The L’Oiseau Bleu (bluebird) magazine was published by Quebec’s St-Jean-Baptiste society during the first half of the 20th century. Its romanticized images of early Quebec history were produced for Quebec schoolchildren and young people. This is a selection of their covers that depicted canoes.
A message from Steven Lemire
I’m going out on a limb here .. But I’ve been told I have 2 Mohawk grandparents.. I’m working with these following surname’s (Pilote and Tessier) . My grandfather is Francois Xavier Tessier. I can not find much on them at all. I’ve been at this for 5 years now.. And now hoping to dig alot deeper. I’ve viewed all the surnames listed on this site and can’t really find any matches. So maybe the myth of my Grandparents has been solved. But any help or good direction would help. I tried Ancestry .ca. But nothing at all.. Thank for any reply or information…
Many people begin tracing their family history when they want to prove/disprove a family belief – in your case that of Native heritage. In the vast majority of cases that I’ve examined, there is a kernel of truth in family oral history claiming native descent, however it is commonly only one strain and it frequently comes through a female who married into the line. For example, if you look at your maternal Tessier line below you have many generations and in each of these generations each wife has multiple generations leading back, any one of which could provide evidence to support (or not) your family’s belief.
So if you are looking for Native roots the approach I recommend never varies.
Track your generations back one-at-a-time.
Record each generation in a family tree program.
As you complete a lineage do methodical online searches by names/region.
You will need patience to tease out this information – and I hope that in the meantime you will enjoy the wonderful history you discover along the way – such as your descent from the 17th century French Canadian settlers Mathieu Tessier and Marguerite Carrreau (see below).
Valmore Lemire (son of Lucien Lemire and Juliette Fleurent) married Henriette Tessier (daughter of Francois Continue reading
Jacques de Laporte/St-Georges | Nicole Duchesne
September 3rd, 1657
Louis Laporte de Louvigny | Marie Nolan
October 26th, 1684 Continue reading
Beauvais St-Gemme, Jacques | Soldé, Jeanne
January 7th, 1654
Beauvais Bouvet St-Joseph, Joseph-Xavier, Jacques | Desnoyers, Marie-Josephe
February 21st, 1757
Beauvais Variations or associated surnames
Atientonko – Bauvais – Berlinguette – Bigones(s)e – Bigunese
Coderre – Crenet – de Beauvais – Delisle – Emery Continue reading
This headstone memorializes Sose Oserase (aka John Deer) who was one of more than 30 Caughnawaga Ironworkers who perished in the Quebec City bridge collapse of 1907.
Of possible interest
The central Quebec region of La Mauricie region includes the major cities of Shawinigan and Trois- Rivieres as well as several smaller centers.
The Bas-St-Laurent includes several regions where my ancestors lived including the Kamouraska, Matapedia, Matane, Rimouski, Riviere-du-Loup and the Temiscouata.
St-Joachim Church of Chateauguay
This St-Joachim church (with its two central symmetrical windows, bell tower and oval window) dates back to the 1770s. The Chateauguay area had already been settled for 100 years. so this was not the first religious structure. Charles Lemoyne had been granted the seigneury of Chateauguay in 1673. We know that in that earliest period there had been a St-Joachim chapel on Ile-Ste-Bernard and that by the 1730s there was a wooden church built near the present site on Youville Blvd.
Interested in the Traditional Foods of New France/La Nouvelle France? Check Out Montreal’s Chateau Ramezay Museum
An early twentieth century view of Montreal’s Chateau de Ramezay.