source site for clergy in New France and later available

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For those interested in clergy, whether male or female, priests, nuns, monks, in New France and later, the following site is devoted to them.  Finding funerals is usually quite arduous for these people, since for those in religious orders, such usually had their own registers and cemeteries, and with people taking a religious name on profession of vows, not always easy to know who is whom.  The site requires registration, but there is no fee for such or for consultation of its database.  

Note that if a name has an accent in modern usage, one has to enter the name with the accent to obtain results.

in The Tree House by Danielle Liard G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
Very tedious to use. I finally found the surname on page 400 or so and there were only a few of them there. The family name and the parents were listed, but not the nun's name I was looking for? I copied the name of the nun from my mother's entry card into the US. There is also a priest's name listed with the same surname.

These two religious were my mother's relatives and they were her contacts in Canada when she emigrated to the US. My best bet is to just go on the Canadian Archives as I have done in the past and type in what Information I have. If i don't find it that way, I will email the Archives in Fredericton as I have also done in the past. Have gotten great results that way.

This site does not bring you directly to the person you are searching for. It took a good hour to finally get to the BRI's - yikes.
hi Jeannette, from what you describe it sounds like the person you were searching for was fairly recent, not sure if she moved to the US?
Great point? Yes, I even met them in 1947 when visiting Canada with mom and my 2 sisters. They were in the Cathedral in Montreal and were known as the 'grey' nuns! I have many sisters, priests and brothers in my mother's family!

I do know that there are nuns who took care of the lepers! I will look that up; but don't know what their names were? Could be the surnames of my great, great, etc. grandmothers? Will check soon.

Thank you for your prompt reply,

you have to keep in mind spelling variations when searching, particularly if there was a border crossed by your family at some time.

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Hello Danielle: Merci beaucoup, thank you very much for this link. What a wonderful site. I probably would not have found this on my own. There are many from the Labossière family. On a quick search I see many from the list in Pere Alphonse Claude-Labossiere's 1957 book.  This will be a very useful site for me.  I hope they expand it to include the clergy of New England.

by Jim LaBossiere G2G6 Mach 1 (16.4k points)
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Hello Jim. I am glad to hear this site is helpful to you. We have been receiving several good comments because I think it does fill a real need for those who wish to complete family information.
We do have some folks from United States in the database, mainly from New England as this is where many French-Canadian families went to work in factories.
Now that we have publised the site, we do encorage people to send us any missing information or new brothers, nuns and priests not in the database.
We sure would appreciate your contributions if you would like to.
Best regards,

For 'è' press Alt key and type 0232 as in for example Alt Codes for Windows.

Merci énormément André, ce site répond à un besoin réel pour ceux qui sont sérieux dans leurs recherches.  laugh

Thank you. I see that I also need NUM LOCK on. Jim
Anyone needing to use accent marks using Windows, especially when composing text, should set up their computer to use the "United States-International" keyboard. Google search for "windows" and "United States-International" and "keyboard" and you should find instructions. Once this is set up you can shift back and forth between a regular keyboard and the international one.
Another approach (maybe simpler, specifically if you only need to use an accented character occasionally) is to left-click on the "Start" button in Windows, and type the command "charmap" . This brings up a table of characters and letters, including the accented chararacters used in French. You can then left-click the accented character you want, click the select button, and then scroll over the character and click "Ctrl-C" (to copy to the clipboard), then go where you need to add the character and click Ctrl-V (or Shift-Insert) to insert the character. Clear enough ??  LOL. Thank-you, Bill Gates
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Real Blessing for research .. Great tips Danielle .. Th'xs Andre Morel ..

by Gerald Baraboo G2G6 Pilot (777k points)

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