Franco-American Resources

Posted Sept. 18, 2011, at 1 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 20, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.
Franco-American Resources, compiled by

Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties, Bangor Daily News  June  19, 2010

MARRIAGES (Mariages), Baptisms (Baptêmes), Burials (Sépultures or Inhumée),

Census (Recensement), Born (Née), Baptized (Baptisée)

New Revised and Enlarged Works of the Genealogies of the Catholic Families of Aroostook

County, Maine and the Catholic Diocese of Edmundston, New Brunswick, edited by Diane K. VOSKUHL (Maine State Library, UMFK, MacArthur Public Library-Biddeford)

Répertoire Des Mariages Au Nord-Ouest Du Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada, Pour Les Comtés De Madawaska, Restigouche (partiellement) et Victoria, 1792-2001. Marriages of

Northwestern New Brunswick, Canada, for Madawaska, Restigouche (partially), and

Victoria Counties, by Jean-Guy POITRAS (Maine State Library, UMFK)

Marriage Repertories of the St. John Valley, by Rev. Henri LANGLOIS, edit. by Rev. Ernest Lang

Compiled in 1930s. Also known as DGM, or Dictionnaire Généalogique de Madawaska

Marriage Repertories (Répertoires de Mariages) compiled for Québec parishes & several in Maine

Mariages de La Paroisse Ste. Agathe, 1899-1999, compiled by Léon GUIMOND for Ste. Agathe

Historical Society

Marriage Records compiled by Rev. Youville LABONTÉ


Augusta: St. Augustine

Biddeford: St. André; St. Joseph

Brunswick: St. John the Baptist and St. Charles Borromé

Jay: St. Rose of Lima and Winthrop, St. Francis Xavier

Lewiston: Holy Cross; Holy Family; St. Joseph; St. Patrick

Lisbon: St. Ann and Lewiston, St. Mary

Rumford: St. John and Mexico, St. Theresa

Sanford: St. Ignatius and Holy Family

Skowhegan: Our Lady of Lourdes and Bingham, St. Peter

Waterville: Sacred Heart and Notre Dame; St. Francis de Sales (1865-1979)

Westbrook: St. Hyacinth and St. Mary

Necrology of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Cemetery, Lewiston

Other LABONTÉ books: 200 Families; Births (1852-1925), marriages of St. Anthony, Jackman; Births of Our Lady of Lourdes, Skowhegan; Different family names and spellings of French Canadian Families; La famille Clément dit Labonté; Necrologies of Franco-Americans taken from Maine Newspapers, published 1977; St. Jean Baptiste, Lowell, Mass.

Records for New Hampshire parishes (Maine State Library)

Manchester: Sacred Heart, births and deaths. Marriages, 1911-1977.

St. Anne, marriages, 1848-1874

St. Anthony, births and deaths, 1900-1978. Marriages.

St. Augustine, marriages, 1871-1972.

St. Jean Baptiste, marriages, 1914-1980; St. Therese, marriages

Ste. Marie, births and deaths, 2 volumes. Marriages, 1880-1973.

Nashua: Enfant-Jesus and St. Joseph, marriages.

St. Francis Xavier , marriages.

St. Louis de Gonzague, marriages.

Newmarket: Saint Mary, marriages.

Pittsfield: Our Lady of Lourdes, and Northwood, St. Joseph Mission.

Rochester: Sainte-Rosaire, marriages.

Salem: St. Joseph and Mary Queen of Peace.

Suncook: St. John the Baptist


Dictionnaire Généalogique Des Familles Acadiennes: Premiere Partie, 1636 a 1714 by Stephen A. WHITE. (UMFK Acadian Archives, Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library, UMPI,

Fogler Library at University of Maine) Update to Dictionnaire, 187 pp, Centre d’etude Acadiennes via

Dictionnaire Généalogique des familles du Québec, by René JETTÉ

Dictionnaire Généalogique, by Cyprien TANGUAY

Dictionnaire National des Canadiens-français 1608-1760, by DROUIN INSTITUTE

Histoire et Généalogie des Acadiens, by Bona ARSENAULT

Le Grand Dérangement des Acadiens au Québec, by Adrien BERGERON


1880 U.S. Census Records for whole country, free on

1881 Canadian census records for whole country, free on

Recensement 1881 Census, by Jean Guy POITRAS (also vol. for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1901) Madawaska and Victoria

Census Returns -– Recensements 1666-1891  Guide to Microfilm, by Thomas Hillman

FOGLER LIBRARY at UMaine, Orono, has U.S. Census for Maine 1790-1880, 1900-1930

And some microfilm for New Brunswick, 1851-1901; also Guide to Microfilm

CENSUS INDEXES for Maine, 1790-1850, 1870 at Bangor Public and UM Fogler Library

Bangor Public Library also has 1860 index for Maine

UM Fogler and Maine State Library have Soundex for 1900, 1920


Acadian Archives, University of Maine at Fort Kent, 23 University Ave.

Web site:

Repertoires des Actes … (see BOOKS) on CD-ROM, English & French to 1799

Also Craig Family Reconstructions, notes on 3,000 families by Dr. Béatrice Craig

Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.  9-8 M-TH, 9-5 F-Sat, school year. Summer, closed Saturdays.

Most Maine and New England genealogy in Bangor Room, 3rd floor (elevator)

Census microfilm for Bangor area; Bangor Daily News, Bangor Commercial mf

Madawaska Public Library, Main Street, separate genealogy room.

