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Genealogy | Local History


The Mission of the Centre
The Centre's mission is to showcase our members' histories and to share their stories, thereby enhancing the Franco-Ontarian heritage and instilling a passion for genealogical research. To do this, the Centre is committed to attracting new members as well as resource persons who, upon request, will assist our members in their research. The Centre encourages its members to share their findings and write their family stories because we believe the story of a community is the story of each of its families.

Membership grants members access to documents and research assistance, when needed. The Centre primarily serves the areas of Prescott-Russell, La Petite Nation, the Basses-Laurentides, Rigaud, Valleyfield and Montreal. It also has members in Western Canada, the U.S. and France. Negotiations are currently underway with other centres as well.


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Provides access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. Includes census records, civil registries & documentation from Canada, the USA, Great-Britain as well as many other world countries.

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CanadaGenWeb Project
This portal lists genealogical resources available on the Web by province and territory.

Find my past
A UK-based online genealogy service which can be used to trace ones ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more. Findmypast has over 4 billion searchable historical records worldwide.

This is the LDS website, the best source of genealogical information on the Internet. It also has all the listings of books in the LDS library in Utah. Most of these sources can be ordered on microfilm through your local LDS Family Centre. The Canadian 1881 Census is listed on this site.

Rootsweb is one of the oldest sources of genealogical information on the Internet and has all kinds of surname lists and locality lists where people make queries and get answers to their questions from other researchers.

Canadian Genealogy Centre (Library and Archives Canada)
Canadian Census material, military information, post office information, photographs – a wealth of tools for the researcher.

Archives of Ontario
the website for the Archives of Ontario. This website contains microfilm numbers for Ontario Vital Statistics. Many of the microfilm listings here can be borrowed through your local LDS centre or through your public library.

McGill Digital Library
an excellent source of county atlases from the 19th century. You can often locate an ancestor here by lot and concession if you know what township and county they were located in.

Our Roots
a project recording many of the local histories done in Canada. It also is searchable by keyword, a very useful tool.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid
The Ontario Cemetery Finding aid with millions of Ontario burials. Not all Ontario burials are listed here though so be aware.

This site has the listings for the genweb sites for Ontario counties as well as links to other interesting information including the Ontario Genweb census page (www.rootsweb.com/~ongenpro/census) which is updated frequently with lists of transcribed Ontario county census information.

Automated Genealogy
Transcriptions of the 1851, 1901, 1911 and 1916 Census of Canada.

Cyndi's List
Cyndi’s list is one of the biggest sources of genealogical information (general and specific) on the Internet. She updates it often. This is the Ontario page but there are pages for other Canadian provinces and places.

Ontario Genealogical Society
The Ontario Genealogical Society’s web page with links to other provincial genealogical societies.

Bytown or Bust
Bytown or Bust – a good source of information on Ottawa area settlers.

Olive Tree Genealogy
Lots of free databases, ship passenger lists and other information on Canadian genealogy. Check this one out!

This website is a good starting point for genealogical research of Scotland, England and Ireland.

Check our digitized regional photo collection at Digital Prescott-Russell
(Contains 19th and early 20th century photos depicting the lives and traditions of the French speaking population of Prescott-Russell)

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