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French-Canadian Heritage Society
of Michigan

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Michigan's Habitant Heritage:
Journal of the French-Canadian Heritage Society
of Michigan

Michigan's Habitant Heritage has been published since the founding of the Society in 1980. The officers and members of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan are justifiably proud of the quality journal we publish under the auspices of our editor, Gail F. Moreau-DesHarnais, and the editorial team she has assembled to help her. The journal is by far the best reason for joining our Society.

To see and print the Adobe Acrobat files accessible on this web page you will need to download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Every year the Society's Board of Directors will select the article they consider the best to have appeared in our journal and feature it here for the general public to appreciate the quality of the work submitted to our journal.

Best Article of 2012

Kateri (Catherine) Tekakwitha (Gah-deh-lee Deh-gah-quee-tah): Her Connection to Inhabitants of Le Détroit du Lac Érié through Some of the First Miracles Described as Obtained through her Intercession  - Suzanne Boivin Sommerville

Best Article of 2011

The 2011 voted best article is Suzanne Sommerville "The 1706 Conseil de Guerre [Court Martial] of Savoyard, Soldat de la Compagnie de Muy de Canada' at Fort Frontenac". Michigan's Habitant Heritage 32, no. 4 (October 2011): 151-155.

Best Article of 2010

In 2010 we have voted for two articles one is "The François Janis Family of the Detroit River Region and the Nicolas Janis Family of Kaskaskia (Illinois) and Ste. Geneviève (Missouri): Another Example of Brother Confused One for the Other" by Gail Moreau-DesHarnais. Michigan's Habitant Heritage 31, no. 1 (January 2010): 1-14. The second article is "Remembering Those Buried in 1869 at Mt. Elliott Cemetery" - (with map), Sherry Somerset and Suzanne Sommerville. Michigan's Habitant Heritage 31, no. 2 (April 2010): 92-94.

Best Article of 2009

The 2009 voted best article is Margaret Jacqueline Jeffrey's "François Drouillard UEL, 1741-1812: A Canadien Loyalist of the Detroit River Region." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 30, no. 4 (October 2009): 157-170.


Best Article of 2008

The 2008 voted best article is Susan M.Colby's "The Incredible Adventures of the Family Talon." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 29, no. 4 (October 2008): 194-199.


Best Article of 2007

The 2007 voted best article is Gail Moreau-DesHarnais and Diane Wolford Sheppard's "Hillary Rodham Clinton’s French-Canadian Ancestry: Detroit and Michigan Connection," Michigan's Habitant Heritage 28, no. 4 (October 2007): 197-202 and "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Ancestry of Delia Martin: Conclusion." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 29, no. 1 (January 2008): 46-49. The article presented here is actually a combination of these two parts. Enjoy.


Best Article of 2006

The 2006 voted best article is Loraine DiCerbo's "The Excommunication of Louis Gonzague Deshêtres and Louise Beaulieu." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 27, no. 2 (April 2006): 85-90. This is the first part of a continuing series.


Best Article of 2005

The voted best article for 2005 was Suzanne Boivin Sommerville's "Who Was the Anonymous 1702 Wet Nurse for One of Lamothe Cadillac's Children? Additional Documentation for the Birth of a Cadillac Child at Fort Ponchartrain in 1702." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 26, no. 1 (January 2005): 21-27.


Selected Articles

The following four articles have been selected to present you with an idea of the quality of articles published in the Society's journal over the years.


Moreau, Gail F. Moreau-DesHarnais. "Exiles from Québec Found in the Parish of St-Jacques de Dieppe During the Kirke Occupation (1629-1632)." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 24, no. 2 (April 2003): 77-78.


Colby, Susan Mélanie. "Captives of the French and Indian Wars Part 1: Captured from New England." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 23, no. 2 (April 2002): 79-88. "Captives of the French and Indian Wars, Part 2: Captured from New France." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 24, no. 3 (July 2003): 133-140.


Goodwin, Delphine Ford, and Gail Moreau-DesHarnais. "Searching for Antoine Martin dit Soud." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 26, no. 2 (April 2005): 83-88. And, Gail Moreau-DesHarnais "Part 2: Jacques Azeman/Azema/Agement/Son dit Martin/St. Martin." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 26, no. 4 (October 2005): 168-169.


Sommerville, Suzanne Boivin. "The Marriage Contract in New France According to La Coutume de Paris / The Custom of Paris." Michigan's Habitant Heritage 26, no. 3 (July 2005): 135-137.

bullet By popular demand, we are also placing a copy of the series James Lalone wrote from 1985 to 1988 on the Tremblay family here for your use. Please be aware that Mr. Lalone is constantly working to improve his Tremblay database and that this series is no longer up-to-date. In particular, it does not include the reserch René Jetté did to untangle the four contemporary Louis Tremblay and Ursule Simard couples. Nevertheless, it is a valuable work and a good example of the kind of articles published in Michigan's Habitant Heritage over the years.


Guidelines for Submitting Articles

We encourage people to submit papers for consideration to be published. Please click on the Guidelines button to view information on how to submit articles to the editor of Michigan's Habitant Heritage.



For an Adobe Acrobat file listing the bibliographic contents of the Society's journal from 1980 to December 2012 please click the Contents button. Once you open the Contents file in Adobe Acrobat you can use the search feature to find articles of interest.



Back Issues

The Society has some copies of back issues of Michigan’s Habitant Heritage which you can order from the Society's address on our Contact Us web page. Please email us first to confirm that we have the back issue you desire. Once we confirm that we have the back issue we will ask that you send your order to our address, not through email, and make sure you enclose your payment. The cost for all back issues will be $6.50 USA for each back issue.

Photocopies of Individual Articles

To order a photocopy of one or more individual articles, please make a request of the Periodical Source Index project at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  This fine institution has all the back issues of Michigan’s Habitant Heritage and can make the necessary photocopies.  Please point your browser to for a copy of the request form, the rules, and pricing.

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