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Up To Rawdon
© 2016, Daniel B. Parkinson

Some websites I have used that you might visit

Rawdon Historical Society has lots of information about the area and its history from early days where you may read the Journals of George Copping starting in 1836. This website has a great variety of recollections from the early twentieth century and "much more" as ads are wont to say. Beverly Prud’homme keeps finding new and interesting bits about the community.

Christ Church, Rawdon has a lovely site with a drop down section on the history of the parish and its clergy and a beautiful meditation on its stained glass windows.

Editorial Stock Photos is the home of lovely photographs mostly from the Rawdon area taken by Bev’s son Richard Prud’homme - some of them appear on this site. For those who have never been to Rawdon it will help you to know what keeps people going Up To Rawdon.

Lanaudière GenWeb has information about the former counties of Berthier, Joliette, Montcalm and L'Assomption

Seigneuries: This site has a numbered map and corresponding list of names to help you understand where all those old Seigneuries were situated along the St. Lawrence River.

Bibliothéque et Archives Nationales du Québec contains a vast amount of material including Protestant burials in Mount Hemon Cemetery 1848 -1904. This website is searchable as are other databases including Montreal non-Catholic registrations before 1900 it has some that are not in Drouin Index.

Quebec Anglo Heritage News publishes an interesting quarterly magazine in which my material has sometimes appeared (a steal at $30) or visit Townships Heritage Web Magazine

QFHS is the home of the Quebec Family History Society of which I am a longtime member. Membership includes their good little magazine Connections which has published some of my articles. They have many resources at their library in Pointe-Claire.

Names that appeared in newspapers in Sherbrooke, Quebec in the 19th Century

Channell’s "History of Compton County and sketches of the Eastern Townships, District of St. Francis, and Sherbrooke County, supplemented with the records of four hundred families, two hundred illustrations of buildings and leading citizens in the county" 1853-1896

There is an excellent site for Genealogical Resources for the Southwestern Quebec area including Huntingdon County and the Seigniories of Chateauguay and Beauharnois.

An amazing number of Quebec and Eastern Townships Cemeteries are recorded on this excellently maintained and regularly updated site. They are sorted by county.

Vital Statistics for British Columbia

Vital Statistics for Manitoba

Michigan death records 1897 -1920

Minnesota deaths 1904-1907, and 1955-2001

Northern Ontario Graves

cyndislist.com is a categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

This database for identifying Irish Townlands is very helpful.

Ancestor Links contains a wealth of material including data on Dawson and Huston and an interesting section on the Eastern Townships.

Abstract of a thesis by Réal G. Boulianne on the documents of the Royal Institute for the Advancement of Learning at McGill.

Vital Statistics for Saskatchewan

Profiles in addition to those mentioned in family chapters.

Mary Ann Purcell was baptized at the parish church of St-Alphonse Rodriguez on June 28, 1873 and was the daughter of Christopher Purcell and Margaret Cameron of that Parish. Her godfather was Timothy Kelly of St-Ambroise de Kildare and his wife and Mary’s aunt, Mary Cameron. Read about the school named for Mary Purcell in Washington State.

The Bagnalls were an important family in early Rawdon. Ray Parsons has linked those with the name Bagnall or Bagnell to their Irish roots including those at Tullamore. This site will connect you to researchers interested in this family and what they have contributed.

Several of the Copping family settled at Boscobel, in Ely Township, Shefford County and were involved in lumbering. I have written about Henry Copping who settled there and his wife Sarah Jane Divine Holtby in the chapter on the Holtby family in Up To Rawdon. There is a fine website with interesting photos which tells the story of his younger brother, Joseph Copping, his family and the history of Boscobel.