Photostory # 68: Ancestor Hunt is a Business

Chris Lund
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
August 21, 1956
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
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.