas Huot St. Laurent’s name appeared on your site. I am asking your permission to copy the image of Land Owners on the St Laurent. I will show proper ownership of the document as you have requested. You have done a wonderful job! Thank you so much for all the hard work and information you have provided.


    Comment by Michelle Huot | March 19, 2011 | Reply

  7. Hello,

    I appreciate the background provided on my family’s history (Harvey). There is a wedding picture of my mom and dad on your site. Is this considered as a postcard? If so, I am wondering if you asked for my mother’s permission to do so?


    Billy Harvey

    Answered privately

    Comment by william harvey | April 24, 2011 | Reply

  8. Hello,
    I discovered the “acanadianfamily.com” site today 18aug2011 after entering a google search for Anctil+Kamouraska+PQ.
    The Anctil history leads me to believe very strongly that these Anctils may be my ancestors. I was so excited at the find that I’m afraid I saved a copy of the plaque image “Anctils in North America” before I later stumbled upon the need for permission. I do apologize.
    I believe I may be related as follows: Noel Anctil + Modeste Levesque > son Noel Anctil dit St Jean > son (by marriage to Sophie Leclerc) named Paul Anctil dit St Jean > son (by marriage to Aurelie Morel 1876) named Ovide Anctil (my maternal grandfather). Ovide married Bernadette Blais (b. St Nazaire-d’Acton, PQ) in Nashua, NH, USA in 1923. They had (2) daughters >
    Marie Solange Therese Anctil (my mom) and Rita Anctil.
    Paul Anctil died in 1931 in Mont Carmel, Kamouraska, but his wife Aurelie (Orelie?) died in Manchester, NH in 1933 (in the home of her daughter Marie Anctil Plourde.) Aurelie is buried
    in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Manchester, NH in the Plourde family plot.
    From what I’ve heard of Ovide, having no desire to continue life as a “fermier”, he slipped into the US around the age of 15-16. He worked for many years in the textile mills of Manchester, NH. He became a naturalized US citizen.

    If there are Anctils still living in the area of the first Anctils, I would very much like to know.
    I hope to visit the Riviere Ouelle area some day.
    Susan Rheault

    Comment by susan rheault | August 18, 2011 | Reply

  9. Would like permission to save a copy of postcard picture of village of Ste-Anne de la Pocatierre and include in my family tree info – specifically to associate it (as an image) with my ancestor Noel Dit St-Jean Anctil who was supposedly (I haven’t verified) born there in 1773. I will include cross reference link as requested if permission is granted. Thanks – Sue in NH,USA

    Comment by susan rheault | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  10. Hi,
    I’m a web programming student in Montreal and I need to create a web site about postcards. Can I use the image of the working dog and the ste-catherine street? I will create a link to your blog.
    Thanks in advance,

    Replied prvately

    Comment by mmromeromaria romero | May 26, 2012 | Reply

  11. Evelyn, what a wonderful site you have created. We just returned from La Pocatiere and Riviere-Ouelle. I wish I had found your site before we left.

    My husband’s 7th great grandfather was Andre Mignier dit Lagace as were several other landowners shown. I am asking your permission to copy the image of Les Premiers Concessionaires de La Pocatiere. I will show proper ownership of the document as you have requested.

    Comment by Tina Fritz | June 21, 2012 | Reply

  12. Hi Evelyn,
    I’m a student genealogist (UofT) and at the same time, also researching my own heritage. I’m a direct descendant to Pedro DaSilva (I’m the granddaughter of Clement Sivret (#181)) and am asking to please borrow your research. I wish to borrow some of this tree (mainly the direct ascendants and their spouses) from your research to merge it to my own. Every item used will naturally be cited back to you and your webpage as the source. This is mostly a personal project and not for profitable purposes.

    Thank you for considering.

    Comment by Laura Beaudin | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  13. IHi Evelyn,
    I have family connections with Robert Brown Scott and posess some letters sent him and from his daughjter Lizzie which were sent to my ancestors in Scotland. I would like your permission to include a copy of your photo of Scotstown 1906 in my family tree.

    Comment by Catherine Badrick | August 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Catherine,
      I am researching Robert Brown Scott and am interested in your tree. Please contact me at lizzymey@gmail.com

      Comment by Liz | January 11, 2014 | Reply

  14. Hello Evelyn,
    May we please have your permission to use your beautiful painted nativity scene as our official Christmas card?
    Many thanks and best wishes.

