Internet Sources for French-Surname Genealogy
(This page was originally created 15 years ago and was badly outdated. It is being gradually updated
with more correct information.)
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) home page can be accessed at
There's a calendar of NEHGS events, on-line Circulating Library catalog and
request form, etc. plus links to places like the Public Record Office of
England and Wales, Nat'l. Archives of Canada, Ireland, U.S., Library of
Congress, NGS, and more.
- The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) has just recently put its "Surname Interest" list from its membership into a searchable file on its WWW page. You type in a Nova Scotia surname and it returns the names and addresses (EMail address also, if there is one) for each member who is researching that name. You can find the GANS page at:
http://www.ccn.cs.dal.ca/Recreation/GANS/gans_homepage.html. Other pages at this site have information on the society, its journal, available publications, and other online Associations.
- The American French Genealogical Society (AFGS) in Woonsocket, RI is at
http://ids.net/~riwriter/afgshome.html. Although they don't have any genealogical information available online, they do list their hours and services, available publications, and other genealogical sites, plus a copy of the current issue of their journal.
- Yvon Cyr's Acadian Genealogy page lists 800 genealogy pages. Although most
of these are not Acadian, he does separate out the Acadian resources and list them first. Jump
to Yvon's page
Sites for French-Canadians in Maine
If you are working with the US census from 1850 through 1880 in Maine, you owe it to yourself to check out this fabulous website: The Upper St. John River Valley.
They have a ton of fascinating information and lots of useful links, but here's the amazing thing: they have transcribed
the old faded census sheets and corrected all the names, so you can actually find your ancestors, even though the
census takers wrote Herbert for Bard and Gorneo for Gagnon. Check it out, and you'll be really pleased.
- The ROOTS-L mail-list is for general genalogy, including French-Canadian. To subscribe, send an e-mail to ROOTS-L-REQUEST@rootsweb.com and include the one-line message:
- To send messages to be included in the mail list, use the address: ROOTS-L@rootsweb.com.
- The Roots Surname List (RSL) is a list of surnames (about 48,000 in
June of 1995) with associated dates and locations. Genealogists
are welcome to submit the surnames
that they are researching for inclusion in the RSL if they are willing
to share their data with others. Enough identifying information about dates
and locations should be provided so that others can decide whether a
link with their own lines is possible or probable. You needn't be on the verge of
writing the definitive genealogy for the family in question.
If you see a surname listed that interests you, contact the person who
submitted the surname.
To obtain a copy of the full RSL from the listserver, the first step is to send e-mail to ROOTS-L-REQUEST@genealogy.org with the
one-line message (not in the subject line):
GET FAMILY INDEX
You will receive by e-mail the list of the names of the various files
comprising the current RSL.
What, you only want to look up Humperdinck and don't want to FTP megs
and megs of data to do so? Well, for the faint of heart, or the scarce
of disk space, here is an alternative--
The RSL Web Page.
and you can query the RSL for individual surnames, click on the
submitter's nametag to be shown the submitter's contact information,
Please e-mail me with any new additions to the source list.
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Last Updated: August 9, 2011