American-Canadian Genealogical Society
2021 Fall Conference
Speaker Biographies and Presentation Summary
Passionate about travel, history, and genealogy, Sabrina Gamache-Mercurio has been a Chartered Genealogy Genealogist since 2017 and graduated from Laval University in Ethnology. Since 2012, she has been working at the Maison de nos Aïeux, a history and genealogy center on the island of Orleans!
The Isle d’ Orléans and Its First Settlers
Many of us have found some of our first ancestors to have settled on the Island of Orleans. Nothing surprising when we know that the cradle of New-France welcomed over 300 founding families!
Many adventures and pitfalls are awaiting our ancestors in the New World. In this presentation, Sabrina will give you a glimpse of the lives of the settlers of the Island of Orleans! Learn the actions your ancestors had to undertake to make a life on the Island. Learn also what to expect when visiting the Island nowadays and where to go to walk in the footsteps of the first settlers!
Michael J. Leclerc, CG®, is a well-known professional genealogist who teaches around the world. He worked in various capacities at New England Historic Genealogical Society for seventeen years and spent four years at Mocavo and FindMyPast before founding Genealogy Professor. He has been a member of the teaching team in Boston University’s genealogy courses for more than a decade.
He is co-editor, with Henry B. Hoff, FASG, of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition; editor of the fifth edition of the seminal guidebook Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research; and author of the chapter on “Crafting Family Histories” in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards. Most recently, he published the first book in a multi-volume series, Benjamin Franklin’s Family, tracing the ancestors and descendants of the Franklins. He is currently the managing editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.
French-Canadians and the American Revolution
French-Canadians were involved in the American Revolution in a number of ways. First, we will learn the political and historical background that led to their participation. We will then discuss those who actively fought for the Americans during the war. In addition to those, a number of French-Canadians provided active support to the Americans. We will then review how some of these services could leave descendants eligible for membership in lineage societies.
Nora Galvin, CG®– is a professional genealogist specializing in Irish and Connecticut research, and genetic genealogy. She has been a Certified Genealogist since 2014.
Why the Irish Went to Canada, and How to Trace Them Back – When and why did people leave Ireland and go to Canada? This lecture discusses push-pull factors involved in Irish emigration and provides strategies for tracing Irish ancestry.
Remember to vote for the new board of directors and officers for the coming year. The link to the ballot is at the top and bottom of this page.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 16th, 2021
10:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Welcome – President, Juliet Smith – Annual Meeting and Report on the mail-in Election of Officers and Directors for the 2022 year. Brief reports and a look at plans for next year are listed in the provided program.
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Sabrina Gamache-Mercurio – The Isle d’ Orléans and Its First Settlers
12:45 P.M. – Raffle Prize Drawings
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Michael J. Leclerc, CG® – French-Canadians and the American Revolution
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Nora Galvin – Why the Irish Went to Canada, and How to Trace Them Back
7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Encore Presentation of 11:00 A.M. from Sabrina Gamache-Mercurio