Category Archives: Maine

Franco-American History Fair takes place this weekend

The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine will hold the state’s first Franco-American History Fair at its Lewiston-Auburn College campus in Lewiston on Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The fair will feature exhibits from Maine historical societies, … Continue reading

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French Canadian-American marriages, 1599-1984

In the National Genealogical Society blog, UpFront with NGS, I learned that the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society in Auburn has compiled an impressive list of Ancestors of New England Families: Marriages from Canadian Parishes with American Descendants, 1599-1984. Almost all of … Continue reading

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Celebrating 175 years of French Canadian ancestry in Maine

Portland Press Herald‘s Franco-American blogger Juliana L’Heureux writes this week about Maine’s Aroostook County that recently celebrated its 175 anniversary. Located in the northern part of the state near the New Brunswick border, the county’s first settlers were Acadian and Québécois. The most interesting … Continue reading

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First US snowshoe club founded by a Québécois

It should be no surprise to those of us who have lived through a Quebec winter that a French Canadian from Quebec City would be the founder of the first snowshoe club in the United States. (I can hear Gilles Vigneault’s … Continue reading

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World Acadian Congress talk set for Bangor, Maine library

The Penobscot County Genealogical Society in Bangor, Maine will host Dona Saucier who will speak about the upcoming Congrès mondial acadien 2014 – World Acadian Congress 2014 at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Bangor Public Library. Ms. Saucier of … Continue reading

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Franco-American pride in Maine

During a recent research trip to Portland, Maine, I stayed with a distant cousin who is only one generation from being French Canadian. Her mother was Acadian and her father was born in Quebec. She grew up listening to her parents speak … Continue reading

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