MSS-037-Canadian National Censuses, 1871-1921

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoHow we genealogists LOVE census records! Lucky for us, more and more of these wonderful documents are digitized and available online.

In this episode, I’ve gathered together, from all corners of the internet, information about online census records from the post-Confederation era. This includes national decennial censuses from 1871 until the most recently released 1921, as well as a few other censuses conducted during this time period.

At the end of the podcast, I’ll tell you how to get a free PDF copy of the research guide ‘Canadian National Censuses, 1871-1921’ with links to every census as well as census aids.

In Language Tip #37, we’ll look at the very strange French spelling of the English sound (or pretty close) /OY/. If your American family had an OY in their surname, you’ll be surprised at how you will find it spelled in Québec!

If you have found Acadian lines tying into your French-Canadian ones, consider joining myself and Lucie LeBlanc Consentino for our Acadian Ancestral Tour 2016. You can check out the itinerary and instructions for signing up, then sign up here. There are about ten seats left on the bus, and we’d love to have you take up one of them.

Don’t forget to check out the show notes for this episode at


MSS-036-Money in New France

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoMoney was not always an easy-to-come-by commodity for the colonists. In this episode, you’ll become familiar with some money terms, and you’ll learn the history of money in New France, including the problems of counterfeiting and inflation and how it affected our ancestors’ lives.

At the end of the podcast I’ll give you the link to receive a free 3-page PDF download which summarizes the key points of this episode.

If you have Acadian ancestors and are interested in taking a tour that allows you to walk in their footsteps, I’ll update you with the status of the Acadian Ancestral Tour 2016. Reservations will open up soon.

Be sure to check out this episode’s show notes at

MSS-035-Canon Law for the Genealogist

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoYou’ve probably heard many times, “Parish registers are easy to read. Once you know how to read one type of record, you can read them all. They follow a pattern.”

“Oh, no! This record is different!”

And that’s true – for the most part. But what happens when you run across that one record that’s a bit different? Is there a story behind the anomaly?

Today’s guest, George Findlen, shares with us a strategy to help us uncover that often-times very intriguing story.

So how’s your Latin holding up?

Another problem French-Canadian researchers often encounter is running across a priest or missionary who recorded the sacrament in Latin. How fresh is YOUR high school Latin? For most, probably not so much. Many people have difficulty even determining if they have the right person because the names are different.

Language Tip #35 will help you to establish whether you have the correct person. In the podcast, I explain how and why the names are different; in the show notes you will find lists of Latin translations of common French male and female given names.

If you enjoy this episode, consider sharing it with other French-Canadian researchers you know.

Be sure to check out the show notes at

MSS-034-Hearth and Home: the Rouillard-Guillet Story

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoMost of us have a voyageur or two in our family tree. What was life like for them? And what was life like for the wife left alone months on end?

In an interview with author Marcel Pronovost, he shares with us the discoveries he made about his ancestors, Mathieu Rouillard and Jeanne Guillet. Join us for their interesting story.

In Language Tip #34, I’ll offer you tips to help navigate around French-language websites.

Don’t forget to check out the show notes at

Those $&%^T$# Computers!

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoFYI

There’s a good chance that the scheduled Maple Stars and Stripes episode for June 16th will be delayed.

When I shut my computer off last night, it was June 2015. When I turned it on this morning, it thought it was January 2014. There were no available restore points, and programs that were installed after January 5, 2014 are missing. Any files associated with those programs do not work, including the one I use for the podcast. Even my email is not working, so no one will be able to contact me that way either. If anyone needs to reach me, you can try my laptop email at myboneslt [at] gmail [dot] com.

My computer is going in to tech support tomorrow, and I have no idea how long this will take. So have patience; we will eventually be back. Just not sure when.