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Genealogy Pointers (11-13-12)
in this issue
-- American-Canadian Genealogist Sings Praises of First Métis Families of
Quebec, 1622-1748
-- Sale on Canadian Ancestors
-- Two New Genealogy at a Glance Research Aids
-- Blog: Papers of the Continental Congress
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American-Canadian Genealogist Sings Praises of First Métis Families of
Quebec, 1622-1748

4aUiZxrsXV-cy1HvZHsajwguMrElMrJyQciGhjxC-g3tWgkkhLOsMePtY3jvMdYBleHZ6dLc> A
book review in the current issue of the American-Canadian Genealogist (Vol.
38, Issue #133, 3rd Quarter 2012), written by Janine LaFleur Penfield,
describes the first volume in genealogist Gail Morin's series First Métis
Families as "an exhaustively documented work, taking the reader through the
complete genealogies of 56 families in a register style presentation up to
three generations. While several of the families are from present-day
Quebec, areas such as Kaskaskia, Michillimakinac, and Illinois country are
also covered." The review resumes, "Any descendant of the 56 families will
want to own a copy of this book . . . As a descendant of Jean Durand, I
found Volume I invaluable and anxiously await Volume V on Durands."

The term Métis originally referred to the offspring produced from the
intermarriage of early French fur traders with Canadian Native Americans.
Later, there were also Anglo Métis (known as "Countryborn")--children of
Scottish, English, and other European fathers and indigenous mothers. First
Métis Families of Quebec, 1622-1748. Volume 1: Fifty-Six Families, by Gail
Morin, the first in a purported six-volume series, traces the descendants of
the 56 original Métis families for up to three generations. Future volumes
will concentrate on subsequent generations of those Métis families whose
progeny settled in western North America in the 20th century.

The following paragraphs, excerpted from the Introduction of Ms. Morin's
book, describe the marriages and family patterns of a few of her Métis
The first Frenchman known to have sired Métis offspring was Jean Nicolet de
Belleborne. He arrived in Quebec in 1618 and was employed as a clerk and
trained as an interpreter by the Company of Merchants, the fur trading
monopoly owned by French noblemen. He ran a Hudson Bay Company store and
traded with the Lake Nipissing (Ontario) people for several years. He was to
live with the local native people and learn their customs and to explore
area. His daughter Madeleine or Euphrosine Nicolet was born about 1628 of an
informal or country marriage to a Nipissing woman. Jean Nicolet returned to
the Company in Quebec in 1633 with his daughter Madeleine. Madeleine married
Jean Leblanc in 1643 and Elie Dussault dit Lafleur in 1663. Both marriages
resulted in generations of descendants in Canada and the United States that
exist today. Jean Nicolet married Marguerite Couillard in 1637 in Quebec,
daughter of a Guillaume Couillard and Guillemette Hebert and granddaughter
of Canada's first farmer Louis Hebert. Jean and Guillemette had two
children. Their daughter Marguerite Nicolet married Jean-Baptiste Legardeur
and had twenty children. None of the non-Métis families will be followed.

Jean Nicolet's pattern of marriage, for safety and convenience and later
marrying a settler's daughter, continued in the fur trade to the 19th
century. Many marriages of the country were also legitimized with the
arrival of the first missionaries Martin Prevost (or Provost) arrived in
Quebec before 1639. He was a settler and farmed near Beauport, Quebec. He
married on 3 November 1644 at Quebec. Prevost's spouse, Marie-Olivier, was
the daughter of Roch Manithabewich, a Huron Indian, and the adopted daughter
of Olivier Letardif. Together they had eight children whose descendants can
be traced to the 21st century. Martin Prevost remained in Quebec.
Marie-Olivier died on 10 September 1665 when her youngest child was only
three months old. Prevost married Marie d'Abancourt two months later. They
had no known children. Marie d'Abancourt was the widow of both Jean Jolliet
and Godfroy Guillot dit Lavallee. She died between 1678 and 1681. Martin
remained unmarried until his death in 1691 at Beauport (Quebec). His
surviving children and grandchildren were all living near Beauport. They
were farmers, laborers, and merchants and appear to have assimilated into
the non-Indian culture. By the seventh generation, the Prevost descendants
were living in the Oregon Territory and had once again married mixed blood

