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Did You Know? What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Canada from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In the typical habitant dwelling-house, often reached by a ladder, was a loft or attic running the full area of the house, but so low that one could touch, the rafters everywhere. Here the children, often a dozen or more of them, were stowed away at night on mattresses of straw or feathers laid along the floor. As the windows were securely fastened, even in the coldest weather this attic was warm.

Source: Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

Over time, Quebec has gone through a series of name changes.

From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Quebec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Quebec, Canada

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Canada/New France  Elisabeth  Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne

  (b. abt. 1666, Québec Province, Canada   d. 25 March 1734Yamachiche, Canada, New France )  

Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne was born abt. 1666 in , Québec Province, Canada . Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne was the child of Pierre-Felix Thunay (Tuné) dit Dufresne and Elisabeth Lefebvre and the grandchild of: (maternal)  Pierre-Michel Lefebvre dit Descoteaux and Jeanne Auneau (Aunois)

She married  Julien Rivard dit Dufresne 3 February 1682 in Champlain, Canada, New France .  The couple had (at least) 7 children. Julien Rivard dit Dufresne  was born 9 December 1657 in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada .  He died 9 December 1708 in Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) .  He was the son of Nicolas Rivard dit Lavigne and Catherine St-Pere.

Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne died 25 March 1734 in Yamachiche, Canada, New France .

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Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne married Canada/New France Julien Rivard dit Dufresne-- Date: 3 February 1682 Place: Champlain, Canada, New France
Le Programme de recherche en démographie historique - Univeriste de Montreal 

Julien Rivard dit Dufresne was the son of Nicolas Rivard dit Lavigne and Catherine St-Pere

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Canada/New France Marie-Elisabeth Rivard dite Lavigne (b.28 September 1689, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 18 August 1771, Yamachiche, Province of Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Madeleine Rivard dite Laglanderie (b.7 February 1692, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 25 July 1729, La-Pérade, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France François Rivard dit Beaucour (b.30 May 1695, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 1 May 1758, Yamachiche, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Julien Rivard dit Laglanderie (b.28 December 1697, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 28 March 1761, Yamachiche, Canada )

Canada/New France Françoise Rivard dite Laglanderie (b.20 April 1700, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 8 February 1733, Champlain, Canada, New France )

Canada/New France Jean-Baptiste Rivard dit Laglanderie (b.25 July 1702, Batiscan, Canada, New France   d. 26 December 1784, Yamachiche, Province of Québec, Canada )

Canada/New France Joseph Rivard dit Dufresne (b.abt. June 1709, , Québec Province, Canada   d. 24 January 1793, Yamachiche, Lower Canada )

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Canada 1667 - The result of Canada's first census is 3215 non-native inhabitants. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1667 - Filles Du Roi Arrive
October 27: One hundred and nine (109) young ladies (Filles du Roi) arrived in Quebec from Dieppe and La Rochelle; 84 from Dieppe, 25 from La Rochelle. Only 15-20 were from good families, several...Read MORE...

Canada 1668 - The Carignan-Salières regiment is recalled to France, but several hundred choose to remain behind, many in return for local seigneuries. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1670 - The Hudson's Bay Company is founded by royal charter and, underwritten by a group of English merchants, is granted trade rights over Rupert's Land -- i.e., all territory draining into Hudson Bay (May 2). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1672 - Comte de Frontenac becomes governor general of New France, later quarrelling frequently with the intendant and the bishop. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

News 1673 - Population of Quebec - 6,705

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

Canada 1673 - Final Group of Filles du Roi Arrive
September: The last shipment of Filles du Roi arrived Quebec from France, and the program ended. The population of New France had risen to 6,700 people, an increase of 168% in the eleven years...Read MORE...

