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The primary purpose of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California (FCHSC) is to foster an interest in our common French-Canadian, Acadian, and French heritage by researching our ancestors and helping others research theirs.  FCHSC is affiliated with the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), whose Family Research Library houses one of the largest collections of French-Canadian and Acadian genealogical materials in the United States.

Join FCHSC at our Fall 2015 Meeting
(Réunion d'Automne)

We invite you to attend our Fall 2015 Meeting (Réunion d'Automne) on Sunday, October 25, 2015, when we once again celebrate our French heritage with food, fun, and comaraderie.

“An Overview of the Seigneurial System in New France”

In granting land in New France the French kings made use of a system known as the seigneurial system. This presentation will address the terms of the grant process under the French Regime; the expansion of the seigneurial system along the St. Lawrence and beyond; the roles and obligations of the seigneur, his superiors, and his tenants; the role of the Church in the process; the banal rights, privileges, and obligations of the seigneur; and the abolition of the seigneurial system in 1854. Terri Carlson will present.

“Tips for using the Drouin Institute’s LaFrance Collection”

Have you tried using Le LaFrance? This power-packed online subscription database is the go-to tool for French-Canadian researchers. GenealogieQuebec.com databases include the LaFrance - indexed BMS records 1621-1849 and beyond; linked access to 3.6 million Drouin images; Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997; Le Nécrologe du Groupe-Nécro (obituaries, gravestones, and mortuary cards); Le Fichier Connolly; the Kardex; the Louiselle Index; Généalogies famililales de l'Institut Drouin; Notarial Contracts 1800-1980; Jean-Pierre Pepin Postcard collection; and more. Joan Phillips will demonstrate.

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Upcoming Meeting Info

Sunday, October 25, 2015
10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504-2408

Online Access to the PRDH and Généalogie Québec at the SCGS Library

Online access to the PRDH and to Généalogie Québec is available to SCGS members at the SCGS Family Research Library. Three library computers have been configured with subscription-level access to these outstanding registers of 17th-19th century French-Canadian populations. Why not become a member of SCGS and take advantage of these unique databases?

Information: fchsc@scgsgenealogy.com or 818-843-7247 - Public welcome!