There are many, many GREAT websites out there on Quebec for researchers to visit. I couldn't possibly list them all, but you might want to keep several of these, which seem to zero in on our area, on your Top Ten List!
ET Cemetery Transcriptions Leslie Nutbrown has uploaded all the cemetery transcriptions that he and his wife have compiled along with those of Joan Cruickshank, Marilyn Davis, Dale Write and David Ellis. We are all so indebted for these wonderful contributions. (added 2/8/09)
1891 Census of Canada online now at the Library and Archives Canada. This is fully searchable and you can also offer corrections, should you find errors in the transcription. (added 2/8/09)
History of the Eastern Townships by Catherine Matilda Day, Montreal : J. Lovell, 1869. This entire book is available now at Early Canadiana Online. (added 2/8/09)
Contributions to the History of the Eastern Townships: a work containing an account of the early settlement of St. Armand, Dunham, Sutton, Brome, Potton, and Bolton by Cyrus Thomas, Montreal : J. Lovell, 1866. This entire book is available now from Google books. (added 2/8/09)
Pioneers of the Eastern townships a work containing official and reliable information respecting the formation of settlements by Catherine Matilda Day, Montreal? : 1863. This entire book is available now at Early Canadiana Online. (added 2/8/09)
1851 Census of Missisquoi County Beth Davies has kindly given permission to post a link here for her compilation. This is an index to heads of household and strays appearing in the 1851 census of Missisquoi County, Quebec which was actually taken in January of 1852.(added 8/25/08)
Quebec Heritage Web This site has a few "trails" of interest. It carries web brochures covering Megantic, Brome, Missisquoi, South Compton and Upper Saint Francis. (added 8/25/08)
The Loyalists - Pioneers & Settlers of Quebec - A Teacher's Resource While this site is a created for teachers, it is a marvelous site for all ET Loyalist history buffs and frequent mentions of places in Missisquoi add to its interest. Good maps give insight as to where these Loyalists camped before moving in to places like Caldwell's Manor and St Armand. The end has links to books of interest. (added 6/7/05)
Tighsolas This site is beautiful -- loaded with photos and letters of days gone by. The site is named after the home of the Nicholson family in Richmond. There are many family letters to go through as well as different photos. I have included this in "Places to Visit" as well as "Families" because for those of you interested in a bit of history and the Sherbrooke Academy, as well as some fiesty women, this site may be of great interest to you. (added 5/05/05)
The Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec includes a look at several of our ET's, including Knowlton, Frelighsburg and Stanstead. (added 2/5/05)
Nancy Cunningham has a new site on Stanbridge research (added 1/26/05)
Maps, cemeteries, etc. And, if you have a Stanbridge ancestor uploaded to the web, let Nancy know of the URL so she can add it. Promises to be a great site for folks working in that area.
Doug MacFie's sites on Clarenceville, Henryville and Noyan (added 4/26/04)
Great maps and super information. Please visit if you have any family that lived in these areas.
Interment.net - Quebec Cemeteries (amended 1/13/05)
Cemeteries here from Brome, Missisquoi, Sherbrooke, Stanstead, and Megantic Counties, many contributed by our own listers: David Ellis, Leslie Nutbrown, and Bill MacCallum.
English Settlers of Lacolle (added 1/14/02) (updated link 2/8/09)
Technically not with the ET's as I group them, but this site has much to offer. Many of these names are quite familiar to us, so I have included it here. A great history of the area is included as well some super photos.
Townships Heritage (added 4/2/01)
This is absolutely a must-see site on the Townships! Produced by the Townshippers' Association, it is FULL of history, comprehensive organization and society listings, and stories on pioneer life in the ETs. There is information on artists, education, industry, law and order, famous inventors. I could go on and on...Visit!
Magog & Lake Memphremagog (added 3/26/01)
A very nice looking site on Magog and area. A lot of photos, and links to articles. Be sure to visit the link on historical photos -- which covers the Eastern Townships, in general, as well as Magog! A site worth a lengthy visit!
