Surnames and dit/dite names Found in Parish Records: click on the link to download a PDF containing links to online databases that explain as well as help you research these name variations.
Examples of French and French-Canadian Parish Records:
Gail Moreau-DesHarnais' three-part series of articles about French and French-Canadian Parish Records should be read by all! In the articles, Gail provides the reader with numerous examples of parish records. For each record, Gail presents you with an image, a transcription, and a translation of the act.
Sandra Goodwin's Podcasts:
The Drouin Collection:
Disecting a French-Canadian Burial Record:
Canon Law and Latin Records:
Articles and Research Guides:
Places within the Church of Ste. Anne de Détroit where People Were Buried, by Suzanne Boivin Sommerville
Who and What Were the Panis Indians Buried from Ste. Anne de Detroit?, by Suzanne Boivin Sommerville
See our Land and Census' Page for the annnotation to the 1762 census which lists the slaveowners in 1762.
See our Individuals or Families' Page for Loraine DiCerbo's article The Excommunication of Louis Gonzague Deshêtres and Louise Beaulieu. In this article, Suzanne Boivin Sommerville explains the concept of marriages à la Gaumine.
See our Research Guides page for a guide to researching parish and other records in Québec, the Detroit River Region, and Michigan, including the handouts from our 8 November 2014 meeting.
Gail Moreau-DesHarnais’ Series of Articles Transcribing and Translating the Confirmation Records in the St. Lawrence Settlements:
Gail Moreau-DesHarnais’ Series of Articles Transcribing and Translating the Burial Records in the Detroit River Region through 1805:
Gail Moreau-DesHarnais’ series of articles which translate and transcribe all (including Native Americans and slaves) of the burials in the Detroit River Region from 1706 to 1805 is one of the most significant contributions to our knowledge of the residents of the region. Names have been transcribed exactly as they appear in the original records with standardized names in brackets if necessary. The following additional information is included in each entry if it is part of the original parish records: date of death if different than the burial date, the deceased’s age, the name of the spouse or parents, the burial location, the witnesses, officiating priest, and comments by the officiating priest. Footnotes provide additional information to many entries; these footnotes often correct previously published information. These articles were originally published in Michigan’s Habitant Heritage (MHH) between April 2010 and January 2013.
Loraine DiCerbo's Photo of the Altar at Ste. Anne's
Loraine DiCerbo's photo of the Interior of Assumption Church
St. Jean Baptiste (present-day Amherstburg, Ontario) and St. Pierre / Peter (present-day Tilbury, Ontario): Burials to 1805
Barbara Fried’s photo of the flowers at the 18 July 2015 Novena Mass at Ste. Anne’s. See the Plaque and Memorial Page for Suzanne Boivin Sommerville’s explanation of the flowers chosen.
Ste. Anne de Detroit's Interior - Photographed by Loraine DiCerbo
The cornerstone for the church was laid in 1886.
See their website for additional history regarding Ste. Anne's
In July of every year, Ste. Anne's Church holds a series of Novena Masses to Ste. Anne celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The French Mass is always held on a Saturday. Members of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan enter the Church prior to the Mass, bearing flags celebrating our history in New France, Detroit, and Michigan. A reception is held after the Mass with light refreshments. The 2015 French Mass was held on 18 July at 7:00 p.m.