Several years ago, my
father gave me a copy of a narrative genealogy report given to
him by a cousin, a Catholic priest. It seems that he had
done a great deal of research on the family line, traveling to
Canada and Upstate New York to gather information. This
sparked my interest. I wanted to know more. From the
background information that I had, I have been able to add to
it and the family tree is growing daily and turning into a forest.
As I search and find ancestors, what started as looking for my
direct line, turned to adding the many related family members
that I find. As I have added more and more great grandparents
over generations, I have also added their other children....generations
of my own aunts and uncles and cousins. To me, it is extremely
interesting to see how many times family lines intertwine and
the results of that generations later.
The search has not been easy, especially for information during
the time that they emigrated to New York. As Father Richard
noted in his original work, there were two men living in Quebec
at the same time, both with the name Vivien Jean. In my
search, this is where I have found the most errors in the family
line. Father Richard has copies of church records that
verify what he has written. And documents of the Notaries
of Quebec that can be found, in part, online, verify some of the
information. There is also a copy of the Stebbins-Alexander
line of our family, that I have placed on the site. It
was included with the Viens line that Father Richard worked on.
I have also begun to collect information on the Roy (King after
the emigration to New York) line, which was my paternal grandmother's
family. Some of that information, I have collected from
the family bible, and some I have gotten from relatives.
I am always looking for more information to the family tree.
I am also beginning to look for ancestors on my mother's side
(Prion, from Alsace-Lorraine and McGaw), but this is proving a
more difficult task. Any additions or corrections are welcome.
A special thank you to all who have helped me so far by giving
me information and family names and dates.
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