VERMONT FRENCH-CANADIAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY


"The VT-FCGS Filles and Soldats Research Program"

The Filles du Roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. They were part of King Louis XIV's program to promote the settlement of his colony in Canada. Some 737 of these women married and the resultant population explosion gave rise to the success of the colony. Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada and the USA (and beyond!), are descendants of one or more of these courageous women of the 17th century.

Most were single French women and many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement in the colony were paid for by the King. Some were given a royal gift of a dowry of 50 livres for their marriage to one of the many unmarried male colonists in Canada. These gifts are reflected in some of the marriage contracts entered into by the filles du roi at the time of their first marriages. Of the nearly 1000 women who undertook the journey, about 800 made it to Canada. They were promised 50 livres if they married a soldier or farmer and 100 livres if an officer. There were very few of the latter simply because there were very few officers who needed help in finding a girl of their own choice.

The Carignan-Salieres regiment arrived in Quebec City in the summer of 1665, the first contingent arriving on June 18. This was the first expedition of royal troops to Canada. The regiment counted twenty companies and each company was made up of three officers - a captain, a lieutenant and an ensign - two sergeants, three corporals, five anspessades and forty soldiers, including at least one drummer. Four other companies drawn from the regiments of Lignières, Chambellé, Poitou and Orléans coming from the West Indies also came to Quebec City with Marquis de Tracy, the new governor general.

Considering that the colony had about 3200 inhabitants, the arrival of some 1200 soldiers and 80 officers had an extraordinary impact on its development. A body of troops of this magnitude in Canada completely transformed what had until then been a precarious military situation for the colony. Finally, towns could be fitted out with suitable garrisons and new forts could be built to block the Richelieu River, the Iroquois' traditional route. In just a few weeks, the French went from the defensive stance that had been necessary for almost a quarter of a century to a new tactic: attacking the Iroquois on their own territory.

 

FILLES DU ROI - SOLDATS DU CARIGNAN

In 2004, William F. Kane of the ACGS in Manchester, NH. found that 167 soldiers of the Carignan Regiment married "Filles du Roi" in Quebec. We invite everyone to trace their family lineage to one of these couples. You can earn the beautiful pin (1 inch square) that we have had designed especially for this program.

Click here to the Original List of Soldiers who stayed in Quebec; by Company and dit Name

Click here to View the W. Kane List
Click here to View the T. Devarney Lists
Click here for the Societie des Filles du Roi List of Filles who wed Carignan Soldiers

Click here for the Application Form

 

 

FILLES DU ROI - SOLDATS DU CARIGNAN
Program Rules

1. This program is intended for French-Canadian descendants to become aware of, appreciate, and experience pride in their rich cultural heritage.

2. Participation is for those who are able to trace their ancestry to a Fille du Roi who married a Soldat du Carignan in New France.

3. The VT-FCGS Filles & Soldats Program begins on October 24, 2009.

4. 1. A $4.00 application fee must be submitted along with a family tree showing the applicant's ancestoral line, by marriages, back to a Fille du Roi marriage. Add $4.00 if the pin has to be mailed (anywhere in the USA).

5. One specially designed pin will be awarded to each successful applicant. Additional pins can be purchased for $4.00 each.

6. Copies of the family tree should be brought to the VT-FCGS library in Colchester or mailed to VT-FCGS, Filles du Roi Program, P.O. Box 65128, Burlington, VT 05406.

7. Family trees will be displayed at the VT-FCGS library and on our web site with permission of the applicant.

Create a Fille & Soldat Chart using Family Tree Maker

 

For more information of the "Filles du Roi" and "Carignan Soldiers" click on the links below.

If you would like to get a Formal certification, after approval of your first ancestor's lineage to a Fille du Roi or Carignan soldier, check this website.
"La Société des Filles du Roi et Soldats du Carignan, Inc."
Carignan Regiment
Ships and Companies onboard each Ship
Fille du Roi
Resources

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

 

Charts Submitted

No.
Total Charts
Click on Donor
VT-FCGS Mbr
Date
1 Two Charts Fisher, John
2
10-24-09
2 Twelve Charts Ralph Mitchell
577
10-28-09
3 One Chart Sheila Morris
417
10-29-09
4 One Chart Patricia Ganson
604
10-31-09
5 One Chart Rae Laitres
414
11-04-09
6 One Chart Anne Nolan
11-04-09
7 One Chart William Gauthier
-
12-04-09
8 Three Charts Charlene Muir
713
12-06-09
9 One Chart Richard Bolio
722
12-11-09
10

