Barry's Relatively Speaking: Sons Of Abraham

Posted on Oct 21, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Louise shares the following experience.

Planning to attend Expo '67 in Montreal, I secured campground information. Eliminating by price left 24 possibilities with equal amenities. I chose one in Levis, across the St. Lawrence, because I liked the town name. On the trip I read the bountiful literature secured about Canada, reciting historical tidbits to our groaning children. I starred various entries, indicating that I liked the name and/or it's history, so as to return someday. Passing Isle Perrot I became quite emotional. Why? I didn't know. Two years later, as I was visiting relatives in Michigan, conversation progressed from "good-old-days" to possible ancestry. Inquiring if they knew anything, Auntie dug out a privately published genealogy I had vaguely heard about but had never seen. Paging through it, I learned for the first time that we had a French Canadian line. Then I got goose bumps, arm hair stood on end, tears welled in my eyes. The localities our ancestors had inhabited were the exact same towns and villages I had starred, including Levis. But even more incredible, the majority were from Isle Perrot. My ancestors had called! Three years later I took up research where the former genealogist was stymied, on the Courville family. By devine guidance, I'm sure, I learned that like many French Canadians, their surname had been changed. It had been Abraham.

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