Looking for your roots

Did you know that most of Quebecers and numerous North Americans are descendants of the 300 founding families that settled on the Island of Orleans under the French regime? Your ancestor may have been one of them. Consult the list of names Hommage aux fondateurs to find out!

At the Maison de nos Aïeux, a large scale model of the island will allow you to track the land that your ancestor owned, and maybe even find the current address of this land. You can also get in the shop genealogy data about your ancestor that lists the history of possessors of the land and detailed information about the first three generations. You can also buy genealogy books about 80 of the founding families of Quebec.

Finally, benefit from the help of our guides to answer your questions and to direct you in the search of your ancestors.

Documentation Center on genealogy

If you would like to make some advanced research about your ancestors and your genealogy, consult the different resources available to you in our DOCUMENTATION CENTER ON GENEALOGY. The documentation center gives you access to many research tools like the register of the P.R.D.H., a vast repertory of notarial acts from between 1621 and 1799. You will also be able to consult the genealogical dictionaries or the family biographies on the spot, as well as the parish registers of the Island of Orleans (still in production), and many rare or out-of-print books about the history of the island and its inhabitants.

Genealogy consultation

You are doing your genealogy and you have more specific questions? You would like that one of our tour guides help you find information? You can now reserve for a genealogy consultation!

What is that? A genealogy consultation is a period during which a tour guide formed in genealogy is entitled to you to answer your questions and to help you find information.

To have access to the consultations, you have to be a member of the Fondation François-Lamy. The consultation service in itself is $35 for the first hour and $30 for additional hours .

How to reserve a genealogy consultation? Just click here!

Genealogy products

The Fondation François-Lamy now offers products specifically designed to accompany you during your genealogical research!

You will find many products available at the boutique: genealogical tree for kids, fan-shaped family tree, research booklet for 12 generations and simple and double genealogical chart.

You want to know more? Just click here!

Genealogy tree service

Offer history as a gift!

Have you always wanted to get to know your ancestors, but have never had time to do your family tree? Did you want to give a loved one the gift of genealogy? Let us help you! We now do your family trees! No excuse, it's time to take the plunge and meet your ancestors.

To make a request or to have more information, visit our shop or write to us at!


Here, you can download a template of marriage certificate. This document will help you to know what to look exactly when you are doing your research in french-canadian files.

Centre de documentation de la Maison de nos Aïeux

Documentation Center

Daily access:
$6.00 per person

Reservation required

To make an appointment:
418 829-0330

For only $20.00 a year, become a member of the Fondation François-Lamy and enjoy an unlimited free access to the Maison de nos Aïeux and to its Documentation Center. Contact us for more information.

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418 829-0330