The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine plans to host a lunch talk at noon on Zoom on Monday, Nov. 14.

The talk will cover the intersection of Franco-American and Irish genealogy with B.J. Jamieson.

Jamieson is the genealogy reference specialist at the Maine State Library. This position allows her to indulge her love of both books and genealogy to an extent that she didn’t think was possible before she accepted the position, according to a news release from Anna Faherty, archivist with the Franco-American Collection.

Jamieson has a postgraduate certificate in genealogy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, as well as a master’s degree in library science.

While the perception is that French and English speaking Canadians lived in completely separate communities, there was often interaction between Francophones and immigrants of Scottish and Irish descent. This was especially true in New Brunswick and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, where both French and English names occur in many records.

Following the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session with the audience.


There is no fee for the programs, which are made possible by the Québec Delegation in Boston and Androscoggin Home Health.

This event will be Zoom only. To register, visit

All programs are recorded and archived at, where they can be viewed.

For more information or to register, contact Faherty at [email protected] or 207-753-6545.

Those who have questions about disability access or need to request disability accommodations (e.g. sign language interpreters, materials in electronic format, etc.) also can contact Faherty. Requests should be made as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the accommodation process.


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