Welcome to my web site dedicated to French genealogical research. I am interested in Acadian (also known as Cajun) and French Canadian genealogical research, but I am also interested in Creole, M鴩s, Huguenot, Foreign French, French, Belgian, and Swiss research as well. Specifically, this web site offers the following topics:
Family Research Projects
Royal Gateway Ancestors
To view my royal ancestors through Catherine de Baillon, Jeanne Le Marchant, or Anne Couvent please point your browser to Leo van de Pas' Genealogics website.
My booklet on French Canadians in Michigan, part of the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series published by Michigan State University Press, is now available. This is an historical work that traces the two distinct waves of French Canadian immigrants to Michigan during the colonial period of the eighteenth century and the industrial period of the nineteenth century. It can be ordered from the following address:
For more information, and to order online, point your browser to http://msupress.msu.edu/ethnic/frencan_mich.html. The ISBN number is 0-87013-582-1.
I have selected the domain name habitant.org for a number of reasons. I like the word habitant because of its historical connections. In Canada, the early French settlers who cleared the land and farmed it were known as habitants. They did not take kindly to being called peasants. Humble farmers and fur traders though they may be, they were still a step up from peasants and actually lived quite well in comparison to their cousins back in France. In addition, I find the term some what ironic for this web site since I dedicate several pages to families with noble and royal connections. Despite my interest in this topic, I have found that most of the nobles and royals I trace back to had more character flaws and less admirable traits than my simple habitant ancestors. The domain name habitant.org ties in well with Michigan's Habitant Heritage, the journal of the French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, which I have published in several times. Lastly, I like the term habitant because it would be recognized, at least in the sense of a common farmer inhabiting the New World, in colonial Acadia, Louisiana, and even the French Caribbean islands.
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