Saturday, May 22, 2010

Early Records of the French in North America: Archives de France, LAC, & BAnQ

Archives Canada-France
Michael J Leclerc had an interesting research recommendation in the New England Historic Genealogical Society eNews this week for those searching their French-Canadian roots.  “The Archives de France, in cooperation with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has put together a valuable website for those researching their French-Canadian roots. Archives Canada-France makes available images of almost 40,000 documents pertaining to the history of the French in America.  Besides the LAC and BAnQ, documents come from several branches of the Archives de France - the main archives in Paris, the departmental archives of Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Pyrénées-Atlantique, and the Archives nationales d’outre-mer.  Among these records are the records of ministerial departments, records of the Admiralty, the Sovereign Council of Québec, notarial records from France, private papers, and more. You can see an alphabetical list of all of the collections online, or look at one grouped by subject…  You can print the image, or download a PDF or ZIP file to your computer.”  To search the database, go to .

Thank you to the  Toronto FHC Bulletin 18/2010, Week of May 6, 2010, for this information.
The Editor is Helen Billing
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