No matter what religion, time period, or location your ancestors lived in, our experts can help trace your French Canadian ancestry!
Religion & French Canadian Genealogy Research
Some of the most important things to think about when you’re researching your French Canadian ancestry are religious affiliations, boundary and jurisdiction changes, and migration patterns. If your ancestors were Roman Catholic (the dominant religion), your research strategy will be very different than if they were non-Catholic. If they lived and died while the area was still “New France”, the records might be kept in a different location than those that were created after Great Britain gained control (in 1763). If your ancestor disappears from the place they’ve been living and you don’t know where they went from there, studying the migration patterns of that location during that time period you can determine where they might have gone, and then you can search records there to locate them again.
Accessing Records to Trace French Canadian Ancestry
As with the country of France itself, New France began keeping church vital records almost right from the beginning (Quebec was the first settlement in 1608), so birth, marriage, and death records can be very helpful for tracing your French Canadian family history. There have been massive efforts over the years by various group to transcribe and digitize many of these records, so they are more readily available then other locations, which also helps move research forward.
Our Team of Professional Genealogists Can Help
Our experts and onsite agents are trained to know which research strategy will be the most efficient to trace your French Canadian ancestry based on the religion, time period, and location in which they lived.