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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 (www.afgs.org/ditnames/index1.html)


Did You Know?Quebec - Did you know? In the French-speaking parishes of the Province of Quebec, lutins are considered as mischievous, fun-loving little spirits, which may be protecting or annoying household gods or demons, according to the treatment that they receive from the inmates of the house where they have chosen to dwell. It generally takes the form of a domestic pet, such as a dog, a cat, a bird, a rabbit, or even a reptile of the inoffensive species, or, again, rats and mice that have learned to become familiar with the members of a household.

Source: The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec


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

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.


Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation) - Église de Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation, est. 1684
989, rue Notre-Dame, Champlain, QUÉBEC
Source: Google maps
Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)
Église de Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation, est. 1684 989, rue Notre-Dame, Champlain, QUÉBEC Source: Google maps
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Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation) - Villa de Champlain, Champlain, Quebec
Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)
Villa de Champlain, Champlain, Quebec
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Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation) - Comptoir arisanal
Champlain, P.Q.
Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)
Comptoir arisanal Champlain, P.Q.
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Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation) - Manoir Antic, Champlain, P.Q.
Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)
Manoir Antic, Champlain, P.Q.
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flag  Alexis  Lucas dit Dontigny

  (b. 6 January 1732Champlain, Canada, New France   d. 23 June 1808Champlain, Lower Canada )  

Alexis Lucas dit Dontigny was born 6 January 1732 in Champlain, Canada, New France . Alexis Lucas dit Dontigny was the child of François Lucas dit Dontigny and Marie-Josephte Caya (Cailla) and the grandchild of: (paternal)  François Lucas dit Dontigny and Marie-Madeleine Baudoin (Beaudoin) (maternal)  Pierre Cailla (Caille) (Cailleau) (Caya) and Marie-Thérèse Houray (Houre) (Aure)

Alexis Lucas dit Dontigny died 23 June 1808 in Champlain, Lower Canada .


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m. Marie Anne Heon
6 January 1761
Champlain

Death
23 June 1808
Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation)



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