Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet Danielle.

Danielle Liard became a WikiTreer in October of 2013.  She coordinates the Filles du roy and Filles  à marier, and Québécois projects.

What are some of the surnames you are researching?

My two main names that I follow and research are Liard/Guyard (Liard being more recent, it was originally Guyard) and Brunelle in its various forms, which are my direct paternal and maternal lines.

What are some of the locations you are researching?

My focus on locations is mainly in what is now the province of Québec, originally Canada, Nouvelle-France, and in various parts of France for the ancestors who migrated here, mostly from Western France but not exclusively.

When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

I first started my research in 2003, using small post-it notes to list the various family members I found in the Drouin Institute’s Red Book and Green Book.  Very basic research at the time. I would consult those volumes at the main library in Montréal.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

 Not entirely sure I have a ‘’favourite ancestor’’, there are some that fascinate me more than others, such as Judith Rigaud, who seems to have been quite the character and a businesswoman in her own rights.

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down or one you hope to bust through.

Charles Boileau is my biggest brick wall, he shows up with wife and children in 1810, the wife dies at an unknown date (her name is up for grabs as to what it truly was), he then remarries, there are a number of points that are nebulous about him.

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

Jeanne d’Arc would be my pick for a historic relative, she was a fighter who stuck to her guns despite all that was done against her.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

I love to read, mainly science-fiction and fantasy, but also whodunits (Agatha Christie is among my favourites in this genre), and a variety of historical fiction, Alexandre Dumas and Charles Dickens being among my favourites for these.  I am also interested in nature conservation, animal protection, generally all-around green. 😀

How long have you been on WikiTree and what do you spend the most time doing? If you’re  involved in a project(s), tell us about how you participate in it.

I started on WikiTree in 2013.  These days, most of my time is spent improving/sourcing early immigrant profiles, I have among my aims to get bilingual bios done on all Filles du roy and Filles  à marier, which are both projects in themselves, also subs of Québécois project, of which I am coordinator (all 3). I do liaison with Categorization project and work on getting my area categorized properly.  Also part of Canada Project, leading for Québec part of that.

What brought you to WikiTree? (In other words, how did you find us?)

 Not entirely sure if I remember how I got here, it may have been when I was using MyHeritage as a tree holder that I came across WikiTree, since MH offered me some ‘’free’’ likely family members in one of their functions, all from WikiTree.

What is your favorite thing about WikiTree, or which feature(s) do you like the most?

The collaboration between members is the biggest feature I love about WikiTree.  We often don’t have access to all the same sources, but asking about something on G2G gets some amazing answers very often, resolving questions very nicely.

If you could improve one thing about WikiTree, what would it be?

Reduce the number of changes made to it, while they may appear useful or desirable, some of the more recent ones haven’t really been very workable.

What is an example of how WikiTree has helped you with your genealogy or how you’ve helped genealogy with WikiTree?

 One of my contributions I am proudest of was in ascertaining that the son of  Judith Riguad, Jean Therrien, was not the man who married Marguerite Lampron, but was in fact Jean Terrien, son of Pierre and of Gabrielle Lumineau.  Even PRDH had the wrong man as Marguerite’s husband, which they have since corrected.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

Take it slow, and enter your sources fully as you go, saves a lot of work in the long run.


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  3 Responses to “Meet our Members: Danielle Liard”

  1. Hello Danielle,

    While reading your bio, I checked our relationship status….we are 8th cousins….I always love finding relatives.

  2. Hello from a seventh cousin! We share the ancestor
    Jean Baptiste François (Lyonnais) Bossu dit Lyonnais.
    Nice to meet you!

  3. Danielle, so nice to meet you. This is a really cool feature offered by Wikitree. I did a DNA test through Ancestry and ever since I have been building my tree through them, but you can’t converse with anyone for information unless you spend a small fortune for their services. I do use the services of my local library but still there are no direct links to anyone in my tree and related trees. I am happy to see that you do research in Canada. I am originally from Wisconsin and have traced my paternal side from Green Bay, WI back to Aylmer, Quebec. A friend of mine was a French teacher by profession and she has translated, as best as she could due to the cursive writings in the Drouin Collection, several really important documents for me. It sure is exciting to make a discovery because there doesn’t seem to be that many discoveries left to make. I am making it a point to use Wikitree more than I do now. The names that I research are Mailloux, Mayew, Mayhew, Mayo, and Brunette, Burnette, Burnett, Burnet. Again, it’s nice to meet someone in Wikitree and be able to let someone know where I am doing research.

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