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Kings Daughters 350th (2013) Anniversary
 
 
Due to the overwhelming interest in the American-French Genealogical Society's "Daughters of the King" certificate program,
the deadline for submitting your straight line charts is extended to July 4th 2014.
 
 
 

 
"Are You Descended From A Fille du Roi?"
 
 
IT'S A CELEBRATION
 
     
  This year (2013) marks the 350 th anniversary of the arrival of the “King's Daughters,” or “les filles du roi,” in Quebec. They emigrated to New France between 1663 and 1673 as part of a program sponsored by Louis XIV. The program was designed to boost Canada's population both by encouraging male emigrants to settle there, and by promoting marriage, family formation and the birth of children. While women and girls certainly emigrated to New France both before and after this time period, they were not considered to be filles du roi, as the term refers to women and girls who were actively recruited by the government and whose travel to the colony was paid for by the King. The title “King's Daughters” was meant to imply state patronage, not royal or even noble parentage. Most of these women were commoners of humble birth. Almost every person of French-Canadian descent can claim at least one of these incredible, young women in their heritage.  
Kings Daughters

350 th anniversary of the arrival of the “King's Daughters”
"Are You Descended From A Fille du Roi?"
IT'S A CELEBRATION
AFGS is inviting you to celebrate this anniversary with us. Here is what to do.
1. Send us a straight line chart starting with you and ending with your “fille du roi.” (A sample straight line chart and a list of the “Daughters of the King” are included in the mailing.) You must include the date and place of each marriage.
2. We will send you a specially designed lapel pin identifying you as a descendant and a certificate with your name as well as the name of the woman from whom you descend and a folder to hold your certificate.

3. For members of AFGS, the cost is $15.00 for the first certificate you order. As many of us have more than one “fille du roi” in our line, you may order certificates for other “Daughter's of the King” for $10.00 each. These additional certificates will not be accompanied by lapel pins unless $15.00 is paid.

4. Non AFGS members may participate but the cost will be $20.00 for the first certificate (with pin)  and $15.00 for each additional certificate (without pin).
5. We will check each straight line for accuracy.
6. The charts will be bound in a book for the library and the names of the “Daughters of the King” will be displayed at the library with the name of the AFGS member descending from each “Daughter.”
Members will be invited to attend a celebration at the AFGS Franco-American Heritage Center. Details to follow.
 
350 th certificate
kings daughter pin
Custom - King's Daughters Certificate
King's Daughters Lapel Pin
With your Name and the name of the
   
“Daughter of the King” you are descended from.
 
Approx size 1-3/8" high by 1-1/16" wide
Size 8-1/2" by 11"
   

Below are the forms and information about this project in pdf format
       

Complete AFGS Daughters of the King's package of pdf files listed on left.

 
 
Due to the overwhelming interest in the American-French Genealogical Society's "Daughters of the King" certificate program,
the deadline for submitting your straight line charts is extended to July 4th 2014.
   

Video Links from youtube about the Kings Daughters
Filles du Roi
   

FAQ - Frequently Asked Question About AFGS's King's Daughters Certificate Program
 
Question:
Is there a deadline to get this information in to the AFGS, in order tohave one's charts bound in the book?

Answer:

(extended to July 4th 2014.)


Comment About AFGS's King's Daughters Certificate Program and Celebration
Subject: Thank you so much
Jan, I received my certificates on Monday. There was this little package between my doors, and when I saw the return address I was so excited. I opened the envelope and when I lifted the certificate folder I nearly cried. I thought about the women and men before me, their lives, their families..... it just gave me chills. I wondered if they'd like me, or as we as grandparents who so cherish and are proud of our grandchildren, if they'd be proud of the life I've carried on. I thought, if I could make a cup of tea and sit for one afternoon, what would I ask them or what would they ask me. I wondered if they had walked along some of the paths that I've walked, or if they might recognize some of the same landmarks I recognize along the St Lawrence River. I wondered how my Mom and my Grandmother would feel about the knowledge I've acquired on their behalf. Really crazy thoughts. And, I loved every minute of it.
Thank you so much for the work you did on behalf of my family. Merci, merci et merci!
Charlene
 

Not Really Royalty: Les Filles de Roi (King's Daughters)
The following (King's Daughter information is presented here with permission of Michael Leclers's Genealogy News. and was published previously in MOCOVO Blog

The colony of New France never developed as quickly as the English colonies to the south. By the start of the 1660s, the population of the colony was only 2,500. In comparison, the population of just the New England colonies at the same time was 68,000. To add to the problems, the female population was exceedingly small.

It is one thing to convince men to move to a colony in the wilderness. With living conditions so deplorable in Europe, they had far better chances for improving their lot in the New World. And they were unafraid of working hard to build society in the wilderness. Women, on the other hand were far less eager to do so.

Thus, the Crown created a program to get more women to New France to support the colony. The “Filles de Roi” (King's Daughters) initiative on the part of the French Crown was not the first time such a thing had been tried. The English and Spanish before them had conducted similar programs in Virginia and the West Indies respectively. The term was used to indicate that the girls had state support to emigrate, not that they had any royal or noble ancestry.

Under this program, the Crown paid for the transportation of the girls. They were also given supplies to help them in their new homes, including clothes, stockings, gloves, a bonnet, needles, thread, scissors, knives, two livres in cash. Upon their arrival they also were taught cooking, sewing, knitting, how to make medicines, etc. This helped to make them even more attractive as wives.

The men who immigrated to New France tended to come from rural areas. Not so the Filles de Roi. The girls who were recruited for the program tended to come from more urban settings, including Paris. Almost two thirds of the girls had lost one or both parents. Many came from hospitals and convents where they were places as orphans.

Once they arrived in New France, it was time to find a husband. In France, fathers found husbands for their daughters, who married the man they were told to marry. In the colony, however, the tables were turned. The government instituted many restrictions on the activities of single men, while providing many inducements to married couples, including financial rewards to families with many children. The nuns who watched over the girls after they arrived were eager to find good matches for their charges. And there were more single men than marriageable girls available. Single men eager to find a match sometimes spent a year or more creating a house and home for their new brides.

When it came time to select a wife, men were looking for an attractive woman, but even more, they were looking for sturdy women who could bear children, grow crops in the garden for the family's food, and be an active participant in the family's life in the wilderness. But in the end it was up to the potential wives to agree to the match.

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Between 1663 and 1673, seven hundred sixty eight Filles de Roi went to New France. In Canada, being a descendant of one of the Filles is akin to being a Mayflower descendant in the U.S. This year marks the 350 th anniversary of the arrival of the first girls in New France. The American-French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is celebrating by offering a chance for descendants to submit their pedigree for a book. Participants get a certificate and a lapel pin.

 
 

 
 

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