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Carignan-Salières Regiment Lineage Chart

John P. DuLong

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Most French Canadians have several ancestors who served in the Carignan-Salières Regiment.  This regiment was used between 1665 and 1668 to combat the Iroquois threat to the struggling colony of New France.  Over 400 soldiers and officers decided to remain in New France when the regiment was recalled to France.   We French Canadians are fairly good at tracing our descent from these gentlemen, but many of us do not realize that the regiment also has a lineage.  I was surprised to learn how many other French regiments were associated in one way or another with the Carignan-Salières.  This page has a link to a chart illustrating the origination of the regiment and how it evolved.  I am fairly confident of most of the chart except for the post French Revolution developments.  Also, I was unable to find anything after 1816 regarding the regiment's descendants.  I suspect that there is still a unit of the French army that can be traced back to the Carignan-Salières.  Please send any corrections or additions to me so that I can modify the chart accordingly. 

I constructed this chart because of envy.  I was bored with writing my book one day and was dabbling with my wife Patricia's Anglo-Irish military ancestors and relatives, the Palmers.  They served with several English and Scottish regiments.  I was envious of the information my wife has concerning these men and their regiments, the traditions behind the regiments, and their evolution.  Suddenly, it dawned on me that I too have ties to a regiment that has an interesting history and that played an important role in the development of North America.  My wife and I are proud that we both descend from more than a dozen of the Carignan-Salières soldiers.  I am sure many of you share this pride.

I give you permission to copy this chart for your personal use only. Please do not distribute this chart to others.  If you represent a genealogical society, and you would like to publish this chart in your journal, then please contact me for permission.  

Just click on the following drawing to go to the chart:


You might also like to know about the Society of  the Daughters of the King and Carignan Soldiers.  It publishes a newsletter entitled Sent by the King. They also offer a detailed list of the Carignan soldiers who settled in Canada.

The drawing of a Carignan-Salières soldier in Winter campaign dress at the top of this page was done by Mr. Joe Lee, renowned colonial reenactor and artist from Michigan.  Thank you Joe.

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright © 1998 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI. Created 2 February 1998. Modified 22 December 2013.