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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, Métis, Huguenot, Foreign French, French, Belgian, and Swiss research as well. Specifically, this web site offers the following topics:

Genealogy Topics

North American French

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

French-Canadian Genealogical Research in Houghton County, Michigan

Carignan-Salières Regiment

Bibliographic Guides for French Nobility Genealogical Research

Book Review: René Jetté's Traité de généalogie
New Developments in French-Canadian Genealogical Research
French Canadians in the Copper Country
Tracing Your Ancestor Who Worked on the Railroad, Presentation and Handout
Making French-Canadian Genealogy Easy Using the Drouin Collections, Presentation and Handout
The Use of Heraldry in Genealogical Research, Presentation and Handout
The Use of Heraldry in French Genealogical Research, Presentation and Handout
First Families of Québec, this is a list I compiled to find which of the early settlers of New France my wife, Patricia, and I share
The Etiquette of Having Noble and Royal Ancestors

Family Research Projects

BAILLON: Catherine Baillon Royal Connection Research Association

BOYLEAU: The Boyleau Sisters' Royal Gateway to Louis VII, King of France, and Henry III, King of England
bullet CADOTTES: The Cadottes: A Métis Fur Trade Family of Lake Superior
bullet CORDAY: Royal Gateway from Catherine de Corday to Louis VII, king of France

CORSE: The Origins of James Corse, ca. 1665-1696, Deerfield, Massachusetts

COUVENT: Anne Couvent: Seven Royal Lineages with Arms
D'AOUST: Gagné's Research on the Origins of Guillaume D'Aoust (This is my friend's project which I followed closely.)
DULONG: The DuLong Family

DULONG: Ancestry of John P. DuLong

DUMONTET: Origins of Jean Dumontet dit Lagrandeur, Husband of the Captive Elizabeth Corse

FOREST: The Origins of the Acadian Michel Forest

JOYEUSE: Joyeuse de Champigneulle Family, a defense of the research done by Gagné and Kokanosky

LE NEUF: Le Neuf Family Research Project (Includes a royal gateway through Jeanne Le Marchant.)

LONGUVAL: Gagné and Kokanosky's Research on the Amiot, Couvent, Longueval, and Joyeuse Families (This is my friend's project which I followed closely and it includes another royal gateway through Anne Couvent.)

McGUINNESS: The McGuinness Family (This is my wife Patricia's web site that I help her produce.)

McNELLIS: The Death of Dennis McNellis

STANTON: Tracing the Irish Ancestors of John F. Stanton: Concerning the Stanton, McNellis, and Carr Families

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.

Book Announcement

booklet.jpg (18369 bytes)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:

Michigan State University Press
1405 South Harrison Road
25 Manly Miles Building
East Lansing, MI 48823-5202
Tel.: (517) 355-9543
Fax: (800) 678-2120

For more information, and to order online, point your browser to The ISBN number is 0-87013-582-1.

Other Topics

Duluth, South Shore, and Atlantic Railway, Houghton Division, 1910-1925
My Historical and Genealogical Publications
My Coat-of-Arms

Why Habitant.Org?

I have selected the domain name 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 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.

Thank you for visiting. Please visit again to view updated information.

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright © 1995 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI.  All Rights Reserved.  Created 23 November 1995.  Last modified6 April 2024.  The coordinated graphics for this site come courtesy of Jelane Johnson.