I have painstakingly traced my family history to 1535 France. Germaine is my x7 great grandfather. Germaine was commissioned by the king of france to establish a colony in the New World, hoping he wouldn't miss the land mass and sail off the edge of the earth. They were all into the whole flat-earth thing back then, apparently. Now, Germaine was considered quite a ladies' man and fathered many children with a number of different wives.(not all at the same time) At least one of these wives was of aboriginal heritage and she did indeed bear him children. Now, more than one of his sons by these different wives was named Germain. So he had several sons by different wives named after him. At least one of those namesakes adopted an aboriginal child and also named him Germain. At the time, the First Nations people were the only inhabitants of Nova Scotia. When the colonists arrived with Germaine, they helped them adapt to life in Canada, and without the generosity and kindness of the First Nations people, it is probable that the colonists would have died a week into their first winter. Of course, the settlers and first nations colonies were in frequent contact with each other and there were many intermarriages between the first nations people and the colonists over the years. It doesn't surprise me at all if most or all of us have some first nations dna in us. Hopefully that clears up some of the mystery for you. It is incredibly frustrating tracing our lineage since most records of the time were stored in the halifax archives which of course was levelled by the explosion. I did extensive digging and found something better. The family bible. Passed down to the eldest son in each generation, it has everything. Germaine's father in france was easy to find. His mother is more elusive. I have found info but have not been able to verify it with any reasonable certainty. Back in the 1500's this info was recorded only if you were royalty or very high ranking aristocracy. Everyone else was just not important enough. However, back then also, people had bibles. They recorded EVERYTHING in them. Births, marriages, deaths, adoptions, you name it. If it was important, families put it in the one thing that would always be safe that they'd never lose. Their family bible. Everyone had one then. Church was hugely important in their lives and communities. If you look, i am sure one of your direct family members has one. The info you need is very probably in it. Good luck in your search. Oh one helpful tidbit....every Doucette in Canada is related, regardless of spelling. Some changed the spelling to the french canadian way to avoid persecution. We were all Acadian, but some were scared, fled and hid by changing the spelling. This may also help you in your search.