MSS-010-The French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What would we as genealogists do without genealogy societies and their libraries? They are critical in compiling, preserving and disseminating the information we need to prove our family lines. In our first Spotlight on a Society segment, Loraine DiCerbo, president of the...

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MSS-009-The Drouin Collection

Podcast: Play in new window | Download As French-Canadian researchers, we often find ourselves transcribing French language documents or entering French words into our genealogy databases. Knowing shortcuts for entering accented French letters makes the task much easier. If you’ve heard of the Big Drouin, Little Drouin, Red Drouin,...

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MSS-008-Jetté’s Dictionnaire

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Perhaps one of the most valuable French-Canadian resources packed into one volume is René Jetté’s Dictionnaire genealogique des familles du Quebec, covering early Québec families from the beginning to 1730. Learn how to use Jetté to locate your family as well as...

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MSS-007- Les Filles du Roi (the King’s Daughters)

Imagine being a young lady in your teens or early twenties. You leave everything known to you to travel six to eight weeks across an unforgiving ocean toward a harsh land that requires all your strength and resolve to survive. We of French-Canadian descent are here today because approximately...

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MSS-006-Tanguay and Its Supplement

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you have spent any time at all in the French-Canadian genealogy section of a  library, you have seen the seven-volume set of books known simply by the author’s surname, the Tanguay. These books contain the baptisms, marriages, burials, and constructed families from 1608-1700....

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MSS-005-French-Canadian Given Names

In French, searching for a surname beginning with an H or a vowel presents a unique set of problems. Episode 5 presents strategies for success. In the main segment, we acknowledge that it is sometimes difficult to determine a given name in a handwritten record, sometimes due to difficulty...

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MSS-004-More French-Canadian Name Variations

Podcast: Play in new window | Download There are so many ways to spell certain sounds in French that it sometimes becomes difficult to even recognize a name as the one for which you are searching. In episode 4 of Maple Stars and Stripes (MapleStarsandStripes.com/4), we take a look...

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Maple Stars and Stripes Now on iTunes

There are several ways to listen to Maple Stars and Stripes. You can continue to listen to it on your computer (it will open in a new window so you can continue working on your computer), or download each episode to your computer from MapleStarsandStripes.com and perhaps burn it to...

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MSS-003-French Pronunciation and Text-to-Speech Aids

Podcast: Play in new window | Download When our French-Canadian ancestors left Québec and came to America, they began to generate records in an English-speaking system. Many clerks wrote their names phonetically. As a result, the names in American records often don’t come close to the actual spelling and...

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MSS-002-The Dreaded Dit Name

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’ve come across dit/dite names in your French-Canadian research and wondered what it all meant, then episode 2 of Maple Stars and Stripes is for you! Along with learning how to pronounce it, we’ll also cover its origins and uses. Then...

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