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.
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.