Anglican Parish of Sutton (added 8/28/00)
The history of three churches in the Sutton area: Grace Church of Sutton; Church of the Good Shepherd, Glen Sutton; and All Saints Church in Abercorn. There is also some good background information posted on the various ministers of Grace Church.
Beech Ridge Cemetery (aka Hawley Cemetery), Clarenceville, QC
Transcribed stone inscriptions from this cemetery, posted by Robert Douglas Macfie (many old Caldwell's Manor names: Hawley, Derick, Curtis, Edy, Aseltine, Nutt...).
Historical Society (link
If you have connections In Missisquoi (or anywhere surrounding it), don't miss this site. Check out their publications for sale, and let's not forget to join!! If you need copies from cemetery transcription collection, they'll be happy to help you out. Their fees are next to nothing, and their collection is huge!! Don't miss it. Drop Judy Antle a note!
and Eastern Township Research
Marlene has just added her searchable name index to her page, so we can all check for ourselves to see what she might have in her records that we don't! You can tell if you are missing a church, notary, cemetery or census record and have Marlene send it to you. A real time saver! If you are just beginning, you definitely want to visit Marlene Simmon's page - For a fee, she will research her resources for information concerning your lines of interest. She could be of great service if you don't have access to a local Family History Center near you.
Cabin Chronicles (links
and info updated 2/8/09)
This is a great place for researchers far away from the Eastern Townships. John Mahoney and wife Jane Goyette have photos of the area, poems, stories, recipes and more from in and around Rock Island, Quebec. The focus of their material is on Vermont and Quebec. Read Dave Lepitre's column. You can also reader Border Lines, which covers that area on - you guessed it -- the border. Links to different articles are at the very bottom. They do offer a few books for sale that may be of interest on "Pidwidgeon" which lists inexpensive books focusing on the Eastern Townships and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Great stuff!
For all of those families who left the areas of Caldwell's and Christie's Manors (and other areas within the ET's) and went "west" to Huntingdon County settlements, this is the place for you. Many, many families removed to this area in searech of more land, better land. Don't skip this area if you a few of your branches disappeared from the ET's.
Family History Society (link
The QFHS is dedicated to genealogical research among the English speaking people of Quebec. They offer books and cemetery listings for sale (and it was updated in March!), as well as paid library research. Don't forget to check their listing of surname interests submitted by their members! Connections, their journal, is published quarterly.
Scots of Quebec
Peter MacDonald has a great page for those research Scottish ancestors in Compton County. There are two databases there, and cover many, many names. Several of the dominant names are: MacDonald, Macleod, Morrison, Murray, and there are lots more.
updated 2/8/09 and photo link added)
The Old Library contains many files and books pertaining to the history of the Eastern Townships. It also contains the Archives of the Eastern Townships Research Centre which has many valuable records, including Presbyterian records for the NE section of the Townships and a fabulous collection of photos.
QC Cemetery Records
Dan Mark has taken a database created by Gary Bickes and loaded it on the web for all to enjoy! So many settlers of the ET's wandered west to Huntingdon County, that you might look here for missing "branches".
County Historical Society (link
Anyone with Richmond County connections should pay a visit to the Historical Society in Melbourne. They have publications listed for sale, too.
As you may have noticed, I have deleted more generalized websites from this page. If you are looking for those, I would suggest visiting Cyndi's List for Quebec research and Vermont's Genweb site:
List of Genealogical Sites (Quebec)
At the top of my bookmark list. She has positively THE most references on the web today. They are neatly categorized and you can locate just about anything you might want. She holds more awards than you can shake a stick at. ;-)
Here you will find links to many of the resources available within Vermont. By all means, check them out! Many of the folks just over the border crossed back into Vermont to get married, have their children baptised, etc., and vice versa. If your families lived near the Vermont border, you MUST investigate records there.
I shall try to add sites that seem relevant to research in this area. If you have found any places that we should know about - please send me a message! We're all in this together.
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