A New Hampshire native, I was born and raised on the West Side of Manchester. I moved away for a time during my college years, first attending and graduating from University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Economics and Political Science. I then attended the McCombs Schools of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a Master in Professional Accounting degree. I am currently a licensed Certified Public Accountant and work in the accounting/finance sector.
I've had an interest in my family tree for many years. My family had constructed a rudimentary tree when I was young that included most of my great-great grandparents. I began researching more earnestly in June 2015, shortly after my grandmother, Irene (Labrecque) Cuvellier, passed away.
A review of my ancestors during the past several centuries demonstrates that most of my direct ancestors were commoners. Most were either farmers or weavers (the latter being quite prevalent in France and Belgium). One has to go back to the 17th century in order to find nobility among my direct ancestors, and further back still to the 13th century to find purported royal ancestors. My royal gateways make it possible to show plausible lineages going back to at least the 7th century. Results from Y chromosomal testing confirm my lineage genetically along the direct paternal line going back to the early 17th century.
The table below provides information on my progress in identifying my direct ancestors. The oldest generation comprising a full set of my direct ancestors is my 4th great-grandparents, which I completed in May 2017.
Genealogy Quebec Includes the LAFRANCE collection of indexed Drouin images, as well as many other valuable resources in researching French Canadian ancestry.
PRDH Incredible resource for French Canadian ancestors through the early 1800s. The descent and ancestry functions from each person's page makes it very easy to trace families during the period covered.
BMS 2000 Extremely helpful for looking up ancestors and cousins who are not yet available on PRDH or Genealogy Quebec.
Ancestry.com Has the Drouin collection through 1940 for most villages.
Fichier Origine Good resource for learning about the French origins of French Canadian pioneers.
Geneanet: Search Your French Ancestors This site is best known for its user-created genealogies. Given its popularity in France and in Benelux countries, it can be helpful for beginning one's search. Public genealogies, of course, need to be verified by reviewing the archives.
Filae Filae is best known for having a significant portion of the French civil registrations indexed.
FamilySearch Has a fairly comprehensive set of civil registrations, from its inception in the 1790s to the early 1900s. FamilySearch has also begun digitizing its collection of microfilm covering the older parish registers that were maintained in the 17th and 18th centuries.
State Archives in Belgium Official website for conducting Belgian archival research. It has more parish registers currently available than FamilySearch, but is more difficult to navigate.
FamilySearch Has digital images of many town vital records from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. Some of the electronic records require that one view them at an LDS Family History Center or affiliate organization.
Gagné, Peter J. Before the King's Daughters: The Filles à Marier, 1634-1662. Copyright 2002
Gagné, Peter J. King's Daughters and Founding Mohters: The Filles du Roi, 1663-1673 (Volumes I & 2). Copyright 2001.
René Jetté, John P. Dulong, Roland-Yves Gagné, Gail F. Moreau, and Joseph A. Dubé. Table d'ascendance de Catherine Baillon: 12 générations. Montréal, Québec: Société généalogique canadienne-française, 2001.
Perreault, Micheline. Atlas Généalogique de la France Ancestrale: Pays des Migrants vers la Nouvelle-France. Montréal, Québec: Société généalogique canadienne-française, 2013.
↑ Direct paternal lineage confirmed by matching 64 of 67 segments between Gregory Lavoie and Gil Lavoie. The most recent common ancestor is René de la Voye
Greg Lavoie's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Greg or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Thank you for the information on getting Ukrainian data. I had assumed this was always going to be a dead-end. It has been years since I have been to the family history center. Do the translate the information? I have gotten DNA matches on my mother's side but there is no information to connect the trees.
Hi Greg, profiles are not yet being removed from the Quebecois category so far as I am aware. I wanted them to be included in whatever subsequent recategorizations and editings will take place for all the profiles currently in the category. I hope that makes sense.
Hi again Greg, Thank you for that tip on Louis Eugène! All I had for him was the year. I'm not surprised Hedwige has been referred to as Louise -- I'd seen that on several family trees, but set it aside when her birth record didn't include it. I can't wait to start filling in the family more -- I've mostly been working on my direct ancestors, and progress is slow.
Thank you so much for finding my great-grandmother Marie-Cédélize Robichaud's birth record! I had narrowed it down to early 1871 because she was 2 months old on the census, but hadn't manually looked through the St-Aubert registers yet. Now I can check that off my list! So great to have her birthdate, too. And it looks like we're cousins --7th, 1 removed, the earliest common ancestor being Claude Guimond.
Just post a G2G from Noel-114 suggesting to disconnect his parents, sort of like I did with Philibert Couillaud. Ron Heroux commented that the connection was ridiculous one year and a half ago and no one moved. You use Ron's comment for inspiration if necessary.
Or, if you don't want to do that, just post on the profile that since nothing changed since Ron's comment, you're disconnecting the parents.