I would go back to the 1870s and find out my ggggrandfathers past. Our 90 years of reunions have been based on the memories of his son, Charles, who gave them to his own wife, Susannah, who wrote them up as a family based history. His memories were of his father dying before his mother had her last child and the mother died in childbirth. Supposedly the children were orphaned, taken in by family, went to work early to support themselves, etc. He remembered building fires in apartment houses to support himself from the ages of 5 to 10 when he became a cabin boy on a ship, out of Detroit, on the Great Lakes. Now digital census records show him actually
living with his mother and siblings and attending school in 1870 and the last sister born was one year old. His mother actually died about 1873. We assumed his parents had come from France, through Canada to USA and settled. Some of the family have found records that indicate the family had lived in Canada
for several generations and the names were much different than what we were given. I'd like to solve the mystery to
find the truth of the family's past.