Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records

The “Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records,” consists of county-by-county lists of parishes within the Province of Quebec. All known Catholic parishes are listed to 1900. Each list gives the names of all the parishes within that county, arranged in order of formation, with the date of the oldest records for that parish. A reference letter and name after the parish indicate the compiler and publisher of a marriage register for that parish, or whether the marriages for that parish may be found in the important Loiselles Marriage Index.

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North America’s Maritime Funnel: The Ships that Brought the Irish, 1749-1852

The Maritime Provinces of Canada – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – were a convenient destination for tens of thousands of Irish immigrants between 1749 and 1852. Functioning as the narrow end of a funnel through which thousands dispersed widely across the North American continent, the Maritimes offered easy access and cheap fares, beckoning emigrants from Ireland’s catchment areas along the waterways of Dublin, Londonderry, and Cork.

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Battle of King’s Mountain & Its Heroes

The Battle of King’s Mountain is today an important part of Revolutionary War history and genealogy. Fought on October 7, 1780, an estimated 500,000 tourists visit the battlefield every year. A number of the battle’s participants would become civilian leaders of the young nation. For example, Colonels John Sevier and Isaac Shelby would go on to become governors of their native Tennessee and Kentucky respectively. Towns and roads in Western North Carolina are today named after other heroes of the conflict such as Charles McDowell (McDowell County) and Morganton, county seat of Burke County, named after Daniel Morgan.

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American Genealogy

Arguably the best book ever written on American genealogy, Val Greenwood’s “Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy,” is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught. Of the dozens of textbooks, manuals, and how-to books that have appeared over the past twenty-five years, it is the one book that is consistently praised for setting a standard of excellence.

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Genealogist’s Handbook for Upper Saint John Valley Research

The guidebook, “Genealogist’s Handbook for Upper Saint John Valley Research,” teaches genealogists how to find ancestors on both the Maine and New Brunswick sides of the Upper Saint John River Valley, a region that ultimately became home to the indigenous Maliseets, Acadians, French-Canadians, Irish, a few Scots, and a few (mostly English) Loyalists. The extant records of the valley (found in both local and distant archives) extend from 1792 to the 20th century, and, following his historical introduction, Mr. George L. Findlen devotes the bulk of his narrative to an inventory of them. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the following record categories: church registers (probably the most valuable of all records), vital records, marriages, cemetery records, censuses, land records, will and probate documents, newspapers, as well as the various record repositories themselves.

Image credit: The coast of northern Maine and New Brunswick, via Wikimedia Commons.