Welcome to the Quebecois project

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Hello all, do you have an interest in people born in New France between the start of the colony of Canada (in St-Lawrence valley) and 1763 when France ceded its territory to England?  Then join our project.  To do so, answer this question so a leader can award you the badge, and follow the instructions on this page:
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Quebecois

There are 2 sub-projects also, which may be of interest to you:

The ''Filles du roy'' (daughters of the king): https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Filles_du_Roi

The ''Filles à marier'' (marriageable girls): https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Filles_%C3%A0_marier
asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Danielle Liard G2G6 Pilot (160k points)
retagged by Isabelle Rassinot
My Great Grandfather spelled his last name Plant, the English Spelling. I was told that he was bilingual. I recently discovered that his father, my G-G-grandfather spelled his last name as Plante, and that he did not use his proper first name of Jacques but went by Joseph and was born in Quebec, son of Ignace Plante.
hi Duane, convert your comment to an answer, and welcome to the project.  Crossing borders indeed does strange things to spellings, yours is mild.  As for the given name, my own grandfather's name was actually Oscar, but he didn't like it so went by Joseph.  Boys had Joseph included among their given names on baptisms during a certain period, as girls had Marie included.  And the very concept of ''middle name'' doesn't exist in French, they are all given names, just so you know.
Thank you Danielle,

Of even more interest to me is the fact that my G-Grandfather would work on his farm in Ontario from snowmelt until the crops where brought in and then head up into northern Quebec and work as a teamster in logging camps, this of course being in the 1920s and 1930s.
oh yes, not unusual, logging was mostly done in winter, no heavy equipment like today, so the trees were brought down either by rivers, floated down, or else on sleds over snow.  Easier than dirt roads that.
Isn't it just amazing how "crossing borders" changes spellings.While this comment does not actually belong in this project, it does provide more evidence for how spelling changes happen. My husband's family name is Petepiece (one of the several variations currently used). His ancestor came to Canada (Lanark County, near Ottawa) from Sligo, Ireland in the 1820s. We were certain this was no Celtic Irish name but the origin was a mystery. We very recently discovered the first ancestor in Ireland was a Huguenot named Henri Richard Petit-Pierre, a Belgium-born Frenchman who was among the Protestants encouraged by England to emmigrate to Ireland in the 1700s in an effort to control and suppress Irish Roman Catholics. He settled in the Sligo area in 1737 and it was his great-grandson who came to Canada in 1829. Within just two generations in Ireland, the name rather quickly evolved from Petit-Pierre to a more 'anglicized' version and distant relatives still residing in Ireland usually spell the name Petipiece. Mystery solved!
My father was Orville Steven Ethier.  His ancestors were all French-Canadian except for a bit of Ojibwe from the Red River in Manitoba.  All settled in the Little Canada - Centerville - Hugo area in Minnesota.

My large tree is on Ancestry.com so if you are on there search for Orville Steven Ethier and you will find it.  I have over a thousand DNA hits on Ancestry.com through my father, but only a few fully-proved through my Irish mother.

I will bring my entire tree to WikiTree when I get the chance.  A bit booked-up just now.

I was in Quebec a few years ago and photographed many pages of text of church records in St Linn thanks to a man named Yves.

I also shot many headstones in the relocated St Linn graveyard and graveyards in St Jacques and St Alexis.  All are on Flickr.
Hi Phil,

you have to be a member of Wikitree to be part of our projects.  If you do transfer your data here, be aware that there are enormous numbers of profiles already present in our shared tree for French Canadians from the New France era, and since we want a single profile for each person, you'll have to check before making duplicates, easy to do searches.
Today I am working on the Coulombe family in our tree and want to learn more by joining and getting this badge.  My husband's family covers the US and Canada so I'm looking for more information.

Hopefully I can contribute something to the information found here.

Sincerely,

Rebecca

Hi Rebecca, convert your comment to an answer on here, and our leader will get you your badge soon.  Please read over the various guidelines on the project page to get you started off right.  laugh

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I would like to join the project.

