Personal History and Genealogy

We are pleased to offer you this first monthly newsletter. This publication is addressed to organizations (businesses, associations, marketing agencies, HR professional services, municipalities) and individuals. As months go by, you will find general information and advices that will make you discover the many ways you can mobilize your history.

Family History and Genealogy

This part covers personal genealogy. In April, we will discuss the genealogy of organizations.

With all the TV shows and the growing number of Internet sites, we have to admit that Quebeckers seem to have developed a certain fascination with genealogy and family history. It is natural for humans to want to know where they come from, establish parentage and fill holes from their past. But where to start?

  1. Take advantage of your family and friends knowledge : varied documents, objects in their possession and anecdotes are many ways to learn more about your ancestors.
  2. Inspect your own archives : again documents including photographs, objects and your own knowledge about people and events can start you on a path.
  3. Check external archives : libraries, public and private archives centers, parish churches and town halls hold useful documents.
  4. The Internet abounds with sites dedicated to the search of our roots and heritage. There are free sites such as Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada or Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH) from Université de Montréal and family associations pages. Sites that charge fees to users such as and MesAï employ public resources, but one needs to be careful when using these resources, because some informations are supplied by users and there are not always accurate.
  5. Seek advice from amateur and professional researchers : universities, specialized businesses and History and Genealogy societies.
  6. Record and keep all this information in a filing system where you will be able to retrieve it easily.

But above all, have fun!


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Lucie Bettez holds a Master Degree in History from Université du Québec à Montréal. Her fields of specialization include: women’s history, industrial heritage, the military from the social and cultural points of view and education. The historical period range from around 1850 to the Quiet Revolution and the territory covers Quebec and Canada. Ms. Bettez is presently the commissioner for the exhibit MOCO : The fabric of a city at the MUSO in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Qc.

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