Watch the blog Katie!

That what I told Katie the last time I wrote her.

Then complete silence.

Another reader who I had scared away with my obsessive writing?

I know most readers don’t have time to read comments, but this one is too good to be true not to share with you this early morning.

I’m very glad that I found you on Ancestry and on this wonderful blog!

My husband’s family trees named him as Frank – or since they knew he emigrated from Quebec, they assumed his full name had been François. Searching on either Frank Lupien or François Lupien with the approximate birthdate and known residence gave lousy results for most non-Census records. So that line stopped completely at that point.

Like others, I easily found “Frank” and the four children who survived past early childhood (including my husband’s great grandfather) in the same household in Bristol in the 1900 Census.

When I looked at the actual record image, I noticed that he and his wife Josephine had only been married for 8 years while the children ranged in age from 11-17, and that her listing said that 0 children had been born to her – so it was clear that the four children must have been born to “Frank” in a previous marriage. But there is no 1890 Census and none of the children from 1900 were old enough to have been alive in 1880, so I had to get very creative with my search parameters. Eventually I found Elmire (Brault) Lupien’s death record and that’s when things started to fall into place – every record I found seemed to add more evidence that the person called Frank Lupien in my husband’s family tree was actually Fanie Lupien.

This is the joy of genealogy; to find clues like this and make connections between them. All it takes is one “epiphany” to solve the puzzle!

Next time…

Placenta praevia


6 thoughts on “Watch the blog Katie!

  1. Ancestry works in mysterious ways. My husband never knew his father other than knowing his name. My husband’s mother worked at a military base outside Lethbridge in the early 50s. Enter a General from Togo, Africa on some sort of training mission at the base. By the time my husband was born, Togo General was long gone back to Africa.
    A few years ago we vacationed in Cuba. After a few days in Havana my husband developed a fascination with Santeria. As you know we aren’t religious, but something inexplicable about Santeria captivated my husband. Back home and completely out of the blue my husband Googled his father’s name.( something he’d never done in his life ) He found his father’s obituary written by one of his sons. Long story short – my husband contacted the man whose name was attached to the obituary, exchanged a few emails after dropping the bombshell they shared a father, and flew to Ottawa for a meeting with his half brother who worked at the Belgian Embassy.
    The meeting went well, my husband learned of an astounding 11 half brothers and sisters, all but the one in Ottawa lived in Togo. Like my husband, most of were Lawyers. Ready for the punch line? My husband learned of his African roots, his family were Masai – the tribe that brought Santeria to the Americas on slave ships. It gives me goosebumps! 🙂

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