Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Descendants of the ‘Filles du Roi’

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter recently had an interesting article stating, “Most French Canadians are descended from 800 women known as the Filles du Roi” — or “Daughters of the King.” These women were transported to what is now Quebec between 1663 and 1673 “to boost the population by encouraging female immigrants to settle, marry and raise families. … Millions of living people are descended from this group of pioneer women [and] descendants of the filles du roi today may be found throughout Canada, the U.S., and other countries.”

Eastman’s article, at, includes some related websites and interesting comments from readers.

An alphabetical list of these King’s Daughters, at, provides some data on each, including spouse’s name and date of marriage.

New York society offers free subject guides

There are many advantages to belonging to the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, but this society also offers many free resources that are available to nonmembers. For example, at there are links to several subject guides that would be helpful for anyone researching New York state ancestors. These include:

— A Selection of Major Cemeteries in New York State

— New York Newspapers Available Online

— Articles About New York Research Published in Journals Outside New York

— Guide to Repositories in New York State

— Using Maps for New York State Research

— Genealogical & Historical Societies in New York City & State

— Selected Hereditary & Lineage Societies

— Hiring Professional Genealogical Researchers

For example, click on “Articles … Published … Outside NY” (1990-2011); the list (accessed by clicking on the phrase, “accessible as a PDF”) has 30 pages of articles; each listed with author, name of publication, title, date, volume, number, page and comments. (It should be noted that many articles that pertain to specific families (e.g., Tudor, Shanley, Riggs.)

NYG&B has a Facebook page at

German script translated

Anyone that has trouble reading or transcribing German script could be helped by using a free chart at Still confused? Perhaps the page furnished by Family Tree Magazine, with links to seven online tools to help, at, can help decipher that German script. Other helpful websites can be found by doing a Google search ( for “translate German script.”

Prologue article defines women’s naturalization process

The summer 1998 issue of Prologue, publication of the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA), provides detailed information on US women’s right to citizenship. For example, until the passage of the 1922 Married Women’s Act (called the Cable Act), a woman would lose her U.S. citizenship if she married an unnaturalized alien. Actually “a succession of laws in the 19th century worked to keep certain women out of the naturalization process.” Marian L. Smith’s interesting article can be read/downloaded at

Genealogy calculators

Do you wish to know the day of the week your ancestor was born or married or died? At any date can be converted to a day in the week using the Day of Week Calculator. Now a family narrative can include the day as well as the date for important events.

From the toolbar at the top, click on “tools” for other calculators. These include Age Calculator (calculate difference between two dates); Birthdate Calculator; Cousin Calculator (calculate family relationships between two people with common ancestor); Easter Holiday Finder; Inflation Calculator (calculate today’s monetary value for ancestor’s will bequests, etc.); and Perpetual Calendar (enter month and year (0000 to 9999) to get calendar for that month); Roman Numeral Calculator (convert roman numeral on tombstone or legal document to a decimal number).

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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