Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy

If I don’t reply to your query, it is because I have no information. I don’t want to add to the comments with ‘I don’t know’. If you can help answer someone’s question, please post!

The internet is a good place to find out about your family history.  Unfortunately, it ain’t as easy as the tv ads for look.  Often those ads with cheerful people clicking on a leaf and finding some fascinating bit of information about their great-granddaddy come on as I’m struggling to figure out whether this Peter is son of this Paul or that Paul.  It’s all I can do to not throw a shoe at the television.

There is a lot of information on the big genealogy sites like and  And there are lots of other sites with information where you don’t have to pay a membership fee.  Some have vital statistics on them – birth and death records, census information etc.  Others are the product of family researchers.  Below are sites related to Newfoundland Mi’kmaq families that I have found useful.

A word of warning:  do not rely totally on any one source as the gospel.  Primary records have enough inconsistencies of fact and, with websites, you have the added possibility of error of transcription.  Dates get typed in wrong, names get misspelled.  There’s lots of room for error.  Plus some information is simply inaccurate or conflicts with other sources.  So with primary documents and the internet, be judicious, check and double-check.

Family History Sites

(see Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Books for more sources)

* Acadian Genealogy (by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino – many Nfld. west coast families)
*  L’Acadie Toujours (LeBlanc/White)
*  Bay of Islands Genealogy Society
*  Benoit (by Jasen Benwah, plus other Nf Mi’kmaq fams)
*  Desc. of Gabriel Billard (marr. Miriam Durnford)
*  Desc. of Michel Boudrot/Boudreau Lt. Gen. (1600s Acadie, marr. Michelle Aucoin)
*  Bras d’Or Families (by John Scott, incl. Jesso, Boutilier, & other fams & regions)
*  Bras d’Or Indian Village Band Assoc. (Maliseet-Micmac Vital Stats, LeJeune gen, Nfld. Mi’kmaq)
*  Chiasson Family
Desc. of Charles Crocker (by Elizabeth Sheppard Hewitt)
*  Desc. of Daniel’s Harbour (Payne, Brooks, Park families)
*  Doucet Family
*  Gallant Family (PEI, by Linda Keefe-Trainor, click ‘tree’)
* (Gallant) Haché-Gallant Family
*  Gary’s Index of Family Surnames (Nfld. West Coast & Acadien families)
*  Gaudet Genealogy (Mark B. Arsland: France, USA, Canada, NL)
*  Desc. of Edward Gaudon (Joe Gaudon, Sept. 2000)
*  Genealogy in Time (links to many sites)
*  Mi’kmaq Ancestry of Jerry Gerrior (Gerrior/Girouard and others)
*  Desc. of James Hall (NS & NL – click no. link at left for gens)
*  Desc. of William Haynes (Hynes) page moved/deleted
*  Herridge-Nurse Family History (Matthews, Garnier, Strickland, etc.)
*  Jesso Family (most Nfld. west coast families)
*  Desc. of Benjamin Kippen (Keeping/Kippen and Bagg)
*  Labrador (Southern) Family History (Labrador Cura, by Patty Way)
*  LeBlanc/White (‘Steve’s Genealogy Blog’)
*  LeBlanc & MacLean Families (Trish LeBlanc – Rootsweb, link goes to surname list)
*  Lefresne-Robinson Family, South Coast of Nfld (Rootsweb, link to surnames)
*  LeJeunes of Cape Breton & Nfld (by Lark Szick)
*  The Ancestry of Henry LeJeune/Young (by Kirk Butt, see note below on BSGGS for this)
*  Desc. of Jacques LeJeune (Robin K. Young gen. home page)
*  John Young (LeJeune) of Bras d’Or NS (by Kevin Young)
*  Dr. William Litchman (South Coast families, Lushman etc.  Click a Publications title for content. Also see his “every-name index” for Burgeo-LaPoile 1921 census, below.)
*  Loder Family Tree (by Don Loder, many families.  Click family tree icon for name indices)
*  Desc. of George Lomond (by Sharon Dillon; also Dillon, Knott, Currie)
*  Marche Family (see note below on BSGGS for access to this huge family tree)
*  Mattie Mitchell Webpage (by Fred Powell)
*  Muise Family (by Doris Muise)
*  Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (‘accept’ then search)
*  O’Connell Family Tree (most Nfld. west coast families)
*  Payne Families
acadien flag*  PEI Family Lineages (flag by Acadian names)
*  PEI Genealogical Society
* Pike Family History & Genealogy Resources (by David Pike)
*  Roy Family, through Marie Aubois (by John R. Nelson)
*  Rumbolt, Hann, Lane & Howarth Genealogy Pages (Northern Peninsula, Bay of Islands)
*  Jacques St-Pierre’s Family Tree (Doucet, Muise, LeJeune, et al.)
*  Vatcher Family History (by Ed Vatcher)
*  Wendy’s Ancestral Tree (Cajun/Acadian families, go to paternal Pitre line)
*  Wheeler Descendants (mainly Twillingate area)
* Stephen A. White, Genealogist (LeBlanc and others & Acadien history)
* Ancestors of Wayne Harvey Young (LeJeune/Young)

