Valentin Brönner

Genealogy of Dennis Partridge

Death Record of Paul G. Rich

The Parentage of Nora Williams

I learned a new word today: the word was gallimaufry, and it means “a confused jumble or medley of things.” That word will accurately describe my investigation into the parentage of Nora!
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Louis Croteau and Marie Louise Bordeleau Pedigree

Vincent Croteau and Jeanne Godequin

Here’s a story of a man named Vincent, and a maiden named Jeanne, and how they, on 22 Sep 1669, inside the home of Lady Bourdon in the city of Quebec, came together to sign a contract of marriage in front of the Notary Romain Bequet. This couple’s legacy is …
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Marriage record of Martin Prevost and Marie Olivier, page 1

Grandma’s Grandma was an Indian

Grandma’s Grandma was an Indian. Or was it Grandma’s Great-Grandma? That is the legend that was passed down to me from my father, and to him by his mother. While the tribe and details changed depending on who I talked to in the family – some had grandma’s grandma as …
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Louis Hébert monument. Photo by Jean Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0

Louis Hébert, the first European settler of Quebec

Louis Hébert monument. Photo by Jean Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0 In Quebec City, the Louis Hébert Monument stands in the corner of the garden of the Hôtel-de-Ville. The work of Canadian sculptor, Alfred Laliberté, the statue represents Louis Hébert, the first European settler of Canada, standing on the plinth, offering to …
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52 ancestors in 52 weeks

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Certified genealogist, Amy Johnson Crow, created a program by which she encourages genealogists to write about 52 ancestors each week over the whole year. Since I was making a renewed effort to actually put down on paper all the stories my 40 years + research has accumulated, I thought in …
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Marriage record for Mathurin Lemonnier and Francoise Faffart

The First White Marriage in Montreal

On 3 November 1647, less than one month after Françoise Fafard arrived in Ville-Marie (Montreal) from France, she was married to Mathurin Meunier at the Basilique Notre Dame. To us, this probably sounds like a hurried marriage, and it was, but not for the reason you may think. In 1647, …
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The First White Child Born in Montreal

Since my 10th great-grandparents Mathurin Meunier and Françoise Fafard were the first European couple to have been married in Montreal, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they also had the first European child born and baptized in Montreal! The birth of their first child, Barbe, must have brought great hope …
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Le Grande Recrue de 1653

La Grande Recrue de 1653

Plaque commemorating Le Grande Recrue de 1653 In the autumn of 1651, after Mathurin LeMeunier had finished assisting Chomedey sieur de Maisonneuve in building the societies mission on the the Isle of Montreal, Sieur de Maisonneuve left for France to engage at least 100 new men to protect the colony and …
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Pedigree of Francoise Meunier

Mathurin Meunier and Francoise Fafard

My 10th great grandparents were Mathurin Meunier and Françoise Fafard. This is their story. Mathurin Meunier was born to Rene Lemonnier and Marie Leroux in St-Lambert de Clermont, France. He was baptized at the parish church, St-Lambert de Clermont, on 22 Apr 1619. It is likely his baptism occurred within …
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