Pierre Couc dit Lafleur married by contract, on 16 April 1657 at
Trois-Rivieres, Marie Mitequamigoukoue or Meteomigouk, an Algonquin Indian
and possibly the widow of Assababich and mother of two young children,
Catherine and Pierre. Pierre Couc and Marie had eight children, only one of
whom died childless. Pierre was a soldier in the M. Froment regiment, but he
may have entered the fur trade also. His two sons Louis and Jean Baptiste
married Indian woman. His granddaughter Elizabeth Couc (daughter of Louis
Couc dit Montour and Madeleine Socokie) and Elizabeth's grandson Nicholas
Montour (a partner in the North West Company who married Susanne
Humphreville) both have biographical sketches in the "Dictionary of Canadian
Biographies," Volumes 3 and 5. Pierre Couc's descendants lived in Quebec,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, and Michigan. More is known about Nicholas
Montour's son Nicholas, who was a clerk for the North West Company, and will
be followed in a future volume.

In the 120 years following Martin Prevost and Marie Olivier's 1628 marriage,
only 56 Métis marriages were officially recorded. In some cases they were
the second or third marriage for the bride or groom and resulted in no
descendants. There are probably many unrecorded Métis or mixed blood
families who are lost for now.

Because of my interests in the Métis families employed in the Western fur
trade, and the search for free or cheap land by farmers in Canada and the
United States, I have been able to connect many of the first Métis families
of Quebec. Volume I in the series covers the 56 original Métis families,
tracing their descendants for three generations. Future volumes will include
only the families with generations found in the West in the 20th century.
To order a copy of, or learn more about, First Métis Families of Quebec,
please visit the following URL.

Sale on Canadian Ancestors

(Discounted Prices Expire at 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 14, 2012.)

For many U.S. genealogy wayfarers, their journey includes a stop in Canada.
This is true for persons with and without French-Canadian roots. For
example, during the colonial wars for control of North America, Canadians
such as the Acadian French of Nova Scotia were banished and compelled to
take up new homes in places like New England and Louisiana. Conversely,
following England's defeat in the American Revolution, thousands of people
who were still loyal to the Crown fled to Canada, sometimes leaving patriot
family members behind. During the 1840s and 1850s, many Famine-era Irish
emigrants arrived at the port of St. John, New Brunswick, because the fare
was cheaper. Some of these same people ultimately joined family members in
the U.S. once they had accumulated the necessary funds. Not surprisingly,
living along the 3,000-mile border that separates the U.S. from its northern
neighbor are innumerable families who share common ancestries as a result of
their desire for greater economic, religious, or political freedom--in one
country or the other.

If you are currently researching your Canadian ancestors, we have a
wonderful array of resources available. The titles range from Angus Baxter's
excellent how-to book, In Search of Your Canadian Roots, to several esteemed
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Yarmouth Nova Scotia Genealogies
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Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New
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Two New Genealogy at a Glance Research Aids

Genealogy at a Glance: Family History Library Research
If you are planning a research trip to the famous Family History Library in
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City. One of the main purposes of this Genealogy at a Glance publication is
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via the LDS website, Carolyn does, and you will want to
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With Family History Library Research on hand, you will know where in the
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Genealogy at a Glance: Cherokee Genealogy Research
Our other new laminated research aid is Genealogy at a Glance: Cherokee
Genealogy Research, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley. A native Oklahoman of
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The most useful records in Cherokee research are, in fact, membership rolls,
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starting with the 1817 Reservation Roll, membership rolls are the best
documentary sources available, and this handy research guide identifies the
20 most important Cherokee rolls.

Like all the guides in this series, Genealogy at a Glance: Cherokee
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up-to-date. This means you will find plenty of references to sources for
further reference and tips for taking shortcuts and avoiding brick walls in
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