MSS-044- Filles du Roi-the Perilous Journey

Episode 044-February 23, 2016


Today we revisit the most popular topic for Maple Stars and Stripes listeners, the Filles du Roi. Bill Kane from the Society of the King’s Daughters and Carignan Soldiers joins us and details the perilous journey these girls took to become the ‘Founding Mothers of a Nation.’

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The Franco-American Centre, Manchester, New Hampshire

  • February 29, 2016, from 7:30-10 PM: Franco night at the Celtics against the Utah Jazz at the TD Garden. Check out their website for more details.
  • March 3, from 6 to 8 PM at the New Hampshire Catholic Charities in Manchester, New Hampshire: Francophone Conversation Café. French-speaking residents meet with French-speaking immigrants to share facilitated conversations about Manchester and the greater Francophone world. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • March 5, 1-3 PM at the Barnes & Noble in Manchester: The next French Adventure with children’s author Janis Hennessey, . Bring the kids and learn some French words, and parents can learn how to use her books as teaching tools.
  • March 10 from 7:30-8:30 PM at the Dana Center Lecture Room in Manchester: Elphège-J. Daignault will present a talk, in French, on the Sentinelle Movement in Manchester.

The French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

Saturday, March 12 at 11 AM at the Mount Clemens Public Library: The French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan will hold its annual get acquainted meeting. You are invited to bring in charts and stories pertaining to your notorious ancestor to share with the group.

The Quebec Family History Society

March 8 from 7-9 PM, the Quebec Family History Society will conduct a Brick Wall get together. Bring your brick wall to the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, and there will be members there to help you.

The Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society

  • February 27, 2016- “DNA Tests: Maternal and Paternal Lines”
  • March 5, 2016- Jason smiley will present “More Options for Finding Online Newspaper Articles”
  • March 12, 2016-Jeanne Brink will explain the “History of the Abenaki and their French Allies”

Classes run from 10:30 AM to noon and are held at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester, Vermont.

The French-Canadian Heritage Society of California

April 3 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library in Burbank, CA: Spring Meeting. The agenda is still a work in progress, so check back to their website frequently.

Filles du Roi-the Perilous Journey

You probably have several Filles du Roi in your ancestry. In episode #7, we first learned about this remarkable group of girls who became the founding mothers of a nation.

Today’s episode concentrates more on the journey they undertook to get to their new home. In this interview, Bill Kane and I discussed the following:

  • The research process for the Society of the King’s Daughters and Carignan Soldiers
  • Who were the Filles du Roi and why was there a need for such a program?
  • The recruitment process
  • The agreement between the King and the Filles
  • The journey from their homes to the port city
  • The voyage across the ocean, including the ships and the living conditions
  • The voyage up the St. Lawrence
  • Arrival in Quebec, Trois-Rivières and Montreal
  • Choosing husbands
  • The dowry


Recommended resources

Peter Gagne’s 2-volume set of King’s Daughters and Founding Mothers: The Filles du Roi, 1663-1673

King's Daughters books

The Society of the King’s Daughters and Carignan Soldiers: Check out the up-to-date list of Filles du Roi and download an application to join the society.


Survey 42’s question was: Regarding the announcements that I make at the beginning of every episode about upcoming meetings of various French-Canadian genealogy or cultural societies, would you rather I leave the announcements the way they are, shorten the announcements, eliminate the announcements altogether, or move the announcements as they are to the end of the podcast? The results were as follows:

  • 0% – eliminate them
  • 18% – leave them as they are
  • 41% (tie): shorten the announcements
  • 41% (tie): move the announcements to the end of the podcast
Survey 43 results

Survey 43 results


As a result of survey 43, the French-Canadian News segment will come at the end of the podcast beginning with episode #45. This survey asks whether you want me to keep the longer version of the announcements and just move them to the end, or if you’d also like me to shorten the announcements in the podcast with details in the show notes.

Thanks for letting me know your thoughts.



If you enjoyed episode #39, Franco-Americans and the KKK, then check out David Vermette’s earlier blog post, Klan in the North: KKK Activity in Brunswick, Maine.


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2 comments on “MSS-044- Filles du Roi-the Perilous Journey

  1. Suzanne Boivin Sommerville

    Thank you, Bill Kane, and Sandra, for another informative pod-cast. With 62 Filles du Roi in my heritage, I have done considerable research, including two in-depth studies. For a longer story of one Fille du Roi married to a man who was active in the fur trade and whose son voyaged more than once to Fort Pontchartrain (Detroit), see my “Marie Claude Chamois, Fille du Roi, Wife of François Frigon: A Mystery” and the article on my direct maternal ancestor, Marie Grandin, who married Jean Baudet in 1670.
    PDFs on the right side of the page at

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