|Patricia Oliss Brown was born in 1940 in Michigan. She is retired after careers in teaching and social work, having received Master's Degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit. Her husband, Joseph Brown, is French Canadian on his mother's side. After attending the festivities during Detroit's 300th anniversary in 2001, Patricia began research on Joe's French Pioneer ancestry, when she learned that his ancestors were some of the first who populated Detroit at its founding. The research blossomed into a 430 page document containing stories of over 200 French in Quebec City area, Three Rivers, and Montreal. The book contains many stories relating to the founding of Detroit, as well as many biographical sketches, and much interesting information regarding the seigniorial system, the Carignan Regiment, and the King's Daughters. Patricia and Joseph Brown are members of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan. Her interests include gardening, reading, and genealogy research. See her work|
|Armand H. Demers, Jr. was born in Woonsocket, Rhode
Island in 1939. He pursued his education at several colleges and universities,
including Providence College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
where he was awarded a degree in French language and literature.
Armand Demers worked for the Itek Corporation and University of Massachusetts until his retirement in 1997. His interest in genealogy and the French language led to a translation of Rev. Cyprien Tanguay's À Travers les Régistres, published by Quintin Publications as Searching Through the Old Records of New France. In addition to genealogy, Armand Demers enjoys researching early Canadian history and numismatics, as well as spending his leisure time pursuing his interests in religion, reading, writing and family.
|Peter J. Gagné
|Peter J. Gagné was born and raised in Connecticut. He
received his undergraduate degree in French language and literature, magna
cum laude, from Boston College in 1992 after spending his senior year at the
Sorbonne in Paris. Peter then received his M.A. from Boston University in 1995.
He lived and worked in Paris after graduation and has traveled extensively in
Europe, spending time in not only in France, but in Italy, Ireland, Germany,
Austria, Belgium and Bosnia.
Peter has authored many online articles and site content material for a major bank, travel service and an Internet telephony provider. He has also written articles for Soccer Jr. magazine and Connecticut County Kids. Peter traces his lineage back to Louis Gagné, who arrived in Canada circa 1644. He is the author of the Web site guide Links to Your Canadian Past, the biographical dictionary French-Canadians of the West and the recent King's Daughters and Founding Mothers: The Filles du Roi, 1663-1673. Peter is a member of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut, La Société Historique et Généalogique de Trois-Pistoles and the Fairfield Historical Society. He recently completed work on a book on the Filles à Marier, the women who immigrated to Canada before the King's Daughters.
|Doug Miller has been the coordinator of the Southern
California Genealogical Society's (SCGS) French-Canadian Interest Group for over
15 years. During that period of time, the SCGS collection has grown to become
one of the largest collections of French-Canadian material at a non-church,
non-state supported library. Members from all over Southern California attend
the five yearly workshops put on by the SCGS.
Doug is the author of the best selling Miller's Manual, published by Quintin Publications, a research guide to the major resources available to French-Canadian genealogists.
Doug was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and his ancestors include many of the original settlers of the French Colony. He attended California State University at Northridge, CA, where he studied Accounting and recently retired after 34 years of service with the Federal Government. He is currently a member of the board of Directors and President of the SCGS. Doug is married, has 3 adult children, and lives in the Santa Clarita Valley, California. His other interests include collecting and listening to jazz recordings, maintaining his French-Canadian website at http://home.earthlink.net/~djmill/, and keeping up a database of the Brancheau surname.
|Gail Morin||Gail Morin was born in 1940 at Mason City, Washington.
She has studied at Central Washington University, Washington State University
and Big Bend Community College, graduating from Central Washington University
with a B.A. in education. She later attended Eastern Washington University,
where she completed a fifth year program for teachers. Gail Morin has worked as
a Home Economics, English, Physical Education and fifth grade teacher in the
Almira and Nespelem School Districts in Washington state. She retired in 1997
from the Grand Coulee Dam School District, Washington.
Her research into the Métis stems from an attempt to "find everyone related to the Morin family," and has blossomed into the writing, editing and compilation of several volumes of Métis and First Nations vital records and history. Her works published by Genealogical Publications include Métis Families, Manitoba Scrip, North-West Half-Breed Scrip and Red River Settlement Censuses. Her hobbies include cross-stitch embroidery, reading, gardening and (of course) genealogy. She is married and has two adult sons.
|Robert J. Genealogical||Robert J. Genealogical was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, educated in its parochial schools graduated from Providence College in 1968. After a 30 year career in the Pawtucket School Department he followed his life long passion of selling books. It was in the field of genealogy that he specialized authoring many helping guides in the field of French-Canadian genealogy. Among his titles are: "Parish and Town Guide to the Province of Quebec"; "Address Guide to the Churches of Quebec"; "Guide to the Catholic Churches of New England" and The "Dit" Name: French-Canadian Surnames- Aliases, Adulterations and Anglicizations. Since retirement he has devoted full time to publishing and selling genealogical books and CD's of interest to the genealogical trade.|
||Kelly Townsend (neé Patenaude), a transplanted New Englander, is a third generation Franco-American who began her interest in genealogy 2 years ago. Kelly began collecting Patenaude names thus creating a huge database which can be found on her website (http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/virginia/670/) . Being a registered nurse and having more than 16 years experience reading physician's handwriting has qualified her to read the census records with little difficulty deciphering the text. Through this interest in genealogy she has discovered two wonderful Québecois cousins Jean and André Girouard who have been a great help with the translation of the occupation listings found in the various censuses. A registered nurse by profession, Kelly works in a hospital emergency room in San Antonio, Texas.|
|Marcel Trudel, the son of Hermyle Trudel, carriage-maker
and Antoinette Cossette, was born 29 May 1917 at St-Narcisse-de-Champlain.
Orphaned at age 5, he was adopted by Théodore Baril and Mary Trépanier. He
attended parochial schools in his hometown and in Trois-Rivières, where he
finished his secondary studies at the Grand Séminaire, studying Hebrew and
Trudel attended Laval University (Québec), where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Master's degree summa cum laude in 1945, majoring in English, Spanish, German and Russian. From 1941-1945, he taught French, Latin and Greek at Collège Bourget in Rigaud, Québec. After further study at Harvard, he was named Professor of Canadian History at Laval in 1947, later becoming secretary of the Institut d'Histoire et de Généalogie and its director in 1954.
He moved to Carleton University (Ottawa) in 1966, where he became the first French-Canadian to head the Institute of Canadian Studies. In 1968, he was named Chairman of the History Department of the University of Ottawa, where he remained until his retirement in 1982.
Trudel has authored more than 40 books on New France, including Introduction to New France, published by Genealogical Publications. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, not only in Canada, but in France and the United States and has lectured extensively throughout North America, France and Italy.
He married firstly to Anne Chrétien in 1942 and secondly to Miceline d'Allaire in 1970. He has 3 children from his first marriage: Jeanne, Madeleine and Marc. He has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
|Authors Wanted||We are constantly searching for new authors of genealogical and historical books with a Canadian flavor. If you or your organization has been working on a genealogical project or if you are planning on publishing your family history, why not consider Quintin Publications as your publisher or distributor? We can publish either in book or CD-ROM format, and many times it will not cost you a thing. We pay very liberal royalties for new or interesting titles. Contact us to request an author's brochure.|
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