Wednesday, April 21, 2010

French-Canadian Genealogy

Michelle Bray Wilson will present In Search of French-Canadians in America and Canada at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists to be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center, Room 100, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The French-Canadian genealogical record is unique because it is largely intact from the opening of the first parish record at Notre Dame de Quebec in 1621. This record has been indexed into repertoires, many of which are available to researchers online. The presentation will focus on Canada’s French period, from the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River by Jacques Cartier in 1534, to the cession of New France to Britain in 1763. A historical context will be presented, as well as a brief overview of major indices of interest to the French-Canadian genealogical researcher.

Michelle Bray Wilson began her genealogical research in the fall of 2007 when a family tree created in the 1930s came into her hands. She has since worked online and with other researchers to locate over 400 direct ancestors. Michelle is the secretary for the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois and a member of the French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogists of Wisconsin. She traces her own French-Canadian ancestry to the Red Lake Falls area of Minnesota and from there to the Montreal and lle d’Orleans areas of Quebec.

For more information, contact 847-818-9159

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