WHO ARE WE ?
LES FAMILLES GAGNON ET BELZILE INC
Founded in 1985, our association (NPO) has nearly 350 members, mainly in Quebec, but also in Canada, the United States and Europe. It is open to all, especially to the descendants of the Gagnon and Belzile ancestors, their relatives and allies (via marriage, adoption); as well as to those interested in genealogy and history. The main objectives of the association are to bring together descendants, research and share information about ancestors and their descendants.
All the Gagnon and Belzile descendants of America, of whom there were nearly 100,000 descendants in North America (Canada and the United States) in 2005, are the descendants of 4 Gagnon ancestors who emigrated to New France: the 3 brothers, Mathurin, Jean and Pierre, who arrived in 1638, as well as their grand cousin Robert who arrived in 1654 (also the ancestor of the Belzile). They came from the former province of Perche in France, the communes of Tourouvre and La Ventrouze. It is from the latter that they left France. There are also other members of the Gagnon family who emigrated to New France in 1643: Marguerite Gagnon, half-sister of the three brothers; Marthe Gagnon, Mathurin's first daughter; and René Roger, mother of the three brothers, who reportedly returned to France.
Our members have privileged access to exciting information that allows them to return to their roots and discover their origins. The association's actions aim in particular to make known the history of the Gagnon and Belzile ancestors, and to promote the creation of a genealogical inventory of their descendants from their known origins to the present day. The association also acknowledges the contribution of the women who have accompanied our ancestors since the very beginning of the colony.
The association has had a website since 1996 and a Facebook page since 2014, two means of dissemination and rallying to achieve its objectives. We are working to modernize the site, make it more user-friendly and enrich it with documents that historians, genealogists and members have shared with us since the association's foundation. The contents are introduced on the site as they are received. The genealogical database will become functional as soon as we have completed its adaptation to the site. Information about the association and the basic history of the Gagnon ancestors is available to all under different tabs. However, the more specific historical information and genealogical database collected by the association is accessible only to members in good standing.