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Welcome to my web site dedicated to French genealogical research. I am interested in Acadian (also known as Cajun) and French Canadian genealogical research, but I try to keep up with Creole, Métis, Huguenot, Foreign French, French, Belgian, and Swiss research as well. Specifically, this web site offers the following topics:

Genealogy Topics

North American French

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

French-Canadian Genealogical Research in Houghton County, Michigan

Carignan-Salières Regiment

Bibliographic Guides for French Nobility Genealogical Research

Book Review: René Jetté's Traité de généalogie
New Developments in French-Canadian Genealogical Research
French Canadians in the Copper Country

Genealogy: How to Start Researching Your Ancestors

Tracing Your Ancestor Who Worked on the Railroad in Michigan, PowerPoint presentation and Microsoft Word bibliography

Family Research Projects

Catherine Baillon Royal Connection Research Association

The Origins of James Corse, ca. 1665-1696, Deerfield, Massachusetts

Origins of Jean Dumontet dit Lagrandeur, Husband of the Captive Elizabeth Corse

The DuLong Family

The Origins of the Acadian Michel Forest

Le Neuf Family Research Project

John F. Stanton, DSS&A Brakeman, 1875-1923

Ancestry of John P. DuLong

McGuinness Family (This is my wife Patricia's web site that I help her produce.)

Royal Gateway Ancestors

To view my royal ancestors through Catherine de Baillon, Jacques Leneuf de la Poterie, or Mathieu Amiot de Villeneuve please point your browser to Leo van de Pas' Genealogics website.

Book Announcement

booklet.jpg (18369 bytes)My booklet on French Canadians in Michigan, part of the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series published by Michigan State University Press, is now available.  This is an historical work that traces the two distinct waves of French Canadian immigrants to Michigan during the colonial period of the eighteenth century and the industrial period of the nineteenth century.  It can be ordered from the following address:

Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road
25 Manly Miles Building
East Lansing, MI 48823-5202
Tel.: (517) 355-9543
Fax: (800) 678-2120

For more information, and to order online, point your browser to http://msupress.msu.edu/ethnic/frencan_mich.html. The ISBN number is 0-87013-582-1.

Other Topics

Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway, Houghton Division, 1910-1925

My Historical and Genealogical Publications

My Coat-of-Arms

 


 

Translation Service

After losing contact for several years with one of the best French translators I have worked with, Mr. Paul Lavoie sent me an email to reestablish contact.   If you visit my web page listing notarial contracts for Richard Dulong, at http://habitant.org/dulong/ contracts.htm, then you will see that he translated several items for me in the 1980s.  He is still willing to do translations.  I was always pleased with his work.  He would supply me with a French transcription of the document and an English translation.   You will have to contact him about his current rates.  His address is: 123 Cedar St., Orleans, Ontario, K1E 1B2, Canada.  His email address is lavoiep66 at hotmail.com.  I recommend him highly.

 


Why Habitant.Org?

I have selected the domain name habitant.org for a number of reasons. I like the word habitant because of its historical connections.  In Canada, the early French Canadians settlers who cleared the land and farmed it were known as habitants. They did not take kindly to being called peasants. Humble farmers and fur traders though they may be, they were still a step up from peasants and actually lived quite well in comparison to their cousins back in France. In addition, I find the term some what ironic for this web site since I dedicate several pages to families with noble and royal connections.   Despite my interest in this topic, I have found that most of the nobles and royals I trace back to had more character flaws and less admirable traits than my simple habitant ancestors. The domain name habitant.org ties in well with Michigan's Habitant Heritage, the journal of the French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, which I have published in several times. Lastly, I like the term habitant because it would be recognized, at least in the sense of a common farmer inhabiting the New World, in colonial Acadia, Louisiana, and even the French Caribbean islands.

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright © 1995 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI.  All Rights Reserved.  Created 23 November 1995.  Last modified 27 November 2011.  This web site is best viewed with your display set to 800 by 600 pixels, at least 256 colors, and using Internet Explorer 4.x or better or Netscape 4.x or better. The coordinated graphics for this site come courtesy of Jelane Johnson.  Hosted on Interland.