Saturday, April 21, 2012

Because I love Free Research . . .

I've actually been working through a month of a paid subscription to in fixing up a lot of missing citations in my tree.  But I always love free research.  So, when I stumbled upon this, I thought I'd pass it along.

If you have French Canadian roots, this source is invaluable and, I've recently discovered, free.  It is the seven-volume tome, Dictionnaire Genealogique des Familles Canadiennes by Catholic Priest, Cyprien Tanguay.  its a massive seven-volume set that spans 1608 to 1760.

My LaPortes are covered extensively. The DJVU version -- which, unlike the PDF versions that are also free online, are SEARCHABLE!! - can be found here at the Many Roads web site.  DJVU readers are easily found for free from places like SourceForge.

There is a companion to this over 2000-page wonder called the Complément au dictionnaire généalogique Tanguay by Joseph-Arthur Leboeuf, which contains 600 pages of corrections and annotations. As far as I know, this work is not yet available in the public domain.

Merci, Pere Tanguay!

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