Project: Filles du Roi

Categories: Portail Francophone | Pre-1700 Projects | Canadian Projects

Filles du Roi Project
Les Filles du Roi
A sub-project of the Quebecois Project

Our mission is to create bilingual biographies and genealogies for the approximately 750 French women who emigrated to New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673 as The King's Daughters, women sent from France who were specifically subsidized by the king to become wives of the men settling New France.


How To Join

Are you interested in the Filles du Roi Project?filles_du_roi.gif

How To Help

You can check our maintenance categories for profiles that need a bit of extra research or attention

When you are finished, remove the category tag from the profile.

Check one of our lists of Filles du Roi to see which of them still needs a profile. After you add a profile, please input her information into the table.

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

Join Google Group

Since profiles are PPP, we use Filles du Roi Google Group to get changes requests of profiles. Please ask to join the group.


  • List of Active Members and what they are working on. (Active members, please add yourself to this list)

Project Box

For profiles managed by the Project Account and project protected profiles (PPP), we have a bilingual Project Box.

Enter it like this: {{Filles du Roi}} It will produce:
Filles du Roi
... ... ...
is one of the Filles du Roi
Join: Filles du Roi Project
Discuss: filles_du_roi
Enter it like this: {{Filles du Roi|lang=fr}} It will produce:
Filles du Roi
... ... ...
est une des Filles du Roi
Join: Filles du Roi Project
Discuss: filles_du_roi


  • Note: the sticker is not necessary since all are PPP and have the Project Box. It can be used on bilingual bios in the appropriate text section as decoration. The Profile Sticker is bilingual.
Copy this code {{Fille_du_Roi}} to get this result
Identifiant des profils des Filles du Roi
... ... ...
is a Fille du Roi.

For the french version {{Fille_du_Roi|lang=fr}} for this result

Identifiant des profils des Filles du Roi
... ... ...
est une Fille du Roi.

Our Lists of Filles du Roi

Here are our lists of Filles du Roi and their profiles:


Fille du Roi (King's Daughter), a program sponsored by Louis XIV to encourage young single women or widows without children to emigrate to New France. The expression Filles du Roi was coined by Marguerite Bourgeoys to designate Louis XIV's sponsorship progam for populating New France, including in terms of a dowry for each Fille du Roi. Between 1663 and 1674, close to 800 Filles du Roi were recruited to go to New France.

Under the program, the Louis XIV sponsored paying the transportation of, along with a dowry for, the daughters. As a rule, the dowry was equivalent to 50 livres for marrying a commoner and as much as 100 livres for a girl marrying an officer, the total being roughly equivalent to $1,425 in 2000 currency. In addition to having the costs of her passage paid by the state, each daughter received an assortment of practical items in a case: a coiffe, bonnet, taffeta handkerchief, pair of stockings, pair of gloves, ribbon, four shoelaces, white thread, 100 needles, 1,000 pins, a comb, pair of scissors, two knives and two livres in cash.

Almost two-thirds of the daughters had lost one or both parents with many coming from convents or hospitals where they'd been placed as orphans and other poor commoners.

In France, fathers found husbands for their daughters, who married who they were told to marry. Things were different in New France, since there was a lopsided large number of single men compared to the number of marriageable females. The New France administration had penalties for single men, but provided more attractive benefits to married couples, including financial rewards to families with many children. Single men would sometimes spend a year or more getting their house ready for their new bride to be.

Desroches 2017, Les Filles du Roy


1. Généalogie des Français d'Amérique du Nord Denis Beauregard from Montréal, a well known international genealogist, has a list of Filles du Roi with their descendants on his site called

2. La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan Provides a list of the 770 King's Daughters as well as Soldiers of Carignan Marrying Filles du Roi. Marriage dates are provided.

3. American French Genealogical Society provides a pdf containing only the names of the King's Daughters.

4. Jocelyne Nicol-Quillivic, along with Gerald Menard, Bernard Quillivic, and Marguerite Lafontaine provide the following alphabetic lists and images[1]. They have also added baptism and funeral records for many of them, links for such on individual profiles.:

  • 700 Filles du Roy Detailed information including parents, marriages, ship of transport, children, etc.

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.

5. Greener has a good description of the Fille du ROi and provides an alternate listing with some biographical material. Note that each Filles du Roi's name is highlighted in blue and is a link to her bio.

Related projects

This page was last modified 16:41, 18 June 2020. This page has been accessed 16,843 times.