MSS-020-Hélène’s World-part 1

Maple Stars and Stripes fleur-de-lis logoHave 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, one that resulted in the publication of Hélène’s World: Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Quebec. Hélène is the ancestor to many of us, yet her story encompasses the lives of the other early settlers as well. Learn the history of Québec through the eyes of one who lived in that time and place. Susan also gives some tips for those thinking of writing their own ancestors’ stories.

In Langauge Tip #20, we learn the pronunciation of the letter combinations AIN and IN and how that affects the sound of /d/ that we discussed in episode #19 ( Annie Sargent from the Join Us in France podcast and her husband David lend a helping hand.

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2 comments on “MSS-020-Hélène’s World-part 1

  1. Michelle Kolbe

    I finished reading this book about a week ago. I must say it is a thoroughly documented book. I really enjoyed learning about everyday life for Quebec residents. I have ancestors from that time period and it really helped me picture the rugged lives they led. Thank you

    1. Sandra Goodwin

      Michelle, I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. It’s a very pleasurable way to learn history, isn’t it?

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