Thx

Louis
answered by Louis Gendron G2G Crew (380 points)
Bonjour Louis, bienvenu au projet, notre chef te donnera ton écusson bientôt.
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I would like to join the project. My ancestors from Quebec are mostly Beaupres who married Bezzos. Two Bezzo brothers married two Beaupre sisters. Some of my tree as I have it now, (at home) is a mess. Really want to straighten it out before putting it on WikiTree.
answered by Lynne Sims G2G5 (5.2k points)

Hi Lynne, welcome to the project.  

There's an André Beso, born on 28 November 1794 and baptized the following day Notre-Dame-de-Montréal:

"Québec, registres paroissiaux catholiques, 1621-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-899W-D3F9?cc=1321742&wc=9RLV-BZ9%3A16470801%2C23492102%2C31348901 : 16 July 2014), Montréal > Notre-Dame > Baptêmes, mariages, sépultures 1786-1795 > image 703 of 795; Archives Nationales du Quebec (National Archives of Quebec), Montreal.

According to PRDH, he and several of his brothers (Jean François, Jean-Baptiste, Michel, Etienne, and Joseph) disappear from the records in Québec after their baptisms.  I wonder if he matches what you've found. 

Hello Greg,

I think this might be my Andrew. I have two possible birth dates for him, one of 1794  from a supposed bible entry now lost and one of 1787 from census records. He had a brother Jean Baptiste. Andrew and Jean show up in Charlotteville and marry Sophia (Andrew) and Julia (Jean) Beaupre. The other brothers I don't know about. Would someone be willing to translate the baptism record for me? I don't know French. This is a very exciting find for me!

Thank You, Lynne

Usually the easiest way to get help with these sorts of things is to post your question to the G2G, adding as much background you have and being sure to add the quebecois tag to your post.  The Québécois team is pretty helpful and active in answering these sorts of questions (breaking down brick walls, translating church acts, etc.).

By the way, if I'm correct about his origins, then his likely paternal grandparents already have the following profiles: Noël Bezeau and Marie Marguerite Hotte.

There's another André Bezeau born in Québec city and baptized in ND on 26 Oct 1790, son of Charles and Josephe Bilmer dite Blondin (Bellemer on one record).  He marries in 1819 in St-Nicolas to Théophile Françoise Élisabeth Bambridge (yeah, quite the succession of given names).  

The one above born in 1794 is son of Michel and Marie Josephe Vallière.
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I am interested in this project.
answered by Darlene Roy G2G Crew (730 points)

Hello Darlene, welcome to the project.  With a name like yours, definitely sounds like you belong.  laugh  Lots of Roy or Leroy in the tree already.  Our leader will award you your badge soon.

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Yes, I am very interested in finding more information on my French-Canadian roots. Please add me to this project.
answered by Barbara Petepiece G2G1 (1.1k points)
welcome Barbara, our leader will give you your badge soon.
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Hello,

My 4th great-grandfather was Germain Michaud b 1755, married Marie-Rose Lebel b 1757 in Kamouraska. I live in USA and we spell our name Micheau.

I have some family geneaologies on paper and I am using Ancestry.com. Let me know if I can be helpful.
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Hello Suzanne, welcome to the project, our leader will award you your badge soon.
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New to WT and am happy to join.  Thanks!
answered by Edward Laboe G2G Crew (320 points)
Hi Edward, welcome aboard.  Our leader will get you your badge soon.
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Hi! I have just this year discovered my birth family, and lo and behold my birth mother’s side is all québécois back to New France. It’s been great to be welcomed into a new family, discovered a brother and two sisters I didn’t know I had, as well as cousins, aunts, uncles.  I’m interested in joining this project to continue exploring my own new roots and to help others.

Greg
answered by Greg Clarke G2G2 (2.2k points)
Hi Greg, welcome aboard.  Our leader will get you your badge soon.
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My 8th GGrandmother, Marguerite Francoise Moreau, was a fille du Roi.  I would like to join the project.
answered by Clyde Perkins G2G Crew (660 points)
hi Clyde, welcome to the project.  Our leader will award you your badge.  Pleasse take a look at the guidelines on the project page, covering both personal names and place names.  Also, be aware when going up your tree that there are many profiles already created for the era.  Since we only want a single profile per person, please do a search for them before creating new ones, prior to 1750 would be a good time frame to use for searches.
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Please include me in the Quebecois_Project. With seven generations, starting with Olivier Charbonneau, I have been researching decades to complete our family history in Quebec. It would interest me in assisting with those present profiles to improve the French Canadian trees.