Canada 1673 - Frontenac sends Marquette and Jolliet to explore the Missippi. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1674 - Laval becomes the first bishop of Québec. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

News 1681 - Population of Quebec - 10,077

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1682 Marriage / Partner
Elisabeth Thunay (Tuné) dite Dufresne and Julien Rivard dit Dufresne 3 February 1682, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)

News 1685 - King Louis XIV decreed Code Noir (Black Code),ordered all Jews out of French colonial empire; defined slavery rules, restricted activities of free Negroes; forbade any religious activities other than Roman Catholic webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ pqztimeln.htm -

Canada 1686 - De Troyes and D'Iberville capture three English posts on James Bay (June-July). about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

Canada 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area. On the opposite shore, the inhabitants of the...Read MORE...

World History 1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

1689 Birth of Child
Marie-Elisabeth Rivard dite Lavigne was born 28 September 1689, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

Canada 1690 - Port Royal is captured by British forces led by Phipps. acadtime.htm -

Canada 1690 - Frontenac repels Phips' (sent from Massachusetts) attack on Québec (October) about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

News 1692 - Population of Quebec - 13,041

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1692 Birth of Child
Madeleine Rivard dite Laglanderie was born 7 February 1692, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1694 Birth of Child
François Rivard dit Beaucour was born 30 May 1695, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

1697 Birth of Child
Julien Rivard dit Laglanderie was born 28 December 1697, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

Invention 1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)
"Thomas Savery was an English inventor credited with making important advancements and discoveries in the development of the steam engine. He was born in 1650 at Shilston and belonged to a well known ...Read MORE...

1700 Birth of Child
Françoise Rivard dite Laglanderie was born 20 April 1700, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

Canada 1701 - 40 First Nation tribes, French Colonial Government signed Great Peace of Montreal
On August 4, 1701, some 40 Aboriginal nations gathered in Montreal. On that day, their representatives dinged the Treaty of Montreal. People in Montreal would remember this ceremony for a long time....Read MORE...

News 1702 - Queen Anne's War between France and Great Britain began webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ pqztimeln.htm -

Canada 1702 - Having begun in Europe in 1701, The War of the Spanish Succession spreads to North America (Queen Anne's War) in Acadia and New England. about/ links/ resources/ canadian-history/ prehistory-to-1800.html -

1702 Birth of Child
Jean-Baptiste Rivard dit Laglanderie was born 25 July 1702, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

News In 1703, the first colonists, the three Gélinas brothers, settled in the Yamachiche area. wiki/ Yamachiche,_Quebec -

News 1706 - Population of Quebec - 18,842

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

News By 1706, there are 7 families in Yamachiche. That same year, the name Yamachiche first appeared in the census. wiki/ Yamachiche,_Quebec -

1708 Death of Spouse/Partner
Julien Rivard dit Dufresne died 9 December 1708, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier)

Canada 1710 - British Capture Port Royal, Rename Fort Anne
The Acadian community of Port Royal is captured by Francis Nickolson for the British and renamed it Fort Anne, and the community, Annapolis Royal. Daniel d'Auger de Subercase (1661-1732), with less...Read MORE...

News In 1711, the first chapel was built in Yamachiche, dedicated to Sainte Anne by Récollet Siméon Dupont. wiki/ Yamachiche,_Quebec -

Canada 1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ended Queen Anne's War (War of the Spanish Succession)
Hudson's Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland now all belonged to the English. Cape Breton belonged to the French.
History of Quebec for Dummies by Eric Bedard, published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Ltd. -

News In 1716 (New France), it became a requirement that all soldiers be given a dit name.
What is most interesting is that in New France a dit name could be passed down from father to son and often was. On the other hand, this was not done in France. 2011/ 05/ dit-dite-names.html -

News 1718 - Population of Quebec - 25.971

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

News 1727 - Population of Quebec - 34,355

History of Quebec For Dummies By Eric Bédard -

1729 Death of Child
Madeleine Rivard dite Laglanderie died 25 July 1729, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade)

1733 Death of Child
Françoise Rivard dite Laglanderie died 8 February 1733, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)

25 March 1734
Yamachiche, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-d'Yamachiche)

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