Some Aroostook census mf, LANGLOIS’ Marriage Repertories of St. John Valley

Parish records of St. Leonard and St. Basile, New Brunswick on microfilm

Maine State Archives and Maine State Library, Augusta

University of Maine, Fogler Library, Orono      Hours vary: call 581-1664 for recording

Marriage Repertories for St. John Valley in Special Collections Room

Other Canadian books and compilations, Canada section, 3rd floor

School year, often open 7 days a week, including evenings.

Special Collections has more limited hours.


Many French names were changed, either to another French name, or to an English one.

Cloutier became Clukey, Pelletier became Pelkey, Lévesque  became Bishop

U.S. Census records for St. John Valley started 1850, after boundary question settled.

Census records often done by English-speaking people, spelling of some names

varied widely from census to census  (Chasse vs. Shashe, example)


Recueil de Généalogies des comtés de Beauce, Dorchester and Frontenac by Brother Éloi-Gérard TALBOT (sometimes listed as just Brother Éloi GÉRARD)

Recueil de Généalogies des comtés de Montmagny, L’Islet, Bellechasse by TALBOT

Répertoire des Actes de Baptême, Mariage, Sépulture et Recensement du Québec Ancien. Edited by Hubert Charbonneau, Jacques Légère, Fogler, MSL, UMFK

1635-1765 or 1635-1799 many sacraments include priest’s name, godparents

Often referred to as PRDH  (pronounced Pay AR Day AHSH)

Répertoire Généalogique Des Descendants Et Descendantes De Théophile Cyr et Judith Lizotte, by Jean Guy POITRAS

Béliveau Family, The     1645-1983

Centenaire de St. Agatha, Maine 1899-1999

Frenchmen and French Ways in the Mississippi Valley, by John Francis McDermott

History of Madawaska, by Thomas ALBERT (English edition, French edition)

Contains 1831 Dean Kavanaugh Report (before Maine boundary decided)

With lot-by-lot census of St. John Valley along the river

Madawaskan Heritage, by Leo CYR  mentions lots of families, Acadian and French-Canadian

New Brunswick Vital Statistics from Newspapers (more than 80 volumes), by Dan JOHNSON

Now available on Web at

Our French Canadian Ancestors, by Thomas LAFOREST

Papiers de Prudent L. MERCURE: Histoire de Madawaska, de Roger Paradis

Ste. Agathe Cemetery Records 1889-1999, by Philip MORIN

A Trahan History and GenealogyPERIODICALS

Newspapers on microfilm at Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono, first floor

St. John Valley Times, 1962-1990; Saint John News (NB) 1839-1873

Nova Scotian Halifax, 1827-1854; Penobscot Times, 1939-1984, Old TownWEB SITES

URSUS catalog to locate books at University of Maine libraries, Bangor Public Library

and Maine State Library   by Stephen A. WHITE

Université de Moncton  Généalogie  La Société historique acadienne  Les Cahiers Vol. 25

Nos. 2 & 3 avril-septembre 1994. SURNAMES:  Allain.  Arsenault.  Babin.  Babineau.

Bastarache.  Basque.  Belliveau.  Bordage.  Boucher.  Boudreau.  Bourgeois.  Bourque.   Caissie. Collet.  Cormier.  Daigle.  Devarennes (Gaultier de Varennes).  Doiron.  Gaudet.   Gautreau. Girouard.  Goguen (Gueguen). Gosselin.  Haché dit Gallant. Landry. Leblanc.   Léger.  Maillet.       Martin. Mélanson. Petitpas.  Poirier.  Richard.  Robichaud.  Savoie.   Surette.  Thibodeau. Vautour. Often called the 37 families, the early pioneers to Acadia

The French Connection, Robert Chenard’s Web site, 87 pages and sub-pages of information. Do check out this site.

Including Franco-American heads of household in 1840 Census of Waterville.

Anglicized French names. Corrections, additions to DGM by Langlois.

By Chip Gagnon. Northern Aroostook County, plus Madawaska and Victoria counties in New Brunswick. Some 19th century parish records, census records prior to formation of Aroostook County.  Marriage records from St. Luce, Upper Frenchville, include name of priest, names of witnesses, whether bride or groom was “majeur,” had attained majority; “mineure,” still a

Madawaska Historical

Acadian Festival in Madawaska, Maine       Moving to August in 2011

Franco-American studies at University of Maine, several links to other sites

Newspaper Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers by Dan Johnson

Filles du Roi, King’s Daughters who helped settle Québec. Lists 770 women who came from France 1663-1673 under financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV. WITH NAMES of

spouses. Also, Carignan-Salière Regiment, first French regiment sent to Canada in 1665.

French Canadian Emigration to the United States 1840-1930   (900,000 emigrants)

Article by Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College

Franco-American Oral History Archives

LE FORUM   quarterly publication of Le Centre Franco-Américain  (Franco-American Centre), University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5719.  In French and English.

Essays, genealogy, book information, music, art, poetry, recipes, info on activities in other states.  IMPORTANT TO PRESERVATION OF FRANCO HERITAGE.

FAMILY TIES, weekly genealogy and family history column by Roxanne Moore Saucier

Mondays in BANGOR DAILY NEWS, More than 90 columns archived under Lifestyle. Free queries, send to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, Me O4402, or e-mail