MSS-033-Hélène’s World-part 2

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoIn this episode, Susan McNelley, author of Hélène’s World: Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Québec, rejoins us for a more in-depth look at two themes covered in her book: ‘Survival’ and ‘Relationship with the Natives.’ It’s a fascinating look at social history from that time period in Nouvelle France.

Also, did you think all your French-Canadian ancestral lines originated in France? You might be surprised to discover your people came from elsewhere. Language Tip #33 will give you clues to national origins.

Join us for another packed episode, and be sure to check out the show notes at

MSS-032-Franco Heritage in Salem, Massachusetts

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoOral histories are a window to the past. Two Salem State professors take us on a journey back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the Salem Franco community of the Point. We learn about life in this ‘Little Canada’ and how the Great Fire of 1914 affected the community.

In Language Tip #32, we look at the sounds of the letter G and its effect on surname searches.

And there is a special offer for those researchers who struggle because they can’t read French documents. Be sure to listen to the end.

Join us for this interesting episode, and be sure to check out all the extras in the show notes at

MSS-031-The Québec Family History Society

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoWould you like to tap the vast knowledge of French-Canadian research and resources in Québec directly from those who produce the records, but in English? Then the Québec Family History Society from Montréal may be just what you’ve been searching for!

Conducting genealogy business in English, publishing an English-language journal, and producing the largest English-language conference in Québec are just a few of its accomplishments. Join president Gary Schroder for a look inside the Québec Family History Society.

In Language Tip #31, we’ll look at the sound of /OU/ in medial and final positions in surnames.

Learn about all this plus meetings in your area and an exciting announcement from the Drouin Institute, all in episode #31. Be sure to check out the show notes at