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Friday, February 8, 2013

French-Canadian Seminar and Panel Discussion

Dr. Robert Jackson

Saturday, March 23, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California 94612

Dr. Robert Jackson, a retired Harvard history professor and businessman, will give participants an overview of the history of Quebec, providing historical perspective to French Canadian research. Come hear him discuss major French Canadian resources and online resources for your genealogy research. He will also offer suggestions for U.S. research to trace your ancestor back to Quebec.

The last hour of the seminar will be devoted to a panel discussion with time for questions from the audience. Mary Beth Frederick and Tom Gesner will assist.

Seminar Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Brief History of Quebec and how it affected the Canadian population, including the King’s daughters (Filles du Marier), the Carignan Regiment, and the Acadians.

11:15 a.m.

-12:15 p.m. Discussion of Important Record Sets for French Canadian research, including notarial records, the Drouin Collection, the PRDH, Jette’s genealogy dictionary the Tanguay Collection, the Census and other resources. The use of “dit” names (alternate surnames) and online resources will also be covered.

12:15 -

1:00 p.m. Lunch: Bring your own lunch and network with other French Canadian researchers.

1-2 p.m. Beginning your French Canadian research in the U.S Ideas for identifying the French name will be discussed, as well as using churches with a large French Canadian population as a resource. We will look at migration patterns of French Canadians to the U.S. Marriages in VT, NH, and NY are often hard to find.2:15-
3:15 p.m. Q & A and Panel Discussion

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Register online.

The class is limited to thirty participants. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, with the option to apply $20 to a membership that day to allow one discounts for other classes.

Registrants are encouraged to give as much information beforehand on their French Canadian ancestors as possible, including at a minimum the name and birthdate of their most recent French-Canadian ancestor as well as the names of his/her parents and their marriage date/location. Registrants should email this information at time of registration to events@california ancestors.org, with the email subject of FRENCH CANADIAN FAMILY INFORMATION.

Robert Jackson holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. After several years' teaching at the college level, he pursued a professional career in banking and finance. Since retiring he has assisted a variety of not-for-profit and community organizations and has enjoyed his hobbies of genealogy and tennis. He lives in Berkeley, is devoted to his wife, and is very proud of his daughter, now in her junior year at Bennington College in Vermont.


The writing assistance of Carol Corville Horn is gratefully acknowledged.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

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