Michigan's Habitant Heritage (MHH) 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 or editors. Mike Burke served as editor from 2013 to his untimely death is a car accident in 2016. Elizabeth Bourne-Doyle has volunteered to serve as editor starting in 2017.
Articles appearing in Michigan’s Habitant Heritage (our Journal) cover all areas of New France, including articles about French Canadians who lived in, explored, or travelled to all areas of Michigan, the Detroit River Region (which means both sides of the Detroit River), Michilimackinac, Fort St. Joseph, Southwest Ontario, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi Valley (Kaskaskia, Vincennes, New Orleans, Mobile), La Salle’s colony in Texas, Hudson Bay, and Acadia, as well as articles about our ancestors’ origins in France. See our Resources pages for selected articles from MHH, including our Acadia/Acadie Page, our Fort St. Joseph, Michilimackinac, and River Raisin/Frenchtown Page and our Mississippi Valley and Texas Page for examples of articles written about these areas, art, maps, as well as links that can help you with your research.
Although MHH's authors have written articles about French-Canadian individuals or families living throughout North America in all time periods from the 17th century to the present, most of the historical articles, such as timelines have focused on the the History of New France (the 17th century through 1760). See the History of New France page for some of the articles and timelines that have been added to our website. Additonal timelines or articles have been published that tie in with certain significant anniversary years such as the timelines published in 2012 and the 1812-1813 militia rosters for both sides of the Detroit River published in connection with the War of 1812. See our Military page for a timeline for the War of 1812. See our Early Detroit (1701-1710) Chart Program Page for selected articles about Detroit's first residents.
A word on the title of Michigan’s Habitant Heritage: A habitant (feminine form: habitante) in New France was simply an inhabitant, one who had decided to make Canada his or her place of residence, his or her home. He may have mustered out of his required term as a soldier in his majesty’s service; or he or she was no longer bound by a contract that brought him or her to the New World. As an inhabitant, he or she could pursue any occupations open to him or her. See Marcel Trudel, La Population du Canada en 1666 (Sillery, Québec: Les Éditions du Septentrion, 1995), for the meaning of the word within the context of New France.
Contents of MHH since 1980: Click on the link for a list of preared in MHH since its founding in 1980.
Best articles of the year: Every year FCHSM’s Board of Directors vote for the best article of the previous year. The articles selected for the best article of the year can be accessed from our Resources Pages.
Back Issues: A limited number of back issues are available for purchase. Check the contents link for the list of all issues. “NA” means that the issue is not available. Issues that are still available are for sale at FCHSM meetings for discounted prices. As of 1 January 2015, we no longer sell back issues by mail.
Clarence Gagnon, Trapper in the Woods, courtesy of the Athenaeum: http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=50042
Indices: Click on the links below to access the indices for MHH from 2005 through 2015.
Guidelines for Submitting Articles: We encourage people to submit articles for potential publication in Michigan's Habitant Heritage. Click on the link for guidelines for submitting articles.
Photocopies of Individual Articles: The Allen County Public Library will provide photocopies of individual articles that have appeared in MHH. The form for ordering individual articles can be downloaded and printed from:
Frances Anne Beechey Hokins, Canadian Habitant in Winter, Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/lac-bac/search/images