After a considerable break from writing on my usual topics here at The Red Cedar, I am happy to be back with new posts! My work over the past several months on French Canadian Heritage Day in Michigan has kept me occupied editing the blog Voyageur Heritage, including The Storykeepers Project, and helping with other projects such as Word of the Week…en Français!, and a new Facebook forum for Great Lakes French Canadians. Thank you for your support and for following my blog!
As a boy researching my genealogy, I remember the excitement of making a connection that extended my family tree back to my great-great grandparents. Finding not only the names of these ‘distant’ ancestors, but also where they lived along the shores of Lake St. Clair in Ontario, was a turning point. Suddenly the family’s collective memory began to stretch further back in time, rekindling memories of old-timers long passed who may have crossed paths with an aunt or uncle when they were very young.
In the early 80s we had no idea of the tools and resources that would become available to us. Although some of the collections now available online existed then, they were accessible to far fewer people who had the time, money, and means to go to wherever they were housed. Today, major genealogical databases (at prices that make them accessible to far more people) have brought the hobby into the mainstream, with TV shows documenting the family histories of the rich and famous as entertainment.