Nine Charts

Mary Kinville
703
12-14-09
11 One Chart Carmen Decoteaux
12-15-09
12 One Chart Linda Berry Kraus  
01-06-10
13 Eight Charts Jane Duchesneau Whitmore
486
1-31-2010
14 Eight Charts Ed Spaeths
86
2-6-2010
15 One Chart Barbara Mercure
615
2-6-2010
16 One Chart Carol Cleland  
3-27-2010
17 Two Charts Gerry Savard  
3-27-2010
18 One chart Ed Fisette
334
4-09-2010
19 One Chart Hollie Patnaude
not C-S
4-11-2010
20 One Chart Janine Lafleur Penfield  
4-16-2010
21 One Chart Sandra McGrath
670
5-7-2010
22 One Chart Robert Cota
36
5-19-2010
23 One Chart David Gauthier
38S
5-23-2010
24 One Chart Richard Myers
626
5-23-2010
25 Five Charts Janet Allard
48
5-26 9-22 2010
26 Six Charts Tom DeVarney
441
6-5-2010
27 Three Charts Daniel Benoit  
7-8-2010
28 Two Charts Flora Roy
705
8-25-2010 9-5-10
29 One Chart Kelly Greenwood Leav
622
8-25-2010
30 Nine Charts Stephen Beaupre
239
8-26-2010
31 One Chart Janet Lanou
109
9-18-2010
32 One Chart Carol Mongeon
101
10-16-2010
33 One Chart Martha Lacharite Roy
714
2-13-2011
34 One Chart Ed Sue McGuire
264
3-7-2011
35 One Chart Dorothy Surprenant-Faridoni
3-7-2011
36 One Chart Joan Flynn
11
2-13-2011
37 One Chart Marjorie Stein Beldin
642
3-26-2011
38 Two Charts Jeffrey Guilbault
4-13-2011
39 Two Charts Pamela Corriveau Stewart
5-15-2011
40 One Chart Gary Procop
5-24-2011
41 One Chart Patricia McCormack
5-24-2011
42 One Chart Patricia Maloney McCormack
5-24-2011
43 Two Chart3 Mireille Bonneau Maxfield .. #2
787
8-14-2011
44 Ten Charts Gary Nokes
729
8-10-2011
45 One Chart William SteMarie
9-12-2011
46 One Chart Denise Gaudreau
795
9-25-2011
47 One Chart Louis Izzo
761
10-31-2011
48 Three Charts Gary Nokes
729
10-31-2011
49 Two Charts Susan Slovick
12-10-2011
50 Five Charts Erin McCormack
11-30-2011
51 One Chart Marie Conte
613
12-05-2011
52 One Chart James Edward Heppell
1-5-2012
53 One Chart Mary Lalumiere
618
3-4-2012
54 One Chart Marion Seguin
858
3-29-1012
55 One Chart Richard Mastroianni
785
4-22-2012
56 One Chart Michael Ferland
781
4-28-2012
57 One Chart Leonard John Clarke
4-28-2012
58 One Chart Robert Lamore
861
5-27-2012
59 One Chart Judy Cole
789
6-28-2012
60 One Chart Judy Welna
114
07-17-2012
61 One Chart Monica Heath
721
11-09-2012
62 Two Charts Dawn MacIntire
845
01-06-2013
63 Two Charts Lorraine Letendre Johnson
02-23-2013
64 Two Charts Deborah Letendre-Henry-Warren
03-10-2013
65 One Chart Norman Bernard Harper
03-30-2013
66 Four Charts Dixie Johnston
288
04-13-2013
67 Three Charts Jacqueline Jones
484
04-13-2013
68 Ten Charts Robert L. Goyette
08-02-2013
69 One Chart Lillian Bertha Quintal Moore
08-13-2013
70 One Chart Laurent Beaunoyer
09-18-2013
71 One Chart Roger Lemoyne
09-18-2013
72 One Chart Ralph Lebel
09-18-2013
73 Two Charts Daniel Desrosiers
979
11-18-2013
74 One Chart Kim Beauchemin
849
1-1-2014
75 One Chart Raymond Patenaude
1-11-2014
76 One Chart Wayne Senecal
1-11-2014
77 One Chart Samuel David Graber
ACGS
1-18-2014
78 One Chart Thomas Hynes
3-26-2014
79 Three Charts Bonnie, Erin, & Blayne Greiner
4-25-2014
80 One Chart Paulette Lagasse Weaver
7-20-2014
81 Two Charts Bob Sargent
825
7-20-2014

Click here to view a File of "Fille du Roi and Soldats" and Contributors, indexed by the Soldat's Name

Testimonials

Participating in the Filles du Roi program is a very rewarding experience. I have found that several of my ancestors and my husband's were members of the Soldat Carignan and Filles du Roi. It is exciting to know that I am descended from some of the original people who were strong enough to survive the long journey from France to "New France". I find the research involved in making the connections between myself and the Filles du Roi very rewarding and would highly recommend that anyone who has Filles du Roi and Soldat ancestors participate in the VT-FCGS program and share your genealogy with other members.

Mary

  

 

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