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Researching an Ancestor in the Carignan Regiment


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The Carignan Regiment, also known as the Carignan-Salières Regiment, was sent by France to Canada with the mission of quelling the Iroquois who were fighting to protect their homeland from the invaders. Seven shiploads transported the men of the regiment to New France between June and September of 1665. They were welcomed by the French residents either as saintly saviours or as ill-behaved and ill-mannered ruffians

They were interesting characters whatever their character and they left children whose descendants delight in the connection, both reasons for the substantial amount of information about them prancing about the Internet.  Two of the best websites about the regiment are:

  • - which includes a swarm of detail buzzing about its pages, including some full genealogies of men, copies of some documents, and biographies of individual soldiers.
  • - a remarkable website on many aspects of La Rochelle's emigrants, which has slightly less information that the above, but does not entirely duplicate it.

For those who wish to go deeper into French archives to learn more from original sources, there are also:

  • Correspondence and lists concerning Military Officers in the service in Canada, Ile Royale and elsewhere, from 1659 to 1774 in the Archives nationales d'outre-mer (ANOM), under the code: D/2C/49
  • Also in the Archives nationales d'outre-mer, under the code: D/2C/47 are correspondence, memoranda and lists concerning the troops sent to Canada and Ile Royale from 1658 to 1771. 
  • To find those who were heads of households in the 1666 census of Nouvelle-France, see code G/1/460 and for the census of the year 1699, see code G/1/466, both also at ANOM. 
  • In the military archives at the Service Historique de la Défense in Vincennes, under Series A of the Army archives can be found documents concerning the Carignan Regiment from 1643.

Go now and find your man!

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French Genealogy