Links of Interest

The following links are intended to provide information about resources, historic sites, and organizations related to the French colonial history in the American Midwest.  Suggestions for additional links are welcome.

French Colonial Historical Society

The French Colonial Historical Society encourages interest in the scholarly study of all French colonizing activity and the history of all French colonies. It provides members with various channels, including newsletters, annual meetings, a web site and French Colonial History, and a refereed journal.

France in America

Bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.

French Colonial Period in Illinois

Articles and images on individual communities in Illinois with French heritage.

French in Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Very large site established to commemorate the memory of the continued presence of French-speaking people in Wisconsin. On-line articles, maps, related links. Many resources for French teachers.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Pages on the historic sites managed by the IHPA, including the Cahokia Courthouse, Fort de Chartres, Fort Kaskaskia, the Pierre Menard Home. Calendar of events at these sites. Fort Massac is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Fort Massac Site, Illinois

National Park Service historic site.

Jacques Marquette: Jésuite accompli et héros de la Nouvelle France

Essay in French on Marquette and his legacy.

New France Online/Les Sources de la Nouvelle-France (Bibliotheque et Archives Canada)

The National Archives of Canada, the Archives de France and the Canadian Embassy in France online archive of more than 22,000 digitized documents about the administration of New France. The documents come from the Colonies fonds (series C11A) held at the Centre des archives d’outre-mer at Aix-en-Provence, France.

Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, Indiana

Oldest fife and drum corps in Midwest. History of Compagnies franches de la marine and military music of the 17th and 18th centuries. List of recordings. Page on Fort Ouiatenon.

Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française

L’Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française est la principale association des historiennes et des historiens professionnels du Québec et des spécialistes de l’Amérique française.

Virtual Museum of New France/Musée virtuel de la Nouvelle-France

Discover what drew the French to North America and follow missionaries, cartographers, soldiers, coureurs des bois and Aboriginal allies as they explore and expand New France. Join Canada’s first European inhabitants in their daily activities and learn about their culture and civilization.

Mapping the French Empire in North America

A virtual exhibit based on selections from Buisseret, David. Mapping the French Empire in North America: An Interpretive Guide to the Exhibition Mounted at the Newberry Library on the Occasion of the 17th Annual Conference of the French Colonial Historical Society (Chicago: The Newberry Library, 1991).

French Ontario in the 17th and 18th centuries

Through maps, photographs, paintings and textual documents, the exhibit tells the story of the first two centuries that followed the first French explorations of our province, in 1610.

The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France

Online version of the Jesuit Relations in both English and French, provided by Library and Archives Canada.

Les Voies de la decouverte: L’ exploration du Canada (Biblio & Archives Canada)

Extensive information on early explorers of Canada and la Nouvelle France.

Visit Ste. Genevieve

Tourism information for Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

Fort de Chartres

Website of the Fort de Chartres historical site and various groups associated with it.

Center for Archaeological Studies, University of South Alabama

Information on the center’s mission, activities and publications. Several pages are devoted to excavations at Old Mobile, Port Dauphin, French plantations. Related links to other French colonial sites in North America.

Great River Road Visitor’s Guide to French Colonial Country

Visitor information about the French heritage in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.

Old Mines

Website devoted to the French history and heritage of Old Mines, Missouri.

Archives nationales d’outre-mer

French national overseas archives website.

History of the Great Lakes States

Includes information by state about French history in the region.

Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes

Dictionary of French-Canadian families from 1600-1760, published originally between 1871 and 1890.

Recreating the French Habitant in the Illinois Country

Living history blog.

Nouvelle-France électronique

Resource site created by Joseph Gagné, featuring links to archives, databases, and organizations.

Kaskaskia Manuscripts

Online calendar of the Kaskaskia Manuscripts, 1708-1816.