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More on Book One

More about writing Book One: The New World:
Laval, the first bishop of Quebec, ordered parish data: births, marriages, etc. be kept in two separate locations so they could not be lost from fire, etc. As a result, one of the benefits of French-Canadian research is remarkably complete data. This enabled me to find, for instance, the time people came to the New World, and who their fellow passengers might be, and it’s not odd their families remained close in Quebec. Guillaume Renaud and his family remained close to the Allards up to my lifetime. In addition, stories of the voyages, the nature of the boats and the many hardships: storms, becalming and pirates were common.
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