To make its family tree - true adventure

Québec Généalogie

The genealogy is an adventure filled of unforeseen which will transport you the known one towards the unknown. The principal goal is to create a database while going up to its ancestor. All information relevant concerning our ancestors can be taken into account to help us in our research in order to reach a true genealogical depth of our ascent. It is important always to check its information starting from notarial acts or different to confirm our ascent.

Principle of the genealogy

To begin, it is necessary to seek and collect the maximum of information which we have near us (marriage certificates, birth certificates, baptismal certificates, names of the relationship and the great-grandparents like their dates of baptism, marriage and death, etc). Who of others that our grandparents to speak to us about their generation and those their parents, grandparents and probably of their great-grandparents. What brings us already is with the fifth or the sixth generation. Beautiful beginning in little time.

Manual method

If software of genealogy is not had yet, one can always return to the good old method and be made personal cards to register all information collected until now. Each personal card should contain information like the family name and the first names of the person concerned:

His birth date
His date of baptism
His date of death
His date of burial
His date of marriage / cohabitation
The name of the spouse
The name of the children with their birth date
The name of their brothers and sisters with the name of their spouse and their date of marriage

as well as all appropriate information which we shall find to know our ancestors better and which we will help to assemble our genealogy. Thereafter, we could assemble a table like that on figure 1 and see our family tree taking form progressively.

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Figure 1

Data-processing method

There exists a good many software to enable us to assemble our personal genealogy. It is simply enough to write 'genealogical software' on one of the search engines on the Web to see the frightening number which appears. In this list, there is for all the tastes. There is software that we pay immediately rights, others with one free duration of time and that we will pay of the rights later, some free software and certain software which have a free initial version and an improved version which requires rights. Free to us to choose the software which will be appropriate us the best in our job. The purpose of this adventure is to assemble its own genealogy and to discover his ancestors.

Information research

Finished the time that we have to go in the presbytery of the churches to find our information inside the parish registers. Many people publish now their genealogy on the web and a lot of informations conveys on the same web. Prudence is of setting as for the veracity of all this information thus obtained. The serious vérification the source is the most efficient way to prove our new genealogical data.

There is a big number of genealogical societies which are well-established on web as the Société généalogique de Québec, the Centre de généalogie francophone d'Amérique, the Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie, the Canadian centre of genealogy, etc... There is in all regions of Quebec.

To improve our education in our new adventure, the Société généalogique canadienne-française gives various courses specialized in genealogy and history of family like in paleography to allow you to decipher of old documents and to analyze amongst other things certain types of notarial acts.

Small lexicon

Ascending genealogy: Census of your ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents…).
Collateral: Parents in indirect line: brother and/or sister, uncle, cousin.
Collateral genealogy:

Census of the brothers and sisters from an individual and their descents.
Consanguineous: Link which joins the existent children of the same father.
Degree:


Number of generations which separate the members from the same family. There are two systems: degrees according to the civil law and the degrees according to the canonical law.
Downward genealogy: Census of the descent from a complete family (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren…).
Exempt consanguinity:


Two cousins, wishing to marry but to which the consanguinity was too close, were to obtain an exemption of the Church. It was granted by the Pope, the archbishop or the bishop of the diocese.
First cousin:

Family ties which link two individuals having parents who are brother(s) or sister(s).
Generation:

Degree of filiation in direct line like the son, the father, the grandfather, the great-grandfather, etc.
Germain(e): Brother(s) and sister(s) born of same the father and mother.
Half-brother(s) and half-sister(s): Child(s) who has (have) only one of the two joint parents.

Illegitimate: Child born in a relation out of marriage.
Uterine:

Brother(s) and/or sister(s) resulting from the same mother but from a different father.

Genealogical dictionary of canadian families

Photo l'abbé Cyprien Tanguay

Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
First genealogical dictionary published between 1871 and 1890, it is the oldest dictionary relating the history of the principal Franco-Canadian families to New France. It is a huge work published by the abbot Cyprien Tanguay (1819-1902), who is regarded as the father of the French-Canadian and Canadian genealogy. Essential tool to develop or check your genealogy.

Genealogical dictionary of St-Cyr


History of the family and the descent of Pierre Deshaies St-Cyr and Marguerite Guillet as well as Mathieu Rouillard St-Cyr and Jeanne Guillet 1624-2011.
• Author: François St-Cyr
• More than 580 pages of texts, documents, photos and genealogical information.

This book is available in french and in english at Éditions Mots en toile

La population des forts français Tome III

Les Éditions Mots en toile

Les Éditions Mots en toile present you «La population des forts français Tome III (Détroit)» of Marthe Faribault-Beauregard S.G.C.F. This book is in French version only.

The paleography

Québec Généalogie

Fig1. - Baptism of Wilfrid (Céolfrid) Vézina.


What is the paleography
     It is the science of deciphering, reading and interpretation of the ancient writings. Like writing changes at the same rhythm as evolution of our language, some old texts of two, three hundred years and more can appear difficult to us to read compared to today. There is courses of paleography offered by certain genealogical societies to cure this problem.

     There is, among others, Mr. Roland de Tarragon who suggests you on his website Lire les Écritures Anciennes free exercises of paleography.

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