Map of Québec Catholic parishes

Looking for a Catholic parish in the province of Québec? Check out the Drouin Institute’s very handy Carte des paroisses catholiques du Québec jusqu’en 1912 (Map of the Catholic parishes of Québec up to 1912). You can zoom in on a region to get a better look at its parishes. Click on a blue pin to get the name of the parish, and the date of its opening. You can also click on Statistiques (Statistics) to get an obviously very incomplete tabulation of the number of acts per year. I say very incomplete because, for St. Mary’s (Quyon), for example, there are 401 marriages enumerated for the period 1847 to 1914, but only 23 baptisms and…

Carleton Tavern history

I was very interested to read Dave Allston’s 80 years of history at the Carleton Tavern (Kitchissippi Times). The Moran family that he references is none other than my own: The Morans immediately converted the house back into a grocery store. Thomas Moran and his family resided upstairs, while a series of shopkeepers operated the…

Translating French Records: Catholic Marriage Records

Of the three types of Roman Catholic records most commonly used for genealogical purposes (baptismal, marriage, and burial), marriage records are often the most useful, and potentially the most complex. Most useful because of the sheer amount of genealogical information that can often be gleaned from a Catholic marriage record. While a baptismal record will…

Thomas Dooley (abt. 1810 – 1891)

A reader is looking for information on Thomas Dooley. Thomas Dooley was born in Ireland about 1810, possibly in Co. Kilkenny. He emigrated to Canada in the early 1830s (the 1842 census of Upper Canada records that he and his first wife had been in Canada for 10 years), where he settled on a farm…

Register of Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa: Part 1

If you’re looking for Catholic ancestors in the Bytown/Ottawa area and beyond (see below), you will probably (and by “probably” I mean “almost certainly”) want to check the parish register for Notre Dame Basilica, Ottawa. The register is available online at two different sites: At FamilySearch.org, as part of their collection titled Ontario, Roman Catholic…