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 on: August 20, 2014, 03:55:15 PM 
Started by Jeff Legault - Last post by Jeff Legault
Claude Bourguignon recently visited my second cousin twice removed, James Mooney that lives between St. Colomban and Lachute. He was kind enough to donate a treasure trove of old family photos hoping to preserve some of the local history. The Mooneys were one of the very first St Columban families to settle in the area back in the early 1800s. I visited the Mooney farm back in the 60s but my Whelan family were regular visitors over the years. My second great grandmother Ellen was a Mooney that married a Whelan, my mom was also a Whelan. Take a look and let me know if you recognize anyone not identified. A big thanks to Claude for scanning all the photos and providing captions where possible.

On our Photo Gallery:

Also available on my Flickr site:

 on: July 20, 2014, 03:41:47 PM 
Started by TraceyFam - Last post by TraceyFam
Hello fellow searchers.  I came upon an interesting website which lists persons at the old St. Ann's Church in Griffintown (part of Montreal) who had formerly lived in Newfoundland.  It shows marriages and other life events, giving names of members of the participating families.  Good for those, like me, who are trying to trace the movements of Irish people who immigrated from Ireland, to know where they went and why:

One of the persons is a Kinsella, a name which shows up in the lists of residents of St. Columban parish.
Evelyn (still searching for more info about the Traceys)

 on: June 05, 2014, 08:56:53 AM 
Started by TraceyFam - Last post by claude bourguignon

What museum do you speak ? No museum exist in St-Colomban.


 on: March 22, 2014, 02:46:55 PM 
Started by claude bourguignon - Last post by claude bourguignon
John Carroll married Ann Funchion at the end of XIXe. Possibly Frank is a child
 of this couple or nephew ?


 on: March 22, 2014, 11:13:46 AM 
Started by claude bourguignon - Last post by jcarroll
Claude,  Is this photo of Frank Carroll , the son of William Carroll and Catherine Cunningham or of another generation? What if any is the relationship between Frank and Annie?

 on: March 15, 2014, 07:17:58 PM 
Started by claude bourguignon - Last post by claude bourguignon

Frank Carroll et Annie Funchion
Coll; Noreen Phelan (détruite)

 on: March 06, 2014, 05:59:26 PM 
Started by TraceyFam - Last post by TraceyFam
I have uploaded another book in my series on the Tracey family of St. Columban; it is entitled "From Colony to Country: Michael Tracey" and it follows the story of Daniel Tracey's son, Michael, against the backdrop of some of the historical events of the mid-19th century.  It is a work of historical fiction, just like the first in the series "A Rebellious Spirit: Daniel Tracey" but it is based on the Traceys who lived in St. Columban and Griffintown in Montreal.  I love digging into history and am constantly surprised by the little vignettes I come across which may or may not have found their way into the history books.  But I especially like to find the root causes of conflicts and political events.  I also wrote an acknowledgement to Fergus Keyes and Claude Bourguignon.  This is what I wrote:
"The people who organized and established a website and a contact point for information on the former Irish settlers of St. Columban deserve a special thanks.  It is only through the tireless efforts of Fergus Keyes and Claude Bourguignon, as well as the many members of this organisation that these two books have been made possible, both the story of Daniel Tracey and his son Michael Tracey in the sequel.
This group is entirely comprised of volunteers and their efforts to raise money and awareness of this area have made all the difference in preserving the heritage of the little Irish community that struggled against all odds to settle the harsh, unforgiving land in such a primitive setting in the 19th century."   The ebook is being reviewed at present, but should be ready for uploading on the site very soon.  I hope the book succeeds in bringing awareness to the little village of St. Columban.

 on: November 16, 2013, 02:53:44 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Walsh25607
Thanks for the document, Claude.  It will assist me in my research.

 on: November 14, 2013, 03:18:01 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by claude bourguignon
A notice about Doomsday family from Curé Isidore Forget in : St. Colomban- Ste-Sophie. Notes généalogiques (circa 1905)

 on: November 13, 2013, 10:18:54 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Here is an e-mail that I received from Carol Brown concerning the Walsh & Gaffney families of St. Columban....

Hello; I am researching my family tree.  Patrick Henry Walsh and Mary Ann Gaffney were my great-grandparents, located in St. Columban, Quebec.   I see that there is a grave marker on your website for this couple.  There were also some Doomsday relatives in there, maybe part of a land grant after the war of 1812.  George Doomsday was registered with the Rifle Brigade in 1820.  From what I can gather, he came from England, fought in Canada, returned to England where he had a daughter, Sarah,  in 1827, and apparently returned to Canada between 1828 and 1829, where it appears he settled in St. Columban.  I would like to gather more information on these individuals, and others in the Walsh family in St. Columban.  I see that there is a book entitled “Saint-Colomban: An Irish Epic in the Foothills of the Laurentians”, by Claude Bourguignon.  Do you know if it chronicles all of the early settler families in the region?  Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.



Kind regards,

Carol Brown

Vernon, British Columbia


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