The Jesuit Relations

The Catholic Church keeps extensive records. It is theoretically possible for a Catholic to trace his of her family through Baptismal records. Unfortunately in countries devastated by conflict as was France or religious persecution as in England many of the records have been lost but the theory exists none the less.

There is in existence one of the most valuable pieces of primary source material from the French colonial period of Canada. Written by Priests of the Jesuit Order between 1610 and 1791 these "Relations" describe in detail the unspoiled wilderness and people that inhabited it in the lands that would become Canada and much of the United States.

It is impressive reading. It is offered online and I present links to it herein English...
and here in French...

de Brantigny

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