Re: Quebec pioneer Leonard Pilotte
I grew up in Derry, NH which was mostly old New England Yankee families.Manchester, where my mother & the rest of the family grew up, was very Frenchified as she called it. I remember going to church sometimes in Manchester where hte Mass was in French, but at St. Thomas in Derry it was English.Unless people around you are speaking the language, it's hard to learn.I am forever grateful to the French Canadian genealogists who translate some of the records in reply to my queries.
The good thing about French Canadian genealogy is that the church kept excellent records of births, baptisms, marriages and deaths.It's so much easier to find things. My husband's got several Mayflower ancestors and his family all stayed right here on the east coast of Massachusetts.Their record-keeping was not so good.I've finally gotten his tree back to the original immigrant ancestors, but it was a lot harder.