I first caught the genealogy bug as a young adult while discussing my father's and mother's Canadian history! He always wanted to know if we are directly related to Abraham Martin of the Plains of Abraham fame. In my research, I have found Abraham to be a distant relation. However, the Martin surname in my family goes back to the first ancestor in the Canadian line, Barnabe and his son, Rene. He also wanted to know if we were related to Ste. Therese Liseaux. She had the surname Martin also and was born and lived in the same area of France as my Father's forebears! I have hit many brick walls in this regard so far. And lastly, he wanted to know if the family lore about Indian iner-marriage on his mother's, Collette, side of the tree was true. Yes, there is Indian (MicMac) ancestry on both sides of my family tree!
When they both passed in early 2000's, I inherited their pictures, correspondence and documents, etc. which have helped me in my research. I also remember hearing them talk of their childhoods in Canada, etc. I also spent my seventh year summer vacation in Canada with my mother and two sisters where I met my paternal grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides of the family!
Our grandson, who has just graduated high school, was also interested in family history at the age of THREE! and my father's sister, Nora, was the family historian until she passed in 1978.
I have found so many ancestors, even many direct greats who were European Royalty. It has become my obsession and also my grandson's, whenever he has the time to peruse our family tree due to his studies.
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