Go to the northern tip of Maine. That is also the northern end of U.S. Highway 1. There you will find Fort Kent. The town is on the border with New Brunswick and is only a few miles from Quebec province. Most of the town's residents have French-Canadian names. Now a huge collection of French-Canadian genealogy information has become available in Fort Kent.
Thanks to the efforts of Leon Guimond, Chad Pelletier, the Fort Kent Historical Society, and the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, along with financial support from Fort Kent native Greta Martin, a massive collection of books, photographs, notes, maps and related genealogical ephemera is now indexed, cataloged and available to researchers and historical buffs interested in family history.
The materials include information about Franco-American families in Maine, Quebec, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Ontario. More than 1,200 books and periodicals, dozens of articles and hundreds of photographs, maps and index card notes of family histories are available.
You can read the details in an article by Julia Bayly in the Bangor Daily News at http://goo.gl/MFeF2.
I hope to visit Fort Kent next summer to use this collection as I had dozens of ancestors in and around Fort Kent in the 1800s. I hope to write more about the collection after my visit.
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