The Gaspe can be a difficult place to get to especially
in the winter. Records are kept in Rimouski which is where the regional
off ice of the Quebec Archives is kept or in New Carlisle at the court
house. There is a Loyalist museum near New Carlisle as well.
An easier way to research the Gaspe is to use resources
that can be found in Montreal.I have listed some of the resources available
. These are by no means the only sources of Gaspe information.
QUEBEC NATIONAL ARCHIVES
1945 Mullins St.
Hours: 8:30 - 21:30
Contact : Luc Lepine speaks English and is very
Most of the staff speak some English
What you will find there
Martin Sheppard,(1825-1879) a Jerseyman, did most of the
wills, contracts, and power of attourney
documents for for the English population of
Bonaventure county. He also wrote up the contracts
between Charles Robin & Co. and the workers he brought
over from the Channel Islands.
Notary J.W. Lebel
Some notarial records were wrtten
up by Mr. Lebel.
St. Andrews church ,New Carlisle 1811-1884
Paspebiac and New Carlisle
St. Etienne de New Carlisle
NOTE: Even if your ancestors were dyed in the wool Protestants
they may have had their children baptised in a Catholic
they may have married there and they been re-married in
own church when the missionary finally showed up several
months or even years later.
Register of Births
I found my great uncle and my grandfather in these records.
They are available on microfilm and go up in to the early
of this century.
microfilm # unknown
If you know what province of the 13 colonies your
ancestors came from you may find a very interest-
ing document conerning them.Loyalists made claims
for land based on their losses. They often told
tribunal where they came from what regiments they
fought in , what property they lost and when they fled
the 13 colonies.
These claims are called the Lower Canada Land Claims
they are a series of microfilms indexed by province.
People in the Gaspe often settled on a piece of land,
improved it and then asked for ownership of the land.
There is a two volume set that covers all of Quebec's
land grants from the time the English arrived.
I have also found land claims with descriptions of
the land being claimed on microfilm.
A document that states the intention to marry.
These are on microfilm and alpabetically listed.
MONTREAL MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
1210 Sherbrooke St. East
(Also referred to as the Salle Gagnon)
There are several books written in the last 100 years
about travels in the Gaspe.One of the best books is
a collection of sketches by Thomas Pye, a gifted artist.
This book has been translated into French.
This is a periodical that the library has collected from
l960's and 70's. Articles are written in English and
about many of the small villages of the Gaspe.
QUEBEC FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
173 Cartier Ave.
P.O. Box 1026
This is a considerable sized library dedicated
to the genealogy of English Quebecers
"Loyalists of the Bay Chaleur"
by A.D. Flowers (1973)
- a good text with some errors
Ship Building in the Gaspe
by Dr. McDougall
An in depth study of Gaspe shipbuilders
who came from the Channel Islands
A journal which covers all
of Canada. Dr. Ken Annett
writes a column each month on
Huguenots in Quebec's
McAlpines 1870 Directory
A directory of individuals and businesses
in Quebec and across the Maritimes..
The same Anglican and Presbyterian church
records mentioned above at the Quebec Archives
The above mentioned census for
Canada can also be found here.
Ship Builders of the Gaspe
by David Lee
numerous texts on the
Gaspe's geography, political boundaries,etc.
NOTE: When doing any research in Bonaventure county
it is recommended that
you check the church records and census for the
counties of Restigouche and Gloucester in New Brunswick.
Many of my ancestors crossed the Bay Chaleur with great
married in one province and then moving to the other.
This was no doubt done to
aggrivate future family historians.
The SPEC is a weekly
English language newspaper published in
New Carlisle. You can send queries and subscribe to