Does anybody know of any "REAL" free Canadian genealogy sites? Eventhough most are listed as free genealogy sites, they are not!!! I'm looking for ancestors and I don't even know their names, really, so I'm pretty hard pressed and I never realized just how many Pelletiers there were and are in the world, WOW, where do I start? I have my great grandparents names on my father's side who lived in New Brunswick and Quebec Canada around the mid1800's-1909 era and I have a rough idea where they lived and even what they did for a living and such, but I can't seem to get beyond that... Their names are George Pelletier, (farmer/logger) who was born in Ste. Pascal , Kamourska Quebec, Canada in 1866 and died in Drummond, Victoria New Brunswick in 2 aug.1909. His mother's maiden name was Martin, and I know nothing more than that, other than he died chocking on a piece of meat that was lodged in his throat. He was also a New brunswick logging baron, (?), so I was told by my late grand father, Jean Baptiste Pelletier, who btw was quite a story teller. His wife was Emilie (Bernier) Pelletier who later married a Picard... Another interesting note here is this George Pelletier would also be the great, or great great grandfather to the Pelletier family loggers of Millinocket, Maine that we can watch on the TV discovery channel series. My Grand father was a brother to their great grand father ot great great grand father, Thomas, or Louis Pelletier... HELP, lol, I'm almost ready to throw my arms up in the air...
John, I'm not sure about any good free Canadian web sites, but I can say that Ancestry.com does have a tree of your family that you could copy.
Has photos as well. You could probably get in with a free trail and copy it down.
My grandkids are 1/4 French Canadian (Cote) going back to the 1600s. I have found a lot of information on www.yourfolks.com, which is a free search of marriage records and gives names, dates and places. Then their is a small charge for the full information and list of children. I have found it very helpful and confirmed information derived from other trees on Ancestry etc. I suspect the marriage records on Your Folks is extracted from the Drouin collection, about 14 million church records in Quebec. The only problem is the repetition of names. There are hundreds of Jean Baptiste Cotes:)
We have Pelletiers in our tree too, as well as most other Quebec family names.
Thank you all for all of your input and suggestions. Now I have an idea on what to do and how to go about it... Mary, I too am related to the cote family on my grand mothers side. I speak Acadian french very well, so I'll be able to understand all the dit madames and dit monsieurs, lol... Thank you, or better said, merci beaucoup madame...
All those "dits" etc. really confuse this Texan. I'm convinced that ALL early French Canadian families are related. And cousins frequently married cousins. My grandkids have a 5th great-grandfather Cote who has 3 sons who are all 4th great-grandfathers! They weren't marrying 1st cousins, but more distant ones. The Your Folks website says that there are 687 Cote-Cote marriages over the last 350 years. Now that's a genealogy project.
My son-in-laws ancestors had a farm on Ile d'Orleams, and attended St. Pierre's Church. There is still a Cote ancestral farm nearby, and we visited last year. On the old church, is a plaque honoring the founding families, including the Cotes. I remember all the family names are in our tree. If you would like to have some pictures, send me your email and I will forward.
This is the lineage of my Cote grandkids:
Jean Cote (c.1603-1661) m. Anne Martin (1614-1684)
Jean Baptiste Cote (1644-1722) m. Marie Anne Couture (1652-1684)
Jean Baptiste Cote (1670-1736) m. Francoise Choret (1679-1755)
Jean Baptiste Cote ( 1697-1756) m. Genevieve Bernier (1697-1756)
Pierre-Etienne Cote (1724-1796) m Madeleine Deschenes (1761-1790)
Jean Baptiste Cote (1762-1841) m. Madeleine Dube (1761-1790
Charles Cote (1790-1827) m. Marie Therese Martel (1790-1892)
Joseph Sigfroy Cote (1820QC-?Maine) m.Angele Cote (maiden name)
Joseph WIlliam Cote (1845QC-1913 Maine) m. Elizabeth Violette
Frederick Alfred Vernon Cote (1886 Maine-1960 MA)
m. Delia Sawin-Couture (1887 MA-1958 MA)
Living Cote- their grandfather
I left out the "dits". See anything familiar? Mary
PS Celine Dion shares a Cote g-g-x? grandfather somewhere along the line. I think she is their 7th cousin.
None look familier Mary. At least not from my primitive stand point in all of this. I'm sure my Cote connection merges at some point because they too were Quebecers, or better said, Quebecois. My Grand Mother who was born in Remouski Quebec with roots to the Montreal/Quebec city/St. Laurence river areas was Yvonne (Ouellette) Pelletier and her Mother's maiden name was Cote. Her mother's name was Adeline (Cote) Ouellette...
Another interesting note, Jean Baptiste, or Joseph and Marie, or Mary seem to be very common names used and given to most French speaking societies in times past, especially to the Acadian/Quebecois families. We no longer name our children by those ancient Roman Catholic based names, especially by we Americanized French who seem to have very little interest in our Canadian roots anymore...It's sad
Not surpriding, we have Ouelettes in our tree too. I'll see if I can find a connection. I have international Ancestry so I can get the Canadian records.
My husband's cousin from NYC lives in Quebec City and married a Roberge. They also married Cotes and there are over a hundred interfamiliy marriages. Our kids are double cousins to them.
Anyway, they told us that all girls were baptized with the first name of Marie, but usually went by their middle name. Boys were often given Joseph for the same reason. It all makes genealogy challenging, since Marie Cote, Marie Anne Cote, and Anne Cote are probably the same person. Mary
Yes, it does make things challenging doesn't it, lol. And thank you very much for your help. I'm finding out that I too am possibly related again to my own Pelletier line, a couple of times over. I imagine that our world back then wasn't as populated as it is today and the gene pool was rather close back then and some even married into their own familes for reasons of survival and needed more children to work the farm, providing the local Priest and of course, the Bishop, for a price$, said it was ok ... My Ouellette/Cote connection starts by my Grand Mother, Yvonne (Ouellette) Pelletier who married my Grand Father, Jean Baptiste Pelletier in Lewiston Maine back in the mid 1930's. Her parents were, Adeline, or Aderlene(?) (Cote) Ouellette who Married, Everiste Ouellette... If I can be of more assistance, please let me know. Maybe some day I'll be able to help you as well. Just give me a holler, lol, and I'll do my best to help you. And yes, we are all connected in some way or another... Again, a big THANK YOU...
The 2 main problem with Catholic lines is:
1) everybody has to have a saints name first when they are baptists and 2) every brother and sister named a child for the grand parents on the off chance that there will be only one surviving to have children to pass the name on for another generation. That is why they have names like Joseph William. Jean (For St. John) Baptiste, or Mary Catherine for multiply 1st cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousin etc.
The child might be know by the second name or a nick name that either focuses on the second name. Where as now, once births were recorded by Government officials, they would drop the saints name for the birth certificate and only have it on the baptismal record. Also, there is a better chance of survival so siblings are more willing to have different names feeling more confident that their parent's names will go on to another generation with only one of the grandchildren having it.