Project: Filles à marier

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Welcome to the Filles à marier Project!


In New France, men outnumbered females six to one, prompting officials to aggressively recruit women in France willing to enter into marriage contracts and then make the voyage to settle in the new world.

Between 1634 and 1663, 262 filles à marier or “marriageable girls” emigrated to New France. They were recruited and chaperoned by religious groups or individuals who had to assure and account for their good conduct. In general, they were poor, although there were some members of the petty nobility among their ranks.

A sub-project of the Quebecois Project

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How to Participate

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Mission

The mission of the Filles à Marier project is to create, source, connect, and improve profiles and free-space pages related to Filles à marier. They came to Nouvelle-France between 1634 and 1663.

Goals

  1. Create profiles for all the Filles à marier.
  2. Find profiles already on WikiTree that should be managed by the project.
  3. Merge duplicates into the lowest numbered profile, using G2G to discuss LNAB issues as they arise. Be sure to tag the discussion with the surname(s) of the profiles involved as well as Filles_a_marier.
  4. Project-protect the final profile, if it meets Project Protection Guidelines. A Leader can help with this.
  5. Appropriate categories added, discussing with the Categorization Project as necessary for creation of categories without precedent.
  6. Biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help).
  7. Attached family meets these goals, even if they are not part of the project (templates excluded).
  8. Attached to the main WikiTree family tree (ask the Connectors Project for help).
  9. Free-Space pages built to represent important events and linked with associated pages.
  10. Nothing created without respected sources added-no Ancestry or other trees!

To Do List

  • Add profiles to WikiTree following our lists.
  • Find valuable sources for profiles in need of sources.
  • Write biographies of profiles

See Quebecois Project page for guidelines on names, both personal and for locations.

Help us improve our profiles !

Our Lists of Filles à marier

Here are our lists of "Filles à marier" and their profiles:

Surnames A-K

Surnames K-Z

Template

The Project Box {{Filles à Marier}} is used for protected profiles (PPP) and managed by the Project Account only. As "Filles à marier" have been the first european women to migrate to New France, all profiles will be PPP. They are about 260 profiles.

Filles à marier
... ... ... is one of the Filles à marier
Join: Filles à marier Project
Discuss: filles_a_marier

Copying this code{{Filles à Marier}}will add the Project Box to the profile.


French version is{{Filles à Marier|lang=fr}}

Filles à marier
... ... ... est une des Filles à marier
Join: Filles à marier Project
Discuss: filles_a_marier


The Project Box will automatically add the profile in the Category: Filles a Marier.

Categories

All "Filles à marier" should have the Project Box that will automatically categorize them in their own category Category:Filles_a_Marier

We also have different categories for places in "Canada, Nouvelle-France" for profiles up to 1763. The Category: Canada, Nouvelle-France has over 100 sub-categories to receive the profiles. If the category is missing, just ask and we'll create it for you.

Bilingual Biographies

We support bilingual biographies.

Citations for sources should be inside ref tags. <ref name = xxx>citation</ref>. When using the same citation, we can use <ref name = xxx />.

Simple example of a bilingual biography using the tags.

Who were the Filles à Marier

In New France, men outnumbered females six to one, prompting officials to aggressively recruit women in France willing to enter into marriage contracts and then make the voyage to settle in the new world. With the conditions in France such that a girl of poverty, without a dowry, or a widow, was unlikely to be selected as a marriage partner, the opportunity to emigrate offered hope for a better life. As an additional inducement the women could refuse to take the vow of marriage if, upon meeting with their potential husband, she found him to be lacking in character. The marriage contract would be annulled, thus making her available for a suitor. This option for a female to reject an arranged marriage was perhaps the first time a society elevated women above chattel.

Peter J. Gagné[1] has defined the qualifications to be considered a fille à marier as follows:

  • Arrived in New France before September 1663
  • Of marriageable age (12 thru 45)
  • Married or signed a marriage contract in New France, or have signed an enlistment contract
  • Not accompanied by both parents
  • Not accompanied by or joining a husband
Footnote
  1. Before the King's Daughters: The Filles à Marier, 1634-1662 by Peter J. Gagné. Pawtucket, RI: Quinton Publications, 2002. pp 13-38

Filles à Marier Resources

NOTE: This site does have copyright notice on it, so copy/paste as is should not be done. Also, proper source citations are required, including date of consultation and link to relevant page.

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