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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-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-040-Blogging Your Ancestor’s Story

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-040.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSToday’s guest, Lynne Levesque, is writing a book about her ancestor, Jeanne Marguerite Chevalier. But as an intermediary step, she has created a blog to present snippets of Jeanne’s life one piece at a time. Lynne candidly discusses the pros...

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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-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-022-Dissecting a French-Canadian Marriage Record

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-022.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIn episode #13, we delved into the components of a French-Canadian baptism record. Today, we dissect a marriage record, the backbone of our reconstructed ancestral families. Lengthier than either a baptism or burial record, the marriage record contains more variation...

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

http://traffic.libsyn.com/maplestars/MSS-010.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWhat 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...

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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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