Interviewees

MSS-066-Battle for Empire

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-066.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn 1759, where were your ancestors living? Were any in Quebec City? Or Beauport? Did they live on the Île d’Orléans? Or on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River? Were they part of the Montreal or Trois-Rivière militia? If...

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MSS-065-The Drouin Institute’s Lafrance Database and the PRDH

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-065.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSFrench-Canadian genealogists have an almost unheard of wealth of records with which we can trace our lines back hundreds of years. The Drouin Institute provides us with easy access to these records by publishing the original parish register pages online...

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MSS-064-Settling Detroit

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-064.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWho were the early settlers of Fort Ponchartrain/Detroit? What records did they leave behind? Co-authors Suzanne Sommerville, Gail Moreau-DesHarnais, and Diane Wolford Sheppard answer those questions and many more in their award-winning book, Le Détroit du Lac Érié. Cadillac established the...

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MSS-063-Acadian Voyageurs

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-063.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSDid any of your Acadian ancestors migrate to Quebec after the deportation and become voyageurs? I had never considered such a thing until speaking with Claude Ferland, today’s guest. Not only did some become voyageurs, but some also held very...

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MSS-062-French-Canadian Education at the NIGS

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-062.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSEducation is important to genealogists. You know that. And there are so many ways and places where you could invest your dollars to increase your knowledge. How do you decide which is right for you? Today Louise St. Denis helps you...

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MSS-058-The Geographic Evolution of a Franco-American Family

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-058.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSI’ve often said that the best way to make sure that all our hard work as genealogists is not in vain is to publish our families’ stories. Today’s guest, David Vermette, tells his ancestral stories in an unusual context–that of...

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MSS-057- The Life of Fille du Roi Jeanne Chevalier

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-057.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe “filles du roi” is one of the most popular topics covered on this podcast. In previous episodes (#7 and #44), we covered these women in a general way. But today, we get down to specifics. What was a particular...

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MSS-056-Health and Sickness in New France (Hélène’s World-Part 4)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-056.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSTo whom did our ancestors turn when they were sick? What treatments were available? How can we tell whether we had sickly or healthy ancestors? Susan McNelley, author of Hélène’s World: Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Québec, joins us in part...

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MSS-054-The French Institute at Assumption College

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-054.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSGenealogists love repositories with one-of-a-kind collections. One can only imagine what’s hiding in those stacks! Today we explore one such repository. The collections at the French Institute (on the grounds of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts) include records from schools, religious...

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MSS-053-Silent Presence: The French in New England-Pt 2

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-053.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSeveral of the elder members of the Franco community, especially those in the northeast United States, might recall dealing with prejudice in their earlier years. Many were made to feel “less” because they were French-Canadians. Today’s return guest, Jeanne Douillard,...

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MSS-050-Acadian History-Part 2: Deportation

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-050.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSGovernor Lawrence declared it “a great and noble scheme.” Coming at it from the point of view of an Acadian descendant, it doesn’t seem in the least “grand” or “noble.” Lucie LeBlanc Consentino continues her series on Acadian history with...

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MSS-049-Researching Ancestors in France with the French Genealogy Blog

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-049.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSQuébec records often list home parish in France for our immigrant ancestors. Are you ready to take that information and extend your family lines back a few more generations? Today’s guest Anne Morddel, professional genealogist and author of The French...

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MSS-048- French-Canadian Genetic Diseases-part 2

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-048.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWelcome back to the conclusion of our interview with Muriel Normand. Join us as Muriel explains the other common dominant diseases, as well as the recessive, mtDNA, and x-linked diseases. Knowledge is power, and this is one topic with which...

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MSS-047-French-Canadian Genetic Diseases-part 1

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-047.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWith such a small number of immigrants coming to Québec in the 17th and 18th centuries and the fact they they remained fairly isolated from other ethnic gene pools, descendants of these pioneers often face medical problems caused by genetic...

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MSS-046-Researching French-Canadians in Vermont

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-046.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSince northern Vermont borders Québec, French-Canadians have played a role in the settling of that state since early colonial times. With a second influx during the Industrial Revolution, many of us have ancestors who lived in Vermont at some time....

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MSS-045-The French-Canadian Heritage Society of California

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-045.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf you live in or visit southern California, you have to schedule a visit to the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California. Other than the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, this is the West Coast’s largest repository for French-Canadian...

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MSS-043-The Role of Religion in New France (Hélène’s World-Part 3)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-043.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe religious orders that established themselves in New France did more than just tend to the spiritual needs of our ancestors. Susan McNelley, author of Hélène’s World: Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Quebec, rejoins us for an in-depth look at the...

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MSS-042-The Upper Saint John River Valley Land Grants

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-042.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIs it possible to go to bed a Canadian and wake up an American? Sure is! It happened to our ancestors thanks to the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. Guest George Findlen shares the story of this uncertain period of time and the...

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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-039-Franco-Americans and the KKK

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-039.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMore KKK members in New England than the South? Really? Yes, at one time in the early 20th century this was true. And they were attacking Franco-Americans. Why? Dr. Eileen Angelini will tell us this interesting story about a little-known...

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MSS-035-Canon Law for the Genealogist

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-035.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSYou’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 –...

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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-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-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-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-014-The American-French Genealogical Society

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAfter reviewing common French terms found in baptism records and learning some less-common terms, you should then be ready to try your hand at reading a record from start to finish on your own. Test your skills and revel in...

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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-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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