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

Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast

Summary: Maple Stars and Stripes helps you with your French-Canadian genealogy research. Included will be tips for using French-language records and a look at different record groups, repositories, history, geography, culture, and methodology particular to researching French-Canadian family history. Blog:; Show Notes:

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  • Artist: Sandra Goodwin: Genealogy Podcaster, Speaker, and Instructor
  • Copyright: ©2013-2015 Goodwin Genealogy Productions


 MSS-091-The North American Francophone Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:12

At one time or another, you’ve probably wondered what it was like living in the times of your ancestors. I know I’ve often thought about traveling back in time and observing how they did daily chores that are so easy for us with modern technology. I still remember my mother doing laundry with an old […]

 MSS-090-The Story behind Our French-Canadian Ancestors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:10

Thomas LaForest published a 30-volume set of books called Our French-Canadian Ancestors. Many genealogists, especially those who can’t read French, enjoyed reading their ancestors’ stories in English. But after LaForest’s death, these volumes became more difficult to find. That is, until Norm Hebert decided to do something about it. In episode 90, Norm tells us the […]

 MSS-089-US Catholic Church Records Online | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:36

Margaret Fortier, CG®, walks you through what’s available in Catholic church records and where to find them online. Included is a 5-page handout packed with resources, charts, and tips. Find the link in the show notes at Have yourself a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and New Years, and we’ll see you in 2020!

 MSS-088-Canadian Colonial Censuses, 1666-1762+ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:16

The goal of every genealogist is to find all census records for each ancestor. This episode makes that easier. In episode 88, we take a look at censuses for Quebec province and Acadia from the earliest times to the late 18th century. Some are complete; some are partial. Some are originals; others are transcriptions. Some are […]

 MSS-087-The Story of Guillaume Couture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:56

CHECK YOUR DATABASES! Is Guillaume Couture one of your ancestors? If so, enjoy this compelling story of a man who used his natural gifts to survive and create understanding between two diverse groups of people. This is an ancestor your family can be proud of. If Guillaume is not in your direct line, you will still […]

 MSS-086-Museum of Work & Culture-Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:54

I hope you enjoyed episode #85, part 1 of the Museum of Work & Culture. In part 2, we continue our virtual tour with a look at the mill-sponsored baseball teams, the ubiquitous triple decker (at least in New England cities), a parochial classroom, and a union hall. All of these were important chapters in […]

 MSS-085-Museum of Work & Culture-Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:14

Do you have ancestors who came to New England to work in the mills? This virtual tour of the Museum of Work and Culture will demonstrate what life was like for the many who left their farms for a chance at a regular paycheck and a guaranteed day off. While you’re traveling this summer, consider […]

 MSS-084-Drouin Institute’s NBMDS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:49

The Drouin Institute recently had a major increase in its NBMDS database. These church records come from four major regions of Quebec. Bertrand Desjardins helps us to get the most from our searches. Learn what’s included in the collection, tips for initial searches and extended searches, and how to take information from the index and […]

 MSS-083-Early French-Canadian Immigrants and the Mexican-American War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:38

There was a well-known migration from Quebec to New England after the Civil War. The cotton mills and shoe factories beckoned struggling farmers with large families to support. But what about those who migrated before the Civil War? How many were there? Why did they move when they did? And how many of them signed […]

 MSS-082-The French-Canadian Legacy Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:58

If you can never get enough information and stories about your French-Canadian ancestors, then this is your lucky day! We now have another podcast to enjoy on Franco heritage. Jesse Martineau now offers us The French-Canadian Legacy Podcast, published every Tuesday. Every other week is a full episode. Alternate weeks introduce us to the upcoming episode […]

 MSS-081-French-Canadian and Acadian DNA Projects | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:13:13

DNA! The new tool in the genealogist’s toolbox. Everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon. Yet, many people, when they receive their test results, have no idea what to do with them. This episode provides suggestions for those who took either a Y-DNA test or a mtDNA test. If your direct paternal or direct maternal line leads back […]

 MSS-080-Felix Gatineau and the Francos of Southbridge, Massachusetts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:30

What was life like in a Little Canada? Thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Blood’s translation of Félix Gatineau’s 1919 Histoire des Franco-Américains de Southbridge, Massachusetts, we now have an in-depth look at the social, business, military and religious experiences of our ancestors. This translation, History of the Franco-Americans of Southbridge, Massachusetts, is a must-read for anyone with Southbridge […]

 MSS-079-Dissecting a French-Canadian Marriage Contract | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:15

We all have them. Piles of notarial records that need translating. Among them is arguably the most important notary record of all–the marriage contract. This document gives us an intimate look into the lives of our ancestors. Yet many of us haven’t tackled them yet due to the language barrier. Help is here. Suzanne Sommerville […]

 MSS-078-Samuel Gill: English Captive to Abenaki Chief | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:00

Many English captives were redeemed and returned to the British colonies. Others stayed with the French or the Natives for the rest of their lives. George Ducharme takes us on a journey of discovery as he uncovers the story of his ancestor, Samuel Gill. Samuel was abducted from his home in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1697. […]

 MSS-077-French-Canadian Soldiers and Patriots in the Revolutionary War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:37

Have you ever wanted to join a lineage society like the DAR? Did you know that you might be eligible through a French-Canadian ancestor? Jolene Mullen, national vice-chair of the DAR’s cold cases project, shares her knowledge of this process. She explains how to determine if you have a Revolutionary War soldier or patriot in […]


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