Sandra Blanchette, PLCGS is a Professional Genealogist specialised in researching ancestors in the Gaspe Basin and the Gaspe Peninsula. When she is not working on her Family Tree and her One-Place-Study, she dedicates her time to her clients by providing research services, workshops, lectures, transcription, abstraction, translation and coaching. She is also the Author of the Gaspe Basin Roots Series.
She began intensively researching her ancestors and relatives in 2010, dedicating at last 35 hours weekly to the task. From researching her family, she is now involved and lead of a One-Place-Study for the Gaspe Basin and its surroundings. Through her years of intense research and her learning about the history and heritage of her region, she acquired the knowledge of the Records and repositories for the Gaspe Peninsula, within the region and around the world.
Born and raised in the Gaspe Basin area of an Anglophone family, she was schooled in French throughout her youth, which now gives her the privilege of working in both English and French. Surrounded by people and relatives since her youth who strongly believed in knowing their Ancestors and their Heritage, she was encouraged and guided from a very young age to learn and promote the heritage and the history of her family and region. In 2015, she decided to end her career in the Corporate World and become a full time Genealogist.
She has access to a growing list of Private Collections and spends many hours on the search for families which have treasures in their homes: documents, business records, diaries, artifacts, newspapers, journals, periodicals, family bibles, pictures, military memorabilia, and so much more. Those findings are quite different than what is held in the local Archive Centers and Repositories around the region. The lives of our Ancestors intertwined in the region and many amazing discoveries can be made in other families’ treasures.
Living in the Gaspe Peninsula also allows her to have access to a huge list of landmarks and locations. So many of those are quite unknown although their historical significance for our Country is huge. She is in touch with the hidden history of her region, which is brought to light by several local Professional Historians and their striking discoveries.
Being “on-site” provides her with the ability to push her knowledge about the Gaspe Peninsula and all its hidden treasures to another level. Through this quest, she has developed strong partnerships and working relations. Although her level of knowledge is quite advanced, she is contently learning and will honestly let you know when a topic is not in her scope of knowledge or experience level.
She completed three Professional Learning Certificates in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
- Canadian Records
- American Records
Memberships and associations
She is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG), Ontario Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists (OCAPG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS).
She is also a member of the Société Historique Machault.
You can read more about her personal research and projects in the “In the Works” by clicking on the the words in Bold Green or by clicking on the button bellow.