    Comment by Renata Fazzolari | November 22, 2012 | Reply

  15. Yes – in fact I do not own the copyright to this painting as it is a reproduction which dates to before 1923 in Quebec and may be used for non-profit purposes.
    Merry Christmas,

    Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | November 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Hello

      In fact in Canada the 1923 rule is not relevant. It is only applied in the USA. In Canada a picture taken by a private photographer is becoming public domain 50 years after the death of the author. For a picture authored by a corporation, it is 50 years after the picture was taken unless the majority shareholder of the corporation is a real person. The rule for individual author is then applied.

      If the original picture is in a museum or an public archives collection, the picture is still public domain and can be reproduced freely but it has to have a credit to the collection it is copied from.

      Unless an individual personally owns a picture or a postcard, posting pictures scanned from an archives or copied from any internet site do not grant any copyrights to the scanned or copied pictures (even if it took years of research to find). The only credit that applies are the one from the original “owner” (museum or archives) as these pictures are public domain.

      Comment by Yves Sévigny | January 26, 2014 | Reply

      • Thank you for your comments, m. Sevigny. It’s always great to obtain extra details about copyright law as it pertains to Canada in particular.
        I am very proud to have my collection of original postcards. It was a great pleasure to collect them.

        Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | January 27, 2014 | Reply

  16. Thank you and merry Christmas to you also. Renata

    Comment by Renata Fazzolari | November 25, 2012 | Reply

  17. I would like permission to use the postcard with Lipton’s Teas and the reverse side with the message sent to a young lady in Halifax for my community page, Vintage Halifax, on Facebook.

    Comment by Rosalind Whelan | November 26, 2012 | Reply

  18. Ms.Theriault;

    Your information has been most helpful to me. Joseph Ward and Sarah Frigault are my great grandparents. Could you please direct me to your sources the information you obtained?

    Comment by Dik Thurston | December 7, 2012 | Reply

  19. I am editing the lettesr of my uncle who died in 1917 of wounds suffered at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. One lengthy letter details his train trip across Canada on the way to Halifax, The train travels through Riviere du Loup, and would like to include your vintage post card of the bridge at Rivier du Loup. . If I don’t find a publisher, I intend to self-publish for my kids. I would ensure that there is proper attibution. Please let me know whether you are agreeable to my use of the photo. Thanks. Tom Goodman, Stonewall, MB.

    Answered prvately

    Comment by Tom Goodman | December 9, 2012 | Reply

  20. Hi Evelyn,
    I found your site while searching for entries on Dominion Park. I have a collection of German postcards on my family history website (www.napp-family.ca) and one of them was from my great aunt and uncle who moved to Montreal (http://www.napp-family.ca/papers/postcard/post080-80.htm). I will be adding another link to your information if you don’t mind. I am also tracing my M-I-L’s family history from the Gaspe; She was born in Cascapedia Quebec. Do you have any info?

    Comment by Monica L. | December 24, 2012 | Reply

  21. My 9th great grandfather Louis Bolduc was suppose to be the first bolduc pioneer in Canada, Im looking for all information i can find.

    Comment by stephanie harden | May 15, 2013 | Reply

  22. Hi,

    The Quebec Forest History Society is working on the next issue of his journal which is due for the next spring. The main theme for this issue will be « Cities, Villages and Forest ».

    According to this issue, we would like to claim the rights for an images on your website. This is this one :

    This image would be use in the article of Mr. Jean-Paul Gilbert, The Pulp and Paper Industry : His influence on the development of cities in Quebec. Of Course, the name of your website will be at the bottom of the images.

    The Quebec Forest History Society is a non-profit organization which his mission is to produce and diffuse cultural content for everyone, for young people to specialists in the domain by highlighting the forest history of Quebec.

    Do not hesitate to visit the website of the Quebec Forest History Society (which is only in french, sorry) to have more information about our activities. Also, feel free to ask some more about our the next issue of our journal.

