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.

Professional Organizations

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.

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.

Société française d’histoire des outre-mers

La Société française d’histoire d’outre-mer (SFHOM) est une association qui réunit des universitaires, des érudits et des professionnels du monde de l’entreprise et de l’administration pour valoriser les recherches sur l’histoire des monde des outre-mers.

Archival, Museum, and Bibliographical Resources

Archives nationales d’outre-mer

French national overseas archives website.

Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes

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

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.

Histoires coloniales

Extensive bibliography of resources composed by Thierry Anjubault,  All publications listed are available online.

Kaskaskia Manuscripts

Online calendar of the Kaskaskia Manuscripts, 1708-1816.

New France Archives/Archives de la Nouvelle-France

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.

Nouvelle-France électronique

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

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.

Regional Information

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.

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.

Great River Road Visitor’s Guide to French Colonial Country

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

History of the Great Lakes States

Includes information by state about French history in the region.

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.

Historical and Related Societies

Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

Michilimackinac Historical Society

Old Mines Area Historical Society

Les Amis (St. Louis)

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres

Historical Sites (By State)

ALABAMA

Center for Archaeological Studies, University of South Alabama

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Post

ILLINOIS

Cahokia

Cahokia Courthouse

Church of the Holy Family

Jarrot Mansion

Martin Boismenue House

Randolph County

Fort de Chartres

Prairie du Rocher

Immaculate Conception Church, Kaskaskia

Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Site

Fort Kaskaskia

Pierre Menard home

Fort Massac

INDIANA

Fort Ouiatenon

Vincennes

MICHIGAN

Colonial Michilimackinac

Fort St. Joseph

MISSOURI

St. Louis

St. Louis French Heritage

Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve Department of Tourism

Beauvais-Amoureux House

Bequette-Ribault House

Félix Vallé House State Historic Site

Louis Bolduc House

Jean-Baptiste Vallé House

Guibourd-Vallé House

Old Mines

Old Mines French Project

St. Joachim Catholic Church

Other Resources

Jacques Marquette: Jésuite accompli et héros de la Nouvelle France

Essay in French on Marquette and his legacy.

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.

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).

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.

Pathfinders and Passageways: The Exploration of Canada

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

Recreating the French Habitant in the Illinois Country

Living history blog.

Facebook Groups and Pages

Center for French Colonial Life and the Bolduc House

Fort de Chartres French Marines

Fort de Chartres Store

Fort Michilimackinac

Fort Ouiatenon

Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

French Colonial Detroit

French Colonial Historical Society

French-Canadians & Métis of the Great Lakes and Upper Louisiana

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française

Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail

Le Pays des Illinois

Les Amis du Fort de Chartres

Louisiana Territory French and Creole Language

Mine au Breton Historical Society

Old Mines and Ste Genevieve Missouri French

Old Mines Area Historical Society

Old Mines French

Pierre Menard Home TwentyFifteen

Pierre Menard Home

Ste. Genevieve Genealogy

Ste. Genevieve Militia

The Kaskaskia Company

Visit Ste. Genevieve

Yale French North American Studies