For other family trees, genealogical and vital statistics information and sources, go to Bay St. George Genealogical Society.  There is a lot of material in the main site, but for $10 a year membership, you get to go in the ‘Members Only’ section.  There you find many of the invaluable papers on Newfoundland family history written by Allan Stride among other materials. NL GenWeb and Newfoundland Grand Banks are also great resources for vital statistics data.

A wonderful source for information on Burgeo history and families is the 1925 Diary of Burgeo by Joseph Small. Also valuable for those interested in south coast families is Dr. Litchman’s index of the 1921 census for Burgeo-LaPoile, available in Kindle format at Amazon.

Some of these sites are easier than others to navigate around.  I’ve linked to home pages whenever possible so that you can see what’s there.  I’ve used all these sites, so know it is possible to get around if there’s more information there.  If there’s so much information that you don’t know how to find who you’re looking for, try searching with ‘control’ and ‘f’ keys on PCs or ‘command’ and ‘f’ on Macs and type the name or place in the little search box.  At least within the ‘page’, that will find them.

These links are valid as of now, March 2011.  They may change or be removed in future.  They’re not my sites so I can only apologize in advance if any problems develop with them.


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779 thoughts on “Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy”

  1. Just to help keep clear the lineage of the ” Shears ” family of Newbrunswick , Canada. I am the son of Simon Wallace Shears and Verna Winnifred Shears (nee: Kelley).Simon is the son of Joseph Wilford Shears and Rosella Eatmon , Joseph`s first wife who died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Joseph was born April 2/1877 and died in 1941. Joseph later married Livinia Mcintyre (1919)Joseph`s fathers name was Simon and no name found for his Mother?My understanding is that this is where the M`k-macq and French bloodlines where introduced? So Joseph`s mother could be of French origin?It Is thought that Joseph or his father held staus of “chief” of an unknown tribe. would appreciat input from anyone familiar with this “Shears” family lineage.

  2. Hi Dorothy; I was wondering if you would know who the parents of a Thomas Gillingham, born Mar, 1869, Bear Cove, Back Cove, white bay , would be. Any help appreciated.

  3. Hi Dorothy,
    I was in touch before about my great grandmother Harriet Strickland, who I understand was Mi’maq. I am trying to find more on her Native heritage. She was married to George Feltham. Her parents are Josiah Strickland 1849-1911 and Mary Ann Wadman 1848-1876. Her grand parents are Josiah Strickland 1820-1872 and Ann MacDonald 1830-1872 on her father’s side and William Wadman and Maria on her mother’s side. Harriett and her family came from West Point NL. Do you have any information or know where I might look?
    Thank you,

  4. Dear Dorothy,

    The only other information I have is that my Great-grandmother Bridget was born in Newfoundland October of 1855.

    I am attaching my original post so that you can see all the information together: October 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Dear Dorothy,
    My great grandmother was born in Riverhead (or Rivershead) Newfoundland in 1855. Her parents are listed as Timothy Hurley (or Herlihy) and Joanna (or Johanna). I cannot find any information about where this place is in Newfoundland. I did find a Timothy Hurley that worked in St. John around that time, but no other information. Could you direct me?

    Thanks! Linda

  5. Hi,
    I am trying to find out information on my family…Newell Family from Bareneed, Port de Grave District, Newfoundland.

