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French Canadian Pioneers: The Tremblays of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

QUEBEC SURNAMES: Tremblay + Anctil, Tremblay Native Innu Montagnais, Vachon |


Pierre Tremblay | Ozanne Achon

October 2nd, 1657, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. Engage of Noel Juchereau] Continue reading

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They Passed Through Kahnawake: Edouard Bougie and Juliette Anctil

Index: They Passed Through Kahnawà:ke

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The couple Edouard and Juliette Bougie who are found living in Caughnawaga at the time of the 1921 census. might be the couple Edouard Bougie (son of Philias Bougie and Amanda Guillemet) and Juliette Anctil (daughter of Cyprien Anctil and Delima Tremblay) who were married in Notre-Dame-du Perpetual-Secours on May 21st, 1919 in Montreal. Continue reading

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Eglise Ste-Flavie and the terrible fire of 1948

Ste-Flavie’s first church was built out of wood and was in use from the end of the 1840s till the 1880s, after which it was replaced by the larger stone structure that you see in the photo below. This is the church that stood until the terrible fire of 1948.

Eglise Ste-Flavie  (Mont-Joli, Bas-St-Laurent, QC) | Historic image of original church burned down in 1948


A newspaper account from  l’Avantage en ligne explains how the fire started in the Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Anctils of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec


Early French Canadian Pioneers


Jean (Jean-Louis) Anctil / Anquetil / St-Jean  |  Marguerite Levesque

November 25th, 1738, Riviere-Ouelle

[Occ. fisherman] Continue reading

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Allaires of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

QUEBEC SURNAMES: Allaire + Fievre, Therrien LOCATIONS: Quebec (Notre-Dame)

Charles  Allaire  | Catherine Fievre

November 10th, 1663, Quebec (Notre-Dame)

[Occ. Engage]  [Baptismal record]

Source: Researchers – Violette Allaire, Lise Dandonneau

Jean Allaire | Perrine Therrien

November 13th, 1662, Quebec [Notre-Dame]

[Occ. Engage]  [Baptismal record]

Source: Researchers – Violette Allaire, Lise Dandonneau



Variations or associated surnames

Alaire – Aler(e)  – Allair  – Aller(e)

Dalaire  –  Dalere – Dallaire

Halaire – Haler(e) – Laloire

Mongrain – Poulin – Sanasacon – Trinque


This series of Early French Canadian Pioneer  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!



Related Posts

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers of Quebec

Evelyn In Montreal: Parents of Madeleine St-Louis / Billy

Core Index: Acadian & French-Canadian Genealogy & History


External Links

The Engages and Servants in Nouvelle France | Canadian Museum of History 

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French Canadian Pioneers: The Duvals of Quebec

Index: Early French Canadian Pioneers

Duval Family | Quebec Duval Genealogy


Claude Duval / Vinaigre |  Charlotte Harlay

February 23rd, 1716, Quebec (Notre-Dame) Continue reading

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Lagace/Mignier Marriages – A Canadian Family Tree (1) | Lagace/Mignier, Abraham to Bruno

This is the first in a series of posts in which I share marriages extracted from my database (A Canadian Family) where the groom was a Lagace/Mignier who descended from the Quebec pioneer couple Andre Mignier dit Lagace (Soldier of the Regiment Carignan) and the “fille du roi” – Jacquette Michel. The focus is on Quebec marriages from 1668 to 1921 in which the 20th century descendants carry the LAGACE surname (as opposed to Mignier or Meunier) You will also find  a  scattering of New Brunswick, Ontario and U.S. marriages.

As I have discussed elsewhere, the  “Lagace/Mignier cluster of surnames is very problematic for those who are new to Quebec genealogy. It is very common to find a given individual listed, for instance, as a Lagace/Mignier, a Mignier/Lagace, or just Lagace, or a variation of those names (e.g. Lagasse, Minier). In this database the surname was standardized to Lagace / Mignier.

1. SURNAMES They have been standardized and dit names and alternate spellings are frequently included.

2.  NAMES The forenames of Joseph or Mary (Marie) have been dropped.

3.  LOCATIONS Place names have been standardized to reflect Quebec’s current nomenclature and are placed in their respective administrative regions. Beginners take note: Many genealogists use only the original, documented  place names. You’ll need to decide what’s best for you. Continue reading

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