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My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

My Tale of Adoption in the Detroit Free Press

  I Started Out as a Small Adopted Child I got very lucky and met a reporter who was interested in my adoption story and in searching for my birth family through DNA testing. The reporter, Kristen Shamus, is a fellow French Canadian — we met at a French Canadian Heritage Society in Michigan meeting! Ms Shamus is a very thorough investigator. I really appreciate all the time she spent interviewing the various DNA testing companies and … Read entire article »

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A Pair of Odd Ancestry Matches

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Interesting New Ancestry Cousins This Week

Overlapping Cousin Trees I’ve been meaning to detail my finds on my blog but haven’t really been doing much of that. Time to start! Chretien and Lebeau I have found two interesting matches at Ancestry this week. One shares the same couple I suspected was the link between myself and another 4-6th cousin. That cousin happily has only 2 of 8 lines — at the second cousin level — which are French or French Canadian one maternal and one paternal. The maternal line runs right through Detroit and this is where the second match is at: Edward Christian (Chretien) born Detroit 1853 and Mary Lebeau born Paris1860. They were married in 1879 in Butte Montana. Such being the case, that Mary never came to Detroit, I’m now looking to his siblings some of … Read entire article »

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Unraveling French Canadian Ancestry

Unraveling French Canadian Ancestry

As I wrote in my previous post [The Interwoven Vine — an Adoptee’s French Canadian Ancestry], working with inbred populations is very challenging for everyone but especially for adoptees. A Small Braided Victory With all of the above in mind, I’ve recently been comparing the trees of my DNA matches from FTDNA and 23andMe on AncestryDNA by building, borrowing or replicating the trees of those that have shared with me, setting myself as my cousin on AncestryDNA … Read entire article »

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The Interwoven Vine — an Adoptee’s French Canadian Ancestry

The Interwoven Vine — an Adoptee’s French Canadian Ancestry

The Art of Finding Ancestors I’ve recently tested at AncestryDNA which is a DNA service of Ancestry.com the famous genealogy research company with 2 million subscribers. I’ll get into the nuts and bolts of DNA testing at Ancestry soon but for tonight I want to talk about my French Canadian ancestry and how difficult it is for an adoptee to figure out their French Canadian heritage. It is difficult for adoptees to identify their ancestry no matter … Read entire article »

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