Nancy Boudrot Spear will speak about her newly published book, Nelly & the Mother Line: Roaming the Maritimes Finding 9 Generations of Acadian Mothers. The book chronicles her travels around eastern Canada focusing on genealogy and highlighting her matrilineal lineage. She begins with Jeanne Chebrat, the first in her line to arrive in Nova Scotia from France in the mid 1600s. She’ll talk about her search, the people who guided her, original sources she used, and ancestral sites she found. Hers is a story of the Acadian people told through the lives of her foremothers. She’ll also introduce us to the beautiful Nova Scotia landscape and the warm and generous people who live there today.
In addition to doing genealogy, Nancy paints (mostly) landscapes in oils. She is retired from working at Penn State University in Alumni Relations and as a Director of Development. She and her husband live half time in Lafayette and half time on family land in Nova Scotia.