Conférencière : Pauline Cusson
Pauline Cusson is a native of Chicopee (Massachusetts) but moved to Manchester (New Hampshire) in 1989 to pursue her genealogy “hobby”. She has been active in the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester since 1986 and has given many presentations on the joys of doing Franco-American genealogical research in New England. Pauline currently serves as the Editor of the American-Canadian Genealogist. She grew up in Chicopee and attended a Catholic parochial grammar school that taught French subjects for a half-day and English subjects for the other half. After moving to Boston for work, her French language skills began to subside until she started doing her genealogy. She is also involved in the New England Regional Genealogical Conference that is held every two years throughout New England. The 2019 Conference will be held in April in Manchester.
Titre de la conférence :
Where Did Our Ancestors Go and How Do We Find Them?
Résumé de la conférence :
This presentation is intended to point French-Canadian genealogists trying to find those elusive ancestors who may have gone in the direction of New England. Their paths are not always easily traced. Using the U.S. Census records from 1870 through 1940 is a good starting point but can be misleading and we’ll see some of the reasons for this. She will follow the railroad lines, the rivers, and the canal systems where the mills are most likely to be established and where our ancestors turned to for survival in the 19th Century. She will also present a segment on how the French Canadian names were so badly corrupted when your ancestors immigrated to New England to work in the English-owned mills. As Jeanne Douillard points out, their church, their language, and their survival is awe-inspiring.