Since about half of my ancestry is French-Canadian, I sat up and took notice when I first heard of Sandra Goodwin's new audio podcasts (in English), called Maple Stars and Stripes. She created these podcasts as a way to share tips and tricks that might make it easier to research your French-Canadian family in the U.S. as well as to trace them back in Quebec.
Sandra promises to discuss ways to make it easier to move around in French-language records, especially if you’re not a native French speaker, as well as take a look at different record groups, repositories, history, geography, culture, and methodology particular to French-Canadian genealogy.
As of today, Sandra Goodwin has released four episodes:
- Beginning French-Canadian Research
- The Dreaded ‘Dit’ Name
- French Pronunciation and Text-to-Speech Aids
- More French-Canadian Name Variations
These podcasts are excellent resources. If you have French-Canadian ancestry, turn on your computer's speakers and go to http://maplestarsandstripes.com. You also can listen to them on an iPod, iPad, or iPhone by subscribing in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/maple-stars-stripes-your-french/id793460330?mt=2.