The most valuable research tools for finding French Canadian ancestors is good old fashion luck(90%) and persistance(10%). Name variations caused by English speaking immigration workers and "dit" names are major roadblocks. In fact, in four years I have not found one ancestor of my ggrandfather Edouard LaCoe. He supposedly walked out of Quebec and settled in the Crown Point area of NY. All the French Canadian hobbiest genealgy experts are stymied---I don't exist. On my mother's side, Hevey was also very difficult. I have found six name variations. But then, I lucked out with a forum posting and was emailed a 37 page ancestor report (12 gens) which I just finished typing into my family file. The same happened with her Leberge ancestors. There are alot of very helpful people out there.
I also got a lot of info using WFT's Family Finder Search. But beware, you get so much data into your files that it will really slow down manipulating your files and may even cause computer lock-up. Probably best to save your file to a new file to do the Family Finder Search in, and then copy any info that is related into your original file. That should filter out tons of unwanted garbage.
What Canadian names are you searching for?
Gotta go---Cuz Dick
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