French language

Is CANUCK a Bad Word?

First, this question is not meant to be controversial. My goal is to have an analytical, academic discussion of this, for some, emotionally-charged word. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but it was brought to the forefront after a discussion with one of my podcast guests. You...

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MSS-041-Introduction to the Carignan-Salières Regiment

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-041.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMost French-Canadian genealogists will find that they have several soldier ancestors who were members of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, a unit sent to the young colony by King Louis XIV in 1665 to protect it from the attacks of the Iroquois....

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MSS-038-Canadian Provincial Censuses, 1763-1861

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-038.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAfter listening to episode #37, you went out and found every census record for every ancestor alive between 1871 and 1921, right? Now it’s time to take the family back another century by exploring the provincial censuses. We’ll also learn...

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MSS-037-Canadian National Censuses, 1871-1921

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-037.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHow 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...

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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-034.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMost 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...

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MSS-033-Hélène’s World-part 2

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-033.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn 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...

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MSS-032-Franco Heritage in Salem, Massachusetts

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-032.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOral 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...

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MSS-031-The Québec Family History Society

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-031.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWould 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...

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MSS-030-Acadian History-Part 1B: Pre-Deportation-1

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-030.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOur Acadian ancestors did not face turmoil only at the time of deportation. Their entire existence was rife with battles, both civil and international. In this episode, Lucie LeBlanc Consentino continues the story of the Acadians before the fateful Grand...

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MSS-029-Acadian History-Part 1A: Pre-Deportation

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-029.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMany French-Canadians can also claim Acadian ancestry. Today Lucie LeBlanc Consentino begins her first of several lessons about the tumultuous history of our beleaguered ancestors. In Language Tip #29, we look at surnames ending in ERT and how best to...

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MSS-028-Researching Your Northeast Métis Ancestors

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-028.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMost French-Canadians have a family story or two about Indians in the family tree. Are you still looking for yours? Today’s guest, Paul Bunnell, Koasek Tribal Chief & Genealogist, will give you a few hints on what to look for as...

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MSS-026-The PRDH

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-026.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMost French-Canadian genealogists are familiar with the PRDH, but are you familiar with all three versions? Today we’ll describe each while discussing the pros and cons. To help you out, you can download a PDF copy of the Key to the Repertory,...

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MSS-025-A Celebration in Food: the French-Canadian Tourtière

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-025.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS‘Tis the season for family, friends, and food. The one food above all else associated with traditional Christmas festivities in any French-Canadian household is the tourtière. Join me and our guest Juliana L’Heureux for an in-depth look at this tasty...

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MSS-024-Fichier Origine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-024.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAre you planning a trip to France? If so, take along your ancestors’ hometown information so you can visit and make it a truly memorable experience. A listener wrote in asking about the reliability of the Fichier Origine database. She...

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MSS-023-Sharing Franco Heritage with the Next Generation

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-023.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSDid one of your teachers ever assign a family history class project? Many genealogists claim to have gotten the ‘genealogy bug’ from a classroom assignment when they were youngsters. Well, today’s guest is helping to create interest in the next...

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MSS-021-Interview with a Self-Proclaimed Taphophile

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWikipedia describes a taphophile as “an individual who has a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. This involves epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of deaths. …” That certainly describes today’s guest, Bill Fleming. Bill is a frequent contributor...

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MSS-020-Hélène’s World-part 1

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-020.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHave you ever thought of taking your research and writing the stories of your ancestors? If you haven’t yet, what’s stopping you? Time? Don’t know where to start? Can’t read French? Author Susan McNelley will take us on her journey,...

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MSS-019-World Acadian Congress 2014

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-019.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOnce arriving back to the eighteenth century, many French-Canadian researchers will find an Acadian or two in their ancestry. That is because, after the deportation, some of these unfortunate folks escaped to or returned to French-Canadian settlements and eventually intermarried....

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MSS-018-The American-Canadian Genealogical Society

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSNew Hampshire saw a large influx of French-Canadians in the 19th century, and the American-Canadian Genealogical Society and its library have helped many descendants trace their roots back to Québec. President Jim Gaudet fills you in on the history and...

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MSS-017-French-Canadian Repertoires

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThanks to the hard work of hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers across Canada and the United States, those of us who were researching our French-Canadian ancestors a decade or two ago were very grateful to have a multitude of...

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MSS-016-The History behind the Geography

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-016.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWhen entering data into your genealogy database, have you ever asked yourself: Do I enter Nouvelle France or Canada? Is St-Charles the parish or the village? Where is the Pays d’en Haut? With the help of our guest Suzanne Boivin...

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MSS-015-French-Canadian Marriage Records

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMarriage records are the backbone of your French-Canadian research upon which you build your family structure. Before we dissect a marriage record, it helps to understand what’s behind the parts that make up the whole. In preparation, today we will discuss...

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MSS-013-Dissecting a French-Canadian Baptism Record

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-013.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf you are not fluent in French, then tracing your ancestors in Québec records is a daunting task. In the last episode, we determined that we could use gender clues to answer some questions. Today we’re going to begin to...

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MSS-012-The Drouin Collection-Microfilmed and Digitized

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-012.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe goal of every genealogist is to get back to the original record whenever possible. Tanguay (episode 6), Jetté (episode 8), and the published Drouins (episode 9) are great as finding aids and indexes. With the microfilming of the Drouin collection...

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MSS-011-Tracking Your “Nomadic” French-Canadian Ancestors

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-011.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSBecause of the proximity of Québec and the northern states of America, those of us from the northern US most likely have immigrant ancestors who traveled back and forth between the two. We also find that they often had children...

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MSS-009-The Drouin Collection

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-009.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAs 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,...

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MSS-008-Jetté’s Dictionnaire

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-008.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPerhaps 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...

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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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-006.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf 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...

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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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-004.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThere 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...

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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-003.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWhen 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...

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MSS-002-The Dreaded Dit Name

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-002.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf 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...

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MSS-001-Beginning French-Canadian Research

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWELCOME TO THE MAPLE STARS AND STRIPES DEBUT! Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast was created as a way to share tips and tricks that might make it easier to research your French-Canadian family here in America as well...

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