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Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast
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NEW EPISODE-#66: Battle for Empire

In 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 so, they had a front row seat during a pivotal moment in our ancestors’ lives.

Today’s guest, Ron Blanchette, takes us on a journey back to that fateful time of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, a battle that changed the course of a nation. We learn about the strategies employed by both the French and the British, the effect of geography on the outcome, and the battle itself.

Be sure to check out the show notes at https://maplestarsandstripes.com/66.
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NEW EPISODE- The Drouin Institute’s Lafrance Database and the PRDH

French-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 at a nominal fee. It also publishes the reconstituted families produced by the University of Montreal’s Programme de recherche en démographie historique, or PRDH.

Today, Bertrand Desjardins takes us on a historical journey of these two major projects. He also gives us tips for using the LaFrance database and explains how to use it hand-in-hand with the PRDH for an efficient research strategy.
The Drouin Institute is also offering to all Maple Stars and Stripes listeners fifty free hits at the PRDH, whether you are a current subscriber or not. You can get the details after the interview.

In this month’s survey, be sure to submit your next favorite databases at GenealogieRecords so we can feature them first in upcoming episodes of the podcast.

We wrap up the episode with another featured blog, an update on the Nouvelle France Tour 2018, and a wide variety of educational opportunities in French-Canadian News.

You can find links to these in the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/65.
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EPISODE #64-Settling Detroit-now available!

Who 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 fort with about fifty soldiers and a group of tradesmen. Thanks in part to the Peace of Montreal in 1701, settlers followed a few years later. Records abound in this book, some previously unpublished, as well as several of Suzanne’s articles on the settling of the Detroit River region.

For links to topics discussed in the podcast, go to the show notes at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/64.
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NEW EPISODE! Acadian Voyageurs

Who knew? Did 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 responsible positions in these ventures.

Monsieur Ferland shares with us the stories of Alexander Mackenzies’s two famous expeditions and the role of Acadians in these historic voyages. He also discusses the dit name “Cadien” and where you can search to discover if your Acadians were also voyageurs.

Join us at http://maplestarsandstripes.com/63.
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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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