    Thanks in advance,

    Roy Dussault
    Quebec Forest History Society

    Comment by Roy Dussault | January 29, 2014 | Reply

  23. Hi Evelyn!

    You have a wonderful site! You have great photos, too. Can we use one of your Kahnawake Pow Wow photo in our thesis of Akwé: Kon guidelines? It will only be published in theseus.fi-sites which is a publication archive of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

    Annika and Elina

    Request approved

    Comment by Annika | April 4, 2014 | Reply

  24. Hi may I post a text from your research on my FB page on Meloche’s fire? Many thanks. Also do you have any other historical documents mentioning Métis in Lower Canada by any chance? Thnak you so much for your blog and consideration. S.

    Comment by Seb | August 29, 2014 | Reply

  25. Hi Evelyn,

    You have a fascinating site, so much Acadian history in once place. We are based at the University of Waterloo conduct bog restoration research at the Shippagan peatland, and have found the public archives a little scant on photographs. I saw the scan of your postcard – https://acanadianfamily.wordpress.com/2009/01/31/vintage-postcard-shippegan-peat-moss-new-brunswick/ and would like to repost it on our research site page about Shippagan – http://www.wetlandshydrology.com/shippagan-nb-canada.html with your kind permission, if you could let me know, it’d be much appreciated.


    Comment by James Sherwood | November 6, 2014 | Reply

  26. Hi Evelyn,
    I would appreciate if you would post on your blog within the next month or so and at your convenience, information on an upcoming conference for all your followers of French Canadian descent.

    The Quebec Family History Society presents Roots 2015 – An international conference on family history in Quebec June 19-21, 2015 at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest English language genealogical conference held in Quebec. Featured speakers are Gary Schroder, President of the Quebec Family History Society; Lesley Anderson, Teacher and Consultant with Ancestry.ca; Edward Zapletal, Publisher, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History Magazine; Ed McGuire, President of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogy Society; Glen Wright, Author and Lecturer; Johanne Gervais, Computer Specialist and Genealogist; Deborah Robertson, Librarian and Genealogist; Lorraine Gosselin, Lecturer and Genealogist; Marilyn Gillespie, Professional Photographer; Luc Lepine, Author and Military Historian; and Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, Historian and Archivist with Bibliothéque et Archives Nationales du Quebec.

    For further information and to register go to http://www.qfhs.ca/cpage.php?pt=174

    Thank you very much for your consideration,

    Best regards,
    Johanne Gervais – Quebec Family History Society – Marketing

    Comment by Johanne Gervais | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  27. Hi,
    You and I share this whole line except my great grandfather was the brother to yours. That is Jean Baptiste Therriault & Adele Soucy. I am doing the genealogy for my personal use (hoping the rest of my siblings will grasp it one day. I hope that you will let me copy from you information and photos. Thank you in advance. Deborah Wilson

    Comment by Deborah Wilson | February 4, 2015 | Reply

  28. Evelyn: I am researching the Bernard family from Calumet Island (1800’s) and I see you have posted information for a Patricia Longpre…baptismal record regarding Marie Angele Bernard with voyageur father Jean Baptist Bernard and mother Catherine McKlener. Why? Are you indicating that Catherine of native descent? I have tried to find this baptismal records with no luck. Where did you locate it? Thanks ever so much. Noreen Kruzich (btw I love your website)

    Comment by Noreen Kruzich | May 26, 2016 | Reply

  29. Dear Evelyn,

    Apparently my comment disappeared or where never posted correctly, so I’ll try again.

    Im writing from a danish documentary production company. We’re very interested in using this picture: https://acanadianfamily.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/scotstown-fr.jpg?w=536&h=344 in your documentary. It will be seen a few seconds in a photo collage. We kindly ask for your permission.

    All my best

    Sophia Jacques
    Bullitt Film

    Comment by Sophia Jacques | January 18, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello!
      Yes, you may use the Scotstown picture in your documentary.
      Evelyn Theriault

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | January 18, 2017 | Reply

      • Dear Evelyn,

        Thank you so much. We really appreciate it.
        I have little question about the Canadian law of copyrights – maybe its not the same as in my country, but how do you own the rights of the postcards you find? Normally in my country, the rights of a photo is own by the photographer or the company who published the photo or postcard. Thank you so much in advance 🙂

        again, thank you.

