Nicolas is almost done, took a day off from writing and worked on the cover and ‘blurb’. What do you think?
Nicolas Pelletier signed a contract to become a master carpenter in 1612, he was just fifteen at the time. For the next four years he learned his craft, always thinking about the new settlement he had heard about far across the ocean, in a place called New France. For twenty years he would work hard and save before he was finally able to make the journey, along with his wife and two young sons. He arrived at Fort Quebec at a time when less than one hundred people lived there, having a skilled trade made him an asset to the struggling community. For the next forty years he and his wife Jeanne would live in and help build some of the oldest cities in what is now called Canada. Living first in Quebec, then Sillery and finally moving on to Sorel as each settlement was founded and evolved. They would face difficulties along the way, such as court disputes with the neighboring Indians at the mission their land bordered, and skirmishes with the Iroquois Nation. They were two of the lucky few, who were able to be part of New France, as it grew and began to prosper.
I added a few more of my favorite databases on the ‘genealogy links’ page. Notary and court records are some of my favorite sources to learn the history of a person. Birth, marriage, and death records are good for tracing, but notary and court records tell more about what was happening in that persons life.
As I work on the book “Nicolas”, which is the story of Nicolas Pelletier, I found a few distant cousins that are also direct descendants of his. Love Perche-Quebec.com.
Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Celine Dion, and my daughter’s favorite, Justin Bieber can all trace their direct linage to him. I think I should get to meet them all since we are probably 18th cousins!!!
Recently someone asked me what my books were about. Here’s the answer….
1. Each book is about one of my ancestors.
Ex. Etienne- The story of Etienne Campeau who is my 9 x’s great grandfather (also my 8 x’s great grandfather due to a freaky 1st cousin marriage in the 1700’s in Detroit).
2. Each book has some kind of historical event that the person in the book would have experienced and lived through.
Ex. In Barbe’ there was a large earthquake that hit Montreal in 1663. In Rene’ the family survived the Lachine Massacre. Not sure what the Lachine Massacre is? Look it up or read my book.
3. Each book will cover who they married and the children they had. There is not a chapter for each birth. They had 10-16 children who wants to read about each birth unless it is something significant.
Ex. Barbe’ had triplets in 1665. What a shock that must have been.
4. Each book will cover any significant moment in history that I could find for that person in church, court or civil records.
5. The books are written in biography form but they are Historical Fiction. This means not everything actually happened exactly like in the book. I don’t know what they thought or said, but looking at the historical data I can make an educated guess.
Any other questions? Feel free to comment here or e-mail me 🙂