The geneological research

T he filiation is relatively easy to retrace in the majority of the French-speaking families of Québec. Thanks to Henry IV. Hey, yes! Around 1600, the great King Henry in his determination to restore the royal authority, and reorganize the kingdom, appointed the vicars to become the first officers of the civil status. From then on, because they carried on as they had been doing it for centuries for the nobles, the priests inscribed into the parish registers the baptisms of all the proletarian's children. It is why our French ancestors born for the most part in the XVII th century and the ones who followed afterwards born in the Saint-Laurent's colony had their act of birth registered. That is what makes the French-speaking and Catholic Québécois one of the most “registered” society in the world and hence, one of those where the genealogical research is the most accessible and easy. The interest for the genealogy has greatly developed since the past decades. Retracing one's origins has become for many a passion, for the majority a curiosity and a social as well as cultural past time.

Starting with the family names, the first names, and the dates of grandparents' marriage of the two families, then ascending into the filiation, one can unite since around 1640, the father to the sons to the descendants of seven to ten first names. While taking all the relatives into consideration, we see appearing between 1200 and 1500 people, respectively. Then we realize that each of those descendants deposited in our genetic code some of his own genes. As a re-sult, we feel part of a human group named family and of the history, big and small, which shaped this country. Furthermore, it is why genealogy, genetic, medicine, and history can in certain cases find themselves at the crossroads of terror… It is also why the heredity is like a stagecoach in which all of our ancestors will travel. From time to time, one or two will stick its' head in the door, and this will come to cause us all sorts of anxieties (O.W. Holmes).
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