        All my best
        Sophia Jacques

        Comment by Sophia Jacques | January 20, 2017 | Reply

  30. Bonjour Mme Theriault, je suis coordonnatrice de production et recherchiste sur une série documentaire qui sera télévisée cette année sur les ondes de Radio-Canada, région Ontario. La série porte sur la Premiere Nation Wahgoshig qui occupe un territoire au bord du Lac Abitibi. Un des participants dans notre émission est historien Anishinabe, et il explique l’historique de cette nation et les traditions des Algonquins. Notre réalisateur aimerait utiliser des images d’archives pour illustrer ses propos. Une image trouvée sur votre site web l’intéresse beaucoup. Il s’agit d’un groupe de missionnaires en bateau sur le lac Abitibi. Veuillez m’expliquer les démarches pour obtenir la permission d’utilisation, et une copie haute résolution de cette image. Merci d’avance, Louise Philippe, Productions Testa Inc. et Histoires autochtones Inc.

    Comment by Louise Philippe | February 3, 2017 | Reply

  31. Hello Mme Thériault, as I mentioned in my previous message, in French, I am working on a documentary about Wahgoshig First Nation. My director is interested in the picture of missionaries in a HBC boat on Lake Abitibi. Do you have a process whereby you grant permission and offer high res scan of the image? thanks! Louise Philippe, Production Coordinator and Researcher.

    Comment by Louise Philippe 416-716-0681 | February 8, 2017 | Reply

    • Bonjour!
      I’m sorry couldn’t respond more quickly.
      I do not own an original copyright on the image. What I own is the photograph I’ve taken for my site of the original postcard which I own.
      The postcard seems to be pre-1930s image, so I’m free to use it for non-commercial purposes.
      If you believe you can use it for your project, I will find the original this weekend and rescan it for you.
      Evelyn Theriault

      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 10, 2017 | Reply

      • Bonjour Evelyn, thank you for your response. Sounds as if you have an extensive collection! My producer would like to know if you have any information about the origins of this post-card? Also please let me know the cost for your scan and permission to use the scan. We have a standard release form I can send you for you to sign and send back to me by email. I look forward to hearing back from you, thank you! Louise

        Comment by Louise Philippe 416-716-0681 | February 13, 2017 | Reply

        • I will get the postcard out of storage on Saturday.
          I never charge for their use for this type of purpose.
          I’ll contact you via email when I locate the card.
          Evelyn Theriault

          Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 15, 2017 | Reply

          • Thank you! Any info on the provenance of the post-card would be useful for us, and we will try and track down the ownership, if any still exists. As for the scan, is it possible to scan it to 600 dpi?

            Comment by Louise Philippe 416-716-0681 | February 16, 2017

          • Hi Evelyn, did you find the photo last Saturday? If you wrote me an email, it didn’t reach me. Please feel free to also contact me by phone, or text message as well. Many thanks, Louise

            Comment by Louise Philippe 416-716-0681 | February 24, 2017

          • I did not find it last weekend – will check again tomorrow and get back to you either way by the afternoon at the latest!

            Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 24, 2017

  32. Merci! Thanks!

    Comment by Louise Philippe | February 24, 2017 | Reply

  33. Dear Evelyn, do you have hope that you will find the original of that photo soon? I am sorry to trouble you with the task, I imagine you have many photos in your archives. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss. Have a great day!

    Comment by Louise Philippe 416-716-0681 | March 1, 2017 | Reply

    • Hello, I’ve pulled out my box of northern postcard.
      Is this the postcard you’re referring too?
      If so then I’m sorry but as the credit at the foot of the post states, this postcard is from the following collection:

      1. BNQ, Lake Abitibi, First Peoples guides accompany Catholic missionaries in birchbark canoe

      Lac Abitibi (Canada), “Un départ en chantant”, canot d’écorce transportant un évêque, quatre missionnaires et leurs guides
      Accéder à l’image (basse résolution)
      Commander l’image (haute résolution)
      Imprimer la notice
      Lieu de publication :
      Lieu indéterminé (2 135)
      Description :
      1 carte postale : n. et b.
      Lieu représenté :
      Abitibi, Lac (Ont. et Québec)
      Contenu :
      Cartes postales (26 299)
      Cote :
      CP 021571 CON
      N° de notice :


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | March 2, 2017 | Reply

  34. Hi Evelyn, thank you for looking into it for us! I will contact BANQ directly & I will let you know how it goes.

    Comment by Louise Philippe 416-716-0681 | March 2, 2017 | Reply

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