French-Canadian immigrants, genealogy, Canadian-Americans
My fascination with family history began with my maternal grandmother’s stories. As a child, I loved quizzing her about the lives of her parents and grandparents, prodding her to reach as far back as she could into her memory and family lineage to tell me their stories. Her ancestors, English, Scottish, and French, had come to North America in the first half of the seventeenth century. Settling in the British colonies and New France, they participated in many of the events and movements that shaped the continent. The family tales my grandmother told focused on deeds of female heroism, male soldiery, and the pioneering experience. Admittedly, not all of these stories can be verified. Passed down from generation to generation, they have inevitably become embellished and distorted. Nevertheless, I was and still am captivated by them. Through these stories, history comes alive for me and I feel a sense of connectedness with the past.
Canadian-American Journal of History & Genealogy
North West Territory, Canadian and French Heritage Center
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Lindell, Lisa, "Lot 1, Block 4: Searching for the Grave of Anthony Morse" (2000). Hilton M. Briggs Library Faculty Publications. 25.