Photostory # 68: Ancestor Hunt is a Business
National Film Board of Canada
August 21, 1956
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
In over 12,000 French-Canadian homes one of the proudest possessions is a scroll listing ancestors and tracing the family genealogy back as far as 12 generations. The scrolls, together with a 500-800 page family history cost $475, are produced by a Montreal genealogical specialist who has converted the French-Canadian's ardent curiosity about his origins into a million dollar business. Above, a handsomely illuminated family tree gets final touch from artist Suzanne Grisé.