Hi, I'm finding a lot of hints in my family tree that points towards being Metis or even Abenaki descent. I was wondering if anyone could help me trace back and find documented evidence.
The information has been traced to my paternal grandmother. Most of her family resided in Rimouski. Her grandfather was Elzear Etienne Ruest and resided in Metis, Rimiuski East, Quebec and further down the line there is a Jean-Jacob Heppell that brought up a map of Indian people of the Dawnlands.
im just trying to figure out if I'm part native. Some of the names in my family tree (including my mothers side) are: Butler, Charron, Gardiner, Ruest, Heppell, Cardinel, Hotton, and Bérubé.
Any by help is greatly appreciated. I've never felt like I had a heritage because I don't exactly know what my heritage is