HISTOQUEST was founded in 1997 by Historian, Genealogist and Archivist Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne who has researched different cases for the series Who Do You Think You Are? and it's Quebec version Qui êtes-vous? She is presently researching the Radio-Canada new TV series Deuxième chance trying to locate lost friends and she was also the Family Historian behind the TV series ORIGINES.
Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne has published articles in American-Canadian Genealogist, NGS Magazine, Mémoires; she won the Percy W. Foy award for her article about Protestant families from Alsace wrongfully identified by many as Acadian and Catholics. Her research results were published in Québec in Mémoires (no 239, 2004) and again in Alsace, in Pays d'Alsace – cahier varia (no 214, 1-2006).
Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne is often invited to address university students or genealogists on topics like coroners' inquests, probated wills, estate inventories, guardianship records and judicial archives in general.
In 2004, she published Le Procès de Marie-Josèphe-Angélique and she is Research Co-director of Torture and the Truth. Angélique and the Burning of Montréal.
In her capacity as historian, Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne worked on the award-winning CBC broadcast Canada, A Popular History, and on numerous publications, namely,
- the life and times of the French Fur Traders;
- the Great Peace Treaty of 1701;
- the French Attack against Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1704;
- the Canadian Rebellions of 1837-1838;
- the History of landownership in Montréal;
- the History of Montréal through sound archives, etc.