MSS-046-Researching French-Canadians in Vermont

Episode 046-April 5, 2016

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If you have direct ancestors or collateral relatives who lived in Vermont for a time, or who passed through Vermont on their way elsewhere, then this episode’s for you. Ed McGuire of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society (VT-FCGS) is going to take us on a tour of Vermont resources and repositories that will get your research off to a great start.

Researching French-Canadians in Vermont

Ed and I discussed the following:

  • How the geography of Vermont influenced record generation
  • The economic patterns that developed in Vermont
  • French-Canadian migration to Vermont
  • The effects of the growth of Catholicism in Vermont
  • The reason for some gaps in French-Canadian civil records
  • Researching in vital records and census records (no state census records)
  • Location of church records
  • Location of probate records (found at county level)
  • Secondary sources
  • Online sources

Resources is a great resource for Vermont genealogy:



Ed McGuire: edmcguire [dot] vt [at] gmail [dot] com

French-Canadian News

Whats Happening HeaderThe French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

April 9, 11 AM, Mount Clemens Public Library: Wilmont Kreis and ‘Finding François: a guide to tracing your roots in France’ with emphasis on François Allard in Normandie and Jeanne Anguille in the Loire, followed by a brief tour of Perche and La Rochelle.

The Quebec Family History Society

April 9, 10:30 AM: ‘Digitizing and Preserving Documents, Photos, etc’ with Gerry Matthews. Classes are held at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

The Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society

  • April 9: the second part of ‘DNA Tests: Finding Cousins with Autosomal DNA’ with today’s guest Ed McGuire
  • April 16: Joanne Polanshek , ‘Identifying Your Ancestors Using the FAN Principle.’

Classes run from 10:30 AM until noon and are held at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester, Vermont.

The American-Canadian Genealogical Society

April 23, 8 AM-4 PM at the Library at 4 Elm St. in Manchester, New Hampshire: Spring Conference. Registration begins at 8 AM. The day consists of three presentations: Resources Available at the Manchester Historic Association Research Center with Jeffrey Barraclough; the New Hampshire Archives with Brian Burford and New Hampshire Vital Records with Deborah Moore; and Lineage Societies for French-Canadians with Janine Penfield.


May 1st is the deadline for signing up for the Acadian Ancestral Tour 2016. You can find links to more information in the show notes for episode #45.


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2 comments on “MSS-046-Researching French-Canadians in Vermont

  1. Susan McNelley

    I enjoyed the podcast. My great-grandparents immigrated to Northern New York with their parents sometime between 1835 and 1845. They married in Plattsburgh, NY and had thirteen children, including two who were born in Vermont and two (middle children) who were born in Canada. Most were born in New York. I suspect that they, like many other families, moved back and forth between states and between the two countries … to wherever they could find work. In 1870, the family moved to a farming community near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. A tip: Marriage and baptism records may be found on both sides of the border, even after the move to the States.

    1. Sandra Goodwin

      Great point, Susan. Many families moved back and forth for a decade or more before deciding to make a permanent move.

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