My compuer records consist mainly of French-Canadian/Franco-American
marriages and the direct ancestors of these individuals in a lineage format
tracing each generation back through Quebec/Acadia to France (or other
country in some cases) with date and place of marriage of each couple.
If your ancestors were married in Maine I most likely have a record of
them. Also, if you wish me to help you with your genealogy, e-mail me and
request to see my price guide.
A SURNAME listing consists of a
systematic (numbered) listing of all persons in my file with a particular
French or Anglicized French surname who married in Maine and traces most
of them back to France similar to Eloi Talbot's volumes of Quebec. From
this listing you can determine the relationship you have with others with
the same name. Each surname listing or family file can vary from a single
page to as many as 80 or more pages containing upwards of 4,000 marriages
(e.g., the prolific families of Poulins and Roys).
A PEDIGREE consists of all your
known direct ancestors as far back as records are available. Typically,
for a Franco-American/French-Canadian with all ancestors that originated
from Quebec Province or Acadia, this may include upwards of 3 to 6 thousand
or more individuals, in 12 to 15 generations with a few tracing back to
as early as the 12th century. This is a formidable task and amounts to
almost a book-sized volume. As an estimate, this might cost upwards of
$750. This may sound expensive, but the usual fee for having a so-called
"professional" genealogist do this for you (such as at the Genealogical
Library of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah) would
cost upwards of $10,000. At the same location, a simple lineage could cost
you more than $500. I began with my own pedigree nearly 20 years ago and
have been doing this for many others ever since. I have also published
some genealogy books and other records, some of which are still available
(e.g., St. Joseph's Parish of Old Town, Maine), I have had a genealogy
column in LE FORUM published by the Franco-American
Center at the University of Maine in Orono since 1989. I also wrote
a regular column called "French Connection" a few years ago in the Central
Maine Sentinel and have spoken to a number genealogy groups on this subject.
Copies of my books are at most French-Canadian genealogy society
libraries both in the US and Canada, the Maine State Library, the LDS Library
in Salt Lake City, some local libraries and many private individuals from
Maine to California who are interested in their contents.
Another is The Franco-American Genealogical Society of York County,
Maine. Their library is located in Biddeford.
Then in the Central Maine area, there is a branch of the Maine Genealogical
Society known at Taconnett Falls Gen. Society located in the old Winslow
town library on Lithgow St.
where one room is dedicated to Canadian records, another to Maine books
and records, and a third to other New England states. The library is open
every Wednesday from 1 to 4 PM
and every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM. Meetings are held on the third Sunday
of each month. For more information, e-mail
me or one of the other members/officers Fred
Clark or Thelma Brooks.
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