    My great grandfather is Isaac Newell b.1844 Bareneed NL married Sarah Morgan b. 1842 Coley’s Point NL on Nov. 29, 1868

  6. Do you know of the Mitchell’s in Garie Bay , Lapoile Bay , looking for Harriet Taylor , she married Samuel Robert Taylor in 1884 in Grand Brit . I know she died in May 27 1932 , she was my great grandmother and her daughter Rebecca (Taylor) Dicks was my grandmother,she died June 24 1932 , a month after her mother passed.what I would like to know is , we’re they Aboriginal? Many thanks to you .

  7. Hi Ida, I can’t find parents for Harriet Mitchell. In Lovell’s Directory 1871, Noel Mitchell and William Mitchell are listed as fishermen of Garia. I can’t find anything more on them either. Sorry, not much help!

  8. Any Micmac/Indian ancestry in the following families:
    Benson of Grates Cove
    Carter of Greenspond
    Pardy of Grand Bank
    Baker of Boxey/Lally Cove

  9. I am looking for information on a WIlliam Billard born in 1853 I believe in Ramea Nfld. He married Elizabeth Thorne but I cannot find William’s parents can you help?

  10. I believe my grandfather’s mother was Jane Chaisson. His name was Nathan born in 1917. Burgeo. NFLD
    He grew up in Port Aux Basque NFLD. With his 3 older brothers George (who I thing my father was named after), Norman & Freeman and his 2 older sister, Doris and Vera (I think). Any information would be much appreciated, as my father passed away when I was 13.

  11. Hi S- I don’t have anything for these Chaissons, sorry. In the 1935 census for Port aux Basques, I found Jane Chaisson, age 49 widowed, with children Freeman age 23, Nathan age 17, Evelyn age 14, and Vera age 12. In the 1945 census for PAB, I found Nathan, head of h/h age 27, wife Jane E. age 26, and sister “Veno” age 21. From ages, I’m guessing Veno is Vera. If anyone can help out, please do!

  12. I was scrolling through this list and I found a direct link to the genealogy for my family name. Are the links 100% associated with Mi’kmaq? I know my family is but we are having a hard time getting our status on it.

    Please email me. Thanks

  13. Hi Dare, the links here are to genealogies of families that are connected to Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland. They are family trees that I thought might be helpful for those doing research, but their presence on this page does not mean that they are for sure Mi’kmaq. I will email you.

  14. what information can you give me on claissa tuffy i hear she was emma jean kendall daughter . who was emma jean kendall husband and children .i have a picture of claissa tuffy she looks like she indian decent.any information would be great

  15. Hi Linda, I have Clarissa, or Clara, Tutty (1918-2009) as d/o Emma Jane Kendall (1891 Codroy-1977 NS) and John George Tutty (abt 1888 North Sydney-1956 Sydney Cape Breton). Their other children were John Samuel (1914), Sarah Jane (1916), Joyce Susanna (1918?), Leslie (1925), Marina Dolina “Dolly” (1926), Stanley (abt 1931) and Joan. Hope this helps.

  16. I went to high school in Toronto (North York, Earl Haig Secondary School) in the late 1960’s with two girls by the names of Debbie and Glenda Bennett. They said the were Micmac (Mi’kmaq) from Bell Island, Newfoundland. I’ve often thought about them subsequently, but lost touch with them. I’ve tried to find information about them, family connections etc. but with no luck. Do you have any idea how they are connected with the Mi’kmaq diaspora?

  17. Hi Malcolm, Bennett (anglicized from Benoit) is a common name among Mi’kmaq families from the west and south coasts of Newfoundland. Bell Island is near St. John’s, but the girls’ family may have moved there from one of the two. I’ve taken your information off your comment, just for the sake of your privacy, but if either Debbie or Glenda see this and reply, I’ll get them in contact with you. Thanks for writing.

  18. Would love to have info on Mattie Mitchell as he was my dad’s dad , people didn’t know it until years later. He has passed away 6 years ago. His step sister knew and she passed away just a little before my dad, in corner brook. My dad was from Labrador.

  19. Hi Ms. Pike, the best sources of information I can suggest are the book by Gary Collins on my Nfld Mi’kmaq books page and the website by Fred Powell on this page. Mattie Mitchell was a remarkable man, you’re lucky!

