The Tree


Below you will find my articles on genealogy. I have been working on my family genealogy for 30 + years and over time I’ve accumulated experiences in research that I would like to share with others. Over this time I’ve had many good experiences and discoveries. At the same time I’ve encountered many negative aspects of genealogy as a social phenomenon as well. My articles below reflect an evolution of my thought and experiences that have led me to largely keep my genealogical studies private today, to be shared with family and friends rather than the general public.

Pierre LaForest and Charlotte Godin Marriage Register


Cowboys and Indians – Genealogy and Objectification

Genealogy, Social Elites, and Personal Narratives

Finding Our Cousins – The Fun of Genealogy

Genealogy as a Bridge to Cultural Discovery

Family Stories and Cultural Legacy

Forgetting and the Right to Privacy

DNA Testing for Genealogy

Wild Speculation or Thinking Outside the Box?

A Fiddle’s Tune

I Was a Teenage Ethnographer!

Growing up French Canadian

Tip #1: Start With What You Know

Tip #2: Interview Your Relatives

Tip #3: Documentation is Key!

Tip #4: What’s In A Name?

Tip #5: Fanciful Stories and Darker Truths: Sorting Out Family Lore

Tip #6: Field Research and Connecting to Your Past

Tip #7: Networking

3 thoughts on “The Tree

  1. Debbie says:

    I have just discovered your blog and am looking forward to reading through it. I’ve just found out that I’m a direct descent of the Catherine Dagneau de Dequindre and Gabriel Peltier. I’ve also located a 300 page document on the internet. It’s like a maze going through everything, but also an exciting adventure.

    • James says:

      Hi Debbie – Sorry it’s taken me a little while to respond. Thank you for the comment. I appreciate it! If you’re interested in connecting with more French Canadians, you should check out our online forum on Facebook: Hope to see you there!

      • Karen Kowalske says:

        James, I am descended from Leon and Rosalie Laforest. On the FCHSM facebook page you said you had 4 pages that referred to Pesche Island. Would love to have copies too.

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