Regards,

David
answered by David Charbonneau G2G1 (1.1k points)

hi David, and welcome cousin.  laugh  Our leader will get you your badge, meanwhile, if you haven't already done so, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines on the project page.

Thank you for including me in the Quebecois_Project. I am excited to learn more about my ancestors in the St_Eustache region before they migrated into the Adirondack region of New York State in the mid !800's. This will help me assist others with their French-Canadian searches in the future.

Thanks
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Hi, Danielle, I guess I never asked for the badge!  It would be nice to officially join the project.

Thanks cuz!
answered by Cindy Cooper G2G6 Mach 2 (29.2k points)

Really Cindy?  Well good that you are asking for it now cousin, our leader will get it to you as soon as he can.  laugh

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Yes, I am very interested in those first settlers of New France. I come from many of those first settlers and I think I last counted 15 of the ''Filles du roy'' and I haven't counted the ''Filles à marier''. I have strong French Canadian lines on both my father and my mother's side. My father's name Beaudoin and my mother's maiden name Benoit. Some of the other surnames in my family lines are: Beauchamp, Bricault LaMarche, Brien dit Desrochers, Chapeau, Chauvin, Chevalier, Deziel dit Labreche, Fournier, Herbert dit LaCompte, Hunault, Hurteau, Janot dit Belhumeaur, Marcoux, Letartre, Pelletier and many many more.

answered by T. Beaudoin G2G4 (4.5k points)
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Yes, I am very interested in those first settlers of New France. I come from many of those first settlers and I think I last counted 15 of the ''Filles du roy'' and I haven't counted the ''Filles à marier''. I have strong French Canadian lines on both my father and my mother's side. My father's name Beaudoin and my mother's maiden name Benoit. Some of the other surnames in my family lines are: Beauchamp, Bricault LaMarche, Brien dit Desrochers, Chapeau, Chauvin, Chevalier, Deziel dit Labreche, Fournier, Herbert dit LaCompte, Hunault, Hurteau, Janot dit Belhumeaur, Marcoux, Letartre, Pelletier and many many more.

answered by T. Beaudoin G2G4 (4.5k points)
hello T. Beaudoin, welcome to the project, our leader will award you your badge soon.  With those family names, likely we are cousins to some degree.  Please review the guidelines on the project page, and before you create new profiles prior to around 1750, please do a search, a lot of them are already on the tree.  We only want a single profile per person.
Thank you Danielle,

I am on that! lol  I have been searching as I add and have adopted profiles that already exist. Been working on adding good resources and bio to those orphaned profiles. Have a lot of work ahead in this area.
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My paternal grandmother's line is 100% Quebecois, & she married a man who had just emigrated from SW France.  She is a product of Labelle and Thivierge.  I haven't known about this ancestry very long so it's still very foreign to me, but it is fascinating.
answered ago by Susan Wemett G2G Crew (800 points)
hi Susan, welcome to the project, our leader will award you your badge soon.
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Hi

My ancestors are French-Canadians, Acadians, Quebecois, if it's french and in Canada my ancestors are more then likely there. I enjoy researching and helping others. Slowly but surely I'm adding to my tree, I tend to get caught up in researching people. I have no problem communicating with others when things need to be changed or merged, I consider this Wiki tree to be important as well as remembering and honoring our ancestors.
answered ago by Melissa Greenwood G2G2 (2.8k points)
hi Melissa, welcome to the project.  Our leader will award your badge soon.  Take a look at the guidelines on the project page for both place and personal names.
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I have deep roots in Quebec and would like to be included in this project.

Roger LeBlanc
answered ago by Roger LeBlanc G2G Crew (330 points)
Hello Roger, welcome to the project, our leader will award you your badge soon.

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