Genealogies of Valcartier, Quebec

(also Riviere aux Pins, Stoneham, Shannon and

Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier)

 

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Welcome!  For several years, I have been researching the ancestors of my paternal grandmother (Catherine Cassin, born in Valcartier, 1894).  During this process, many others have kindly shared their research findings and family histories. As a result, this site has evolved into a collection of many genealogical records for Valcartier, Riviere aux Pins, Stoneham, Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques Cartier. Additions, corrections or comments are always welcome.  If you would like to be notified when new material is added, please email me.

Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier is located in the Jacques Cartier River valley. In 1647, Robert Giffard was granted the Saint Gabriel Seigniory that later became the property of the Jesuit priests in 1667.  By 1800, very few Jesuits were left in the area and the land was given back to the Crown.  In 1816, John Neilson, Andrew Stuart and Louis Moquin, Quebec investors, bought 53 concessions in the Saint Gabriel Seigniory. By 1818, settlers from Ireland, England and Scotland were receiving land grants in Valcartier. Several had served in the Napoleonic Wars and were rewarded with plots of land. In 1862 the area was divided into two municipalities: Saint-Gabriel-West and Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier. In 1985, they were merged again to form the current municipality.            

 

New Book By Harold Griffin  (November, 2014)

I hope many of you have had the chance to read Harold's first book of short stories about growing up in Quebec (fragile boys, fragile men), and his novel, Three Letters to Pine River.  I thoroughly enjoyed both books.  In his new book, Under this Mantle of Snow, he continues with several short stories set in Quebec, with many characters of Irish ancestry.  The book has received excellent reviews, such as this one from the Boston Irish Tourist Association magazine:  "Harold Griffin is emerging as a worthy successor to Marianna O'Gallagher's work as a chronicler of the Quebec Irish."

 

The publisher's web site is www.borealispress.com. It will be available through Chapters. It will also be available as an e-book.  I hope you will scoop up a copy to read around the fire this winter!

 

 

New Book Published!

       We are very lucky to have several authors in our midst!  Joe Lonergan, current president of Irish Heritage Quebec, has recently published "Shamrock in the Maples" that is not only dedicated to his family's ancestry but aptly describes his memories and experiences growing up in an Irish neighborhood in Quebec City.  The genealogy is well-researched and the stories are very personal and will often make you chuckle as you relive Joe's boyhood escapades.  Joe knows the city inside out and if you are not from Quebec, you will come away with a much better picture of how the city "operated" in years past.  I hope you will check it out!  You can purchase it online at Amazon.com.

 

 

In Memory of Majella Murphy (1924 - 2014)

        Sadly, another gifted genealogist from Valcartier has passed way.  Majella died at St. Brigid's Home in Quebec City on June 5th, 2014, at the age of 90 years.  He spent many years researching at the Quebec Archives and had a closet full of his handwritten notes.  Always willing to share his information, he was a kind and very knowledgeable man, very proud of his Valcartier roots.   If ever you had a question about the history of the area, he was the one to call upon.  We will dearly miss him.

 

 

 

 

 

In Memory of Gerald J. Neville (1948 - 2014)

       It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden death of Gerry Neville on January 9th, 2014.  He was an exceptional genealogist who contributed much to this website, most notably his work in the transcription of over 300 wills and the Agricultural Census for Valcartier in 1852.   He enjoyed researching his own family but also spent countless hours helping others with their genealogies.  He will be greatly missed by many friends and genealogists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Last Updated on March 29, 2015