History of Montreal 1535-1914 available online

Genealogists researching their ancestors who lived in Montreal often ask me where they can learn about the city’s history. Thanks to a Facebook post by the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society, I have another resource to share.

Volume I of 'Montreal: 1535-1914' focuses on the French regime.

Volume I of ‘Montreal: 1535-1914’ focuses on the French regime.

The three-volume series, Montreal: 1535-1914, will help shed some light on the history of the city, and the good news is that is available online for free.

Written more than 100 years ago by William Henry Atherton, the books are copyright-free and available on the Internet Archive website. They can be read online, downloaded to an e-reader, and printed. You can also search for keywords.

These are the volumes:

Volume I, Under the French Régime, 1535-1760, begins with the arrival of Jacques Cartier at Hochelaga.

Volume II — Under British Rule, 1760-1914.

Volume III — Biographical. This volume contains more than 300 biographies of many of Montreal’s elite. The index at the back makes it easy to quickly scan who made it into this volume.

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2 Responses to History of Montreal 1535-1914 available online

  1. Reginald Godin says:

    Good morning Gail,
    Thank you for posting this great ressource on Montréal.
    I was born and raised in Montréal and still on the work market in the beautiful city of Montréal.
    I have to issue a warning to everyone reading this 3 books of Montreal’s History from 1535-1914. I was raised in catholic school and canadian history we have learned in the 60’s was very much control by the Church who then control most of the schools and education. The history we have learned then really put priests, brothers and nuns on the front and they were all saints ! Do not get me wrong, they have done a lot for the establishment of Canada but they have embellish very much our history. Starting in the 70’s we got more truth into our history. Today, we have a newer version of our past. This is just a small warning.
    In 2017, Montréal will be celebrating it’s foundation (Hochelaga) 375 years ago and Canada will be celebrating the 150 anniversary of the Confederation. Lots of activities in the making.
    I invite you Gail to come up to Montréal to celebrate with us our city’s foundation by Paul de Chomedey Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance.
    If I can be of any help to you Gail please do not hesitate to contact me by email.

    Your web site is a great source of information for me and I thank you.
    See you in Montréal in 2017.

    • Gail Dever says:

      I agree that all history books have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially those written more than 100 years ago. A good example is how people wrote about indigenous people. To my knowledge this three-volume series was not written from a Catholic perspective. Nevertheless, this history book will help some who are trying to learn about key events in our city’s history. I also live in Montreal, the home of many of my ancestors. Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated.

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