Preliminary note: the generic patronym Canivet will be the one used throughout this website to represent the other derived patronyms which are mentioned comprehensively on the page: various spellings.


Genealogy follows two major directions: ancestry and progeny.

We will stick to that. We choose (as a first step, at least) to look at ancestry genealogy, mainly agnatic, i.e. which goes back to patronymic lineage. However, the spouse’s parents are also surveyed one generation back..

Our approach is based on two techniques:

  1. The collection of contemporary information, by taking contact, via a form (wich can be found here), with cousins bearing one of the patronyms, who are members, or not. This allows us to overcome the barrier of archives that are protected or kept locally in town halls. All these new-found cousins will have the chance to meet at the family reunion taking place every three years.
  2. The genealogical research itself is based on the consulting of archives like the Civil Registry (19th-20th century) and the parish registers (17th-18th century), but also family record books, notarial deeds, epitaphs, censuses, land registers, and so on. We go back into the past looking for the origins of the various lineages. We are helped in this task by passionate genealogists, whom we would like to thank here. If poring over ancient papers or consulting digital archives on the lookout for a missing link is tempting you, don’t hesitate to join our (little) group of researchers by contacting us.In this research, kinship is established by the legal, not the blood relationship that unites parents to their children Legitimate, natural, recognized and adopted (full adoption) children are on equal footing.

    What matters is not just aligning names and dates, but trying to trace their life histories. This is what Jackie Canivez (Lineage 028) has attempted to do with his encyclopedy, which gathers all written traces related to the Canivez (archives, studies, articles…).


DATA: everyone living or deceased having a proven and documented (archive, source,…) family relationship with a person bearing the names CANIVET, CANIVEZ, CAN(N)EVET, CANNEVÉ, QUENNIVET, etc.


-bearing the patronym Canivet or any surname derived from this patronym
-being a spouse
-father and mother of a Canivet’s wife (grandparents of a Canivet)
-brother and sister of spouses before 1792 (brings an added value for the reconstitution of Canivet families who lived under the Ancien Régime)