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Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast
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Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast and Website
Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast and Website

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NEW EPISODE: French-Canadian Education at the NIGS

Education 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 to answer that question. After her in-depth explanation of the educational opportunities at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, including courses on French-Canadian research, Acadian research, and French forts, you should be able to decide if her program is an appropriate course of action for you. If it is, be sure to take advantage of her special offer just for Maple Stars and Stripes listeners.

I also recap the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium conference held in Springfield, Massachusetts, in April. I have more information for you about our exciting 2018 tour to Quebec. You will be introduced to four more recommended podcasts. And I have exciting news from the Drouin Institute. So be sure to check out the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/62.
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NEW EPISODE: Settling the American West-Part 3

The Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis & Clark Expedition–two important American historical events. We all learn about the Anglo adventurers who took part in these events. We learn about Sacajawea and maybe her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau. But we rarely learn about the other French and Métis who participated in and were crucial to the success of these ventures.

In Part 3 of Settling the American West, Rob Foxcurran concludes the series with a look at other important names missing from history books. These names include Drouillard, Laframboise, Dorion, Robidoux, Lucier, and many others.

Join us at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/61.

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NEW EPISODE- Part 2

Many mid-western and western town/city histories tell stories of their Anglo founders. But in many instances, the real founders were Canadiens or Métis families, often erased from the history books.

In Part 2 of Settling the American West, Rob Foxcurran, co-author of Songs upon the Rivers, introduces us to some of these invisible founders from a Métis woman with many descendants living today in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, to a man who was deemed unworthy of a role in local history by museum board members because he had been married four times.

With the Louisiana Purchase, the number of Catholics in the United States almost doubled. Rob will tell us about the role the Catholic Church played in some of these settlements. He also shares a bibliography for those who would like to dig deeper into this subject.

Be sure to check out the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/60.
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ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT...

...to participate in the 'surprise' hidden in episode #59! Don.t miss out.

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NEW EPISODE- Settling the American West: the Role of the Canadiens and Métis-Part 1

French-Canadian voyageurs and soldiers spent parts of their careers in the Pays d’en Haut. Some stayed, and some went west. This is their story.

Rob Foxcurran, co-author of Songs Upon the Rivers: the Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific, takes us on a journey and explains why the Canadiens’ and Métis’ stories are missing from the annals of history.

Links to resources mentioned in the podcast are in the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/59.

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NEW EPISODE: The Geographic Evolution of a Franco-American Family

I’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 the land they live on. (Is this something you could try?) Join us as David takes us on a 300-year journey from natural beauty to pestilence to a happy ending.

You will find links to resources mentioned in this episode as well as links to several cadastral maps in the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/58.

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NEW EPISODE-The Life of Fille du Roi Jeanne Chevalier

The “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 fille du roi’s life like?

Lynne Levesque (episode #40) is a direct descendant of fille du roi Jeanne Marguerite Chevalier. Jeanne married three times, and with each subsequent marriage saw her circumstances improve. Join us for this fascinating look at the Life of Fille du Roi Jeanne Chevalier.

You can check out the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/57.

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HEALTH AND SICKNESS IN NEW FRANCE

To 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 4 of a series examining the lives of the pioneers who bravely settled in New France in the 1600s.

You can also tell us about your other favorite non-genealogy podcasts. Which podcasts do you listen to that your fellow genealogists might also enjoy. You can share your faves with us in Survey 56.

Resources mentioned during the podcast can be found in the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/56.

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MISSING AN ANCESTOR OR TWO?

Do you have a difficult line? One that shows up in America, but you can't trace back to a birthplace in Québec province?

Then this episode's for you! We look at important strategies that will lead to success as well as a variety of sources which may provide a Canadian birthplace.

Shownotes can be found at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/55.

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A Gem of a Collection!

Genealogists 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 organizations, and social organizations among others. There is shelf after shelf of books about French culture and history. There are some family collections as well.

Director Leslie Choquette takes us for a tour of the French Institute. Be sure to check out the links in the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/54.

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