Family Association was incorporated on March 26th, 1990. Five temporary
administrators put the plans in place needed to promote the growth of our
Association as years go by. These pioneers were : Pierre Provost,
the first President; Adrien Provost the founding Secretary ; Robert Prévost,
journalist and renowned Genealogist and Historian; Arthur Prévost
,a Journalist (brother of Robert) and Michel Provost who was the first
Treasurer and Archivist-Genealogist. Michel kept his position of Archivist-genealogist
and was elected new President at the 1994 annual meeting. The first general
meeting was held on June 29th, 1991 in Laval, Quebec.
goal of the Association is to find all the people bearing our name and
all those interested in our association..
has more than 350 members. Four times a year we publish a bulletin called
Le Prévostal. Each year, we have an annual general meeting
and at least one other activity to allow people to meet and exchange.
of at least twenty Prevost, Provost, Provo or Provoost who left Europe
to settle in America. Of these 20, 13 have descendants today. Six of them
went directly to the United States, bypassing Canada . The first one came
from Holland, the second from St.Domingue and the third one from Paris,
France and, to date, we have not been able to discover where the others
came from. Among those who came to Quebec, Canada, two came from
Paris (Montreuil-sous-Bois and St.Laurent), three from Normandy ( La Bouille,
St.Ursin and Notre-Dame-des-Champs), one from the Jersey Island, one from
St.Aubin of Tourouvre, Perche and the 2 others from Britanny (St.Gervais
de St-Servan and Barseuff).
1994 we celebrated the 350th
anniversary of the first recorded marriage of a white man and an Indian
girl in America, Martin Prévost and Manitouabewich, baptized Marie-Olivier
and the Association unveiled a commemorative plaque to remember this historical
event. Moreover, the City of Beauport, East of Quebec City, has given
the name of " Parc Martin-Prévost " to the park where this commemoration
is located, being on the premises of Martinís settlement.
1994, the Association published its first reference dictionary of 35,000
names. In addition to this dictionary, 8 small ones were published: one
for each of the ancestors known at that time. A second dictionary was published
in 2005 with more than 60,000 names and 14 booklets containing the descendants
of all the first ancestors who have offspring to this date. Since
we gather more and more information, a third edition is being considered.
During the annual general
meeting of September, 2006, the Association unveiled its exclusive coat
of arms and device : Justice et Loyauté, designed by an internal
committee formed by its own administrators, thus respecting the Presidentís
years, many Prévost and Provost gave time and energy within the
Board of Directors. Past and present administrators put their talents
to the service of this Association, first under the presidency of Pierre
Provost, followed in office by Michel Provost and, since the year 2000,
by André Provost. We wish to sincerely thank these workers
from the very beginning. It is now up to us to continue their work
by arousing an interest always growing with those who wear the patronymic.