  20. Hello Dorothy, I’ve asked a few questions in the past few years and do appreciate the information you have given me. I wonder if you know if there is a Mi’Kmaq connection between the Crant and Hinks families.
    My info tells me there may be…my Grandmother was Lena Crant
    Born June 4th 1894 in Channel Newfoundland and my Grandfather was James Hinks born July 29 th 1888
    I also came across this info in a census John Hinks born 1891 married Rebecca ( Crant) Hinks daughter of William and Rebecca (MacDonald) Crant. John Hinks and Rebecca Hinks lived in Conne River.Any information you can give me would be appreciated

  21. Hi again Sharon, glad I’ve been of some help. I have Lena May Crant as d/o George Grant (1851-1923) and Frances Matthews (b 1872). Frances was d/o Christopher Matthews (1844-1920) and Lavinia Collier (1846-1896). Christopher was born Lower Burgeo s/o John Matthews (1804-1866) and Fanny Dicks.

    Lena’s husband James Israel Hinks was s/o Joseph Hinks (b Cape Ray 1867-1936) and Rosanna Osmond (1862-1941). Joseph was s/o James Hinks (abt 1843-1870) and Elizabeth Scott (b Grand Bank 1843, d PAB). James was s/o John Hinks and Mathilda LeRoux (both b 1823).

    John Hinks (marr to Rebecca Crant) I have as s/o John Hinks (b 1865 Dragon) and one of his three wives Nancy Paul (b McCallum). I have 9 kids for them, most born in Conne River, one in PAB and John in St. Alban’s. The other wives I have for John are Harriett Poulette and Jane Annie (Nancy) Drew – all names common in Conne River. But there were also a lot of John Hinks too, so whether these are all matched up correctly, I don’t know. Both the Crants and Hinks are large, complicated families connected to almost every other family in south and southwestern Nfld.

  22. Hi I am wondering how I can leave a reply to a comment I seen on here from Dave Parrott. He seems to be looking for the same family as me?

  23. Hi Amanda, you can post your comment for Dave here and, that way, everybody who might be interested in the family will also see it. I would send him an email to tell him to look for it. Or I can send him your email address and he can contact you. Let me know, and thanks.

  24. Hi Dorothy
    I am trying to find some info on my great grandmother Elizabeth Prosper. I have found some info and and want to confirm it. she married my great grandfather Richard Beals in July of 1881 and my grandfather was born in Pinware Labrador iin 1900. I think he was the baby of the family. My grandfather was called a Jackie tar and I believe the term came attached to his mom. I think Elizabeth was half native, her Dad was James born 1838 and her mom was Jeanne Benoit born 1834. It is said that Jeanne was va Micmac midwife for Nova Scotia. Does want of this seem correct if so please let me know.

  25. Hi Roderick, I have an Elizabeth Jane Prosper Companion b 1864 in John’s Beach as d/o James Prosper Companion and Jeanne/Jane Benoit. But I have her husband as Richard Furlong. I found on NLGenWeb (Labrador Straits baptisms, Harbour Grace Immaculate Conception) a Richard, b Nov 9 1899 West St. Modeste, son of Richard Beals and Elizabeth Prosper. On an Ancestry discussion board I saw a 2010 post about Elizabeth and Richard: “Elizabeth’s parents were a Thomas and Joan/Johanna. I believe these people were not connected to the Prospers of NL.” I checked my Thomas Prospers but no match. If anyone reading can help, as always, please do!

  26. Hi Dorothy
    THANKS for the reply. I also some info as you suggested on another lady by the same name. I am leaning towards the first info because I also heard from someone else that Richard Furlong was her Elizabeth Prosper (Beals) second marriage. She apparently went back to NL after her first husband (Richard Beals) died. A strange coincidence to have two husbands with the same first name.

  27. Hi Dorothy! I have recently been curious to learn more about my ancestry. I typed in my maternal ggrandmothers name and saw 2 other people, Esther Saunders and Lillian Whitehorn looking for information on her as well. Was there any information you were able to share with them?

  28. Hi Angela, I searched through the comments and saw no reply from me about the Lillian Whitehorn they are looking for, so I guess I have nothing. If anyone can help out, please do.

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