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French-Canadian Genealogical Research

The family of French-Canadian immigrant Peter Lagacy, posing in front of the family's log farm home in Washburn
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Certified genealogist George Findlen will discuss some of the challenges of conducting research into French-Canadian ancestry during a three-hour, Society-sponsored genealogy workshop on Saturday, April 13, at the Society's headquarters in Madison. The workshop will include guided practice with immediate feedback. Anyone interested in registering for the workshop should visit the workshop's details and registration page.

Three Core Resources

Findlen will explain French-Canadian research using three core resources, including online resources and printed finding aids:

  • Genealogical dictionaries, abstracts of marriages, and images of parish register entries on
  • E.B. White's Guide to Québec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records
  • René Jetté and Micheline Lécuyier's Répertoire des noms de famille du Quebec des origines à 1825

Participants will work on several exercises using some of these resources followed by an exercise using the Drouin Collection on

About the Instructor

Findlen is a certified genealogist and a retired academic administrator who served as a faculty member or administrator at colleges and universities during his more than 30-year career. In retirement, he has reinvented himself as a genealogist becoming certified in 2005 and recertified in 2009. In addition to researching his family and those of clients, he writes articles for publication, talks to genealogy groups and volunteers at the Society.

For complete details regarding the webinars and workshops, and to download registration forms, visit our genealogy classes page and our local history workshops page.

:: Posted April 1, 2013

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